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Two bold messages--now combined into one--deliver high value while introducing new readers to David Platt's bestseller, Radical.

The message of Radical: taking back your faith from the American Dream has transformed the missional conversation among evangelicals since its release--and the book continues to win new readers. Both Radical and its follow up, RadicalTogether, were supported by 64-page booklets that delivered powerful, one-shot reading experiences with enormous pass-along appeal. Now in a hardcoverbind-up, this new resource provides an accessible entry point for an even larger audience of individuals and churches.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 6.25 X 4.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601424892
ISBN-13: 9781601424891

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Challenge the Status Quo                    
 
The Radical Question offers a compelling introduction to Radical’s challenge to the contemporary church. In this concise message, Platt asks, "What is Jesus worth to you?" Then he explores what a commitment to Jesus would actually look like in action.
 
The Radical Idea extracts key passages in Radical Together, the follow up to Radical, to show readers that church is not built on places, performances, programs, or professionals, but on people. Platt argues that those of us in the pews are meant to be active and intentional in spreading the good news of the gospel because when ordinary believers mobilize in everyday ministry, communities and church families change dramatically.
 
"The goal of the church is never for one person to be equipped and empowered to lead as many people as possible to Christ. The goal is always for all of God's people to be equipped and empowered to lead as many people as possible to Christ."
--David Platt

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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  1. Lylie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    love it!
    January 21, 2018
    Lylie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    David Platt keeps it up!
  2. saved by grace
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    January 29, 2015
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    dedicated to serving the church by making disciples of all nations
  3. David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Jesus really is worth it!
    July 10, 2014
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Since the release of "Radical" in 2010, David Platt's plea to the contemporary church is to stop chasing after "the American Dream" and begin living sacrificially for the expansion of the Gospel and the glory of Jesus Christ. His message has found wide acceptance among evangelical ministries that have lost their focus and turned inward. Sincere Christians are not only looking for something to live for, but something worth dying for. To that extent, Platt sounds like a modern-day Bonhoeffer. In this present volume we find two smaller booklets that are summaries of "Radical" and his follow-up book addressed to the church, "Radical Together." This current format provides a condensed version for those more desirous of cutting to the chase. For that reason, this small volume proves helpful as a quick resource, as well as a non-invasive (until the book is actually opened and read!) gift to pass along to others. Both parts of its message are compelling but, as Platt would agree, if it does not spur the reader to action it has not accomplished its purpose. For the complacent Christian, it should come with a "warning" label: "Read at your own risk!" (As a postscript I would suggest that the reader invest in "Radical" and "Radical Together" rather than starting with this smaller volume. To do the reverse would be akin to reading the Cliff's Notes version of a classic novel and then trying to read the real thing).
  4. nomer15
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
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    January 11, 2014
    nomer15
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 2
    "The Radical Question & A Radical Idea" by David Platt is a two-in-one book combination. The first book, "The Radical Question" appears to be a summary of some key concepts from his original book "Radical". The second book, "A Radical Idea", appears to follow the same vein and sum up key points from the book "Radical Together".

    "The Radical Question" asks readers to consider what Jesus is worth to us. He challenges us to live differently, to pursue a true Christianity instead of simply a Christian spin on the American dream. As he talks about how underground house churches often risk everything, including their very lives, for the chance to gather together and worship Christ, he ponders "I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we in America have lost touch with what is essential, radical--even dangerous--about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable" (p. 8). Having read the original book, "Radical" about a year and a half ago, I found this section to be a great reminder and summary of the challenges and questions from the original.

    "A Radical Idea" addresses the question of "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?" (p. 63). Platt looks at how the church can stand together, united to live for a radical purpose of living out a more biblical gospel. He questions our American desire to build big buildings and have top-notch programs instead of prioritizing getting the gospel to people who desperately need it and channeling greater amounts of funding toward things with a more far-reaching, eternal impact. He discusses the need to invest more in the people of the church, thereby creating disciples, instead of investing more in programs.

    Overall, the message of both books is a great one. He has a great message that the American church desperately needs to hear and ultimately begin to live out on a much greater scale. This little book would be a great one for someone who hasn't yet read either "Radical" or "Radical Together". But it does seem a bit overkill to put out two short little summaries instead of encouraging people to read the longer volumes that are packed with far more substance. Content-wise, the book is fantastic. But for me personally, I'm going to stick with the original books and skip these little summaries.

    (I've received this complimentary book from Waterbrook-Multnomah through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)
  5. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Book
    January 2, 2013
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We have here a followup to the widely read volume "Radical" by David Platt. That book, I have learned, is changing the way some look at church. This book, apparently, expands on the earlier book. I have not read yet that earlier book, but some who have criticize this volume as being just a condensation of the earlier book and not worth the extra expense. I'll leave that choice with you as I just consider this volume.

    The core of the "Radical" question in the first half of the book is: Is Jesus worth it? That would seem to be a no-brainer as Mr. Platt readily admits, but he works to examine if we really feel that way. In the process he shows that we often act opposite to Jesus Himself. For example, we are consumed with crowds while Jesus was often turning them away. His concerns and goals were different from ours.

    He finds fault with our massive building projects while we spend miniscule amounts on needs around the world. Some might feel he blurs the line between social projects and the Gospel. He is challenging but I feel that way myself as I read him. I can, however, certainly agree with his appeal that Christ is worthy of our lives.

    The second half of the book is the idea for taking "Radical" forward. He criticizes our reducing church to a staff of paid professionals providing spectators a worship experience. I was about to think he wanted to put all of us full-time pastors out to pasture, but he finally confessed that was not his point as he himself was a full-time pastor! In truth he has a great point. We need all involved, not just a few. It would make such a difference in our churches were we to turn this around.

    So this is an easy, quick read that will spur thought in our busy lives. You might want to give it a look.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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