Book Review: Radical

20 Feb

 “I could not help but think that somewhere 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.”

Radical is a book that examines the commands of Jesus and asks if we as Christians are truly living what we say we believe. The average 21st century Christian looks a lot different than the original disciples of Jesus in the Bible. We see men who left everything to follow Christ: family, jobs, security…  Doesn’t exactly sound like the Christians you see around today. We are obsessed with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable. Live well. Have fun. And in the middle of it all, we lose sight of eternity. We seem to chase everything that the disciples gave up. We chase what is said to be the “American Dream”: a good job, house, car, a spouse, a couple kids, a dog, vacations… but is this the way it is supposed to be?

The book is a challenge to take our faith back from the American Dream and to begin truly obeying the commands of Christ… being willing to give up everything for our King.

This video pretty much sums up the book.

Topics Covered:

  • What radical abandonment to Jesus really means
  • Discovering the truth and beauty of the gospel
  • The importance of relying on God’s power
  • God’s global purpose from the beginning until today
  • How all of us join together to fulfill God’s purpose
  • American wealth and a world of poverty
  • Why going is urgent, not optional
  • The risk and reward of a radical life
  • One year to a life turned upside down

What I liked:

Platt is brutally honest and even controversial at times, but never without having support from the Bible. He backs up everything he says with God’s Word to show that he isn’t just trying to get you to sell all your stuff and go overseas.  Rather, he says it out of love for the Christian church asking: Do we really believe what we say we believe?

The book was incredibly challenging to me personally. It made me really question my personal walk with God. It is easy to look at the masses of people, who call themselves Christians, and point out what is wrong with “them”.  But this book really pointed back to the individual. The book even ends with the last chapter presenting a practical plan to become more radical.

What I didn’t like:

Honestly there wasn’t any content that I didn’t like. There was only one small disappointment that I had. At the end of the book where he presents his plan to become more radical, he suggests that you spend a week outside of your comfort zone; whether that be overseas or in an inner-city ministry. However, he didn’t mention any specific organizations or resources to get connected to. But that is an easy problem to fix, with many ministries being only a click away on the internet.

I would recommend this book to…

EVERYONE! Yes, literally everyone. If you call yourself a Christian, definitely check it out! I think it is a message everyone in the American church needs to hear and be challenged by. If you have a passion for missions or work overseas, you MUST read this book! Even if you aren’t a Christian but you are interested, the book gives a good picture of the life and commands of Jesus which could be fascinating to you.

This book has honestly changed my life. I am very passionate about the message it presents and promote it wholeheartedly. I encourage you to give it a try as well.  If you do decide to check it out, let me know what you think!

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