I finally finished it. It took me a few months, but Radical (by David Platt) was a phenomenal read.
I first heard about and purchased this book back in 2010 when it came out, but it took a personal recommendation from a friend to inspire me to finally pull it from the pile and read through it. I’m glad I did. The last time I remember feeling this personally challenged by a book on so many levels was when I first read Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper about 6 or 7 years ago. Radical is definitely worth the read, and a number of our Life Groups at LPC are going to do a study on it this fall.
Platt is a local church pastor from Alabama. Radical, and the follow-up Radical Together, have really vaulted him onto the national scene in recent years, particularly in regard to foreign missions, unreached people groups, and the global mission of God. His sermon at the Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville earlier this year is resounding through the Christian world as one of the most timely and anointed messages on the global missionary task in recent memory. Just as Radical is a must-read, his message “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel for Death-Defying Missions” is a 61-minute must-watch/listen. I was blown away.
The subtitle to the book is “Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.” Platt seeks to present a case for the true biblical faith that we see in the Scriptural revelation of Jesus and his early church followers. He believes (and I think he makes a great case) that many in the church in America have lost the true radical identity that marks authentic followers of Jesus. The call is for a return to discipleship, missional living, sacrificial giving, biblical teaching and preaching, and an authentic, vibrantly-worked-out-faith in and through the local church. I think you’ll find Radical to be a very challenging, applicable, and life transforming read. I highly recommend it. I know many from LifePoint will be working through it in the next number of months.