Jim’s #11: Radical by David Platt

So I know I’m way behind the times on this one, but as much as I procrastinate in reading, I’m even worse when it comes to writing.

There really isn’t a ton to say about this book that hasn’t already been mentioned in the previous 7 posts about it.  I would just like to say that I really, thoroughly, enjoyed this book.  I found it instructive, challenging, enlightening, convicting, and encouraging all at once (probably some other ones too).  I think David Platt does a masterful job of making even the difficult aspects of the Christian life and doctrine approachable and understandable.  They are still hard, but you’ll have a hard time refuting his logic and scriptural evidence.

I was very encouraged in my time at the Harbor to see the congregation take ownership of the book and its content.  I especially loved walking through the book with our community group as we had an incredible group that shared openly about what the book was revealing and strengthening in their walks.  What a blessing to have a group of believers that want nothing more than to see God move and work in their midst.  I’m excited for what the rest of the year holds for the Harbor.

I’ve heard plenty of people say that it shouldn’t be titled “Radical” but simply “Christian”.  It’s sad that basic aspects of the Christian walk seem radical to so many today, but I have noticed even in myself, that the reminder of those truths is a constant necessity in my life if I am to keep walking by faith while avoiding the pursuit of the American Dream.  I hope that this book finds its way into the hands of many.  I saw it on the Barnes and Nobles rack for buy 1 get 1 free … hopefully that will help 🙂


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