Monday, January 23, 2012

Radical Together by David Platt

Book Jacket

In Radical, David Platt's plea for Christians to take back their faith from the American dream resonated with readers everywhere, and the book quickly became a New York Times bestseller.  Now in Radical Together, the author broadens his call, challenging us to unite around a gospel-centered vision.

How, he asks, might such a vision reshape our priorities as the body of Christ?  How might well-intentioned Christians actually prevent God's people from accomplishing God's purpose?  And, how can we best unleash the people of God in the church to carry out the purpose of God in the world?

Writing to everyone who desires to make an impact for God's glory--whether you are an involved member, a leader, or a pastor--Dr. Platt shares six foundational ideas that fuel radical obedience among Christians in the church.  With compelling Bible teaching and inspiring stories from around the world, he will help you apply the revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to your community of faith in fresh, practical ways.


If I had designed this book, I would have either shaped the entire book as a boot (impractical) or made the cover art into a boot kicking a butt (potentially offensive?).  That's why I don't design book covers!  But the point stands--Platt's passion for giving our all to God is a kick in the pants to lazy Christians, of which I label myself.

It's so easy to become consumed with the idea that I should do what is best for me--pursue the job I want, live where I will be most happy, interact with the people who feed my ego.  But that selfish attitude is exactly the opposite of how I should act as a follower of Christ.  Jesus said we are to die to ourselves.  Platt encourages his readers to do just that--die to our desires and focus every bit of our life around what God wants.

I would recommend Platt's first book Radical more than this.  Radical Together is a more specific book, and while it is excellent, it builds on the lessons taught in his first book.  Together, they are incredibly encouraging, in that way where you feel awful but want to do better.

Five out of five black mambas.

Release Date:  April 2011
Reading Level: Grade 7+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: Not currently part of our collection.

1 comment:

  1. "Radical Together" did not disappoint! Right in line of my passion and way of thinking, the author digs into great topics including digging into God's calling for our lives instead of buying into the American dream, the beauty and foundation of faithfulness instead of playing games, discipleship and equipping instead full church schedules. Everything about it drives us towards community that we see in the Scripture and the unity that Christ prayed about in the garden.
    I believe God is driving us towards a revival towards the ancient practice of community and "Radical Together" encompasses a lot of the thoughts on my heart. While I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book, it also encouraged me to take a new look at the book "Radical". I think it is back on my "to read" list. "Radical Together" doesn't come out until 4/19/11 so picking "Radical" to get your appetite going while you are waiting might be a good idea for you as well!