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Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream Paperback – May 4, 2010
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“In his compelling new book, Radical, David Platt delivers a powerful picture of the church in America today that, on key points, stands in sharp contrast to what the Bible shows us about the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. David 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—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations! This is a must-read for every believer!”
—Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion Intl.
“We have moved into a generation of young leaders who have a passion to surrender the American dream if necessary in order to embrace fully, compassionately, and wholeheartedly a bigger dream—the Great Commission. I have never been challenged by an author more than I have by David Platt. Read Radical, be blessed, and be changed.”
—Johnny Hunt, president, Southern Baptist Convention, and pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock
“Radical will cause you to bounce on a spectrum between two words: ouch and amen. Tough truths do that. They challenge us to examine our lives and then choose the lasting over the temporary. Read Radical if you’re ready to live differently.”
—Gregg Matte, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Houston
“David Platt’s book will leave anyone who sincerely engages with his challenge dissatisfied—and faced with a decision: What will authentic faith look like in my life? This book has the potential to revitalize churches today to practice a radical, biblical lifestyle that can transform society and reach a lost world.”
—Jerry Rankin, president, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention
“The church of the Lord Jesus has been seduced by a skilled seductress: the American dream. David Platt exposes this enemy of authentic Christianity and provides a way of escape through a radical faith that leads to a radical obedience. I am not the same after reading it. I trust that will also be true for you.”
—Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“It is almost impossible to keep the idols of our own culture from influencing us, whether we want it to happen or not. This is certainly true when it comes to the so-called American dream. We need our eyes opened! We need to be called out! In this challenging and thoughtful book, David Platt shows us the way to live for Someone and something bigger.”
—Darrin Patrick, founding pastor, The Journey, St. Louis
“Sometimes people will commend a book by saying, ‘You won’t want to put it down.’ I can’t say that about this book. You’ll want to put it down, many times. If you’re like me, as you read David Platt’s Radical, you’ll find yourself uncomfortably targeted by the Holy Spirit. You’ll see just how acclimated you are to the American dream. But you’ll find here another Way, one you know to be true, because you’ve heard it before in the words of the Lord Jesus, perhaps most forcefully in the simple call ‘Follow me.’”
—Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Through solid examination of the Scriptures and compelling testimonies from believers enduring persecution, my friend David Platt pulls back the curtain on subtle dangers weakening the church in our Western culture. Radical is the urgent call we need to care more about the spiritually lost and physically impoverished people of the world.”
—Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research
About the Author
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 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.
- ASIN : 1601422210
- Publisher : Multnomah; 1st edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781601422217
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601422217
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.22 x 0.59 x 8.01 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jesus commands us to go. He has created each of us to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, and I propose that anything less than radical devotion to this purpose is unbiblical Christianity."
Many times, when we read Christian books such as this one, many of us tend to either agree with all of it or we reject it completely. We rarely stop to ask ourselves, "Is it true?" Shouldn't it be true? After all, he's talking about missions, and no Bible-believing Christian would disagree with being involved with missions. But he's specifically saying that everything is about missions. Everything else a Christian does is a distant second to being involved with missions.
I have to disagree. There are many things that Christians need to be doing, such as discipling others, building up the saints, doing good works, speaking truth to darkness, raising godly children, caring for the needy, etc.
The problem with Platt's message is that he is using bad techniques to push an unbalanced message. Students of the Word will often recognize this practice when cults do it. Cults will magnify one portion of Scripture until that's all you can see. They will ignore some important parts of Scripture while holding up other Scriptures as the only verses that matter. Being a missionary to another land is all that matters, even though Jesus said the first two commands are to love God above all and to love our neighbor (who is typically close to us, not in a foreign land).
Platt uses subtle approaches to get us to agree with him. For instance, in chapter 4 he uses a number of examples in the Bible to indicate that God's overarching purpose is to see His glory spread throughout the earth. Platt then equates God's glory with missions and evangelism. God's glory could instead be Samaritan's Purse helping treat Ebola in West Africa, pro-lifers adopting a child, compassion for tornado victims, or simply lives lived in a godly way among the world. I hate to see such an unbalanced approach when trying to encourage something that is very good: missions.
Of course, some will read this review and think I'm against missions and evangelism. I'm not. I just don't like the way he makes the case that Christians aren't living Biblical lives unless they are completely involved in missions. I hope Platt motivates many to the missions field. I also hope those who aren't called to that also find encouragement.
I love the fact that David here is speaking in RADICAL terms and presenting scripture very clearly. I needed to read this book, and so do you if you're reading my review. People seem to be complaining that David has too much of a 'missionary' emphasis in this book. This book isn't just about 'being a missionary', it's about creating a lifestyle that is worthy of our walk.
Sometimes it really does take the 'go-getter' to help other people grasp the hard realities. That's what this book is all about. Am I challenged to start opening up about my faith? Am I challenged to go to Asia or Africa and share God's Word? These are questions we really do need to ask. I think it's really worth reading the There Is No Plan B chapter at least twice. This will help us get the reality that David is after. I admit, I'm not completely finished reading this book, but I just read the There Is No Plan B chapter, but it made me want to write this review.
David wants us to have 'missionary' minds, God wants us to have 'missionary' minds.
Jesus really did say, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation". David isn't saying go plunk yourself into the remote tribes of Africa, he's saying we need to have this kind of mind-set with anyone and everyone. We need to get off our butts, turn off the TV and go tell someone what excites you about the Bible. I get excited about the Bible. There's a time and place for the TV, in it's rightful place, and I say this because I've had the same problem for years. We get spiritually lazy,......
If you're reading my review, do yourself a favor and try reading a chapter or two along with your other devotionals. You'll get through it quicker this way, and there's only nine chapters, so that one week and two days. Get cracking!
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Thank you for writing such an incredible book and I pray that God will continue to work through you in your life.