Radical by David Platt
As the cover of the book suggests, reading this book has the ability to turn your comfortable, American-dream life upside down. This book will challenge the complacent to re-evaluate their view of Jesus’ call to action and what it looks like in today’s culture.
David Platt is a pastor at an Alabama church who has grown uneasy with his comfortable, mega-church lifestyle after seeing the risk, dedication and commitment of pastors in Asia where Christianity is outlawed. While Jesus warns of the trials and challenges of following him and turns many people away, many churches in America are more about routine, comfortable social events for the masses. The author’s goal is to change that and challenge the readers to live out their faith in a more radical form.
While 1 billion people in the world are on the verge of starvation, multimillion dollar churches are constructed and surrounded by millions of dollars in automobiles every Sunday. One example of the financial imbalance cited is from a Christian news publication: “On the left: ‘First Baptist Church Celebrates New $23 Million Building.’ On the right the article said, ‘Baptists have raised $5,000 to send to refugees in western Sudan.'”
This well-written, thought-provoking book concludes with a recommended 1-year experiment to challenge people in the areas of prayer, reading, giving, going and growing. Read it if you dare.
Click here to read the first chapter of Radical.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.