Book Review: Radical by David Platt

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American DreamRadical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Positives:
1) His heart for the poor and addressing God’s command to care for them in a convicting, realistic way. I agreed with him wholeheartedly on his “I will not give that which costs me nothing” stance, and it’s about time someone said it out loud.

2) His heart for global missions. Though I don’t agree fully with applying his personal convictions to all Christians, I do agree with the premise that we need to be mindful of expanding our personal mission fields by looking for opportunities beyond our own family and community whenever we can. That will look different for every believer, but I think it’s biblical to keep our eyes and hearts open to what God might ask of us – no matter how “radical” it is.

3) His genuine passion to follow the heart of God, and the call on his life. His humility too, is evident. He’s truly not out for self-glorification. He really does seem to follow his own convictions with all his heart, and I enjoyed being drawn into that passion, which spurred me to examine my own heart prayerfully and ask God where I can do better.

4) His one-year challenge. I think that can be a valuable tool for believers who aren’t sure where to start.

Negatives:
The main one, I think, is his application of his own personal conviction to all Christians. The PRINCIPLES he addresses are sound and biblical, but the application may look different in different lives.

Overall, I think it’s a valuable read for any believer that might pick it up. Still, don’t take it it as Scripture, because it’s NOT Scripture. It’s just a book written by a man. No divine inspiration here. Still, it was worth the read, and I found a lot of nuggets to take away, examine, pray about, and apply to my own life.

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