Radical- David Platt

Leah Courtney
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream [Paperback]

I have heard so much about David Platt's book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream.  I read the first chapter when the book first came out and was convicted even then.  So, I was excited to read the whole book.

Platt, pastor of a megachurch- Brook Hills- looks at how far we have come in American Christianity from radical abandonment to Christ.  He challenges believers to really look at whether or not they are living in obedience to God's commands.

Platt describes for readers how Christ is worth leaving everything for.  He shows readers over and over how the risk of following Christ is worth the reward.  He writes that as Christians, we are called to go to places of danger, places of need, and to abandon all for the sake of serving Christ in the world.  He closes the book with a challenge for believers to live radically for the next year of their lives and gives five steps to doing this.

I was extremely convicted by Radical.  It is easy for me to see how we as believers in America have moved so far from the radical commands of Christ and so close to the American dream that is pursued by the rest of our culture.  We stay close and comfortable in our megachurches with our programs and activities.  And all the while, we have forgotten that Christ's call to us is radical.  He calls us to leave everything and follow Him.  He calls us to take risks and follow him.

Platt's book has motivated me to do something different.  I really like the way he lays out an action plan at the end of the book and the fact that he asks readers to make a one year commitment to living a radical life.  I think this can be a life-changing and church changing book.  I pray that believers and churches in our country will read it and be motivated to look honestly at personal lives and their church communities.

I plan to outline the steps that Platt suggests for living a radical life and how I hope to incorporate this into my personal and our family life over the next year in my regular blog- The Courtney Six.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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