"Radical" by David Platt::A Review and a Contest

"And every day I see more disconnects between the Christ of Scripture and the Christianity that characterizes my life and the church God has entrusted me to lead. I have so far to go. We have so far to go." Radical, p.19

Last summer I was introduced to David Platt's teaching when I watched his powerful, yet humble, address to the 2009 annual SBC pastor's conference. Challenged by his message, I was inspired to learn more about him and the church he pastors in Birmingham, Alabama.

As I had time, I began listening to Platt's "Secret Church" teachings. Impressed with his bold messages, his knowledge of scripture, and his deep devotion to Christ, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read his book, Radical, released by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group this week.

Radical is an urgent and timely message for the Body of Christ, American Christians in particular, to examine the validity of our beliefs about the gospel, the life of Christ, and His call on us to live in true obedience to His Word.

Radical is a well-written, easy to comprehend read for all Christians who with open hearts are willing to make changes in the way we live and worship that we might find deep satisfaction in abandoning our lives to the glory of Christ alone. It is packed with Scripture and examples of those who have gone before us. A little over two hundred pages, it could easily be read in one sitting, but I recommend a slower, more thoughtful read.

In the final chapter, Platt challenges us to consider a one year Radical experiment. It is not legalistic, but a challenge in response to God's love and grace by hearts that have been created new.
The publishers have graciously provided a copy of David Platt's Radical for me to give away. The winner will be chosen randomly from those who do the following:

Download (free) and read Chapter One and/or watch the video below, and let me know in a comment here or on facebook or in an email ( pollywogcreekporch (at) gmail (dot) com ) what impressed you the most.

The contest will end at midnight Sunday, May 16th, and the winner will be announced in a post on my birthday, Tuesday, May 18th.

If you just can't wait, I won't blame you. You might want to order Radical for yourself now, and then enter the contest to win a book to give away.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group