Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent NeedDavid PlattMultnomah / 2019 / Hardcover$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 33 Reviews Video
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Pa Moua5 Stars Out Of 5Something Definitely Needs to ChangeSeptember 19, 2019Pa MouaDavid Platt has to be one of our greatest evangelist, discipleship maker, pastor and speak of our generation. I've read mostly all of his books and this one is definitely special. He paints such a vivid picture of what he saw and experienced. I can smell the air, see the stars, felt his emotions and his deep cry of prayers for the loss and unreached. This book is life changing. I do not think you will be able to read it and walk away un phased. I highly recommend it to anyone who is struggling with their faith, purpose and direction in life. Must read!
Nancy5 Stars Out Of 5Something Needs to ChangeSeptember 19, 2019NancyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Something Has to Change by David Platt review: David Platt is a pastor at McLean Bible Church in metro Washington, DC. He has written many other books including Radical. David shares his eye opening experience to the Himalayas in this book. He took a week trip to the Himalayas. This area is considered to be one of the Unreached People Groups. He went to the Himalayas with a group and met people there who were and continue to spread Christianity. As He trekked through the difficult terrain He was face to face with many questions. He asked the very difficult questions we often encounter in this world. He asked ," If the gospel is true and God is really good, then where is God amid extreme poverty and pain?" "Where are the peace and protection of God for the oppressed and exploited in the world.?"Is hell really a place and does it actually last forever?"" If so, then why are so many people born into what seems like an earthly hell, only to move to an eternal one?" He was extremely vulnerable and real as He faced many difficult situations. He saw many very young girls being victims of human trafficking. Christians who live there are often persecuted for their faith. He saw people getting sick from poor water. He saw the people sick and needing medical care and not able to get it. He shared about his daily experiences and followed it with his Bible reading and his personal journals. He reflected in his journals on what the Bible reading meant for what He was personally facing. There are reflection questions at the end of every chapter so the reader can personalize what they are reading. This book is hard to put down and will leave the reader thinking what am I doing in this world. Am I making my life count for the Lord? This book is a real life changer. The book has Bible study material and DVDs for personal or group use. There are wonderful resources about the book including a trailer at www.radical.net I highly recommend this book.. I was given an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher and I am not obligated to give a positive review. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this excellent and well written book.
NateWooster, OHAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5What Will it Take for Us to Change?September 19, 2019NateWooster, OHAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read all of David Platt's book's. I have listened intently to his sermons. I have watched and listened to Secret Church. And I am so moved every time by his messages. David Platt always moves and challenges his audience and this book is no different. However, this title is very different form his other books. This book is more David's memoir from his trip through mountains and Himalayan trails. An eyewitness account of what he experienced as he traveled the mountains and villages and people he encountered. He shares his stories and also his heart as he wrestles with what is challenging him on this trip. Not only is he calling us, the church to respond but he is also crying out to God and asking how he (David) is to respond to what he has experienced. Amazing book. Challenging and motivating as he always is. Stories that you will not forget. But will it move us to change? Because clearly something needs to change!
Theron St. John4 Stars Out Of 5A Life-Changing CallSeptember 18, 2019Theron St. JohnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This past summer I went with a team from my church to the Philippines on a ministry trip. We support a missionary there and were able to serve alongside him and his family during our time in the country. In a context where poverty is seen up close, I noticed my missionary brother's concern for not only the physical needs but ultimately the spiritual needs of the people. For his ministry, ministering to spiritual and physical needs was not an "either/or" proposition; it was a "both/and" reality. I came away from that trip convicted, challenged, and called to action. Then I read David Platt's new book Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need and am convinced that this conviction, challenge, and call cannot fade but must translate into lasting change.
Sharing His Trek
Platt approaches Something Needs to Change with a different format than his previous works. He takes the reader on his 8-day trek through the Himalayan trails, sharing what he and his team did, what they witnessed, and how he was impacted. The reader is given a "behind-the-scenes" look from David Platt on this journey through a place that has great physical needs to combat like extreme poverty and sex trafficking while also recognizing the great spiritual need of sharing the gospel in places where people are hostile to Christianity and where salvation in Christ has not been heard. Each day in the book ends with reflection questions to invite the reader on the trek and to make the most of their journey as they come to terms on how they can best answer the call to make their lives count.
Risk of This Book
In typical David Platt fashion, he does not shy away from the cost of following Christ and he warns the reader of the risk of this book. David faces this risk himself as he details his trip through the Himalayan trails and opens up as he meditates on God's Word and is moved to action in God's calling for his life to count in a world of urgent physical and spiritual need. He is honest about his struggles in how to help those in need and wrestles with the possibility of moving to the Himalayas to care for and reach others in need and with the gospel. Readers should know Platt does not hold back on the great physical needs he saw as the book contains heartbreaking accounts (page 39 for example). Yet, David Platt makes clear broken and moved hearts must result in affections and produce action.
While some may wonder if they need to respond as radically as considering a move across the world, David is wise to point out that not everyone's trek to this call will look the same. Still, he affirms, "God has created your life to count in a world of urgent need" (Platt 195). If someone picks up this book and their life still looks the same, then this book has failed its purpose and has missed its mark in the reader's life, according to David Platt. That is to say, Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need by David Platt is a life-changing book for any Christian who wants to obey the call of God to love their neighbor in need. Yet, because of the great challenge this book presents, this may be one of the riskiest or most rewarding books Christians can read because their lives will never be the same. If you want to find biblical conviction and accept the challenge to answer the call of God in reaching out to those in physical and spiritual need, then you will want to be sure to get a copy of Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need by David Platt today.
I received this book for free from WalterBrook & Multnomah as a member of their launch team program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.
Grateful5 Stars Out Of 5Something needs to change...Us.September 18, 2019GratefulMeets Expectations: 5Something Needs to Change
by David Platt
Years ago, I read David Platt's then brand-new-book, Radical (2010). I have read it at least twice. It changed my life and thinking! Since then I have come to expect his books to be challenging! This newest book, Something Needs to Change, is no exception but it is different in the way it was written. I would call is a memoir. While you might expect a preacher to preach at you, this book takes you on a very personal journey through his thoughts and experiences as he visits one of the hardest areas in the world to reach, both physically and as a result, spiritually hard to reach. This book takes you on a weeklong journey through the Himalayan Mountains on foot. You will feel his passion and see, through his words, the images that are indelibly etched in his mine. As his heart breaks, so did mine.
The church in America especially is faced with a choice: Will we show compassion and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, or will be become "isolationists" and withdraw into our own little "christian" culture? Will we be "goers" or "senders"? Both are desperately needed now! I think you will be challenged by this book. We have been blessed to be a blessing. Something needs to change.Us.
I was provided an advance copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.