5/04/2010

Blog Tour: Radical - Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

I am actually not 100% finished with this yet, because every page has me setting down the book and saying hmmm. There are a lot of thought provoking and challenging food inside these pages. Essentially, Platt is challenging us to reexamine the Christianity of the typcial American in light of what the Bible actually says (novel though that, yes?) Meaning, at the root, that we focus on God for His provision rather than in the mantra of the American dream which says that if we work hard enough we can accomplish anything. And it's not even physical provision that he's really focusing on either - but spiritual. So he takes on the idea of church programs and huge budgets and entertainment-focused worship and asks us to look at who those are, ultimately, glorifying. Are we depending on ourselves to bring others to Christ or are we relying on God for our faith and the salvation of others?

He ends with a challenge to participate in a radical experiment for one year in which you pray for the entire world, read through the entire Word, sacrifice your money for a specific purpose, spend time in another context, and commit your life to a multiplying community.

You can read the first chapter, if you're interested, here. And you can request a free copy of the companion booklet, The Radical Question, here. And you can get more info here.

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.

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