Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Crave by Chris Tomlinson and a giveaway

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.

If you know me very well, you know I read a lot of Christian fiction, and not so much non-fiction. One of my many flaws. I did something rare this evening: I started - and finished - a non-fiction book. Crave, by Chris Tomlinson - no, not Chris Tomlin - he's the singer - Chris Tomlinson. (Don't know if he can sing, but he writes well...)

This book is about wanting more of God. Craving Him more than we crave the other things in life. Chris writes in a very easy to read and often humorous style. I found myself smiling and even laughing out loud a couple of times. He addresses everything from waiting on God to witnessing to what we allow into our lives by way of our eyes - which was a great chapter, though I had to say "ouch!"

I enjoyed the book immensely, but was also challenged and convicted by it. God so often takes a back seat to everything else, and though reading a book like this isn't a quick fix, Chris really nails it in this book, and any book that can convict and challenge as this book does, is definitely worth reading.

And though the book description says "these slices of life connect with 20- and 30-somethings who crave a deeper level of intimacy with God", this 40-year old guy really enjoyed the book. :-)

About the author:

Chris Tomlinson, a graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the UCLA Anderson School of Business, is a businessman and writer who desires to see people realize the beauty and joy of knowing Jesus. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Anna. You can visit him online at

The first chapter can be viewed here.

The giveaway:

The author has graciously agreed to give a copy of his book away, so if you crave it, leave a comment. Ten days from today, on February 13, I will pick a winner using

US entries only.

Crave is available for purchase from Harvest House Publishers.

Thanks to Harvest House for providing me with a review copy, and thanks to Chris Tomlinson for doing the giveaway.


Kim M. said...

Sounds like a good read. Count me in.

Annette W. said...

See, I have a problem. I want to crave God...but sadly, shamefully, I am too content with where I am. This book looks like a good one for me, especially if it can read in one sitting.

Unknown said...

I'm interested. Count me in.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Cheryl Lewis said...

Goodness, I know craving so very well. I crave chocolate. I crave time with my teens that doesn't include electronics (me on my laptop, her on her iPhone, him on his Xbox). I crave time away from my teens. (Yeah, I'm a woman and get to contradict myself.)

I do love the Lord, but I want to crave Him in the way you say Chris' book describes.

Thanks for sharing Chris with us.

Unknown said...

We are Chris Tomlinson fans. Thanks.


Winning Readings said...

A fan of the music, and I'd love to read this book!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

This sounds like a very thought provoking book. I would love to read it and pass on to others.
Pls enter me in the giveaway.

From Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Nancye said...

This looks like an incredible book. It sounds like just what I need in the season of life I am in right now. Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Steve-n-Deb said...

I'm interested.

bayctygrl said...

Wow! sounds like a great book! I would love the chance to read it

hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

Beth said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Merry said...

I'm not in the 20's to 30's group but this sounds like a great book. Please include me!