This third of David Platt's books continues the theme began in "Radical" of what it means to truly be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. Though a bit more lengthy than his earlier books, it is written to be read quickly but digested slowly. Platt writes as he speaks, plainly and compellingly. He is clear from the beginning that "following Jesus" means much more than just "making a decision" or "saying the sinner's prayer." It involves an investment of one's entire being and all of one's resources. He challenges the reader to consider whether or not they are really disciples of Christ if they are not actively making disciples of others. That is our purpose! His charge flies in the face of "contemporary Christianity," which is characterized by a "spectator mentality" of comfort and ease. Platt urges readers to break that mold and to become active in fulfilling the great purpose to which God has called His people, making disciples of all the people groups on the planet. He offers suggestions for getting started near the end of the book. The personal (and at times humorous) stories he shares of his own family help to flesh out the practical nature of his premise. Platt is "radical" in his thinking and vision-casting, but only to those who are unaware of or choose to ignore the biblical call. The Great Commission was not just for the first-century church. It is for all followers of Christ today. "Follow Me" is intended to encourage those who are genuinely following their Lord, as well as to prod those who are not. Get this book. Read it carefully, and share it with others.
This was a great book, an easy read, a wake up call to all! David Platt shines a light on what it really means to follow Christ, I would definitely recommend reading it!
As Christians we are called to go into the world and make disciples of men, but most are lucky if they are even being a good example living as a Christian.
We must use every moment of our lives and every opportunity that we have to be that light, share our story, share our love, and present the Gospel to others! Simple as that! You were called for a reason, now lets change the world!
One of the first reviews below is by Scott Snyder, in which he states that after reading the book, he felt Platt almost laid a guilt trip on those who were not quitting their job and leaving for overseas missions (his review is positive, however).
This area is actually addressed in the book, in which Platt clearly states that overseas missions may not be the calling for every single member of the body of Christ. In fact, Snyder's own argument is found in the book so I'm not sure how he missed it. Platt discusses the importance of focusing on the Great Commission at home as well, since local areas are contained inside "all nations". Platt argues, at length, for the importance of supporting overseas missions; not everyone may go to another country, but it must be a major focus that we support.
'Follow Me' is a fantastic read and is a great reminder of the undeserved call that we have received from our Lord. The calling of Christ, to take part in His joy and will is something we should cherish and not take lightly. The question is not merely "Are you going overseas?" but "Are you focused on making disciples"? The first question has no major implications regarding our sincerity in faith; the answer to the second question will reveal much about our faith. If we are truly followers of Christ, and His will and commandment is to make disciples, then clearly this focus will be evident in our hearts and lives.
Highly recommended book for new believers. Long-time followers of Christ will cherish this poignant reminder of the mission of God and the call to take part in said mission.
This book is amazing so jam packed with truth that has long gone without talking about. It challenges reader to follow Christ in a real way not just walk an isle or check a box or repeat a prayer. The Gospel bids us come and die not chase the American dream. This book is a great read David is real and straight fwd but loving and humorous in is style. He poses questions and then backs up everything with scripture. Pick this book up you won't be disappointed.