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Book Review: Radical, Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream by David Platt

"I have one desire now-to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength in to it." Ed McCully from Through Gates of Splendor
I've had this book in the TBR stack for quite some time, not because I did not want to read it, other books kept pushing it back. Finally I finished reading it yesterday, great book! I've noticed this book has gotten big press or advertising coverage. It is a New York Times bestseller. Many of my Christian friends I've heard chatting about it.

David Platt has written a bestseller I believe because it is a straightforward energy packing push for American Christians to get out of their comfortable chair and live the life we were meant to live IN CHRIST. David Platt explains that the American dream has been to have the "best" in a house, or car, or material possessions we can attain. Added in to this I will state that for the American culture more is considered better. Never mind if you can't afford it. More shoes, more clothes, the best in a cell phone, or television especially if it is a large screen. I could go on. Christmas is next month, how many of us will go in deeper debt, or at least go over our budget, because we want the best which is defined as more?
David Platt states that "Jesus is someone worth losing everything for." To leave it all behind if that is what He calls us to do, in order to follow Him. This is the question Jesus asked the rich young man in Mark chapter 10.
"Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me." Mark 10:21
In Radical several stories are shared of people that did feel the call to radically change their life and then surrendered their will for Christ Jesus' will. In some situations they quit high paying jobs in order to move to another place in order to serve for little or no pay. Another example a husband and wife went door to door in a neighborhood knocking on each door asking the people what their needs were, this couple gave money and clothing or other material possessions from their own home.
It may not be letting go of money that Jesus will call us to do. The point-the focus-the aim is to surrender our life-our will at His feet.
The book ends with a challenge to us. One of the challenges is to read the Bible in one year. David Platt states, "We have settled too long for Bible-lite, both as individual Christians and in the community of faith. We have adopted a Christianity consumed with little devotional thoughts from God for the day, supplemented by teaching in the church filled with entertaining stories and trite opinions on how to be a better person and live a better life in the twenty-first century."

Many of us are scared to pieces to let go. It's all the what ifs out there that bugs us out!
There is another quote that I love, and one that is written on an index card and taped to my dresser--------
"The key battle of our spiritual life. God's goodness--Is God truly worthy of our trust? This was the question of the serpent in the garden."
So instead of being afraid, which means we've taken our eyes off Jesus and we are focused on the fear, focus "on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith." Hebrews 12:2

This is a fantastic book!
A book that could be used in book discussion or individual study.
David Platt explains his ideas well, his points are quick and easy to grasp.
He interjects stories from people he personally knows as applications for us.
I love the cover, an upside down house--creative and catchy.
The title Radical is a word people notice, it is an edgy word, a word people want to open up and read at least a few pages to understand what the book is about.

Published by Multnomah May 4, 2010
240 pages
Christian Non-Fiction/Evangelism/Gospel

Also available Radical the Bible Study, link @ Christian Book:
Paperback $13.99 (includes 10 copies @64 pages each)

Second book by David Platt was released April 19, 2011
Link for it @ Christian Book:
Paperback $9.99
eBook $11.99

Link for Radical @ Christian Book:
Paperback $8.99
eBook $12.99

Link for Radical @ Amazon:
Paperback $10.19
Kindle $12.99

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Blissful Reading!


twiga92 said…
This was a great book, one I read earlier this year. I also have Radical Together that I haven't read yet but hope to this coming year.