I have to admit that David Platt is amazingly convicted to make a change in his own life. While he makes excellent points that draw me to reconsider my "comforts", I cannot help but be annoyed by the use of Scripture which is taken out of context. The book has entirely too many holes and I can see the potential that this book carries to make people judgmental. I am a stay-at-home mother, raising 2 (soon to be 3) children. This, indeed, is my mission field in this season of life. Mr. Platt fails to recognize that the Sovereign Lord has people serving in a million different capacities. Bottom line, I was disappointed & not impressed.
My wife bought this book for me for Christmas and I am grateful; I've watched a few David Platt sermons online and am convicted by his passion for believers to go back to the Bible as the source of their Christianity. Those in America that profess to be Christian follow a faith more rooted in patriotism, prosperity, and comfort, and this is the main point Platt is addressing. To his admission, he doesn't have all the answers and is just shining a light on a problem in our American church that need fixing. The book is only radical because most people in the Christian faith in this country don't preach a sound gospel, leave all to follow the Lord, and help others only when it suits them (I, too, have fallen into this trap and praise God I can repent from those things and move forward to serve the Lord). Before I read this book or heard of Platt, I remember reading Luke 14:26-33 about leaving it all if you truly want to be Jesus' disciple and Matthew 15:8-9 about drawing close to Jesus with our mouths but being far from Him in our hearts and being convicted to examine my walk with the Lord. This book basically does that, throwing out challenges and examples of those wanting a truer, deeper walk with God. While this book doesn't replace the Bible and may have some disputable points here and there, it is worth reading. And ask yourself, do we serve the Jesus of the scriptures or the Jesus of the American dream?
David Platt is a fantastic preacher and an amazing author. This book will challenge the way you view faith and will push you in your understanding of exactly what it means to follow Jesus. This is exactly the type of revival needed for the church today; we need to know what it is to follow Jesus and be willing to acknowledge that everything belongs to him, the earth is His footstool. Very convicting and very convincing, give it a read!
I first received David Platt's book Radical about two years ago. It was sent to me as part of the Blogging for Books program, which is administered by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. According to the Blogging for Books website, "This program was designed for one purpose: Give out free books to bloggers in exchange for an honest review." So this post represents my review of David Platt's Radical.
In Radical, David Platt asks a lot of tough questions that many others have been afraid to ask. Tough questions that deserve thought, discussion, and answers. Some may be uncomfortable reading this book, especially at the beginning when it seems the questions are going unanswered. But that uncomfortable feeling might just be a good thing!
Basically, Platt is suggesting â€” even daring â€” people of faith to let go of the American Dream and depend once again on a faithful and loving God. He goes on to speculate that as American believers we have fallen into a sort of trap that leads us to believe that bigger means better â€” bigger buildings, bigger budgets, bigger baptisms. To some, that suggestion is truly is "radical."
All three of the copies of this book I ordered arrived on time and in perfect condition. I sent one to a friend as a Christmas gift and would recommend it to anyone who desires a deeper, biblical relationship with Jesus Christ. "Radical" will challenge you to give up the cheap pop-gospel and pursue the life Jesus outlined in the Word of God.