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Monday, January 31, 2011

Radical Christian? Yes, Please.

I have had the book, "Radical" by David Platt, on my wish list for a few months now. So you can imagine my excitement when I was able to review this book for free!

I want to make one thing clear - The Bible is the source of truth. It is the only book that will effectively change lives. But there are also books, like "Radical", that can challenge you to bring about Biblical change. They pry deep inside your ego to expose one's flaws and rip apart societal norms until you are forced to look back at the real Truth. "Radical" happens to be such a book.

I have heard someone review this book as causing one to bounce between two words, "ouch" and "amen". It's so true. David Platt forces you to look at the core and heart of gospel and then look at yourself to see if the two align.

He asks tough questions, such as:

"Who is Jesus to you?"
"Is Jesus someone worth losing everything for?"
"How much faith do you really put in your possessions?"

And my personal favorite......
"Are you relegating commands of Scripture to only a select few? God commands us to all go and make disciples. How many of us can actually say we are actively participating in this? (And no, I don't just mean give more money to the missionaries.) :)

I wish I could adequately sum up this book, but it's impossible. You just have to read it. And unfortunately, you cannot simply reflect on Platt's exposed truths, you have to act upon it. You have to live it.

The first chapter is available here.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


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