Reviewing Crazy Love by Francis Chan is relatively easy because it’s such a great book. It is written with such clarity and passion that it will be the rare reader who is not persuaded by Chan’s call to radical Christian living. But some will not be persuaded because some just are not ready to respond to the biblical message that Chan articulates. Chan writes: ‘This book is written for those who want more Jesus. It is for those who are bored with what American Christianity offers. It is for those who don’t want to plateau, those who would rather die before their convictions do.’
To that end Chan paints a wonderful picture about being an extra in a movie where you are on screen for two-fifths of a second but act as if the movie is about you! He writes, “Many Christians are even more delusional that the person I’ve been describing. So many of us think and live like the movie of life is all about us.” And a few pages later, ” From start to finish, this movie [of life] is obviously about God. He is the main character. How is it that we live as though it is about us?”
Before the book ends Chan makes a convincing case for followers of Jesus to be so dependent upon God that they would be willing to live on much less than they do in order to care for those who have less. Much less. It is clear that Chan lives what he speaks with his church giving away 55% of what it brings in and his own family giving away even more.
This is a book that is worth reading. It is worth purchasing and giving to others. It is a message for our day – for every church, every person who calls themselves Christian. There is so much more to following after Jesus than most of us have ever experienced and Chan persuasively shows us the way.