Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Review: Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God by Francis Chan

Whenever I blog about Christian books, I feel self-conscious that people will be all like "Oooooh, so this is a CHRISTIAN book blog".  Actually, I have good reason to feel that way because people who have disliked my reviews of other books have emailed me to tell me that the only reason I don't like the book they liked is because I obviously only like Christian books.  Which isn't true, obviously.  BUT, I just feel like I need to clarify.  This is not a CHRISTIAN BOOK BLOG, this is a book blog written by someone who also happens to be a Christian and occasionally reads and reviews Christian books.  Whew, glad to have that off my shoulders.

Now I can tell you about Crazy Love.  I've wanted to read Francis Chan for a while, mostly because of this video.  For a long time I assumed Chan was one of the pastor/authors so concerned with being "relevant" that he had given up the basic tenets of Protestant Christianity in the name of being open-minded.  This does not appeal to me.  I like the basic tenets of Protestant Christianity and I am not afraid to say so.  So when I saw the video I knew Chan and I would get along.  THEN, around Easter, all of his books became available free on Nook so of course I got them all.  And because I'm anal, I obviously have to read them in publication order so I can see how Chan's thoughts on spiritual matters evolve.  This particular book focuses on what God's love means to Christians, which is a pretty broad topic, but also something that is frequently glossed over.

Writing
I like Francis Chan.  I actually think I like him a little bit more on video than I do in writing, but that doesn't mean I dislike his writing.  The most important thing to me in Christian non-fiction is that the author is grounded in the Bible.  This doesn't mean I always have to agree with the author, but I want his arguments to come from God's Word and not just from what is popular or what he/she thinks sounds good.  And Francis Chan totally meets that requirement.  He uses context and syntax appropriately and gives verse references so the reader can look on his/her own and not just take his word for it. 

Entertainment Value
I was entertained, although the book wasn't as deep as I had hoped.  I still learned from it and I recommend it as a good read, but it's not deep theology.  It's more of an inspiration.  I also really, really appreciated the challenges Chan gives regarding Americans and wealth and how we use it.  It really convicted me to go above and beyond with my offerings. 

One cool thing about the Nook version of this book is that pretty much every chapter contains hyperlinks to videos and supplemental information on the book's website.  If you're reading it on an e-reader or on a computer, you can access those immediately and get some pictures and video content to go along with the book, which is pretty cool.

Overall
I highly recommend giving Francis Chan a try.  If you're curious, at least take a look at the video I linked above and see what you think.  I'm really looking forward to reading his other two books, especially Erasing Hell.

3 comments:

  1. I bought this when it was free on the nook too. I look forward to reading it. I haven't read anything in this genre for a while. I get how you feel, though, about posting about christian books on your blog!

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  2. I don't think you need to apologize for your reviews. It's your blog and you can do what you want! I search for reviews on books so that I can make sure I am purchasing a good book. I enjoy christian and spiritual books as well. I just finished a wonderful book called, "The Book of Ernest" by Ernest Clement. This a non-fiction book on spirituality and mankind's place in the universe. I learned so much from reading it! http://www.ernestclement.com/

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