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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781601423733
ISBN-13: 9781601423733
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Publisher's Description

Take the next step. From radical followers of Christ to radical communities of faith.
 
In Radical, David Platt’s plea for Christians to take back their faith from the American Dream resonated with readers everywhere, and the book quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Now in Radical Together, the author broadens his call, challenging us to unite around a gospel-centered vision.
 
How, he asks, might such a vision reshape our priorities as the body of Christ? How might well-intentioned Christians actually prevent God’s people from accomplishing God’s purpose? And, how can we best unleash the people of God in the church to carry out the purpose of God in the world?
 
Writing to everyone who desires to make an impact for God’s glory—whether you are an involved member, a leader, or a pastor—Dr. Platt shares six foundational ideas that fuel radical obedience among Christians in the church. With compelling Bible teaching and inspiring stories from around the world, he will help you apply the revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to your community of faith in fresh, practical ways.


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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 has written several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and most recently Counter Culture (to be released February 2015).
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.




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Publisher's Weekly

Addressing evangelical Christian leaders and members, mega-church pastor and author Platt (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream) espouses six "essential ideas" to accomplish the title goal. For example, in "The Tyranny of the Good," Platt urges individuals and congregations to prayerfully review budgets, questioning everything--family homes and dreams, church programs, building projects,--with a willingness to sacrifice all "to accomplish the Great Commission," namely, to evangelize. Providing examples of individuals and churches who faithfully engage in this process, he describes his own congregation's embrace of community orphans needing foster care and adoption, as well as the work done by families undertaking missions in impoverished countries. Platt challenges affluent Christians to rethink devoting vast resources to providing entertaining experiences and lattes for seekers. With urgency, he calls leaders to equip lay Christians to spread the gospel to the six thousand "people groups" who risk "everlasting suffering in hell" because they have not heard about Jesus. While mainline and other non-evangelical Christians may dispute some of Platt's assumptions, his call for faithful allocation of resources and an empowered laity will resonate across the Christian spectrum. (Apr.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Response to Radical and Radical Together

"I love this book! Please read it. God is using David Platt to lead His church into much-needed reform. Radical Together is filled with tremendous insight from a man who loves Christ’s church. I don’t know of a church leader that I trust more."
-Francis Chan, best-selling author of Crazy Love
 
"I have the privilege of knowing David Platt, and I assure you that his life and ministry commend what he has written here. Read Radical Together. Like the right medicine, it may be more helpful than comfortable. In fact, my prayer is that it may be an explosion, shifting many churches from centering wrongly on ourselves to centering rightly on Christ and his agenda for us—and for his world."
-Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.
 
"Radical caused many Christians to be shaken and to reevaluate their lives. Radical Together will do the same for our churches. Radical Together is such a clarion call for churches across the world to follow the clear teachings of the Word that I began to pray that this book would indeed move thousands of churches to become more biblically radical. Many churches and Christians will never be the same again after reading this book and following its biblical precepts."
-Thom Rainer, President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources, and coauthor of The Millenials and Simple Church
 
"David Platt 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 nations! Radical is a must-read for every believer!"
-Wess Stafford, President and CEO, Compassion International

"Platt’s arguments…emerge at a post-excess moment, when attitudes toward material life are up for grabs. His book has struck a chord."
-David Brooks, The New York Times
 
"Platt challenges affluent Christians to rethink devoting vast resources to providing entertaining experiences and lattes for seekers. His call for faithful allocation of resources and an empowered laity will resonate across the Christian spectrum."
-Publishers Weekly
 
"What's significant about Platt's perspective is that it is coming from a solidly conservative voice in the evangelical mainstream."
-Jonathan Merritt, The Huffington Post
 
"This book is a challenge for Christians to wake up, trade in their false ’American dreams,’ and live a Christ-centered life."
-Jay Peroni, CFP, Crosswalk.com
 
"[Platt is] biblical, straightforward, brutally honest, and writes a powerful narrative as he sets out to discover what Jesus really taught to first century followers."
-Matthew Robbins, TheChristianManifesto.com
 
"Throughout the book, Platt exposes the indifference of American evangelicals. It was hard for me to put the book down, though I can't say that I enjoyed it. I was convicted. I was uncomfortable. But mostly I was (and am) challenged. Challenged to live a life that looks more like that of a true follower of Christ."
-John Bird, DiscerningReader.com

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  1. Minot, ND
    Age: Under 18
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Continuing to challenge 'status quo' Christianity
    February 15, 2013
    AlandWynda
    Minot, ND
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you feel like the experience in the church you attend is not as fulfilling as it could be and that the Scriptures call for more from the body of Christ, then you will like this book by David Platt. The author continues to challenge how church is conducted in American Culture. He provides many thought provoking points to consider and questions to contemplate.

    As Platt indicates, he does not have all of the answers, and there may be other ways to bring praise and glory to God. However, this book will certainly assist you in initiating important discussions and considering other perspectives for how to steward time, talent and treasures that are given to us by God.
  2. Owensboro, Kentucky
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    Cindy
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    This book was a Christmas gift and I was able to purchase it and several others since it was half of what I would have spent in the local stores.
  3. Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Platt Does It Again
    August 28, 2012
    Greg
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
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    David Platt is an author, speaker, and preacher who continually challenges my church paradigm. He did it in his first book, "Radical" and did not disappoint in his follow-up book "Radical Together." I never know for sure if I enjoy reading Platt's books but I know I must read them. I am always convicted, challenged, confirmed, and compelled by Platt's writing. "Radical Together" was no different.

    What is the vision of the church? Are we more concerned with the comforts of our call or the cost of reaching people? As you read Platt, you realize there are very few people who have a greater passion for reaching all people groups in the world. He gives some amazing numbers of the unreached people groups across the world. Believing it is the task of the church to reach all people groups, he challenges the church to be radical in completing this task to usher in the return of Jesus Christ.

    To accomplish this, the church must begin to remember she has been "entrusted by God with stewards of God's Word to equip God's people to be servants with God's Word" (pg 71). The church must regain her focus on equipping people and not just planning events. Platt will argue throughout the book of the importance of a selfless people serving a self-centered God. We must our eyes off of our comfort and put them squarely on the greatness of an all-mighty and all-sufficient God.

    If I were to sum up Platt's ideas I would with two quotes of the many I underlined while reading "Radical Together:" "We want to see God glorified by people everywhere because God wants to see himself glorified by people everywhere" (pg 106). "Radical Together" takes the ideas of "Radical" and asks the question "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?" (3, 125).

    I am always convicted and challenged by Platt. I would highly recommend the reading of "Radical Together." Be ready to be challenged. Be ready to ask yourself in you are more concerned with the comforts of following Christ or are you willing to submit to His Lordship and accept the cost of fowling. As a Christian, are you ready to get busy in getting the Gospel to every people group in the world to help usher in the coming of our Lord? If that is a challenge you are ready to undertake, take a moment to read "Radical Together." It is an easy read yet a challenging read.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  4. Montrose, PA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Challenging Book
    July 10, 2012
    JimF
    Montrose, PA
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    In Radical Together, David Platt picks right up where he left off in his previous book Radical. The book is easy to read but thought provoking and convicting. Platt calls the church to be the church by moving away from their comfortable and self-centered way of doing church to a gospel centered focus that drives churches to work for and serve others.

    He challenges readers that some of the worst enemies for Christians are the good things in the church. Platt believes that we substitute church activities for kingdom purposes. He encourages all Christ followers to be holding all things before Christ and to consider the kingdom work to which they are called. Christians are challenged to make the best use of time, resources and talents so that God's kingdom might be known.

    Platt challenges the belief that once a person becomes a Christ follower they should sit back and relax in the hope of their faith. Rather Christians should be working together to make a huge difference for the Kingdom. He gives practical examples of how that may happen in the life of the church and the lives of indivdiuals.

    The book is a call for church to equip believers in their churches so that those believers can go out from the church and share the life changing hope of the gospel. Radical Together is an excellent read and a book I plan on reading again soon.

    I received a free copy from Waterbrook Publishing but was not influenced to provide a positive review.
  5. Montana
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    Radically Revolutionary
    April 16, 2012
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    Radical Together by David Platt

    I welcome any opportunity to read a David Platt book so when Blogging For Books made "Radical Together" available for review, I jumped on the opportunity to soak up the words.

    I was not disappointed.

    It was a non-stop adventure through what it means to be radical together as a church. He sets the tone for this theme with the opening question on page 3:

    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?

    How, David? Well_ he tells us how and he does it by addressing six main points:

    1. One of the worst enemies of Christians can be good things in the church

    2. The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work

    3. The word does the work

    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're selfless followers of a self-centered god

    However, there is a warning I would issue here; if you are not ready and/or willing to make radical changes, you will fight against the radical ideas David proposes. Radical ideas like:

    - The last thing you and I want to do is waste our lives on religious activity that is devoid of spiritual productivity—being active in the church but not advancing the kingdom of God.

    - As Christians today, you and I can easily deceive ourselves into thinking that dedication to church programs automatically equals devotion to kingdom purposes

    - David Platt challenges us to let go of the good things in order to achieve greater purposes.

    I think we can all admit, letting go isn't easy and letting go of what seems good is even harder. His challenge, after his stated thesis, unrolls in this claim:

    Put EVERYTHING on the table.

    Meaning, bring all things before God for His approval, no matter how good you think they are. And in this, David begins to show radical submission, radical work for the Lord, radical sacrifices, and radical living.

    He does all this first and foremost by sharing what God's Word says about every single topic his thesis sets out to address. He challenges people, churches, and preachers to remember: God's Word does all the work, we are but instruments for Him to use in spreading it.

    I could talk, in great excitement, for hours on the lessons and encouragement gained from this little book. It was an easy read with a tough but great message for modern times. It includes resources for small group study and links to his and other websites which contain further FREE resources helpful in growing radically together.

    Soaking up this information may have only taken a few days_ but the impact will certainly last a life time. A must-read for every Christian, and especially for every Christian in a leadership position.

    Be radical, Jesus was.

    Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

    - Matthew 10:39
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