Radically Changed and Radically American

Posted: January 14, 2011 in Book Review

A couple of Sundays ago my pastor recommend we try at least one of the prescribed challenges the author (David Platt) said would allow us to consider how our hearts have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. As a result our church family is corporately seeking of ways to redefine our manufactured form of Christianity. The message in this book represents what I and many other Christians have been thinking and praying about for quite sometime, that the multitude of believers who call on Christ as their saviour, would also be excited to follow him as their king, and less compelled to go along with status quo of todays society.  At every corner it seems we are confronted with the choice to build up securities and comfort, or to build up Christ’s Kingdom. The author argues that this change is so difficult to make because it calls into question the  mini-“empires” humans like to build. It calls into question the hd tv with sorround sound etc…He writes ” Jesus placed a fundamental priority on disciplemaking relationships, and such relationships cannot play a merely supplemental part in our Christian lives.” The author doesn’t leave us hanging with big questions and ideas with no real tangible  outlet to pour our energy into. He learned some hard lessons being a pastor of a mega church with a typical growth model, and shares with us his ideas of a radical experiment. It calls us to give 1 year of our life to some small things that lead us to live more for Christ’s mission and less for the American Dream. In short we are challenged to read  more of the bible, pray more for the world, and get more involved in our communities, which allows us to spend more time in a Jesus glorifying context. This book is a must read for anyone who asked the same questions I did. What is God’s plan in our lives? Aren’t we here to change things in this world? What more can I do to make an impact on this generation? This book gives us some great resources and insight to help us wake up from an American Dream.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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