BOOK REVIEW – Radical

Some of you may remember my review of Primal by Mark Batterson a few months ago. I was not particularly impressed. It felt contrived and ambiguous while attempting to be motivational and revolutionary.

I expected Radical by David Platt to be in the same vein – attempting to be revolutionary. I was genuinely surprised by how much closer to being genuinely revolutionary it is.

Honestly, I had no idea who David Platt was. I’d never heard the name before, so in preparation for reviewing his book, I had to do some research. David is the senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a large Southern Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama. He has long been involved in missions work across the world, which is very evident in Radical.

I found a lot of affinity with David and his call to mission. I am not sure that his subtitle – Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream – accurately reflects the intensity with which he assaults the individualistic, self-concerned worldview that pervades the American church. He pulls no punches and takes no prisoners, challenging the leaders of the American church to stop cow-towing to the ‘needs’ of their people and focuses on the mission Jesus has given to His Church.

Stylistically, it is obvious that the book was drawn from a series of messages delivered to the congregation. This is true of most books written by pastors in this age, but I wish there was a way to strip away the clear characteristics of sermons and turn them into better composed books. The topic that David tackles is worthy of great execution on the page, and the style is somewhat short of that.

All the same, it is a book worth reading. In fact, it is worth far more than reading. It is worth embracing and discussing. It is worth acting upon, and that is the highest praise I can give for any book.

I received this book free from Waterbrook/Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 :“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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