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Sneak Peek Review - this is a must-buy!

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Initial post: May 1, 2010 9:52:04 AM PDT
The title of the book is "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream". The author is David Platt, formerly billed as "The youngest megachurch pastor in history". The ideas expressed are indeed radical.

How have American Christians become so separated from the actual Gospel? How were Jesus' teachings twisted to fit our comfort level? How do we reconcile spending $23 million dollars on a new mega-church building on one hand with sending a paltry $5000 to the starving people of Darfur?

You'll want to read more. If you're like me, you'll be saying, "Amen", because YOU'VE probably gone to churches where putting on the show was more important than getting the actual message out.

It will make you think ... it will make you want to make the commitment to change ... it will open your eyes to how we have become so enamored of "The American Dream" of success and prosperity that we've managed to toss true Christian values aside. It will will make you re-think your daily living and your perspective on what being a "true Christian" actually means. It will make you strive to follow the true meaning of the Gospel: It will make you a better, truer Christian and a better person

Posted on May 2, 2010 7:18:02 PM PDT
Radical by David Platt - There's quite a bit of hype surrounding this book. Whether you agree with everything Platt has to say or not, I recommend you read it. Let God challenge you through the questions it raises. A word of caution: you will likely be challenged to step outside your comfort zone and grow in your faith. Here are a few statements that especially stood out to me: "We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves." (p. 7) "We don't want to believe it. We are afraid of what it might mean for our lives. So we rationalize these passages away...And this is where we need to pause. Because we are starting to redefine Christianity. We are giving in to the dangerous tempation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with." (p. 13) Are you a receiver or reproducer of God's Word? Are we discipling or disinfecting? (chapter 5) Be prepared for the one year challenge, which includes (1) pray for the entire world, (2) read through the entire Word, (3) sacrifice your money for a specific purpose, (4) spend your time in another context, and (5) commit your lie to a multiplying community. Download the first chapter to read at

Posted on May 3, 2010 6:41:22 AM PDT
C. Miller says:
I read the preview also... What a gem this book will be! Our house is fired up to read it :-)
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