“God is different. He’s much more terrifying than I had imagined, but also so much more glorious and beautiful than I thought possible.” ~ Chris Tomlinson, Crave
There are people in this world who prod me on, like a pesky little brother I don’t want to be bothered with as I rush through my self-important days. Despite my efforts to appear brilliant and more mature, certain individuals can level me with just a few well-placed words. In Chris Tomlinson, I believe I’ve met my newest “leveler.”
It starts with the title of his book. Crave – Wanting So Much More of God. As if he knows that quaking in my heart as it moves between the here-and-now and the now-and-forever, Chris’ first book shares a real, unvarnished view of a questioning Christ-follower. He addresses the topics rarely discussed in “grown-up” bible studies – topics that reveal a vulnerability and transparency we Christians often try to hide, for fear we’ll be seen as lacking on the journey. The stories are woven into other stories – about pagers and hamburgers and lawn chairs and strangers on airplanes and Twin Draft-Guards – with a purposeful lack of pretense. Each chapter is a moment, tied in a beautifully uneven bow.
Prayer. Suffering. Faith. Pleasure. Doubt. Joy. Boldness. What it feels like when God pushes – and when God is silent. What it means to pursue Christ – with abandon and with apprehension. In Crave, Chris Tomlinson pulls up a a chair and starts talking. There are no forced “teachable moments,” no alliterative points to ponder. There are simply stories – stories from a most insightful pesky little brother.