Thursday, May 6, 2010

"Radical" Review and Giveaway!

I usually read & review Christian Romance, Fiction, Historical, or mysteries but every once in awhile I will throw in a different genre for a change. Sometimes change is good.

I have just finished reading Radical by David Platt and let me tell was radical! Wow! The concepts in this book are mind blowing to say the least! In this insightful book you will read about the author's take on modern day Christianity, American Christianity specifically. Some things that he takes on are; Americans comfortable Christianity - have we made Jesus into who we want Him to be?; Christians and the Mission Field- who will tell the world about Jesus? Do we leave it up to the few who choose to go to Africa or Asia... or are each of us called to be missionaries in some way? What does the Bible say about this?; What is Authentic Discipleship?; Does God want us to sell everything we own and follow Him? These are just a few of the questions that are answered in Radical by David Platt.

This book will make you re-think what you believe and do some soul searching in the process. That is the least that you will take away from "Radical". Here is an excerpt from the book;

"This is the question that often haunts me when I stand before a crowd of thousands of people in the church I pastor. What if we take away the cool music and the cushioned chairs? What if the screens are gone and the stage is no longer decorated? What if the air conditioning is off and the comforts are removed? Would His Word still be enough for His people to come together?" Herein lies the question, have we made a 'Jesus' that fits our lifestyles?

There are several moving testimonials throughout the book which really add to the content of the book & help you to understand the author's viewpoint on a variety of subjects.

I do have to mention that some of what I read was a little bit offensive at first because after all, I am an American Christian who has come to believe a lot of what David tells you is not necessarily Biblical. Reading this book has made me turn to Scripture more than once, and it has given me a new desire to follow Christ in a way that is fresh and new!

Are you interested yet? Are you ready to be radically transformed by Jesus? Maybe this book will give you that little nudge that you've been needing. Check out the "Radical Experiment" toward the back of the book..."One Year to a Life Turned Upside Down". There is also a great little book which you can download for free from David Platt's website named The Radical Question. What is Jesus Worth To You?

I have a copy of Radical to giveaway. Please post a comment to this post with your email - remember to post like this: susieq (at) aol (dot) com to avoid the spammers. As usual there are several ways to earn extra entries below:

1. Leave a comment to this post
2. New Followers to my blog
3. New Twitter Followers
4. New Networked Blogs Followers on Facebook
5. What is the most inspiring book that you have ever read (not including the Bible)?

I will be drawing a winner for this book Thursday, May 13th. I am also reviewing another book this week, Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann so be looking for it :-)

Website Just for the Book:

Dr. David Platt is lead pastor of the Church at Brook Hills, a four-thousand-member congregation in Birmingham, Alabama, that describes itself as " a faith family full of world-impacting disciples who really believe that as a church we can shake the nations for His glory."

You may purchase a copy directly from the publishers at WaterBrook Multinomah:

Disclaimer: I have received 'Radical' by David Platt from WaterBrook Multinomah publishers. Everything that I have said in my above review is my own personal opinion.


Shawn said...

Just wanted to let you know I've posted a link to your giveaway at

Thanks :)

Also, I look forward to your review of Indivisible. I loved it!

jewelknits said...

I am truly looking forward to reading this book. I think that the ideas espoused are something that everyone who deems themselves a "Christian" or even a "decent human being" should follow. Wouldn't this world be a great place if everyone followed the true example?

jewell330 at aim dot com

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thank you!

Bill ;-)

billsmith2003 (at) gmail (dot) com

Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:

Lucie said...

Shawn: Thanks you for posting my giveaway on your blog!

Jewelknits: I have you entered for the drawing :-) Yes, I do believe that this world would be a much better place!

Dr. Bill: You're welcome and entered!

I will be posting the winner later tonight or tomorrow :-)

Anonymous said...

I would love to enter this giveaway contest! I need to get into the Word more, and I feel this book would do that!
scmlrose at att dot com

Rachel Cotterill said...

That's a very interesting concept. I have heard it said "man made God in his own image" as a twist on the more usual phrase - to indicate that every place and culture puts a filter onto their concept of God.

Lucie said...

Sorry I haven't posted a winner yet I've been taking care of a sick child here. But, I am putting all your names in a 'hat' and drawing directly after I post this.


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