Monday, February 08, 2010

Crave: Wanting So Much More of God - A Review

Thanks to a book tour courtesy of Harvest House Publishers I was given the opportunity to review and offer as giveaway a copy of a new release entitled Crave: Wanted So Much More Of God by Chris Tomlinson.

Book Description from Harvest House Publishers:
People yearn for many things, but only Jesus Christ can satisfy the deepest cravings of the human heart. Many individuals, however, have settled for a cultural Christianity and lost their vibrant, day-by-day relationship with Him. This collection of short, real-life stories from an exciting young author reveals that life with God can be a surprising, challenging, and richly satisfying journey. Readers of Donald Miller and Anne Lamott will love these vignettes of people who…
  • talk to strangers about God—and find out why sharing their faith can actually be enjoyable
  • answer their calls—and delight in godly obedience
  • floss every day—and discover the rewards of daily prayer
Sometimes humorous, occasionally tender, and always thought-provoking, these slices of life connect with 20- and 30-somethings who crave a deeper level of intimacy with God.

In A Nutshell:  I never saw myself nor do I think any of my friends would consider me very religious. I have always classified myself as more spiritual. There is probably no one that knows of my personal relationship with God. It is for me a very quiet solitary thing. My husband, my family, even my best friends have no idea how close I hold my heart to God. This book felt really REAL to me. What Chris does is take something that some of us feel so personal about and make it very now, today, every day life.

I never felt comfortable talking to others about my faith, belief or thoughts on religion, God, faith, scripture or prayer. The only people I talk to freely are my children. They don't go to church every Sunday but we speak of God as if he is someone they could bump into at any time.

Why I appreciate what Chris does with Crave is, he erases all the gibberish, biblical, fanatical, religion and talks to us as equals. In language that can be applied to your life RIGHT NOW. I love how he can be talking about a As Seen On TV product for and bring it full circle to God being a resourceful Caregiver. Or in Chapter 6, my favorite story in the book, about a young girl on a plane who looked like "Violet from The Incredibles".  After noticing what she was writing in her pink journal with the "big fat, Crayola marker"  after he noticed what she was writing in her journal. The girl was hurting, her words were raw and personal and Chris waited for his sign to help her, to talk to her, to let her know that Jesus loves her. He got his sign, as subtle as it was.

If you were ask any of my girlfriends they will tell you that I have always said, "if we choose to see the signs we will see them. They are there if we open our eyes, close our mouths and listen with our soul." Some signs are subtle, some timely and some like a kick in the pants but only if you choose not to ignore them. Chris Tomlinson should be standing on a "soapbox" shouting his words to the masses.

Unlike other preachers of the gospel, I want to hear what Chris has to say.

To read the first chapter, go here for the pdf version.

Here is the book trailer:

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