Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American DreamDavid PlattMultnomah / 2010 / Trade Paperback$9.00 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 289 Reviews
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Platt actually doesn't tell you the reader to downsize their house, their car, their income, go move to the inner city, etc. He gives examples of some in his church and others who he knows who have done so to remove themselves from the "American dream" and to spread the gospel to those they wouldn't normally reach. Platt helpfully points the reader away from the American dream and directs them to send help (financial/physical) to the lost in America and in the world.
Salvation means there should be a life-style change (pp. 38-39).Making money isn't wrong, but there's more to life than spending it all on our wants and desires, but there are others who really need it (2 Cor 8:9). It's not a "Social Gospel" of merely meeting all physical needs, but showing love by sacrifice.
Platt doesn't tell us to put legalistic pressures on ourselves or others. We should ask ourselves and pray about how much we should keep and how much we should give. Be neither the slacker nor the hoarder.
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My biggest peeve with the book is one theme implied throughout the whole book:dichotomy. Platt makes a distinction between Christians who live "radically" and those who don't. What's an ordinary Christian to do?What is a busy, single parent to do? There are things they can do, but nothing as 'radical' as what Platt suggests? What do you do? You live. Acts 17:28a: "for in Him we live and move and have our being" (see 1 Cor 10.31).
He seems to assume his audience is wholly made up of money-hungry, American Christians who don't like to share their money (even if that's very true).
What is really radical? Loving your spouse. Raising your kids to love God and being the godly example for them. Representing God well to the world. Read your Bible, study your Bible, and pray. Love the world.+
Also, this book was boring.
Crazy 8 Mom5 Stars Out Of 5RadicalSeptember 22, 2017Crazy 8 MomQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Love this book! Platt really steps on the American Dream's toes! Not too many Christians are willing or bold enough to do that these days! Thank you David Platt for your excellent book and for your boldness in reminding Christians that Jesus has commanded each of us to fulfill the Great Commission!
DT4 Stars Out Of 5A dose of reality...July 4, 2017DTQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Platt does a phenomenal job drawing out what it means to be a Follower of Christ. This book is a great encouragement in today's world!
Maya5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Book!March 14, 2017MayaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book has really challenged me spiritually and has allowed me to fall in love with Jesus all over again. The book offers a realistic view of the "american dream" allowing readers to ask themselves real life shaking questions about life motives and purpose. Being challenged to do more and be more is what this book accomplishes and my walk with Christ is more active and alive than ever!
Jim3 Stars Out Of 5Typical Baptist BashingOctober 10, 2015JimQuality: 4Value: 2Meets Expectations: 3Although I agree with David's premise that the Church needs to wake up and stop thinking about themselves, he is practicing typical Baptist bashing with shame tactics in this book. Yes if you are a true Christian, you'll have a heart for service and ministry. Sitting idle is not an option. But to imply that everyone must have an active role in missions, is both non-scriptural and twisting of the scriptures.
Do we ignore what the Bible teaches about the body of Christ. 1 Cor 12, Rom 12 and Eph 4:11-16 apply. It is not Biblical to say that everyone must be evangelist. The great commission was a directive to the Church to make disciples. The entire body of the church has that mission. But the body is made up of many parts, some internal and some external. When a person teaches Sunday School, they are helping the church fulfill the mission of evangelism. When a person serves as a greeter or in the kitchen or in the choir, they are helping the church fulfull the great commission. Some people have the role of being the church's liver and cleaning up the toxins of poor doctrine. Such a person needs to come along side of David Platt.
What I find even more scary is that I can take some high pressure marketing advertisements for financial newsletters, the ones claiming that they will make you a millionaire, and lay it side by side with some of these chapters and you see that although the subject matter is different, the tactic of manipulation of the reader is identical. Where is the Holy Spirit in his teaching? The bible is clear that the desires of service place in our hearts comes from Him. Pragmatism is not the way of the Lord. The Bible says that God's ways are foolishness to us and vice versa.
I'm sure all bashing ministers, who heave boulders of burdens on their congregation each Sunday, love this book and sell it in their church book stores. Christ said his yoke is easy. This book places a burdensome weight of, "You are not doing enough." on to the reader. Don't fall for it.