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Take a transforming journey in authentic discipleship. As the pastor of a large and wealthy congregation, David Platt began to see a discrepancy between the reality of his Church and the way Jesus said His followers lived. In Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Platt examines how American Christianity has manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences and challenges readers to rediscover the path.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1601422210
ISBN-13: 9781601422217
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It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...


In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment -- a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.

Author Bio

Dr. David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. 
A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.
David founded Radical (Radical.net), a ministry devoted to serving churches and disseminating disciple-making resources toward the end that the gospel might be made known in all nations.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.


In his very provocative book, Radical, David Platt challenges the status quo and the way the Church does business. Arguing that American church culture runs counter to the gospel, he compels readers to forsake the American Dream "in radical abandonment to the person and purpose of Jesus Christ." He contends that taking back our faith involves actively and seriously committing ourselves to spread the gospel to all nations, owning responsibility for helping others grow in Christ, and literally caring for the poor. He then shows how we can reclaim our faith by obeying the words of Jesus, trusting God and focusing on heaven.

Platt, pastor of a 4,000 member church in Alabama, attacks the "affluent model of Christianity and church" and describes what radical obedience to Jesus in today’s culture might look like. In a straightforward manner with a sense of humility, he points out blind spots in American Christianity. In a voice of urgency he urges Christians to reframe our thinking and orientation to life. Instead of asking, "What do we need?" we should be asking, "What can we give?"

Platt makes his case by pointing to historical figures and ordinary people who have done what is radical in obedience to biblical mandates, counter to the world's definition of success. He also uses biblical examples and abundant Scripture references to show that "the mark of Christ followers is that their hearts are in heaven and their treasures are spent there." He closes with a challenge for his readers to participate in The Radical Experiment. This one-year challenge has the following five components: pray for the entire world, read through the entire Word, sacrifice your money for a specific purpose, spend your time in another context, and commit your life to a multiplying community.

Radical asks tough questions and presses for a response. It will step on toes and call many readers up short, but earnest Christians cannot read it and remain unchanged. It has the potential to have the same kind of impact as other widely read, influential Christian books such as The Purpose Driven Life, In His Steps, and The Prayer of Jabez. Highly recommended. – Dr. Pamela Jordan-Long, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

Responses to Radical

"In his compelling new book, Radical, David Platt delivers a powerful picture of the church in America today that, on key points, stands in sharp contrast to what the Bible shows us about the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. David challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations! This is a must-read for every believer!"
—Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion Intl.

"We have moved into a generation of young leaders who have a passion to surrender the American dream if necessary in order to embrace fully, compassionately, and wholeheartedly a bigger dream—the Great Commission. I have never been challenged by an author more than I have by David Platt. Read Radical, be blessed, and be changed."
—Johnny Hunt, president, Southern Baptist Convention, and pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock

"Radical will cause you to bounce on a spectrum between two words: ouch and amen. Tough truths do that. They challenge us to examine our lives and then choose the lasting over the temporary. Read Radical if you’re ready to live differently."
—Gregg Matte, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Houston

"David Platt’s book will leave anyone who sincerely engages with his challenge dissatisfied—and faced with a decision: What will authentic faith look like in my life? This book has the potential to revitalize churches today to practice a radical, biblical lifestyle that can transform society and reach a lost world."
—Jerry Rankin, president, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention

"The church of the Lord Jesus has been seduced by a skilled seductress: the American dream. David Platt exposes this enemy of authentic Christianity and provides a way of escape through a radical faith that leads to a radical obedience. I am not the same after reading it. I trust that will also be true for you."
—Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"It is almost impossible to keep the idols of our own culture from influencing us, whether we want it to happen or not. This is certainly true when it comes to the so-called American dream. We need our eyes opened! We need to be called out! In this challenging and thoughtful book, David Platt shows us the way to live for Someone and something bigger."
—Darrin Patrick, founding pastor, The Journey, St. Louis

"Sometimes people will commend a book by saying, ’You won’t want to put it down.’ I can’t say that about this book. You’ll want to put it down, many times. If you’re like me, as you read David Platt’s Radical, you’ll find yourself uncomfortably targeted by the Holy Spirit. You’ll see just how acclimated you are to the American dream. But you’ll find here another Way, one you know to be true, because you’ve heard it before in the words of the Lord Jesus, perhaps most forcefully in the simple call ’Follow me.’"
—Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Through solid examination of the Scriptures and compelling testimonies from believers enduring persecution, my friend David Platt pulls back the curtain on subtle dangers weakening the church in our Western culture. Radical is the urgent call we need to care more about the spiritually lost and physically impoverished people of the world."
—Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Typical Baptist Bashing
    October 10, 2015
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    Although I agree with David's premise that the Church needs to wake up and stop thinking about themselves, he is practicing typical Baptist bashing with shame tactics in this book. Yes if you are a true Christian, you'll have a heart for service and ministry. Sitting idle is not an option. But to imply that everyone must have an active role in missions, is both non-scriptural and twisting of the scriptures.

    Do we ignore what the Bible teaches about the body of Christ. 1 Cor 12, Rom 12 and Eph 4:11-16 apply. It is not Biblical to say that everyone must be evangelist. The great commission was a directive to the Church to make disciples. The entire body of the church has that mission. But the body is made up of many parts, some internal and some external. When a person teaches Sunday School, they are helping the church fulfill the mission of evangelism. When a person serves as a greeter or in the kitchen or in the choir, they are helping the church fulfull the great commission. Some people have the role of being the church's liver and cleaning up the toxins of poor doctrine. Such a person needs to come along side of David Platt.

    What I find even more scary is that I can take some high pressure marketing advertisements for financial newsletters, the ones claiming that they will make you a millionaire, and lay it side by side with some of these chapters and you see that although the subject matter is different, the tactic of manipulation of the reader is identical. Where is the Holy Spirit in his teaching? The bible is clear that the desires of service place in our hearts comes from Him. Pragmatism is not the way of the Lord. The Bible says that God's ways are foolishness to us and vice versa.

    I'm sure all bashing ministers, who heave boulders of burdens on their congregation each Sunday, love this book and sell it in their church book stores. Christ said his yoke is easy. This book places a burdensome weight of, "You are not doing enough." on to the reader. Don't fall for it.
  2. Florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Thought Provoking
    August 24, 2015
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book really drives home how far "modern Christianity" has taken us from Biblical teaching. Paul wrote half the New Testament chained up in a dungeon where he was beaten, starved, and sick almost to the point of death just because he followed Christ. He never once complained about how his 'religious freedoms' were being infringed upon. In fact, he made it clear that he was honored to suffer for Christ's name. Wow! Have things changed!
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    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Believers have different callings
    July 31, 2015
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
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    While it contains some good information, Platt seems to be saying that Christians MUST do overseas missions to be a "real" Christian. Are some called to go overseas? Yes. Are some called for other work? Yes. I don't think it was his intention, but based on what Platt says in his book, he seems to believe only the overseas work matters. If that is correct, he is wrong. Consider Paul's journeys in Acts. While traveling, he stayed with believers in various cities. Under Platt's model, there would be no one in those cities to exercise the spiritual gift of hospitality. There would be no one in church A to donate to those in need in another city.

    What about the single parent? What about someone with severe disabilities? What about the believer who is homeless? Must they all go overseas? I don't think so. All can (and should) pray for those spreading the Gospel. Any other work they do should be based on the spiritual gifts bestowed upon them. While they can exercise radical faith, such faith may be in their local church, with a small group, in their family, their community, etc.

    In my review, I indicate I would recommend this to a friend. That is with a caveat that reflects my review. Platt has many good things to say, but his fundamental premise as it seems to be presented in the book is flawed.
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    January 29, 2015
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    Life changing
    January 15, 2015
    Quality: 5
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    This book has opened my eyes to the places in my life that I didn't realize were keeping me from furthering God's Will. I have since changed the way I live life, spend money, give money, and God has shown me that He is with me every step of the way. Thank you for selling this book. A life changer, and for that I am grateful.
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