I’ve read a lot of books over the past year and I’ve recommended quite a few of them on this blog…even took the time to review a number of them here, but I think I have not read a book in a long time that I have “connected” with feeling affirmation (and some degree of challenge-conviction) in a very long time.
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God written by Francis Chan is, in my opinion, a must read. One of the things I appreciate most from this book is that Francis shares a belief that I have concerning the teachings of Jesus; he really meant what He (Jesus) said. The call to discipleship (aka following Jesus) is radical, counter-cultural, single-minded, and very often…lonely. It is about being Kingdom minded and completely sold out to the purposes and glory of God Almighty and nothing less.
In an age and society that idolizes moderation and balance, this book may be a very difficult read for some people. Francis talks about what it looks like to be a “lukewarm Christian” the kind that Jesus says; “because you are lukewarm I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” He (Francis) also talks about what it means to be completely in love with Jesus…magnificently obsessed with living for God.
If you are tired of marginal Christianity (which is not Christianity at all), you will be encouraged and challenged by this book. I put it at the top of my must read list and cannot recommend it highly enough. If you get it now, it will not be soon enough. Read it, be challenged by it, and then begin to live it…Crazy Love.