Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Review: Radical By David Platt

If you are looking for a book to challenge you in the New Year I highly recommend Radical. This was a much needed book for me! In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. The author encourages us instead to let go of the American Dream and embrace Christ. This book challenges the mindset that God is about blessing us so that we can live the American Dream. (Look at Luke 9. Jesus basically tells him that he could expect homelessness. Followers of Christ are not guaranteed that even their basic need of shelter will be met) He told them to take up their cross and follow him. (i.e. It’s a device of torture! How about take up your electric chair and follow me. Any takers?) I’ve realized how the American Dream had become my idol and what I was living for. This book challenged me to let that go and instead whole heartedly follow Christ.


Product Details 

Radical
Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
By David Platt

A Couple of Quotes:

God centers on himself, even in our salvation. Remember his words in Ezekiel (36): he saves us, not for our sake, but for the sake of his holy name. We have received salvation so that his name will be proclaimed in all nations. God loves us for his sake in the world. This may come as a shock to us. You mean that God has an ulterior motive in blessing us? We are not the end of his grace? And the answer Scripture gives is clear. Indeed, we are not at the center of his universe. God is at the center of his universe, and everything he does ultimately revolves around him. If this is true, we may wonder, then does this make God selfish? How can God’s purpose be to exalt himself? This is a good question, and it causes us to pause until we ask the follow-up question: Whom else would we have him exalt? At the very moment God exalted someone or something else, he would no longer the great God worthy of all glory in all the universe, which he is. We must guard against misunderstanding here. The Bible is not saying that God does not love us deeply. On the contrary, we have seen in Scripture a God of unusual, surprising, intimate passion for his people. But that passion does not ultimately center on his people. It centers on his greatness, his goodness, and his glory being made known globally among all peoples. And to disconnect God’s blessing from God’s global purpose is to spiral downward into an unbiblical, self-saturated Christianity that misses the point of God’s grace.
      
Your life is free to be radical what you see death as reward…The key is realizing-and believing-that this world is not your home. If you and I ever hope to free our lives from worldly desires, worldly thinking, worldly pleasures, worldly dreams, worldly ideals, worldly values, worldly ambitions, and worldly acclaim, then we must focus our lives on another word. Though you and I live in the United States of America now, we must fix our attention on “a better country—a heavenly one” Though you and I find ourselves surrounded by the lure of temporary pleasure, we must fasten our affections on the one who promises eternal treasure that will never spoil or fade. If your life or my life is going to count on earth, we must start by concentrating on heaven. For then, and only then, will you and I be free to take radical risk, knowing that what awaits us is radical reward.

This, we remember, is the great reward of the gospel: God himself. When we risk our lives to run after Christ, we discover the safety that is found only in his sovereignty, the security that is found only in his love, and the satisfaction that is found only in his presence. This is the eternally great reward, and we would be foolish to settle for anything less…Radical obedience to Christ is not easy; it is dangerous. It is not smooth sailing aboard a luxury liner; it is sacrificial duty aboard a troop carrier. It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.

2 comments:

  1. Now this is one book i would like to read...you should also watch 'Time Changer' - A Christian Movie. We've really become rather compromised by modern trends or dare i say 'civilization'.

    xoxo
    Fellow Christian Blogger
    Daddy's Girl

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  2. We actually have Time Changer :)

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