Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Review: Radical

As a part of the ChristianAudio Reviewer's Program, I get to download some audiobooks, listen to them, and write a short review. Here are my thoughts on David Platt's new book, Radical.

The remarkable thing about Radical is that the subject matter should be unremarkable to a Christian, because the challenge to die to self and to really live sacrificially is merely an echo of the words of Jesus. David Platt based his book on what the Bible says Christ demands from His followers. He doesn’t attempt to minimize or rationalize the hard statements about leaving your family, selling all your possessions and giving to the poor, or taking up our crosses and literally dying for Him. As radical as it may sound, is not any more stringent than the Bible’s description of what the Christian life should be like. It challenged me greatly and it is bringing me back to the Word to define sacrifice and faith, instead of the definitions I’ve manufactured to make my life more comfortable.

Platt narrates his own book, and his pastoral experience shows. He has a pastor’s heart for the people of God, and he seeks to see God lifted up and truly worshiped in His church. Unlike others who would offer a new method or strategy for church growth and a dynamic impact on the world, Platt returns again and again to the Words of Christ as our standard and the Holy Spirit as our guide. Real Christianity isn’t defined by the Sunday morning status quo, and Radical challenges believers to walk in the Spirit surrendered to God.

To buy the audiobook, visit (direct link to book information).
To buy the hardcover book, visit

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