Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Radical Question and A Radical Idea by David Platt

The Radical Question and A Radical Idea by David Platt is a combination and summation of his 2 books, Radical and Radical Together. Radical is about what a complete commitment to Jesus can look like. We may get our feelings hurt by people who don't understand our Christian faith, but there are millions in other countries who will put their lives on the line for Jesus. Is complacency enough? Radical Together has a focus on being more than just a pew warmer each Sunday. What has God called YOU to do to actively reach out and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ? Is it enough to simply show up at church each week, and be involved in programs to entertain and meet your own needs? What would it look like to reach out to the lost yourself?

Read Chapter One for yourself at the book website.

This one is a bit harder for me to review than I expected. First off, I love it, but I preferred the 2 books this one is based on. So, I felt slightly disappointed, but it is unfair to judge this one on those merits. (It would be like reviewing the summary after reviewing a beloved book.) If you have read the other two books, this may not be the book for you. However, the gist of those books is contained, so I really do love this one. I have friends who do not do much reading, due to lack of interest or time, and I am thinking that this would be perfect for those friends. Hopefully, this shorter, more compact book, will lead them to wanting to know more about the impact they can make on others. Even if they don't choose to go more indepth with their reading, this is a perfect size for anyone to refresh and renew the commitment their faith walk. I pray it is a catalyst for me to seriously consider my priorities and the emphasis I place on Jesus and sharing Him with others.

David Platt is the senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. A well-known Bible expositor, David holds three advanced degrees, including a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary. He and his wife, Heather, live in Birmingham with their children.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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