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About Radical

New York Times bestseller

What is Jesus worth to you?

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.


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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

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 lifelong learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees: a bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of arts in journalism (ABJ) from the University of Georgia, and a master of divinity (MDiv), a master of theology (ThM), and a doctor of philosophy (PhD) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as dean of chapel and assistant professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; as staff evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans; and, for eight years, as the senior pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. David has written several books including RadicalRadical TogetherFollow Me, and Counter Culture. David founded Radical (, 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.

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Product Details

240 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: May 4, 2010

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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Read the first chapter of Radical. What part of the Gospel is optional? 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. Look for the companion booklet, The Radical Question

By Wes Clemmer

David Platt's challenge to the present-day American church and it's leaders is sorely needed. We typically invest most of our energies and resources expanding our influence, creating efficient ministry teams, developing attention-getting programs, and the like. But, as Platt reminds us, amid all this, God's power can remain a mere add-on to our strategies. We easily deceive ourselves, mistaking the presence of physical bodies in a crowd for...

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By Jennifer Larson

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...

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By Tim George

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...

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By Brandon Yu

"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...

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By Scott Casto

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 Plattâ??s book, written in 2010, doesnâ??t let you off the hook so easily. He...

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