Thursday, October 13, 2011


Radical: Taking

Back Your Faith

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Take a transforming
journey in authentic
As the pastor of a large
and wealthy congregation,
David Platt began to see a
discrepancy between the
of his Church and the way
Jesus said His followers
lived.In Radical: Taking
Back Your
Faith from the American
, Platt examines how
American Christianity has
manipulated the gospel to
fit our cultural preferences
and challenges readers to
rediscover the path.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240

Vendor: Multnomah Publishers, Inc.

Publication Date: 2010

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Publisher’s Description



It’s easy for American

Christians to forget how

Jesussaid 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…




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.
Author Bio


pastor of The

Church at Brook Hills,

a four-thousand

-member congregation

in Birmingham,Alabama.

Widely regarded as an

exceptional expositor,

David has traveled and

taught around the world.

He holds two undergraduate

and three advanced degrees,

including a doctorate from

New Orleans Baptist

Theological Seminary.

David and his wife, Heather,

live in Birmingham with

their family.ChristianBook In his very

provocative book, Radical,

David Platt challenges the

status quo and the way

the Church does business.

Arguing that American

church culture runs counter

to the gospel, he compels readers

to forsake the American Dream

“in radical abandonment

to the person and purpose of

Jesus Christ.”He contends that

taking back our faith involves

actively and seriously committing

ourselves to spread the gospel to

all nations, owning responsibility

for helping others grow in Christ,

and literally caring for the poor.

He then shows how we can

reclaim our faith by obeying the

words of Jesus,trusting God and

focusing on heaven.

Platt, pastor of a 4,000 member

church in Alabama, attacksthe

“affluent model of Christianity

andchurch” and describes

what radical

obedience to Jesus in todayÂ’s

culture might look like. In a

straightforward manner

with a sense of humility,he

points out blind spots in

American Christianity.

In a voice of urgency he urges

Christians to reframe our

thinking and orientation to life.

Instead of asking,“What do we need?

we should be asking, “

What can we give?”

Platt makes his case

by pointing to historical figures

and ordinary people who have done

what is radical in obedience

to biblical mandates, counter to the

world’s definition of success.

He also uses biblical examples and

abundant Scripture references

to show that “the mark of Christ

followers is that their hearts are

in heavenand their treasures are

spent there.”

He closes with a challenge for his

readers to participate in

The Radical Experiment.

This one-year challenge has the

following five components:

pray for the entire world, read through

the entire Word,sacrifice your money

for a specific purpose, spend your

time in another context, and commit

your life to a multiplying community.

Radical asks tough questions and

presses for a response.

It will step on toes and call many

readers up short, but earnestChristians

cannot read it and remain unchanged.

It has thepotential to have the same kind

of impact as other widely read, influential

Christian books such as The Purpose Driven

Life, In His Steps, and The Prayer of Jabez.

Highly recommended.

– Dr. Pamela Jordan-Long,


Editorial ReviewsResponses to
“In his compelling new

book,Radical, David Platt

delivers apowerful 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

—Johnny Hunt, president,

Southern Baptist


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,


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,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

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