Saturday, July 9, 2011

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a relentless God

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless GodCrazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever been Crazy-in-Love?  Oh that feeling of flying, dreaming, being in the moment with that one person who is EVERYTHING to you?  That is how God wants us to love him.  And you know what?

That is how he loves us!

This book reminds us of the intimate, crazy love, relentless pursuit of relationship between ourselves and God.  When I finished this book, I couldn't help but try and find ways to bring back that Crazy-in-Love pursuit of Jesus that I had at the beginning of our relationship 8 years ago.  Reminds me of that old saying - "how do kids spell love?  T-I-M-E."
So, I'm spending lots and lots of time in this crazy love with my Jesus.


From the book cover:

God is love.

Have you ever wondered if we are 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-sacfificing love.  And what is our typical response?  We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.

Whether you've verbalized 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 - it's falling in love with God.  And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.

Because when you are wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.


We say things like, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," and "Trust in the Lord with all your heart."  Then we live and plan like we don't believe God even exists.  We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn't come through.  But true faith means holding nothing back.  It means putting every hope in God's fidelity to His promises.


God wants us to trust Him with abandon.  he wants to show us how He works and cares for us.  He wants to be our refuge.

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