Book Review: Radical by David Platt
After hearing many people talk about this book, and seeing a number of endorsements for it, I wanted to see what the hype was all about. I was a little skeptical, thinking it may be one of those books that either makes you feel guilt rather than convicted by the Spirit, or stirs up temporary, surface-level excitement. I was thankful to find out it was neither of those. In many ways, it is a stir you up to be encouraged to be more zealous for Christ. But Platt also does a great job in pointing us to Christ, and the truth that Christ is worthy of all worship and desire, and that we are dead apart from Him. It is because of Platt’s foundation in the Gospel and Scripture that Christian readers can experience conviction, and that this book can be used as a means of transformation. The vast majority of his endnotes are Bible verses.
As a fellow American, he does a great job giving perspective on things that we are usually blind to, or deny. Ideas and ways of living life in America that most of us rarely, if ever, think humbly and critically about. As far as I can tell, his main purpose in writing this book is that: “I am convinced that we as Christ followers in American churches have embraced values and ideas that are not only unbiblical but that actually contradict the gospel we claim to believe” (p. 3).
A great book that gives a glimpse into how the Christian life can be lived in the midst of a culture that often cools one’s zeal. Radical is also filled with memorable quotes and illustrations.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review