Crazy Love: The Book Review

“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 needs, galaxies and E-minor – loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing 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.”

But what? In this book that is the question Francis Chan sets out to answer with the core concept of the issue being – love.

Love.

There’s a love between friends.

There’s a love between family members.

There’s a love between a man and woman.

And then there’s a love between God and a person.

While the first few items on that list seem rather familiar to us, there’s something about the final part that feels almost discordant. A romance between God and me? A love relationship between the divine Him and the mortal I? Having God as my lover, the lover of my very soul?

But just like some truths seem almost too painful to bear, others just seem too beautiful for us to accept. Like the truth that God is passionately in love with us. And not just us as in the collective whole termed “humanity,” but us as in each individual human being. In other words – YOU.

Crazy Love takes us on a journey, beginning by letting us view the utter greatness and majesty of who God is and then exposing the utter frailty and smallness of who we are, and then we are next shown the beauty of God romancing our hearts. Never forcing Himself on us (For what type of love would that be?), but ever drawing us closer, ready to sweep us off our feet if only we would just let Him. And therein lies the problem. We’ve become desensitized to His love. We either take it for granted or would rather be romanced by the temporary things of this earth. We have let the fire of that first love die down and have accepted polite amicability with God as an acceptable replacement for heart thrilling passion for His Name. Just like in a marriage that’s grown cold over the years, we’re still “together,” but this type of together is worse than being far apart and is an empty mockery of what’s meant to be.

But true love never dies though it may lie dormant, and this book shows us where we have gone wrong in our love life with God, how to rekindle that romance, and what it looks like when you’re desperately and hopelessly in love with Jesus Christ.

Crazy Love is a real book that deals with the real issues of our hearts. Both correcting (without pulling any punches) and inspiring (without holding back any tenderness), it calls for us to wake up from our celibate relationship with God and teach us how to fall in love again with the Romancer of our souls.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

By Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski

2 Comments

  1. Jillian

    Thank you. I’m in the process of starting up a small group to study this book. Just wondering if I can use the logo as the profile picture for my facebook page that I’m creating. Do you know?

    • Alanna

      Hi Jillian. I am not an expert on such matters, but if I were in your place I would feel just fine with using the image on a Facebook page. Just make sure that there is a note somewhere stating that your page is not officially associated with the book, its publishers, or author just to play it safe. Hope your small group has a great time with the book!

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