I received this book with anticipation. Last year my mom and dad read Radical (book one) and loved it. Then I read it and I too loved it. It challenged me, it kept me intrigued, and it was easy to read. 3 very uncommon things for one book to posses at one time!!! :) But, Radical did.
Then Radical Together (Radical 2) was released. Eagerly I waited to be able to read it. What would it be like?It keeps up with its predecessor in wit, ideas, challenges, and good points.
In Radical Together, David Platt addresses the true meaning of the gospel and how some well meaning Christians can actually prohibit the people of God from fulfilling the gospel.
You will be challenged to give your all to further God's plan in the world. Reaching out to the nations who have never heard the word of God. How much are you willing to give for Christ and His Kingdom?
The Church is about the people of God. Not, performances, places, professionals, and programs. Look around you. Are you giving your all? Are you furthering the Kingdom of Christ as an individual, a family, a couple, a church, and as a community?
I highly recommend you read Radical and Radical Together.
If Radical was the call for revolution in the lives of individual Christians, then Radical Together must be the call for revolution within churches. In David Platt's newest book, Radical Together, he shifts his focus to how churches can implement the same truths he introduced in his New York Times bestselling debut title, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Rather than simply rehash the same material readers can find in his first book, David Platt expands on those ideas and goes a step further by introducing fresh concepts just for churches. Using the same type of foundation he presented in Radical, the questions Platt asks call for a larger and more thought-provoking experience as readers take a solid look at the way churches currently execute ministries in ways that actually differ from the core biblical teachings Jesus left to the Body.
Without an ounce of condemnation, Platt asks some tough questions. He asks churches and ministry leaders to re-evaluate budgets to see if monetary resources are used in the most effective way possible, he asks leaders and pastors to re-examine modern concepts in preaching of the Word and missions around the world, and he asks the entire body of believers to work together toward the common goal he showed us in Radicalâ€”to make the glory of Jesus known to all nations.
For individuals who embraced the teachings Dr. Platt presented in Radical, this book will assuredly offer a spark of hope. I remember after I finished Radical, though I felt enthusiastic about doing what Jesus said, I encountered a great deal of discouragement as I realized I truly couldn't impact the world by myself. In Radical Together, Platt makes it clear that the church is supposed to be comprised of individuals whose lives have been affected and transformed by the radical teachings of Jesus, and thus, those individuals come together to launch a radical movement in a united purpose.
While Radical could some-what be used in group study among churches, Radical Together is, without a doubt, written for that very purpose. If your church considers reading Radical Together, I highly recommend your group undergo some prerequisite reading with Radical before delving into this book. Reading Radical first will help provide a great foundation and sense of unity within churches who wish to study Radical Together.
While any church member can embrace the concepts found in this book, I think Radical Together will prove most beneficial for pastors and church leaders. That being said, once the pastors and leaders have read this book, I see no reason why they can't walk their own congregation through this study! To be honest, as the TeamKID leader at my own church, this book reshaped my view of the responsibility I hold.
Fans of Radical will especially enjoy this book as it could very well open a fresh way for them to recommend it to the staff at their own church. Once more, David Platt offers readers another thought-provoking book in Radical Together!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I called "Radical" the second most life-changing book I'd ever read - the Scriptures being Number One. "Radical Together" is an extension of its predecessor. I believe every Christian leader should read these books. I believe every Bible college student should be required to read these books. I believe every Christian who wants to live a life pleasing to the Lord, sold out to Him, will benefit from reading these books. I further believe if we implement the challenges put forth, we will transform the world.
"Radical Together" effective Round 2 for "Radical"
August 19, 2011
After loudly challenging individual Christians to live in radical obedience to Christ in his best-selling book "Radical," David Platt now challenges Christians and churches to be "Radical Together" in his latest book by that name (published by Multnomah Books).
"Radical Together" is an effective follow-through to Platt's original challenge for radical obedience, but don't expect it to hold quite the same level of eye-opening punch. With what is considered to be faithful Christianity and effective "church" being so far removed from an accurate biblical context and mired in current culture and corporate concepts, "Radical" served as a bold, no-holds-barred message of truth that connected within the church like a prize fighter's right upper-cut to a glass jaw.
The result of the first book? Many Christians have stepped up to the challenge to live a life of radical obedience to Christ. But many others were profoundly impacted by the message intellectually, but have yet to change their lives in any substantive way. "Radical Together" attempts to help readers take the step from being punched with the truth to actualizing a radical faith.
For those who were hoping Platt would tone down his message and provide Christians with more wiggle room for maintaining their mediocre faith, you will be disappointed. Starting with a somewhat mellow opening, Platt again builds a crescendo of biblical teaching designed to get churches to radically rethink and reorganize what they consider to be obedient faith.
Platt uses just six simple chapters to unfold his challenge of being radically obedient together. He starts by challenging readers to break out of traditional or modern cultural molds for Christian living and how we "do church" by looking past some of the good things we're doing to consider what would be best. Platt shows how we can actually fall short of God's will by settling for doing some things that really are good, when we are quite capable of doing better.
I was happy to see the inclusion of chapter two, as Platt attempts to resolve a tension created from the strength of his message in the original book. Some have criticized Platt's "Radical" message as being too focused on doing things for God, sounding more like a works-based faith. In "Radical Together," Platt clarifies that a radical obedience to Christ is a natural result of an overflow of joy from walking with God.
From there, Platt identifies the Bible as being the source of his challenge, as well as being the power source for radical obedience. While it is vital to make scripture a central source for Christians, Platt missed coupling scripture with its essential partner: prayer. He later highlights the essential role of prayer in the last chapter of the book, but not pairing it with the role of scripture weakens the adequacy of the focus.
Then Platt manages to step on more toes by challenging readers to get the process of church right, clearly stating that it's not about slick performances, comfortable places, ministry professionals, or church programs --- all the things we currently make the central constructs of the modern church. Instead, Platt redirects us to the biblical concept of mission for the church, and lands another strong bout of the "radical" message once again.
Finally, Platt states something that left me applauding loudly: he says he's become "nauseated" by all the talk of "vision" among church leaders in a Church that remains so mediocre. Platt gets something that most church leaders who use a business construct for the church miss: that is, the church is to be directed by Christ's mission for the church rather than man-made visions for it. Vision should be about how we execute achieving the mission Christ has already given to His church.
"Radical Together" concludes with a renewed challenge for Christians and churches to be just that ... radical, together!
Are you in, or are you out?
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."