Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent NeedDavid PlattMultnomah / 2019 / Hardcover$12.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 45 Reviews
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Karen L. Zuniga5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing Book Experience!October 5, 2019Karen L. ZunigaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading this book was a real life experience. I took the 8 day journey with Jesus and David. So far the experience took me 16 days of in the text over a 48 day timespan and journal entries flowed with Living Water from the King of Kings. The scriptures David supplied on his trip was life intersecting to my core. I experienced tears, vision, healing, miracles, repentance, remembrance, grace, calling & JOY! My life will never be the same. I am going to start a re-read this week because I am ready for round two. I believe," He came to set the masses free!" The experience is still living in me and through me by God's Grace and lovingkindness.
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Must ReadSeptember 29, 2019FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5David Platt tells of a life changing mission trip backpacking through the Himalaya Mountains, that altered the trajectory of his ministry. Seeing such desperate need in a remote area, still very unreached by the Gospel, people disabled by fast growing infections, rampant superstitions, and child prostitution.
Mr. Platt documents his journey day by day along with his daily Scripture reading through Luke, sharing interactions with the people he met as well as conversations with his travelling companions. He is very honest about how his perspective changed over the course of the journey, and he shares his heartfelt struggles with radically living the great commission.
I have read many other books by David Platt and I am a huge fan, and I really enjoyed how this book showed how parts of his ministry began and grew into his Radical ministry. This book had a different tone than his previous books, as it takes a more heartfelt, storytelling path, sharing his heart and calling us to action to step out from our American painted view of Christianity, but instead to live our faith Biblically.
Overall, a must read book for all Christians, very convicting, with hard truths, yet still encouraging, and inspiring. It is a good reminder that we are called and chosen to live God honoring lives, doing His work and spreading the Gospel. We are responsible to not turn a blind eye or be ignorant of the needs of others, not just physical or material, but most importantly of all their spiritual need for Christ.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
word_smythe5 Stars Out Of 5A Very Personal JourneySeptember 29, 2019word_smytheThis book is a glimpse into a life-changing week in the life of David Platt. He has us walk with him on a trek through the Himalayas, and as we walk on this journey, the author paints word pictures of incredible poverty and superstition, pain and hopelessness. Each evening of the journey we are invited to read the author's journal where he shares his personal thoughts and struggles with what he sees. Rather than being a theological treatise on caring for the poor, this book is a memoir of the author's thoughts and feelings. Each chapter ends with two probing questions that cause us to consider what we are going to do with the information we now have, just as the author is struggling to find his own answers to the questions. The book is challenging and convicting and takes us to a part of the world most of us will never see.
AmyL4 Stars Out Of 5A call to reconsiderSeptember 24, 2019AmyLQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Something Needs to Change is David Platt's newest book. In this book, Platt takes you on a journey with him through the Himalayan mountains. Based on an eight-day journey, Something Needs to Change confronts the question "Is Jesus really the hope of the world?"
Unlike Platt's other books, Something Needs to Change takes on a more conversational tone. Platt takes you through his journal and experiences as he trekked through the mountains. Faced with devastating stories of loss and abuse, Platt lets the reader in on his journey to struggle to understand the love of God and the large amounts of unreached people around the world.
As you read, you're invited to walk with Platt into each village. To meet the people he met, read their stories and contemplate what those villagers are experiencing and how that impacts the way you approach your faith.
Something Needs to Change is about the wrestle. You won't walk away with a prescriptive lesson on how to serve and reach the unreached peoples in the world. But Platt does invite you to consider how what you experience through the pages of this book impacts the way that you LIVE out your faith.
There was an uncomfortableness in reading this book. Mostly because in reading the stories, I knew I wasn't going to think about sharing the gospel the same. It's caused me to ponder how much time I'm spending with others around me who don't know the gospel, and how I'm impacting the nations through the way I live my life.
Something Needs to Change is a call for Christians to reconsider. Reconsider preconceived notions. Reconsider the way they live their faith. And reconsider the way we share the gospel.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Allie5 Stars Out Of 5Thought-provoking & deeply convictingSeptember 24, 2019AllieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book takes you along on David Platt's journey through the Himalayas, which is incredible enough, but what's amazing about it is that his clarity and honesty in writing drives you to do something different with the knowledge and understanding that there are people all over the world carrying far greater suffering than we can imagine, who don't even know the name of Jesus. Even if you can't go to the Himalayas yourself at this moment in time, you can easily find somewhere around you that needs the love of Jesus, that God has placed you here to love well in, and this book will motivate you to keep your eyes wide open for those spaces, embrace them when they come, and have your heart broken for the sake of the Gospel. My favorite part is how David Platt included his personal Bible study and journaling - it's far more personal than just the narrative alone. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.