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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Publishers (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601423217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601423214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.9 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Platt is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David's first love in ministry is disciple-making - the simple, biblical model of teaching God's Word, mentoring others and sharing faith. He has traveled extensively to teach the Bible alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. Atlanta natives, he and his wife Heather, made their home in New Orleans, until they were displaced by flooding following Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. In 2006 David became the Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.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 has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, and as Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans. David has written two books, The New York Times Bestseller "Radical - Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream" and "Radical Together - Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God." David and Heather were married in 1999. They are the parents of three children, Caleb, Joshua and Mara Ruth.

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There are so many things in this book that I will be thinking about for a long time to come.
Briana M. Jeffers
This book will definitely challenge you to pursue a relationship with Jesus filled with radical generosity, radical love, radical grace and radical compassion.
Travis Clark
So, I have recently borrowed the correct book to read to make sure it is a book I wish to purchase.

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Parson Doug on February 16, 2011
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I bought "Radical" and this book "The radical Question: What is Jesus worth to you." I thought that this was a study guide or supplement to the original book "Radical;" however, I was greatly mistaken. Don't get me wrong it was a good read but not worth the $1.59 I payed for my Kindle version and definitely not worth the $11.59+ you would pay in paperback. The whole book was based out of the stories that David tells at the beginning of the chapters in "Radical." My biggest disappointment lies in not having clear enough descriptions to let me know that I would be purchasing a book with almost word for word content as its original. I feel duped into buying an extra piece of literature that was unnecessary. Don't Buy this if you plan on buying "Radical," because there is no need!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dan on April 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Synopsis: The basic premise of this book is that American Christians have distorted the message of Christianity to fit into the ideals of the "American Dream." This essentially means that American Christians are overly materialistic and selfish with their time and money. It also means that they view Christianity as a consumer product, thus rendering church services to be professional entertainment and Christianity to be a product that is consumed, not a life-changing truth. Platt offers explanation to how these views do not agree with the real message of Christianity and finally gives a "challenge" which will aid the American Christian in overcoming these American distortions of the faith.

My Opinion: I have been putting off writing this (and honestly if writing it was not part of the agreement for receiving it I probably would not be writing this) because I have to say that something early in the book put a bad taste in my mouth so I feel like possibly that skewed my opinion of the rest of the book, so take that as a sort of disclaimer. What was that thing at the beginning of the book? Platt tells a story of a group of believers in his Alabama mega-church who hear about some Christians in Asia facing persecution who must meet in secret to study the Bible. These believers in Platt's church are inspired by these Asian Christians so they start a regular evening Bible Study and call it "Secret Church." To me this seems to trivialize and make light of the very real persecution of fellow Christians in these dangerous regions. Platt seems to agree with this criticism but never applies it to his church's "Secret Church.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Briana M. Jeffers on December 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Warning, do not read this book unless you want your life to change!

David Platt does an excellent job of showing how the American dream and Jesus' command to go forth and make disciples of all nations don't mix. He answers the question of what it really means to give your life to Christ.

He describes the hunger believers in countries where Christians are persecuted have for God's word and makes you wonder where your hunger has gone.

David shows you what living God's global purpose would look like in your life. In chapter 5 he shows what happens when Christians go out and share the gospel with unbelievers.

The chapter, How Much Is Enough?, really impacted me and is making me take another look at what I really need. It's hard to go back to life as normal once your eyes are opened to the poverty that most of the people in this world face.

At the end of the book you are presented with the one year radical experiment. The author challenges you to commit to a life changing experiment composed of 5 different commitments.

After reading this book I am excited to see what God has in store for my life over the next year as I live out the Radical experiment. I want to read and discuss this book with my family to see how it can change all of us.

There are so many things in this book that I will be thinking about for a long time to come. I was already on the path to changing my thinking about what I am pursuing in my life and this book has deepened my resolve to make some changes.

The author presents evidence for the radical way of life for you to think about and come to your own conclusions on how you should change. He gives suggestions and shares the testimony of his own life along with those who have changed their life purpose.

I received a free copy of this book from Water Brook Moltnomah in order to review this book and this is my opinion.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Dow on January 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
David Platt's book Radical bears the provocative subtitle "Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream." If you want to create controversy, implying that the Christian faith stands in opposition to the American way of life is a pretty safe bet. It takes until page 19 to figure out what Platt means when he talks about the American Dream: "self-advancement, self-esteem, self-sufficiency...individualism, materialism, universalism."

The problem, says Platt, is that America Christianity has too much and cares too little. The real Jesus is much too radical for our Western tastes with His commands to sell all we have and give to the poor; to give up our lives; and to take up our cross and follow Him. To Platt, the American suburbs is a place all to often isolated from the world and insulated from hearing its cries for help.

Through each chapter, David shares his own experiences traveling around the world visiting mission fields. He speaks in glowing terms of native peoples who are as hungry for the Bible and as they are in need of daily bread. In fact, if one were only to take his accounts, they would believe that the entire world is full of nothing but gracious and grateful people who (be they ever so poor) are yet willing to drop everything to learn more about Christ.

As the book progresses, a litany of familiar names and stories begin to appear. George Muller, C.T. Studd, William Carey, Jim Elliot, and John G. Patton all put in a showing causing anyone who went to Baptist Sunday School (as I did) to have flashbacks of multiple five day missionary stories and sermon illustrations. Yet Platt unabashedly reaches for these classic tales to support his pleas for a more real and committed witness even to the point of sacrificing our own lives to spread the gospel.
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