I started this book several days ago with the thought “oh, just another preacher giving the same run down of theology concerning God’s love”. Was I wrong!
After reading the preface and the first three chapters, my thoughts are, “Wow! Amazing! Challenging! Insightful! Eye-opening!”. The adjectives could probably go on and on.
Reading this book will NOT be a fast read for me.
It will be a contemplative study into how I perceive God’s love toward me and my love toward Him.
For you who are reading this post, I encourage you to read the book and apply it to your life.
Here are some excerpts from the book and a link to it also.
From Chapter 1 – Stop Praying
What if I said, Stop praying?
What if I told you to stop talking at God for a while, but instead to take a long, hard look at Him before you speak another word? Solomon warned us not to rush into God’s presence with words. That’s what fools do. And often, that’s what we do. We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry. The wise man comes to God without saying a word and stands in awe of Him. It may seem a hopeless endeavor, to gaze at the invisible God. But Romans 1:20 tells us that through creation, we see His invisible qualities and divine nature. Let’s begin this book by gazing at God in silence.
[Chan, Francis (2010-01-01). Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (pp. 23-24). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.]
There is an epidemic of spiritual amnesia going around, and none of us is immune. No matter how many fascinating details we learn about God’s creation, no matter how many pictures we see of His galaxies, and no matter how many sunsets we watch, we still forget.
Most of us know that we are supposed to love and fear God; that we are supposed to read our Bibles and pray so that we can get to know Him better; that we are supposed to worship Him with our lives. But actually living it out is challenging. It confuses us when loving God is hard. Shouldn’t it be easy to love a God so wonderful? When we love God because we feel we should love Him, instead of genuinely loving out of our true selves, we have forgotten who God really is. Our amnesia is flaring up again. It may sound “un-Christian” to say that on some mornings I don’t feel like loving God, or I just forget to. But I do. [Chan, Francis (2010-01-01). Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (p. 27). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.]
From Chapter 2 – You might not finish this chapter
You could die before you finish reading this chapter. I could die while you’re reading it. Today. At any moment. But it’s easy to think about today as just another day. An average day where you go about life concerned with your to-do list, preoccupied by appointments, focused on family, thinking about your desires and needs. On the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. On the average day, we don’t consider God very much. On the average day, we forget that our life truly is a vapor. But there is nothing normal about today. Just think about everything that must function properly just for you to survive. For example, your kidneys. The only people who really think about their kidneys are people whose kidneys don’t work correctly. The majority of us take for granted our kidneys, liver, lungs, and other internal organs that we’re dependent upon to continue living. [Chan, Francis (2010-01-01). Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (pp. 37-38). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.]
From Chapter 3 – Crazy Love
I was taught the song ‘Jesus Loves Me’ as a young child: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know…. ‘. Even if you didn’t grow up in a church, you probably know how it ends: ‘…..for the Bible tells me so.’ If you’ve spent any time in church, you’ve heard expressed, in some form or another, the idea that God loves us. I believed this for years because, as the song puts it, ‘the Bible tells me so.’ The only problem is that it was a concept I was taught, not something I implicitly knew to be true. For years I ‘got’ God’s love in my head, checked the right answer on the ‘what God is like’ test, but didn’t fully understand it with my heart. I don’t think I’m the only person who has misunderstood God’s love. Most of us, to some degree, have a difficult time understanding, believing, or accepting God’s absolute and unlimited love for us. The reasons we don’t receive, trust, or see His love vary from one person to the next, but we all miss out because of it. For me, it had much to do with my relationship with my own father. [Chan, Francis (2010-01-01). Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (pp. 51-52). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.]
I hope and pray you’ll get the book, read it, and realize anew God’s Crazy Love to His creation, you and me.