Life will never be the same after reading this book! This is an incredibly moving account of what Christian community can look like when the people of God look to the Word of God to hear the heart of God. His Story and the journey of one congregation should move believers everywhere to live as He designed and desires us to.... Read this book NOW!
Coming right out of the buzz from his New York Times Bestselling book, Radical, Pastor David Platt amends a refreshing addition in Radical Together. Taking the lessons from his first book, Platt projects them into a community of believers. He illustrates, "The force of a single drop of water descending the Andes is miniscule. Similarly, as long as individual Christians journey aloneâ€”no matter how â€˜radical' they areâ€”their effect will be minimal." Platt challenges believers to live in community as radicals. The six challenges that make up the six chapters of this short yet dense work are convicting alone, but coupled with Platt's down-to-earth communication and personal stories of his own convictions it makes for 130 pages of timeless wisdom. The only negative feature of this book is that it is so short. Platt's words left me longing for Christ's revolutionary teachings and wanting to be more and more like Him and less and less like this world. This book has been influential in reconnecting my focus to God and not on this world's pursuits as well as an encouragement to get on board with what God is doing in this world. If after reading this book you have not been changed, then you need to read it again and stay awake this time.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
This book picks up from the book RADICAL with practical challenges to implement ministering radically for Christ. This book is not just for ministry leaders. Lay people will come away convicted and challenged to live for Christ in a way that has an impact on the world.
Radical Together is the recent release by Multnomah Books (2011, 148 pages) which is the follow up to Platt's New York Times best seller Radical.
Platt holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a 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 has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, and as Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.
In his first book, Platt explores how the gospel affects our lives as Christian in terms of practicial living. Given the eternal nature of our calling and charge to reach the lost for Christ, Platt contended that as evangelicals we do not have time to waste pursuing a Christian version of the "American Dream." In essence, discipleship itself is radical in nature.
In this book, Platt has sought to continue on with that same premise. His intent is clear. He writes:
In Radical Together, I want to consider what happens--or can happen--when we apply the revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to our communities of faith. I want to contemplate the force of a people who come together to enjoy God's grace in the church while they extend God's glory in the world. And I want to propose that a movement of such people in such churches has the potential to permeate nations with the praise of God (p. VIII).
Platt engages his readers with one question in mind, "How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?"
The book has six chapters which are the six driving ideas in the book:
1. The worst enemy of Christians is good things in the church.
2. The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work.
3. Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.
4. Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.
5. We are living--and longing--for the end of the world.
6. We are selfless followers of a self-centered God.
Platt points out that when he came to his church, there were a lot of "good programs." He challenged his church though that with the programs they had and with the money that was being spent, was this the best way to allocate the Lord's money? Platt urges his readers and his church to think the beyond the local to the global mission of reaching the lost for Christ.
Platt's desire is to see the church prioritize her spiritual priorities. Some churches get so caught up in programs that the actual ministry to the flock is superseded by the very program that seeks to minister to them.
Platt has a desire to get his readers to see their true purpose and calling as believers in Christ. The call to discipleship is radical and many are confused as to how that takes shape in a corporate setting. Throughout the book, Platt offers practical guidelines on how he has seen the Lord move in his church to address the critical ministry issues of the day while offering motivation for others to do the same. He does all this while exhorting believers to have a high view of God while seeking to bring glory to Jesus Christ.
Some bloggers have referred to Platt's books as "radical theology." I think this is a misnomer. This book is practical theology. I think that our call to discipleship is radical by nature. I don't think Platt makes it anymore radical than it is.
Overall, Platt really ddin't say anything new. This book along with his last one is selling so well because it offers a biblically balanced alternative to the "seeker" driven and purpose driven philosophy of ministry and the emergent movement.
I think readers will find this book an enjoyable and challenging read. It takes a lot of hard work to change the culture of any church. And Platt was able to do this with his church with enormous growth and as a result his church is changing lives all across the globe. I found the insights to have been fresh and practical while at the same time theologically engaging. I believe Platt accomplished what he set out to do in this book. I recommend it.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Many thanks to them.
I just finished reading Radical Together and I think it was a fantastic little book. It was straight forward and to the point. I will say that I haven't read Radical yet but I will after reading this one. The concepts are difficult to read about yet the truth that rings through is undeniable. I think every follower of Christ needs to be wrestling with the types of questions Mr. Platt puts before us in this book. I like that he did a follow up to the original that has numerous examples of people who have decided to do something "radical" and the change its made in their lives and community. I am challenged by this book and that seems to be the point.
I received this book free from blogging for books in exchange for my review.