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May 4 2010

It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...


In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment -- a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.

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“In his compelling new book, Radical, David Platt delivers a powerful picture of the church in America today that, on key points, stands in sharp contrast to what the Bible shows us about the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. David challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations! This is a must-read for every believer!”
—Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion Intl.

“We have moved into a generation of young leaders who have a passion to surrender the American dream if necessary in order to embrace fully, compassionately, and wholeheartedly a bigger dream—the Great Commission. I have never been challenged by an author more than I have by David Platt. Read Radical, be blessed, and be changed.”
—Johnny Hunt, president, Southern Baptist Convention, and pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock

“Radical will cause you to bounce on a spectrum between two words: ouch and amen. Tough truths do that. They challenge us to examine our lives and then choose the lasting over the temporary. Read Radical if you’re ready to live differently.”
—Gregg Matte, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Houston

“David Platt’s book will leave anyone who sincerely engages with his challenge dissatisfied—and faced with a decision: What will authentic faith look like in my life? This book has the potential to revitalize churches today to practice a radical, biblical lifestyle that can transform society and reach a lost world.”
—Jerry Rankin, president, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention

“The church of the Lord Jesus has been seduced by a skilled seductress: the American dream. David Platt exposes this enemy of authentic Christianity and provides a way of escape through a radical faith that leads to a radical obedience. I am not the same after reading it. I trust that will also be true for you.”
—Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“It is almost impossible to keep the idols of our own culture from influencing us, whether we want it to happen or not. This is certainly true when it comes to the so-called American dream. We need our eyes opened! We need to be called out! In this challenging and thoughtful book, David Platt shows us the way to live for Someone and something bigger.”
—Darrin Patrick, founding pastor, The Journey, St. Louis

“Sometimes people will commend a book by saying, ‘You won’t want to put it down.’ I can’t say that about this book. You’ll want to put it down, many times. If you’re like me, as you read David Platt’s Radical, you’ll find yourself uncomfortably targeted by the Holy Spirit. You’ll see just how acclimated you are to the American dream. But you’ll find here another Way, one you know to be true, because you’ve heard it before in the words of the Lord Jesus, perhaps most forcefully in the simple call ‘Follow me.’”
—Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Through solid examination of the Scriptures and compelling testimonies from believers enduring persecution, my friend David Platt pulls back the curtain on subtle dangers weakening the church in our Western culture. Radical is the urgent call we need to care more about the spiritually lost and physically impoverished people of the world.”
—Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

About the Author

DR. DAVID PLATT, President of the International Mission Board, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. 
A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. David has written several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and most recently Counter Culture (to be released February 2015).
David founded Radical (Radical.net), a ministry devoted to serving churches and disseminating disciple-making resources toward the end that the gospel might be made known in all nations.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Radical: A Review Jan. 25 2011
Radical: Taking back your faith from the American Dream is a dangerous book written by a dangerous man - David Platt. As Platt states from the outset, "you and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed him and really obeyed him" (pg 3). What is so dangerous about that? The question assumes that most of us don't really believe and don't really obey Jesus. And the sad reality is that we don't. In the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who Platt quotes, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die." Platt unpacks the biblical gospel and reveals the fact that "the gospel does not prompt you into mere reflection; the gospel requires a response" (pg 21).

Radical is nine chapters, and at 217 pages (excluding end notes and acknowledgements) it can be read in one sitting. I know because I read it in one sitting; it was that good and engaging. There were plenty of times, as Russell Moore said in his endorsement, that I wanted to put it down because I was "uncomfortably targeted by the Holy Spirit." David Platt doesn't just talk the talk in this book; he walks the walk. Every chapter is woven with the experiences of one who not only asked the questions, but searched for the answers. Platt is a "doer".

There really is no "safe" chapter in this book. Page after page you are confronted with two pictures; Biblical Christianity and North American Christianity. One fact leaps out time and time again - "one of these things is not like the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my world & called me out! March 22 2013
By Radap
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I first picked up RADICAL in the spring of 2011, read the first chapter and put it down because I knew God was going to call me to something huge after reading it. I picked it up in the fall of that year and let's just say my "Christian" world was changed! God called me out of my comfortable Christianity and has set me on a path and adventure with Him that has me excited and scared spit-less! I recently resigned my position at the church I had been a part of for 18 years and God moved me to a new place and is taking me on the ride of my life! The one things that has been clear to me after reading this book and actually stepping out in faith to live this RADICAL life that Jesus calls us to is this...THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!
RADICAL is a must read in my books...no pun intended! ;)
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"Do we really believe [Jesus] is worth abandoning everything for?" asks pastor & author David Platt in his new book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. "Do you and I really believe that Jesus is so good, so satisfying, and so rewarding that we will leave all we have and all we own and all we are in order to find our fullness in him?" (pp. 18-19)

As Christians living in the very comfortable Western world, having "our best life now" is really appealing. After all, if God gives good gifts to those who love Him, wouldn't it include a big house, a big backyard, a big state-of-the-art church facility, a big latte and maybe a lot of money in the bank account?

While none of this is inherently wrong, Plant wonders if we are "settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves." And in Radical, he seeks to remind readers of the biblical gospel and that its implications mean the death of the American Dream--that we're called to spend our lives on others, rather than merely spend our cash on ourselves.

There is much to enjoy about and be challenged by in Radical. Platt's focus is less on showing readers a specific road to take ("here's how you should do XYZ...") and more about building a bigger vision for mission and reaching the nations for God's glory.

In many ways, what Platt seeks to do is much the same as what John Piper has done in Let the Nations Be Glad and Don't Waste Your Life--by providing Christians with a much-needed corrective to the overstated (and under-realized) notion that the days of overseas missions are over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Change Your Life! May 7 2010
By Shirley Rempel TOP 500 REVIEWER
This book will change your life....if you let it! In the last few months I have read a couple of really great books that have challenged me to look at my faith and step things up a notch when it comes to living my faith out. This book does that and more. Not only was I challenged to really "give up everything" to obey Jesus to follow Him, but Platt gives the reader a one year "Radical Experiment" to follow (if you so choose). The Radical Experiment consists of five steps:

1. Pray For The Entire World

2. Read Through Your Bible

3. Sacrifice Your Money For a Specific Purpose

4. Spend Your Time In Another Context

5. Commit Your Life To a Multiplying Community

All five things are to be done over the span of a year and this experiment is to help you realize just what it means to "Follow Me". Even though these are five things we should be doing already, many Christians are not, and that is Platt's point. We need to live radical lives for Jesus, coming out of "comfort zones" and really giving it all up for the cause of Christ! Platt's message may be harsh, but I believe that based on how today's church seems so far from what God intended the Church to be, this is a message all Christians need to hear! This book is biblically sound and though not a difficult book to read, it will be difficult for some to hear the message Platt is sending.....American Christians need to step it up a notch and live our Christian faith out of the box and be RADICAL for Christ! A MUST READ for all Christians!
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The Author is obviously American but once you get past that, his principle are undeniable.
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great book. challenges contemporary Christian thinking into living out faith in action. it is both radical, practical, relevant, and challenging.

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