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Crave Cover (3D)There’s a certain feeling writers have about their first book, or so I assume because I have this feeling.  There’s the sense that I will never again write another book, because all has been said, and because writing doesn’t get any better than this.  And there’s another sense of discomfort that this book will be in print, because people are going to realize writing does get much better than this, and there’s far more to say than the simple words I’ve written.

Even so, Crave represents a season in my life that all Christians have passed through or will encounter.  At its core, it’s a story of desire, of wanting so much more of God, and the struggle that ensues with God, purpose, faith, and setbacks.  For years, I sensed there was more to my faith than I knew or had experienced, and I wanted more, but I didn’t know how to go about getting it.  So I dove into church, and study, and service, and evangelism, and spiritual disciplines, and I ended up a burned out Christian.

I didn’t yet know the source, or the purpose, of our cravings.  But God was content to write one chapter in my life at a time.  And as He put the finishing touches on this season of my life, I came to see something about my cravings I hadn’t seen before.  Something simple.  Something profound.  Which has just started an entirely new story.  Join with me in this journey and find how your own pages will be written.

*You can find the book at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and many Christian bookstores.

Endorsements for Crave

George“In this creative blend of autobiography and devotional, Chris Tomlinson paints for us a Christ who satisfies our cravings for himself.  An inspiring work from a gifted and anointed writer.”_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Christian George, Author, Sacred Travels, Sex, Sushi, & Salvation, and Godology

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Stevens“Chris Tomlinson addresses the noblest and most necessary question in the most disarming style.  It is the theme which engaged the best thoughts of writers from Augustine to Pascal to C.S. Lewis.  That question seeks to explore what Pascal called the ‘God-shaped vacuum’:  How do we satisfy our hunger for God?  No mortal can answer the question with finality.  But this book takes us a long way in the right direction.”

Ronnie Collier Stevens, Danube International Church, Budapest, Hungary

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Green“Chris Tomlinson possesses a skill rare in Christian writing today:  a clean, clear, powerful perspective.  Crave is deftly written, with a sneaky comedic sense, but what sets Chris apart is his heart.  He’d never say it himself, but he has a lot to teach, and we have a lot to learn.”_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Jordan Green, Editor-in-Chief, Burnside Writers Collective

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Pensak“An honest exploration of doubts, fears, missteps and victories from an authentic, ‘not-yet-arrived’ follower of Christ.”_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Rev. Joseph Pensak, RUF Campus Minister

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“Written with an enjoyable and attractive vulnerability, this book will draw many to places we’ve wanted to go in our relationships with God but have struggled to find because of the clutter of life. I love how Crave challenges cultural and comfortable Christianity, both in how we internally experience the reality of Christ and externally express the gospel to the world around us.”

David Robbins, Campus Crusade for Christ, Regional Director

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Wang“Part autobiography, part theological musing, Chris talks about God in a very personal and compelling manner in Crave.  His message is clear and told through the introspective and often hilarious experiences of his own life:  that God is great and should be praised.  An engrossing read that not only had me laughing out loud but also thinking about my own personal beliefs, even from an athiest’s perspective.”

Andy Wang, Friend and Athiest

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From Publisher’s Weekly:

This first book by Tomlinson, a management consultant, is a perfect fit for the booming spirituality market, particularly for enthusiastic, evangelical 20- and 30-something audiences.  Every chapter opens with vivid and iconic imagery—a spoon, a bit of floss, a pager—tangible symbols throughout the book for more abstract ideas like obedience, joy, and comfort. In sum, the product is endearing and inspiring, especially appealing to young, male evangelicals. One chapter specifically devoted to the intersection of his spirituality and military service will also draw the interest of Christian men and women in the armed forces. Tomlinson’s debut leaves room for future development while it meets the expectations of readers and the genre as a whole; he is worth watching. (Jan. 1)