Book Review: Radical Together – David Platt

In his first book, and New York Times bestseller, ‘Radical,’ David Platt explored how the biblical gospel affects individual Christian lives–and “what happens when the truth of Christ penetrates our hearts, melts away our assumptions, and propels us on a journey of abandonment to God” (page vii, Radical Together).

This book [releasing 4/19/11] is a direct extension of his first, and looks at what can happen when we begin applying these revolutionary claims and commandments of Christ to our communities of faith [whether it be the family, our small-groups, or the Church body collectively].

David Platt seeks to answer one core question throughout the text – “How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?” (page ix)

Dr. Platt walks us through this communally focused extension through examining 6 foundational ideas for us to consider if we desire to be a group of people–a Church body–that are unleashing people into the world with the gospel:
1) The worst enemy of Christians is good things in the church.
2) The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work.
3) The Word does the work.
4) Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.
5) We are living–and longing–for the end of the world.
6) We are selfless followers of a self-centered God.
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Platt is sure to emphasize that he is not claiming to offer an exhaustive overview of the church, but to “provide biblical foundations in order to consider practical implications for how a church fuels radical obedience among Christians” (paraphrased, page x).

In typical fashion, David Platt allows us to take a look at the way we ‘do’ church, and to consider the implications of what could happen–and what impact we could truly have–if we begin not merely living our lives individually with this new gospel-mindset, but unleashing each other in a community of believers on mission to bring the glory of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

I’ll leave you with a quote:
“God has called us to lock arms with one another in single-minded, death-defying obedience to one objective: the declaration of His gospel for the demonstration of His glory to all nations” (page xi).

This is a book which you cannot read passively, and I would strongly encourage you to read it with a small group of people, leaders, or serious Christians who are committed to making God’s name great in all the earth.

I feel that this book, coupled with ‘Radical’, will spark a fresh perspective of what it means to follow Christ, and [if we let it] be a catalyst in propelling the next wave of passionate believers into a life of sold-out, Christ-exalting sacrifice, surrender, and urgency to make His name great in our lives, and to impact the world in ways we would never have imagined–and never could have accomplished on our own.

[Note: This review was written based on an advanced reading copy and will be checked for accuracy against the official copy upon its release. Page numbers may be published differently in the finished copy. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.]

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