This post was supposed to post automatically Friday evening, but for some unbeknownst reason, it decided not to! So here it is, a little late.
This book could change your life.
When you really love someone, everything changes.
Francis Chan doesn't mince his words in this convicting plea to lukewarm Christians. The first part of the book focuses on the mind blowing fact that God loves us. Often we become so familiar with the idea that we forget how truly awesome it is, and that His love should change our lives radically, which is what the second part of the book describes. This is from the back cover:
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. I found this book to be both convicting and practical. It shook my comfortable complacency to pieces. His profile of the lukewarm hits close to home as it outlines practices Christians in the US fall prey to, and backs up everything Biblically. This book will challenge you to a deeper, authentic faith, a faith that will change you and those around you.
You can find this book in Scribbles Bookshelf, on the widget to the left. It's available for a ridiculously good price right now! You'll also find the DVD resources and study guide. These are great if you plan to use this book for a group study. You can also use the chapter videos on the book's website: Crazy Love Book.
(P.S Some people expressed the concern that Francis Chan advocates a work-based salvation. However, Francis makes it quite clear that you cannot be godly enough to be accepted by God (pg. 67) and on page 87 he makes it very clear that he does not want true believers to doubt their salvation, because God's grace covers us when we fail. He does say that it's ridiculous to claim that you are a Christian if you don't follow Christ, and he says that while "we are all messed up human beings...However, there is a difference between a life characterized by these sorts if mentalities and habits and a life that is in the process of being radically transformed" (pg. 80). While this message may not be comfortable, it's definitely supported by scripture.)
TGIF! Have a great weekend!
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