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4 Stars Out Of 5
Good Intro to a Wonderful Theologian
September 1, 2012
John Stott was a pretty big name and having read several of his works and been both impressed and influenced by them, I was saddened by his death last year. I believe that this is his last book and he explores various issues that he sees to be neglected by many who call upon the name of Christ.
If you are unfamiliar with Stott, this would be a good first read, as it is short and to the point and not overly complicated. I really appreciated his thoughts in chapter 4 on "Creation Care" and that is certainly an area that many Christians are waking up to. That being said, for long-time Stott fans, this book feels somewhat lacking due to its brevity. It has the look and feel of one of those inspirational books you might buy for a recent high school grad but it didn't seem to be marketed that way. Putting a positive spin on it, I could see this being useful for discussion groups of various ages.
In "The Radical Disciple" John Stott calls for those who call themselves Christians to recognize the distinctiveness of "discipleship" for the true follower of Christ.
I had forgotten the compelling nature of John Stott's writing. By the end of the second sentence of chapter one Stott had my attention. Words like radical, non conformist, sacrifice, and holiness are the easiest to assimilate into daily living. "Escapism" and "conformism" are more typical of many well meaning Christians today. Stott points to another kind of conformism in chapter two, a conformity to Christ likeness. He goes on to provide the Biblical basis, some New Testament examples, and the practical consequences. Insightful instruction.
Chapters four and five "Creation Care" and "Simplicity" left me unsettled. I am going to have to revisit my personal Christian world view in light of today's environment of political mistrust, international unrest, and religious division. The chapters "Dependence" and "Death" are important and soul searching.
Stott's writing is clearly Biblical and cross cultural. John Stott's life exemplifies "The Radical Disciple" he writes about.
A Complimentary Review Copy of the book was provided by Inter Varsity Press.
Coming from John Stott's pen, I am not at all surprised that this is a classic! We need a challenge like what he gives us in this packed volume. Read it and refer to it as a manual that will bless you each time you refer to it. As a 'farewell' book, it is appropriately a tribute to this man who has been faithful in telling forth the 'unsearchable riches' of the Lord Jesus Christ.