Sheldon Clowdus

Disciple . Husband . Father


"Radical" by David Platt
I just finished reading David Platt's book Radical: Taking Your Faith From the American Dream.  I was thoroughly challenged by the time I finally completed the last chapter.  Platt contends that our American version of Christianity is quite different from the radical faith that Jesus intends for us to have.  He lays out the gospel message and reminds us that one of the reason God saves us is to make His glory known to the ends of the earth.  The means by which God expects us to take the gospel and His glory global is discipleship.

Having heard from several people who read the book before me, I was expecting Platt to spend more time than He did talking about helping the poor across the globe.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that about half the book is spent on the gospel:  what it is, why God saves us, and how He calls us to make disciples.  I have heard some concerns that Radical emphasizes giving materially to the poor so heavily that many could walk away from the book feeling guilty that they aren't doing enough or that there is some minimum amount they should be giving to be a "radical" Christian.  I understand the concern but did not find that to be a problem as I read the book.  I understand David's passion and believe that we all could stand to be reminded of our brothers and sisters in Christ who are less fortunate than we are.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.  Just don't read it if you aren't ready for your faith and lifestyle to be seriously challenged.

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I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. I teach 5th grade in my hometown of Rome, Georgia.


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