Wednesday, May 12, 2010RADICAL --Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream
By David Platt
OVERVIEW: In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
AUTHOR: David Platt is the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a four-thousand-member congregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Widely regarded as an exceptional expositor, David has traveled and taught around the world. he holds two undergraduate and three advanced degrees, including a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
MY REVIEW: This book, Radical--Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream and the companion booklet, The Radical Question, make me uncomfortable. And like most Americans, I do like to be comfortable. So if you are anything like me, you may not enjoy reading these books. However, let me quickly add: I am thankful that I had the opportunity to read these challenging books and I know that my faith is stronger and that I have been changed for the better.
I believe every Christian needs to read Radical. We need to be challenged the way David Platt challenges us to have a passion for the Great Commission. I agree with Jerry Rankin who said, "This book has the potential to revitalize churches today to practice a radical, biblical lifestyle that can transform society and reach a lost world." And with Wess Stafford who wrote, "David Platt challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose...This is a must read for every believer!"
This book was given to me by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group in exchange for an honest review. You may contact them and purchase a copy at this direct link: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/