Over Christmas, my brother-in-law shared a copy of the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Normally, I have no issues with underlining and highlighting a book to pieces, but for some reason, I decided to use sticky notes instead of marking up this book. While doing a little re-organizing, I found the book–and it’s pile of sticky notes–lying around. I decided that it’s time to pass the book on to another reader and set my sticky notes free. What better place to store my thoughts than on a blog (paper free! clutter free!)? Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Most of us use ‘I’m waiting on God to reveal His calling on my life’ as a means of avoiding action. Did you hear God calling you to _________ (watch t.v., exercise, volunteer for Cub Scouts, etc.)?” p. 169
“As I survey my life, I realize that those times [putting oneself in a situation that requires God to come through] have been most meaningful and satisfying.” p. 169
“If a guy were dating my daughter but didn’t want to spend the gas money to pick her up or refused to buy her dinner because it cost too much, I would question whether he were really in love with her.”p. 139 Are American church goers really love God because we are so hesitant to do anything for Him.
“We’ve made safety our highest priority. We’ve elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God’s best is.”
“This is why I cannot say in this book, ‘Everyone is supposed to be a missionary,’ or ‘You need to sell your car and start taking public transportation.’ What I can say is that you must learn to obey God, especially in a society where it’s easy and expected to do what is most comfortable.” p. 168
Chan also suggests “aspiring to the median,” meaning that people should consider what the median American income is and, if they make more than that, give the rest away. In the book, he cites the median American income in 2006 as being $46,000.
“Things that matter most is how we use what we have been given, not how much we make or do compared to someone else. What matters is that we spend ourselves.” p. 127
“What are you doing now that requires faith?” p. 124
“‘Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure, but at succeeding at things in life that don’t matter.'” Quote from Tim Kizzier, p. 93
Crazy Love was a good book with some challenging, thought-provoking questions, but I wouldn’t categorize it as completely life-altering as some have. Have you read it? What were your thoughts? Any comments on the quotes above?