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Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God [Paperback]

Francis Chan
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10 Mar 2009
God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isnt working harder at a list of do's and dont's - it's falling in love with God. Have you ever wondered if we're missing it? It's crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe - the creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor - loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss. Whether you've verbalised it yet or not, we all know something's wrong. Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn't working harder at a list of do's and don'ts - its falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything. 'With an urgency that seeks to awaken a sleeping church mired in the comfort of middle ground, Crazy Love gets to the heart of the matter and leaves you wanting more - more of the matchless Jesus who offers radical life for all' - Louie Giglio

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David C Cook; First Edition edition (10 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434768511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434768513
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis Chan is pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California. He is also the president of Eternity Bible College and sits on the Board of Directors of Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. Francis spends much of his time speaking to students around the country, committed to teaching directly from the Bible. His passion is to see the Church display a much deeper love for Jesus. Francis, his wife, Lisa, and their four children live in California.

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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Love: Right Diagnosis, Wrong Prescription? 8 July 2011
Crazy Love is a popular book. Its cover declares that over one million copies have been sold and it contains endorsements from Joni Eareckson Tada, Kirk Cameron and Chris Tomlin. It seems its influence has been widely felt and its message well-received.

Chan's book contains many important, yet neglected truths. He emphasizes the necessity or a proper view of who God is, describing the splendour of His creation and the glory of His attributes. He reminds us of the `vapour' that life is...in a rendition that brings to mind the first line of Rick Warren's bestselling The Purpose Driven Life: "It's not about you." He also heralds the cry that "the greatest good on this earth is God...God's one goal for us is Himself." (62)

The core of Chan's book is its insight and criticism of average Christianity. He rightly diagnoses professing Christians of living distracted lives, lives full of things other than God and barren in true spirituality. In a landmark chapter, he has the courage to make the most devastating statement in the book, one our culture desperately needs: "As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there's no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are "lukewarm" are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven." (84) In one sentence, Chan sounds the death-knell of most of professing Christendom.

While Chan's book is good, it fails at one point, perhaps the most important point of all: not the diagnosis, but the prescription. After a breath-taking analysis of `lukewarm Christianity' Chan encourages readers to seek God and "focus more on Christ" (104) in the final chapters. However his call is missing one major component: an emphasis on the necessity and efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 19 Jun 2010
By Charlie
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I recently heard Francis Chan speak at my Church so bought his book. I do suggest listening to how he speaks (try YouTube for videos). Knowing the tone of his voice and how passionately he speaks will bring the book to life for you too. It did make me think about my faith at lot more and has made my relationship with God stronger. I do not agree however with the other reviewer that he is a "fundamentalist" Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing - not to misunderstand 15 Oct 2010
I found this book easy to read and really enlightening. A lot of what Chan said really made sense to me and I thouroughly enjoyed reading it. However, some would confuse his message as one of salvation by works, this is a ridiculus nessage of course. The thing Chan is trying to point out is that Jesus changes lives and we need to repent in order to be saved. To be a Christian isnt as simple as beleiving in Jesus. Even the demons beleive that, and shudder! When God enters a life it is transformed and all we need to do is allow that, thats the grace. When people have no compassion for the poor and dont really care genuinely about what Jesus cares about its obvious they havent received this gift, theyre just pretending, fooling themselves. Its not salvation by works. Its grace. However a changed heart yeilds fruit. Chan is demanding that Christians should love Christ - not that radical a message really....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A challenging read! 17 Nov 2013
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For any Christian this is a very challenging read. It should challenge you on how you are living your life and how you can further let God change you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy 20 Mar 2012
By Nat
Pleased to recommend this book. Simply, clear message that is very pass-on-able! A well know author who is definitely worth reading. Excellent service of delivery too!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 20 Jun 2011
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I bought the book after watching a sermon by Francis Chang. Although the book is easy to read, I found it very challenging and convicting. He is a christian who takes the Bible seriously and is an inspiration for us who likes to think we are following Christ, but at the same time does not look any different than our unbelieving neighbor. After reading this book, I also bought his book on the Holy Spirit. Two of my friends are also busy with the book and found it life changing as well.
I have read loads of christian books, but this is by far one of the best and I will recommend it to anybody who wants a deeper walk with the Lord.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ IT! 9 Aug 2014
By BB2
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Great book, well written, easy to read, suitable for those that don't read much, and those that devour books. Francis Chan's tone throughout the book manages to remain light whilst also with authority and with a great use of scripture to back up each point. Challenging in a good way, highly highly recommend reading it, even if you come away from it having taken one useful thing on board, it will be worth it!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy love 29 Jan 2010
This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read!
Francis Chan asks some challenging and uncomfortable questions whilst supporting these with Scripture.
It is a must read for anyone wanting to get back to basics and understand what this 'Crazy Love' that God has for us is all about. I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars crazy love: overwhelmed by a relentless god
I found this book to meet the expectations that I was looking for. And I would certainly recommend it to others.
Published 9 months ago by Michael Moyes
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Very good item coming in the right time and in very good condition. Very useful and working properly. So I am very happy about this purchase.
Published 9 months ago by Stefano Guaglione
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging
What an awesome book! What a clear-cut, well written book! Highly recommend it to anyone who is concerned with really taking the Bible seriously!
Published 9 months ago by Andreea Sidon
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
This book changed my perspective on so many different things, spurring me on to show irrational love to the people around me.

Francis is genius!!
Published 9 months ago by Gilgo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Wonderful book that has helped me grow massively in faith. Francis has such a way of putting across the importance of understanding God's love for us. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars This man can write!
Don't read this if you want to stay stuck in your comfort zone! Francis Chan shoots from the hip and leaves you challenged.
Published 11 months ago by M. Lyttle
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading
A brilliant and very challenging book. Read with a open mind and be prepared to go down on your knees
Published 11 months ago by Lee Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy love ideal book for discussios
Great book for bible study, we meet as a group each month and discuss each chapter after having watched the video.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Lilian Barfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Love
If you profess to being a Christian this book will shock and amaze you and help you to find your way back to Him who has made you in his own image. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Walter
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