Most of you know that I’m disturbed and fed up with how we as Christians pursue the American Dream with much more fervor and zeal then we pursue Christ. When I saw the title of this book, it was practically enough to sell me on it right then and there.
I have now read through Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream twice, the first time on my own and the second while leading others in a study. I’ve recommended the book to many people and obviously think pretty highly of it. However, the reviews from those whom I recommend it to are very mixed.
Without a doubt it is a book that will challenge you. The author, David Platt, challenges the church to take back our faith from the “American Dream.” He is a young pastor of a mega-church in Birmingham, Alabama who calls out Christians in a tough way while balancing the line between rebuke and offense. But that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t offended anyone who has read the book. I believe that many who put the book down without finishing it are so convicted by Platt’s teachings that they can’t stand it any longer. I personally like being challenged, and found the book to be refreshing and spot-on in this lost world.
Platt shows how Christianity in America has settled into a comfort zone and has become more interested in the perks of the American Dream than they are with living their lives in pursuit of Jesus. He’ll make you consider that if you really believe Jesus is who He claims to be, and if you really believe His promises are real, then living a life for anything else just isn’t a consideration. He exposes how lost we really are.
Though Platt’s challenges are tough and he’s calling Christians to stop being comfortable, most find themselves eager to take on the challenge. Not many authors can create such a desire within the reader.
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|Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
By David Platt / Multnomah Publishers, Inc.
Take a transforming journey in authentic discipleship. As the pastor of a large and wealthy congregation, David Platt began to see a discrepancy between the reality of his Church and the way Jesus said His followers lived. In Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Platt examines how American Christianity has manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences and challenges readers to rediscover the path.