When I picked up this book to begin reading it, I half expected to glance through a book with some of the typical Christian talk about being all you can be. Instead I found myself being challenged to my core and desiring to follow Jesus like never before.
David Platt is the young pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. I have been hearing much about him and his ministry, but have not had any direct connection to his work. In Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Platt strikingly contrasts the choice that American Christians have to make. Either we pursue the American Dream or we pursue Following Jesus. Too often we have mingled these competing visions. This union of the two naturally leans toward the American dream.
Platt does not merely provide preachy exhortation. He lays a solid foundation of the gospel and what it means to believe the gospel. In fact, if you want to understand what the gospel is, then this book is worth whatever price you might pay.
Platt also provides fantastic anecdotal accounts of the gospel being lived by people in the United States and throughout the world. At the end of the book he spells out a 5 step one-year challenge. The steps are both simple but profound. I have definitely been impacted, and believe that in a year I will be changed for the better.
Without question, this is the most moving and the best book I have read in years. To get your copy from Amazon, click on one of the titles (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream) or on the book image above.
Disclaimer: This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.