Thinking Out Loud

April 30, 2010

Radical: Returning to Our Roots

No matter what first pops into your head when you hear words like “emergent” or “missional,” one of the byproducts of these movements has been a major theme in many Christian books in the last decade:   We need to recapture more of Christian discipleship as it was understood by the early church.

That’s the good news.   The bad news is that this theme is much overdone in some sectors of Christian publishing.

Enter Radical by David Platt.

Beginning with the story we call “The Rich Young Ruler,” and also the story of the scribe (“Foxes have holes…”) Platt is convinced that at times, Jesus seems to be doing all he can to drive followers away, because the demands of discipleship are so high.

So high, and so removed from what we in North America and Western Europe have made Christianity into.  So removed also from Christianity as it is practiced under threat of persecution and even martyrdom.   Have we messed up all of Jesus’ priorities?

In addition to the book, the publisher has released a booklet The Radical Question (shown in foreground of the picture) for giveaway by churches, sold in packages of ten.   You can request a free copy of that at

This review is a bit sparse because we were only given the first chapter of the larger book, however, you’re invited to share in that as well by clicking here.

You can also learn more about the book, including a video clip from the author at this site:

Click on the comments section of this post for more information about the author.

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  1. One of the questions I had as I read this is: Who is David Platt? After clicking around the three pages linked here, I found an “about the author” page…

    Dr. David Platt is the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills, a four-thousand-member congregation in Birmingham, Alabama, comprised of world-impacting disciples who really believe that as a church they can shake the nations for God’s glory.

    David has earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Georgia and three advanced degrees, including a doctor of philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Brook Hills, he served the seminary as dean of chapel and assistant professor of expository preaching and apologetics and was on staff at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.

    David and his wife, Heather, are Atlanta natives who made their home in New Orleans until they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They live with their family in Birmingham.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — April 30, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

  2. I just read the first chapter. I am hooked. And convicted.

    Comment by Meg Moseley — April 30, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

  3. How come only the USA get the free copy? – I’m pretty down now!!!

    But thanks will indeed be ordering the book.

    Comment by Mark R — April 30, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    • Hey, apparently Canada is equally foreign to them.

      However, when I selected Canada as my country, a choice appeared at the bottom to receive the thing as text or HTML, so I assume it’s going to come electronically.

      Complete the form again if you bailed out part way and let me know what happens.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — April 30, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

  4. While I am supportive of any book that helps us live as Christ-followers; I have to ask, “Do we NEED another book?” What makes this author think he has anything ‘new’ to add to the discussion??

    Please don’t take offense. The bookstores are already filled with an ample supply of Christian ‘how-to’ books. Are these ‘prophets’ all about profits??

    I think it is time we stop reading/studying about how to be disciples and go DO discipleship. Contrary to the volumes of print on this subject; it isn’t rocket science.

    Comment by Bill B — May 1, 2010 @ 7:48 am

    • You make a really good point that I wouldn’t even attempt to refute. My decision to create a post out of this — although I truly did appreciate the sample chapter — was as much because it was more “news” about a unique way of launching the book and booklet; an admission which only serves to amplify your viewpoint!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — May 1, 2010 @ 10:52 am

  5. […] Waterbrook, wealth, world mission — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:19 am On April 30th I responded here to the sample chapter of David Platt’s Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American […]

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  6. […] can find out why today on my other blog, Thinking Out Loud.   Or take the first link on this earlier post at T.O.L. and then click on “Chapter One” to read the first chapter of this powerful […]

    Pingback by Radical is the Hot Title for Summer « Christian Book Shop Talk — June 22, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

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