I’ve sometimes been given to hyperbole, but this is straight up: the book Radical, by David Platt, is one of the most powerful, convicting, motivating books I’ve read in a long time. I’ve already bought several copies and given them away. I haven’t read a book that speaks more to the present state of American Christianity than Radical.
Radical is subtitled “Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.” David takes the present Americanized version of Christianity to task, using the Bible as his guide. And our version comes up wanting. The first one hundred or so pages are heart-piercing. Using his experiences with Christians in third-world countries as a backdrop, David contrasts our view of sacrificial living with the reality of theirs. He then expands to many different areas where we have shaped Jesus to fit us instead of letting Jesus form us as He wants.
The question behind every sentence of the book is this: “What is Jesus worth to you?” This question is asked in reference to your lifestyle, your dreams, and all other areas of life. This question digs deep into your heart.
But Radical doesn’t leave you full of conviction, wondering what your next step should be. David, using the Word of God, gives you difficult, but possible and attainable routes to make Jesus worth everything to you.
The publishers of Radical, Multnomah, so much believe in the message of Radical, that they are offering the first chapter as a free download, which you can get by clicking here. They are also offering, free, I might add, a small booklet containing the first few chapters of Radical in a condensed form. The booklet, The Radical Question, can be ordered, free of charge (no shipping charges either!), by clicking here.
I give the book Radical five stars. If there’s only one book you take on your summer vacation, take this one. You may rethink your vacations from now on. Get this book.
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