It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...
BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?
In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment -- a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
Responses to Radical
“In his compelling new book, Radical, David Platt delivers a powerful picture of the church in America today that, on key points, stands in sharp contrast to what the Bible shows us about the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. David challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each of us is blessed by God for a global purpose—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations! This is a must-read for every believer!” —Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion Intl.
“We have moved into a generation of young leaders who have a passion to surrender the American dream if necessary in order to embrace fully, compassionately, and wholeheartedly a bigger dream—the Great Commission. I have never been challenged by an author more than I have by David Platt. Read Radical, be blessed, and be changed.” —Johnny Hunt, president, Southern Baptist Convention, and pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock
“Radical will cause you to bounce on a spectrum between two words: ouch and amen. Tough truths do that. They challenge us to examine our lives and then choose the lasting over the temporary. Read Radical if you’re ready to live differently.” —Gregg Matte, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Houston
“David Platt’s book will leave anyone who sincerely engages with his challenge dissatisfied—and faced with a decision: What will authentic faith look like in my life? This book has the potential to revitalize churches today to practice a radical, biblical lifestyle that can transform society and reach a lost world.” —Jerry Rankin, president, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention
“The church of the Lord Jesus has been seduced by a skilled seductress: the American dream. David Platt exposes this enemy of authentic Christianity and provides a way of escape through a radical faith that leads to a radical obedience. I am not the same after reading it. I trust that will also be true for you.” —Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“It is almost impossible to keep the idols of our own culture from influencing us, whether we want it to happen or not. This is certainly true when it comes to the so-called American dream. We need our eyes opened! We need to be called out! In this challenging and thoughtful book, David Platt shows us the way to live for Someone and something bigger.” —Darrin Patrick, founding pastor, The Journey, St. Louis
“Sometimes people will commend a book by saying, ‘You won’t want to put it down.’ I can’t say that about this book. You’ll want to put it down, many times. If you’re like me, as you read David Platt’s Radical, you’ll find yourself uncomfortably targeted by the Holy Spirit. You’ll see just how acclimated you are to the American dream. But you’ll find here another Way, one you know to be true, because you’ve heard it before in the words of the Lord Jesus, perhaps most forcefully in the simple call ‘Follow me.’” —Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Through solid examination of the Scriptures and compelling testimonies from believers enduring persecution, my friend David Platt pulls back the curtain on subtle dangers weakening the church in our Western culture. Radical is the urgent call we need to care more about the spiritually lost and physically impoverished people of the world.” —Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research
About David Platt
DR. DAVID PLATT, President of the International Mission Board, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. David has written several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and most recently Counter Culture (to be released February 2015). David founded Radical (Radical.net), a ministry devoted to serving churches and disseminating disciple-making resources toward the end that the gospel might be made known in all nations. David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.
InRadical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciplethen invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a successful suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
Look for the companion booklet, The Radical Question
Matt Carter, co-author with Colt McCoy of The Real Win, sat down with Ed Stetzer to talk about his new book, his viral video that has almost two million views, and what he learned about trusting God with everything. Watch the interview, which also features David Platt, author of Radical, here.
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Whenever the crowd got big, he’d say something such as, ‘Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’ Not exactly the sharpest church-growth tactic. I can almost picture the looks on the disciples’ faces. ‘No, not the drink-my-blood speech! We’ll never get on the list of the fastest growing movements if you keep asking them to eat you.’
By the end of that speech, all the crowds had left, and only twelve men remained. Jesus apparently wasn’t interested in marketing himself to the masses. His invitations to potential followers were clearly more costly than the crowds were ready to accept, and he seemed to be okay with that. He focused instead on the few who believed him when he said radical [ … ]
(Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan 2012) Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, the 2010 breakout debut book by pastor David Platt, has reached a major milestone with 1 million copies in print and continues to appear on best-seller lists: 81 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List (Paperback Advice & Misc.) and 20 months on the CBA Top 50 Best-Seller List, including 17 months in the top 10.
Called the youngest megachurch pastor in history when he took the senior pastor position at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL, Platt says that weve allowed our cultural preferences to manipulate the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Platt and his church committed to The Radical Experiment, a one year journey in authentic discipleship, and the results are astounding:
“Every now and then a book comes along that changes how you see the world and your place in it. For me, Radical is one of those rare books. David Platt takes a look at North American Christianity and shows how far weve gotten from real gospel living. Then he lays out what happens when Christians actually take Jesus at his word. I think youll be surprisedmaybe even shockedby what you read. But Davids message is so simple and clear, so directly drawn from the words of Jesus that the minute you read it, youll know its true.”
I admit - the first time I read this book I hated it. I didn't want to go to Africa, give all my money to the poor, or invite homeless people to live with me. But then I read it again and I saw those weren't commands from David Platt, the author, but ways to live "Radical". He challenges his reader to think outside the box of normal American Christian living. There are people all over the world - and all over our country - who are dying...
By the time David Platt was 26-years-old, he had earned a Bachelor of
Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the
University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of
Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary. Platt had also served as Assistant
Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics at the Seminary and
briefly as Staff...
"Radical" by David Platt is certainly a thought-provoking book that causes any reader to seriously consider their understanding of what it is that Christ has called his followers to do and pursue. I definitely appreciated the ways in which Platt deconstructed the often desired "Christian American Dream" (i.e. go to church, serve in the local church, raise a good family, etc.) Platt certainly does not oppose anyone that lives this type of...
This is one of those simple books that completely challenges your Americanized version of Christianity and holds a mirror for you to face the facts. Of course I expect that kind of thing while going through the lives of Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd, George Muller, and John Hyde because they are men from a different time; simpler times with less busy-ness. But Platt's book, written in 2010, doesn't let you off the hook so easily. He doesn't...
Radical by David Platt took me way longer to read than I expected. That is not to say it isn't a great book; I just wasn't at a point where I could read it. In my life there are times where I want to read a book, but it is like trudging through quicksand to even get through a chapter. That is what this book was for the first year I had it.
One day, I picked it up to give it another shot. It only took me a week to finish the book. I...