Book Review: Crazy Love

Crazy Love by Francis ChanFrancis Chan is the former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, CA. Crazy Love was released in 2008 and spent more than 40 weeks on the New York Times best seller list and sold over a million copies.

Chan writes with contagious enthusiasm, challenging Christians to take the Bible seriously. He discusses in great detail the sad state of lukewarm Christians who strive for a life characterized by control, safety and an absence of suffering. He challenges followers of Christ to significantly downsizing their homes, give away resources to the poor, trade in a new SUV for a used sadden and quit a job to free up more time, all to enable the lover of Christ to serve others further and glorify God more deeply.

Crazy Love is a challenge to the reader to stop being a believer in Christ and to start acting like a follower of Christ. Chan pulls no punches as he explains how most hear sermons of sacrifice and race home to remodel their house, lounge in the pool and watch their plasma TV and then complain about how they just can’t tithe another dollar or give another hour of service or attend another sermon.

Chan will never be mistaken for a deep theologian. However, don’t think that means his book is not biblically accurate. This book does not, nor is it intended to, pick through and systematically analyze scripture. The author takes clear biblical truths and states them bluntly so as to smack the average Christian upside his comfortable little head.

This book is not meant to produce deep theological discourse, but instead to provide a biblical explanation as to why most of us don’t understand the level of commitment God expects of us.