Friday, May 07, 2010

Book Review: Radical

Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream
by David Platt

About This Book:

It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...


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.

Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment --a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
I don't necessarily agree with everything David Platt has to say in this book, but it definitely gets you thinking.  I think he is right on when he says that the American Dream gets in the way of our faith and often keeps us from doing what God wants us to be doing with our lives.  We get comfortable, we see the people around us doing the same things, and even in our churches we have a watered down faith that isn't remotely what Jesus intended.  I kept thinking about how Jesus kept getting after the Pharisees when he was here on earth and how their religion was nothing like He intended it to be.  I think he'd be saying the same things to us today.

This is not an easy book to read and not a book that you can read and walk away from.  It's a book that makes you take a hard look at your life and realize there are changes that need to be made.  David Platt has issued a challenge to all of us to take back our faith from the American Dream.  What will we do with it?  You can read the first chapter of his book here and request a free copy of the companion booklet The Radical Question.  (no strings, no shipping, but only while supplies last)  If these leave you wanting to learn more, and I think they will, you can get Radical here.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group