Page Count: 128
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2012
List Price: $9.99
David Platt is pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God.
Having read his original book “Radical“, I was looking forward to the opportunity to read and review this new book by Platt. “The Radical Question & A Radical Idea” is a two books in one combination. The first book, “The Radical Question” appears to be a short (54 pages) summary of “Radical.” The second book, “A Radical Idea“, does the same for “Radical Together.”
The Radical Question
“What is Jesus Worth to You?” This is the overarching question that Platt asks and challenges us to evaluate our lives and how we live out our faith. Platt opens with a story about underground house church leaders gathering to study and pray together. He then moves to question the differences between our version of Christianity and the version of Christianity that prevails around the world. (p. 8) Our version of “comfortable” Christianity comes from our redefining of Jesus. We take the Jesus of the Bible and begin twisting him into a version of Jesus that we are more comfortable with. (p. 21)
A Radical Idea
“What happens – or can happen – when we apply the revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to our communities of faith.”(p. 61) Platt looks at what can happen when God’s people come together to extend God’s glory to the community and the world. He questions the prevailing desire to build large buildings and offer multiple programs to make it easy for church members to feel connected. He contrasts this with the concept that the goal of the church should be to equip and empower God’s people to lead as many as possible to Christ. (p.69)
This book is a quick read and provides a nice pocket size summary of Platt’s previous books. For someone wanting more, I would suggest skipping this books and go with the originals.
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