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Crazy Love

I finished the book, Crazy Love, a few weeks ago.  I loved it so much that I thought I would share a few passages with you.  First of all, it really convicted me about what a true Christian looks like.  God is so point-blank about what he wants from us- everything.  So many times I give just enough of myself to feel good about my relationship with Him.  But, that isn't what He asks.  He wants us to be fully committed to Him in all aspects of our lives.  He wants us to stand out among the crowd.
Recently, Mark and I took a leap of faith and made a job change that required us to depend fully on God to provide for our every need.  He is on a commission based job- goodbye comfy salary. Anyone who knows Mark knows that he likes to be in control.  He likes to plan things and see it through.  Commission isn't really in his comfort zone, per say.  This book really hit home, because as we were thinking about all the money we needed to survive, God was telling us all we needed was Him to survive.
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"God is love.  Crazy, relentless, all-powerful love.  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-sacrifi cing 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're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything."

  " Let's face it.  We're willing to make changes in our lives only if we think it affects our salvation.  This is why I have so many people ask me questions like, Can I divorce my wife and still go to heaven? Do I have to be baptized to be saved?  Am I a Christian even though I'm having sex with my girlfriend?  If I commit suicide, can I still go to heaven?
To me, these questions are tragic because they reveal much about the state of our hearts.  They demonstrate that our concern is more about going to heaven than loving the King.  Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command" (John 14:15).  And our question quickly becomes even more unthinkable: Can I go to heaven without truly and faithfully loving Jesus?"


"As Tim Kizziar said, "Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."
                                                                                           ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love
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I was so impacted by these words and many more.  Am I living a life where every aspect of my being is serving Christ, or am I simply giving enough to feel good about it?

8 comments:

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  2. I recently read this book and loved it too! Love what you said, we get to thinking about what we need to survive, when all we really need is Him. Great post!
    Stopping by from Women Living Well :)

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  3. I read Crazy Love last year and absolutely loved it! Love your thoughts on the book.

    Sweet Blessings~
    Jenifer

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  4. Liz -
    I read this book a little over a year ago after I heard Francis speak at a conference...LOVED the book!! So challenging, convicting, and refreshing. My hubby also loved it...and I've been thinking about reading it again. Great post!
    Stopped by from Women Living Well. :)
    Love,
    ashlie
    {www.onesmalltowngirl.com}

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  5. I am always looking for good books to read (I love reading!!!) Thanks for the recommendation. I am looking forward to reading more and am your newest follower!
    (Found you at 'womenlivingwellwednesdays')

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  6. I'm so glad everyone thought this book was as amazing as I did. Thank you for your comments.

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  7. Love the Kizzier quote! My husband and I are writing a book together right now, we're feeling lead by God to do something that "matters" I guess I'll have to try and get this book from the library.

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  8. My husband is a door-to-r salesman. He's been 100% commission base for 15 years. He too loves being in control.
    We really have to depend on God ... and thankfully God has always provided for us. That isn't surprising, though. In the beginning I use to become frighten and very fretful, but I've seen Him work too many miracles to be concerned.

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