I give credit to David Platt for the courage to write a book like Radical. Christianity in America needs a wake up call and this book is that call. For those who think the Christian faith is soft and easy, think again. This book is doctrinally sound and does not deviaate from Scripture. I would recommend that every believer in Christ who has the desire to serve the Lord faithfully and hasn't quite figured out where to begin, to read this book.
The author of this book takes us on a journey where we can view our life as we live it today and compare it with the words of Jesus. It was eye opening for me and is a book that can change your life if you are willing to follow Jesus. The message comes straight from scripture especially in Mark and Isaiah. It reminds me that My job is to witness for Him and care for others.
Platt does a wonderful job at speaking into our culture, that is to say, at speaking into the blind-spots that are hard for us to perceive in our own time. The big one he brings up is greed and how the American Dream doesn't quite fit into the Biblical picture of picking up our cross and following Jesus. Like so many issues you can go drastically to one extreme and while he certainly presents some radical ideas, it's all backed up by Scripture and the teachings of Christ. I think that many of his ideas are expressed in similar fashion in Shane Claiborne's writings and one would do well to read both authors.
Do I agree with every end-goal conclusion he puts forth? No, but that is never the case and I certainly agree with the questions he's asking, the idea's he's presenting and the sad fact that the Christian faith for far too many is a pale shadow of what it should be. As the pastor of a small church, I plan on incorporating some of his Radical Experiment ideas in the coming months (albeit - in a form contextualized for my own congregation). One minor complaint would be that I wish there were more statistics and facts backed up by research, as I think those would help to embolden some of his arguments about poverty.
I'd love to see David Platt and Dave Ramsey in a debate - while I appreciate much of what Ramsey is doing, I think Platt serves as a very good counter-balance.