Platt, David. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 2010.
Radical, a New York Times Bestseller by David Platt lives up to its title in many ways. The practical subtitle states: “Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream.” Dr. Platt, who also is a pastor of a very large church in Birmingham, AL, certainly gives Gospel centered applications and good advice to those who say they follow Christ, yet whose lives really reflect the “American Dream.” Platt’s first chapter is entitled, “What Radical Abandonment to Jesus Really Means,” and is fleshed out throughout the book. As I read I found myself saying, “that is true,” or “great truth.” At the same time I was convicted, especially as I was faced with the great worth of Christ in the Gospel. I recommend the book wholeheartedly to Christians, especially in “American” culture. I look forward to reading his book Radical Together, which challenges churches to focus around a Gospel-centered vision. For a good review with some possible negatives as well as a response from Platt, see (http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/05/25/getting-to-the-root-of-radical/?vm=r)