Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Radical Idea by David Platt

David Platt has written a couple books on the concept of the Christian being different from the world. In his first book, Radical, he argues that the Christian faith should collide with the pursuit of the American dream. In his second book, Radical Together, he takes that theme and applies it to the community of faith. How can the church be radical together? I really enjoyed both of these books. They challenged me tremendously.

So when I saw that there was another book by Platt, A Radical Idea, I wanted to read it. But I have to tell you, I was a bit disappointed. Not because of the content of this book, but because this book is simply a smaller version of Radical Together. It is designed to be a sort of pocket-book, weighing in at just 52 really short pages. With a little work, I was able to find which parts of Radical Together made up A Radical Idea. Please understand, that does not mean this is a bad book. It just has a different purpose.

Some people might see this as a, well, radical idea. Apparently, what the publisher is trying to do is to get some of the information from Radical Together in a shorter, easier to read format. It is sold as a 10-pack of books, supposedly so that you could easily pass them out to your friends. But let me just ask the question: Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the book? This is radical, not simplicity. The basis of the book is that we shouldn't buy into the American way of doing things. We shouldn't buy into the easy way of life. But that apparently, is what this book is trying to do. 

I love the book. I love the content. I am moved by it. But I'm not so sure I buy into this way of getting the message out. My recommendation to you would be to read the whole book. Don't settle for the snippet. Be radical! And maybe read it with a friend and be radical together.

I received a copy of the book: A Radical Idea by David Platt from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review.


  1. I haven't read any of Platt's books yet, but I ran across your review. Thanks for the honest, culturally sensitive review of his latest book in the installment. It sounds like the first two books are something I might want to track down.

  2. oneenglishteacher,

    Thank you for the comment. You should definitely read the first two will be well worth your time and investment.

    God bless.


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