I first heard David Platt speak in August 2005 (I think), and then again the next year at a college retreat. I remember being so impressed with his passion for the lost and his frustration with complacency and just how infectious it was. This same passion comes across very clearly in his book Radical.
This was not an easy book to read, in fact, I told my husband that Platt is annoyingly correct in so many areas that I just couldn’t read very much at one time. At first glance it seems as though Platt is just venting frustration at the modern American church and American Christianity, and he sort of is; but it really comes down to a challenge to make radical faith and trust in Christ normal. It shouldn’t be radical to give sacrificially or know the Word of God from cover to cover and apply it to our lives. Christ would not call this radical, He would call it necessary.
I finished the book eager to evaluate my own life and see what I need to change, not for the sake of change, but for the sake of Christ and furthering His kingdom. Some may mistake this book as preaching salvation based on works, but that is not what Dr. Platt is after, simply that true faith in Christ is evidenced by our works as motivated by love for Him.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
James 2:14-17 (ESV)
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, all opinions are 100% mine. You can get a copy for only 5.49 from Amazon.com!