I usually really enjoy Francis Chan. I think the church community of which he is the pastor – Cornerstone – is doing some incredible things as he challenges the congregation to truly live out their faith. However, I tried to read his book Crazy Love and I am struggling through it.
I am not sure what is is that is holding me back from enjoying this book. Chan’s words stand in line with my understandings of how we are to live out our faith. The central purpose of Chan’s book seems to be similar to the writings of John Perkins, Tony Campolo, Noel Castellanos, Soong Chan Rah, Ron Sider, Robert Lupton and other Christians I respect . In fact, I am surprised I haven’t heard more backlash against this book as the “social gospel” or “works-based salvation” – perhaps it is because of Chan’s focus on the spirit and movement of the heart.
But something is amiss for me.
Has anyone else had this experience with Crazy Love?
Is it the writing style?
What could it be?
Can someone who liked the book help me understand the draw to it?