Book Summary: Crazy Faith by Michael Todd

Quick Summary: Crazy Faith explores the relevance of God’s Word in our chaotic modern lives through the lens of biblical stories and teachings. You’ll learn how to connect with God on your own terms and why His blessings are critical to achieving your dreams.

You will learn how writing things down can open the door to miraculous change and why you should think more like an architect, or what Doubting Thomas can teach us about faith.

If you want to overcome obstacles like self-doubt, lack of resources, or just plain laziness, this is the book for you.

You don’t have to read the whole book if you don’t have time. This summary will provide you with an overview of everything you can learn from this book.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Lesson 1: Take baby steps toward crazy faith

We all know that we must crawl before we can walk, and the same is true of our spiritual development. The author calls this phase of slow but steady progress “baby faith.”

No one starts with the heaviest dumbbells when they first start working out. Similarly, the author did not proclaim his undying love to his wife as soon as they met. Instead, he endeavored to court her, entertain her, and win her heart.

You develop the patience and dedication needed to succeed as you work step by step toward a lofty goal. The problem, however, is that most of us are impatient and want instant gratification rather than proceeding in small steps.

One possible explanation is the influence of today’s culture of convenience. For example, how often have you chosen to quickly heat up a take-out meal instead of taking the time to prepare a healthy and delicious meal at home?

But there are no quick fixes when it comes to realizing your deepest desires.

Do not believe me? Consider the story of Noah and the ark. Noah’s plan to save humanity from the flood did not involve loading the animals onto the ark in pairs. No, it all started with his budding conviction, with the first tree he cut down because he trusted in God and his ax.

Many of us hope to be aboard the ark when the flood waters rise, but few of us are willing to cut down a forest to get there. Most of us long for God’s blessing, but lack the perseverance to work toward it step by step.

When did your faith become so naive? The first step is to have the confidence that God can and will help you realize your wildest dreams.

So close your eyes and imagine yourself on your ideal vacation, surrounded by the people you love most, while enjoying a beverage of your choice. Now assure yourself that you will reach this extraordinary place regardless of your current life situation, be it poor health, a run-down apartment or even incarceration.

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Lesson 2: Faith and God can often feel like one big maybe

The author, a pastor, is accustomed to receiving inquiries from parishioners on matters of faith. Many of the same questions are asked over and over again. Many ask, “How can I know for sure that God exists?” And how do I know my future is secure? The author gives answers that may shock you. He does not try to allay their fears by assuring them that God exists or that their lives will turn out as they expect.

Please explain what you mean by the word “maybe”.

We tend to interpret “maybe” as “no.” But the author has a different view; he thinks we should all reconsider our perspectives. If you always assume that “maybe” means “no,” you will miss out on miracles that are just waiting to happen.

Because our faith in God begins where our own certainty ends, the word “maybe” is inseparable from faith. When we know without a shadow of a doubt that something is true, we have no need for faith. We can dispense with faith in God because we know all there is to know.

But when we do not know what to do, we must trust in God and His Son Jesus, recognizing that they work in mysterious ways that are beyond human understanding. The Lord says, “[My] thoughts are not like your thoughts, and my ways are beyond anything you can imagine” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

So the next time you think something truly miraculous might happen to you, hold on to that hope. You do not have to give up your faith when you have doubts about God’s provision. It is often a difficult process to find your own unique destiny. God will reveal it to you along the way. The beauty of faith may lie in just that.

The author’s perhaps religious attitude is reflected in his acceptance of the “51 percent rule.” He asserts that if you have 51 percent faith in a cause, you should give it your full attention and commitment.

In the United States, it is enough for a candidate to receive 51 percent of the vote to win the presidency. That is, development is possible and often takes place, even if there is a lack of unwavering support. So the author is not striving for perfection, but for development.

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Lesson 3: Lazy faith prevents us from implementing God’s vision

Even the closest of friends can occasionally let’s down. Jesus needed the love and support of his disciples on the night of the Last Supper because he knew that one of them would betray him.

He gathered his closest friends, Peter, James, and John, and after the Last Supper, he set out for the Garden of Gethsemane. However, when he entered the garden, he looked back and saw that his companions were fast asleep. The author calls this “lazy faith,” and it’s easy to understand why.

The reason Jesus’ disciples fell asleep wasn’t because they didn’t care. It was precisely because at that moment they gave in to their baser instincts.

To be fair, we’re all fallible, and we all have our lazy days. But when your faith becomes so weak that it keeps you from walking the path God has prepared for you, you’ve a problem.

Allow me to paint a picture: you’ve always wanted to start your own business, and you’re convinced that God has specifically ordained you to do so. The only problem is that you can’t get your budget together. You make no effort to reduce your expenses, increase your savings, or improve your work ethic.

To deflect from the question of why you’re not making more of an effort, you can point to this lame justification. You say you’re waiting for God to give you a little more motivation because you’re not sure you’ve what it takes to actually achieve your goal.

The truth is that you don’t need any more inspiration than what God has already given you. You just need to start working now to realise your goals.

God, as powerful as He’s, cannot absolve you of your responsibility. For this reason, the author urges you to transform your passive faith into an active one. Participating in acts of faith is a public commitment to surrender to God and His Word.

It may seem easier to wait for God to reveal all you need to know, but if you do that, your faith will become sluggish and eventually die. If you do nothing, your situation won’t improve, and your dreams will wither and die. Over time, you lose faith along with everything else.

If you wish for happiness, instead of waiting for it to come to you, try praying that you’ll take the right next step.

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Lesson 4: Writing down your wishes and prayers can help make them come true

A pencil and paper can be all that stands between you and a miracle. The author’s family was very poor when he was in middle school, so he could not buy the Nikes he wanted. But he knew what he could do: He could draw them. He carefully drew the sneakers he wanted to buy, down to the smallest detail, using a ruler and his drawing skills. Within a few weeks, they had migrated from the page to under his feet.

How did the dream of buying those expensive sneakers become a reality? Well, the author’s parents were able to get the money because of their faith. It was actually that simple.

When we write down our most ambitious desires, it’s like opening a door for God to do His work in our lives. The author trusted that God would provide for him by taking time to draw his ideal pair of sneakers. This is how he exercised his faith.

It’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s true that you can manifest the realities you seek. In Habakkuk 2:2, we are commanded to record the vision and make it clear.

The experience from his childhood that God cares for him has stayed with him all these years, and he keeps a diary in which he records his innermost desires.

When he became pastor of Transformation Church in Oklahoma, the congregation was small and made up mostly of young African Americans. The church met in a converted grocery store. The author was told that as a young African American, he would have a difficult time attracting a broader demographic to worship at Transformation Church.

He knew from past experience that it would be difficult to increase worship attendance and monetary donations. People are naturally hesitant to support a new leader.

However, all this was irrelevant to the author because he had already put his ideas for the Transformational Church on paper. He predicted that the church would eventually grow so large that it could afford to rent an entire shopping mall.

And did you know what? When God read what he had written, he immediately set to work. To this day, Transformation Church has grown and prospered more than its original plan could have ever predicted.

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