No one, I will not recommend it.
Unstoppable The Incredible Power of Faith in Action (Unabridged) - Nick Vujicic
Anger, sadness, condemnation, hurt.
Crazy Love starts out strong, Starts off talking about How Awesome God is, etc, goods stuff to be sure, and even talks about about people who were in love with God, however it slides down soon thereafter. He starts on a guilt trip but then tries to sooth your by saying its not really that. He lists a bunch of things that "Lukewarm Christians" Say and do, then says that a Lukewarm Christian is not really saved. He Judges peoples salvation without knowing the heart, or the struggles of any individual.
Also he seems to not really have read his Bible all that well with a normal reading. One thing he seems to be stuck on is money. He actually says that people who quote this verse "1 Timothy 6:10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. NKJV" Saying that the LOVE OF MONEY, not money is the root of all evil are lukewarm Christians and therefore not really Christians. I am sorry but Mr. Chan can not have really read that passage correctly. According to Mr. Chan, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, and Joseph of Arimathea are all going to hell because they were wealthy and did not give up there money to the poor. Mr Chan keeps up his class attack on the wealthy people and basically states to be more Christ like, you must give up every thing you have or cut back your lifestyle to very little if you have much to make it into heaven.
First of all that is no where near Biblically accurate, but it brings forth a "Works" based salvation, In other words he states that unless you do some sort of work then you can not be saved. Many others on the Amazon site point this out. I think I got worked up over this whole thing as he directly states that the Bible is wrong by saying anyone who quotes that verse is a lukewarm Christian and not going to heaven does violence to the word and heart of the Gospel, and bothers me greatly. This is when I just about threw my iPod across the room.
One other thing he basically teaches that you should never ever take credit for anything you do, as that would lead to pride. This is actually false humility and is common in the church today. As one speaker I know put it when someone said that she did not really sing, when complemented, it was Jesus he said " Nope, I heard you, you were not that good". In other words God gives us gifts, and yes we use them but we can humbly say yes we did good with what the Lord gave us to use. There is biblical basis for this. For instance the person who wrote that Moses was the most humble man on earth, was, Moses. So true humility is not telling yourself that your no good. Also this goes against the Second most important commandment which is " Love your neighbour AS yourself" In other words we can not are not allowed to hate ourself or our gifts. This mentality is rampant and I believed it for years and it led me among other things to the brink of suicide, I heard this and I also was angry since I just came out of the darkest season of my life.
Now a little disclaimer, I am not wealthy. I do not believe that you should make getting rich, or being greedy a goal and the Bible clearly teaches against greed and putting wealth before God. I also have done what he states makes you a great Christian and that is give up everything and live poor to bring the Gospel to the world. I was on staff with a non profit missions organization for just under two years, I had no income and I was sharing the gospel and training other youth to do the same. If it was not for a rich Christian paying my way I would not have been able to be there to do the work that was needed, so obviously we need wealthy Christians to support the ministry of others. I have also been on staff with other ministry worked with youth and have had a lot of training on Bible study. I am currently not in ministry and just trying to get my life back on track after a dark season. In a nutshell this book left me feeling condemned and that is not what the Lord has for us. "Romans 8New King James Version (NKJV)Free from Indwelling Sin8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. "
Now there are three other books I can recommend along the same lines that convicted me but did not leave me feeling hurt angry and condemned they are
"Waking the Dead" - John Eldrige
"Not a Fan" - Kyle Idleman
"The Cost of Discipleship" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A children's pastor who loves listening to audio books
Complete spiritual check.
Too many to pick just one
Too am y to pick just one
God is Love
Jesus Christ because only he truly loves and lives for others and we need Him
Yes, He exposes who we are and how much we need Jesus
The whole book challenged me to live more for those around me
I had no choice but to rate the story in order to post a review - even though I didn't actually get through it!
The narrator / author couldn't have sounded any more bored. I really couldn't get into listening to the story. If he thinks his own work is boring - who am I to argue. I was sorry to have spent my credit on it.
I love how he breaks down the heart of God and defines love in a deeper meaning.
i dont think so
anyone who can speak without a voice not sounding like it is at the end of a bout of laryngitis. beyond irritating
Friends recommended this book and I was not disappointed. Chann challenged the way I think about day to day life, inspiring me to make my life count for eternity.
Boils down to love God with your whole life. Delivered in a boring, frustrating way.
I agree with all of Chan's main points. It is the message of the new testament and the most important message in the world. But hundreds of others have written on the same subject and done a better job.
Much of the book is chan quoting the bible and saying, "I know you've heard this before, but have you really THOUGHT about it. Stop reading right now and think about it." Come on.
A book on the primary message of the bible should do the work of bringing this message to life for me in a new way. This book did NOT do that.
I have heard a lot about Francis Chan and was excited to read his most popular book. I can't think of when I have been so disappointed. I cannot understand why so many people have reviewed it so positively. Are we all just writing nice Christian reviews?
I was very disappointed after having listened to this book. It was an attempt to refute the interpretation of God's character by Rob Bell. While I currently do not agree with every idea that Pastor Bell shared in his book "Love Wins", I think he did a masterful job at describing the beauty of God's character. It makes me sad that so many of us still have a view of God that is painfully sadistic and cruel, and we justify our view of Him by saying "God is Sovereign, so he can do whatever He wants". Let us not forget that God is Love, and He is not double-minded. In my opinion Francis Chan used the justice of God as a justification for cruel torture that even the worst humans are not capable of.
With that said I did agree with Francis Chan that sin is a terrible thing, and must be taken seriously. This is the biggest problem I had with Rob Bell's position. What both authors failed to realize is that sin is not "breaking a rule", "it's breaking a relationship", and because of it's addictive nature it would unravel the whole universe if left alone to cultivate for ever.
Lastly, Fancis Chan is a very dull reader. I had trouble staying focused because of his monotone voice