Book Review: “Crave” by Chris Tomlinson

Crave by Chris TomlinsonChris Tomlinson’s memoir Crave: Wanting So Much More of God tells of his desire and attempt to take seriously what it means to be a Christ-follower, living full-on for God even when that means doing something risky or conspicuous. Colorful metaphors, self-deprecating humor, and genuine expressions of personal transparency leave the reader feeling like Tomlinson is a member of their own church small group. The stories of his experiences will challenge and inspire any Christian desiring to grow in their faith.

Crave is a series of testimonies about how God has moved in Tomlinson’s life, revolving specifically around his desire for more than what is typically offered by American mainline Christendom. We watch him struggle to develop the habit of praying daily even after successfully developing the habit of flossing nightly mere weeks before. We follow him to a nearby outdoor mall where he and a few friends set up folding chairs and sit next to signs that say things like, “What is your prayer request?” and “Ask anything about God.” We experience his apprehension and anxiety as he internally debates whether to initiate a spiritual conversation with a young woman next to him on an airplane flight. Throughout his stories there is a strong sense of the conviction that has enveloped his heart and life, that God is not who he once thought He was.

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Book Review: “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Donald Miller

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Donald Miller’s newest book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life chronicles his transformation from a man living a stalled life to one seeking and embracing adventure, even when the risks have been high. With his new outlook Miller hikes the Inca Trail, rides a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic, experiences the highs and lows of falling in love, and seeks out the father he never knew. This book is a grand exhortation to choose a better life story than the one you’re living now.

All the vignettes in this book are woven around one central story. Miller is contacted by two filmmakers who want to turn his bestselling memoir Blue Like Jazz into a movie. Miller accepts and begins to work with these filmmakers as they develop a screenplay about Don, the fictionalized version of Miller. But not far into their work Miller realizes that the process is going to be much more personal than he’d originally imagined.

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