Chasing Elephants: Wrestling with the Gray Areas of Life by Brent Crowe is an amazingly thought-provoking book. To be honest, when I first picked up the book I had a slight bias against the author because of my previous encounters hearing him in a youth pastor context in which I mistakenly understood him to be shallow and less than sincere… I was wrong (and never should have judged my brother so quickly). Thankfully, I was able to move well past my personal biases and gain better perspective through reading this book.
Readers who pick up Chasing Elephants will find a well thought out, decently articulated, and challenging discussion on the nature of freedom in Christ. The book is divided into two major portions: First, Brent fleshes out what it means to have freedom and a frame-work from which to make decisions in the gray area’s of life. Second, he applies the frame-work to challenging topics such as: homosexuality, the internet, social drinking, entertainment and humanitarian efforts.
The only real draw back to the book was that throughout the book the author would make several sarcastic or side statements intended for humor. While theses statements would add value in a public speaking venue, they did not come across the same in print and I found them to be detracting rather than enhancing the argument the author was trying to make. Over all I really appreciated the book and highly recommend it. The retail price is $14.99 (Paperback), and is available at a discount at Amazon.com for $10.61. I gave it FOUR stars
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