Radical by David Platt
"In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus."
When I was about halfway through this book, I told my husband I didn't think I was going to be the same at the end of it. I read alot of books, but I am rarely so stirred by the words contained in it as I have been with this book. I was moved to tears many times by David's stories of getting to share the gospel globally. He had to be hidden and smuggled into many countries to share the gospel. Why are we so timid and spending all of our resources on ourselves?
One thing that stood out to me was the people in foreign countries who would beg him to preach the Bible to them no less than 12 hours a day. It is such a stark contrast to us. We have so much and yet we can hardly finish reading the tiny email devotionals we get each day. Our hearts are hard. We cannot share a gospel that we do not know.
This is a horrifying showcase of how we build obscenely priced church buildings and give so little to aid the tens of thousands that starve to death every day. We have deluded ourselves. I am forever changed. I don't want to go back to the status quo. Join me. Take the one year challenge to a radical life.
"We are molding Jesus into our own image. He is beginning to look like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshipping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead we may be worshipping ourselves."
This book was provided for review by Waterbrook Multnomah.