"Crazy Love" is by Francis Chan, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi
Valley, California. In his book, Pastor Francis asks the question, "Have
you ever wondered if we're missing it?" By 'it', he means the real purpose
we are here on earth to fulfill.
With that single question, he took me places I secretly longed to go in my
walk with God, but was desperately afraid to visit. With chapter titles such
as "Stop Praying", "You Might Not Finish This Chapter", and "Profile of
the Lukewarm", his book isn't for the faint of devotion.
Pastor Francis challenges our belief in the American Dream, calling it a
deception to keep us from our true purpose. He tells stories of men who
sold their homes in order to give more to ministry, who stepped away
from lucrative jobs to pastor...stories of women who gave their lives
ministering to the "throw away" societies.
Stories that will pierce you like an arrow, pointed straight at our mediocrity
and complacency as the church.
Unlike many other books of its kind, "Crazy Love" doesn't bash the
church. Instead, you can feel Pastor Chan's love for the church and his
desperate desire to motivate us, to wake us up from our consumerism
stupor to see the needs in the world and our ability to be hands and feet.
This book has left me SO unsettled, but my husband and I have both read
it and now we're praying God make it alive in us and in our family. Some
scary decisions are ahead (I'm leaving my employed position to blog
full-time with NO PAY--this is my passion and my heart), so keep us in
prayer if you would, please.
You cannot read this book without both wanting to throw it and finish it at the
same time. You cannot help but see yourself in the pages as he points out how
much we've settled for so much less. And you cannot help but want to go where
Pastor Chan points--into the unknown, wilds of "Crazy Love".
I'm awarding "Crazy Love" the Golden Bookmark, and challenging every reader
to get this book, devour it, highlight it, and then live it. I'm ready to go "crazy" in
my "love" for Christ...how about YOU??
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