Today, I am looking at the book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the America Dream and The Radical Question by David Platt as a part of the Radical blog tour.
“What is Jesus worth to you?” This is the thesis behind Radical. According to Platt, Western Christianity become complacent. Being a disciple of Christ is something that is done in soft, comfortable pews or chairs and Christianity has become about us. Platt contends that this is not the way Christianity should be and proposed a radical paradigm shift for the church. According to Platt,
[S]omewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves. (7)
This shift frees us from bondage to comfort and sends us out into the world to live as disciples of Christ. For this shift to happen, we need to commit to believe what Jesus says and commit to obey what Jesus says. Only then can this radical shift take place in our lives and in the life of the church.
Platt spend the rest of the book expanding on what it means to believe and obey Jesus in the world today. This might mean we go to places we don’t want to go. This might mean we sell all of our possessions. This might mean we serve people we never noticed before.
This book is the wake-up call many churches and parishioners need today.
I give Radical 4 out of 5 stars.
You can check out the first chapter of Radical here.
The Radical Question
Having just read Radical, I thought The Radical Question was a little redundant as it was the companion booklet for Radical. The stories in The Radical Questions were told almost verbatim in Radical. In my opinion, this was done as a way to reinforce the concepts from Radical. So, while I thought it was repetitive, I think it did serve a purpose.
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