Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Radical: The Book

A few weeks ago, I received an Advance Copy of the book "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream" by David Platt. When I got it, I thought, "This is gonna be just another 'be a better Christian' kind of book. But I'll read it because I said I would."

I am so glad I did! I don't know how to emphasize the impact this book has had on me and my views. I have been Radically changed!

I've wanted to write this post for a few weeks. I was tossing around ideas, words, and set up for this post on this book, but honestly, I don't know that my words can do it justice.

While reading through the book, I realized just where in my life I have been living in sin. Where I have been living this lie, this unbiblical truth we are told as Christ followers.

Where was I wrong? I'm not going to fully tell you. I want you to read it for yourself. I want you to read it, with a cup of coffee and an open heart. If you do those things, coffee is not necessary, you will be radically moved by the Holy Spirit.

I will give you one example of how the Holy Spirit punched me right between the eyes.

I watch the news, I see the wars, death, suffering etc. I see the sick kids in Africa. I hear the stories of war in poor countries. Then I cry a few tears, maybe can't sleep, pray a prayer, fall asleep and go about eating a not so nutritous breakfast. Still maybe thinking about what I saw, heard or read, but not doing anything.

Platt says, "...logic that says, 'I can't do everything, so I won't do anything,' is straight from hell."

And boy is he right. But the awesome thing about this book? He backs up his words with The Word, every aspect of it. I can see in Scripture exactly where I am thinking wrong and doing wrong.

Friends, I shoot ya straight. Those that have read my blog for a while, those that know me, you know I tell you how it is. Well, I'm telling you, this book is a must read.

David Platt is the pastor at the Church at Brook Hills in Alabama. He has free podcasts on iTunes.

This book releases in May, so I highly recommend reserving your copy through Mardel. And side note, if you don't follow Mardel on twitter you should. Here is their twitter name @Mardel_Inc

You can go to the book's website, enter your email address and get the first chapter. Or her e is a link to Mardel's site that contains the first chapter.


  1. Okay. I want more. I don't generally buy books like this because, honestly, they always disappoint. I want more. If we see the hurt in the world and do nothing, I can see that as sin, but Prayer is an effective answer, and is doing something...isn't it?

  2. Yes prayer is doing something but Jesus calls us 'to go' in Matt 28. Before this book, I'd just tell myself, 'oh I don't have lots of money, or my MS prevents me from going to hot places or this or that.' But I think not going to reach the lost is like sitting at home and praying someone else will go so I don't have to.

    It was so eye opening to me bc I didn't think 100% the way he does, but he backed his views up with Scripture. I go to a church where my preacher isn't afraid to call you out on your 'Christian Atheism.' (I blogged on that I think) I have to be able to see it as Truth, not as critisizing (sp) and change.

    If you read the book and don't like it, I won't be offended. But I would preface anyone reading it to have a heart willing to hear the Holy Spirit showing you His Truth. If you read it let me know your thoughts!

  3. tough to grasp, but true. Thanks for writing.

  4. AMEN!!! I am currently reading a "Wendy Alec" book. When I am done, I will read the book you are suggesting. God Bless and thank you for sharing.

  5. I was just passing by ... and read this post on your blog.

    I've written down this book title on a sticky pad so I can look for it myself.

    Your page is lovely.

    Feel free to come to mine too, if you'd like. (:


  6. just stumbled upon your blog, so glad I did!! Wonderful to find other Christians!


For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. -Corinthians 5:14