Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2010
Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God
By David Platt
Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2011
Some books teach us new things. Others remind us of what we already know. David Platt’s recent books, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God, remind us of our calling in Christ—to live radical lives of service and sacrifice for the glory of God and the salvation of the lost.
After urging us to take a fresh look at our lives, our comfort levels, and the Great Commission, Platt calls the church back to a radical obedience to the gospel. He acknowledges this obedience can take many forms, and not all Christians are called to respond in the same way. Nevertheless, the challenge extends to every faithful follower of Jesus.
You’ll find the books’ practical emphases helpful. In the final chapter of Radical, Platt urges readers to embark on The Radical Experiment—a yearlong journey designed to help individuals, families, and congregations “spend their lives together for the sake of the church, the lost, and the poor around the world to the glory of God.” You can learn more about the books and The Radical Experiment at www.radicalthebook.com.
Shawn McMullen is editor of The Lookout magazine and serves as preaching minister with The Church of Christ at Milan (Indiana).