Friday, May 7, 2010
Radical: Blog Tour & Giveaway
IS JESUS WORTH THIS TO YOU?
It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...
BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?
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.
Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment --a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
You can read Chapter 1 of Radical by David Platt here.
Special 10-pack, ideal for church giveaways, welcome packets or small group distribution.
What is Jesus worth to you?
It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, Jesus said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…
But who do you know who lives like that? Do you?
About The Author:
David Platt is the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a 4,000-member congregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Widely regarded as an exceptional expositor, David has traveled and taught around the world. He holds two undergraduate and three advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Heather, are the parents of Caleb and Joshua, and are in the process of adopting a third child.
This book will change your life....if you let it! In the last few months I have read a couple of really great books that have challenged me to look at my faith and step things up a notch when it comes to living my faith out. This book does that and more. Not only was I challenged to really "give up everything" to obey Jesus to follow Him, but Platt gives the reader a one year "Radical Experiment" to follow (if you so choose). The Radical Experiment consists of five steps:
1. Pray For The Entire World
2. Read Through Your Bible
3. Sacrifice Your Money For a Specific Purpose
4. Spend Your Time In Another Context
5. Commit Your Life To a Multiplying Community
All five things are to be done over the span of a year and this experiment is to help you realize just what it means to "Follow Me". Even though these are five things we should be doing already, many Christians are not, and that is Platt's point. We need to live radical lives for Jesus, coming out of "comfort zones" and really giving it all up for the cause of Christ! Platt's message may be harsh, but I believe that based on how today's church seems so far from what God intended the Church to be, this is a message all Christians need to hear! This book is biblically sound and though not a difficult book to read, it will be difficult for some to hear the message Platt is sending.....American Christians need to step it up a notch and live our Christian faith out of the box and be RADICAL for Christ! A MUST READ for all Christians!
The Radical Question is a small pocket sized version of Radical and I love that it comes in a special 10 pack, perfect for Bible Studies, Small Groups and Churches to distribute to people and help them learn how to live radically for Christ! I have not doubt there will be a resurgence of radical living Christians in the coming months, due to God working through Platt and this book!
Though right in the first few pages of Radical, this is one of my favorite quotes by David Platt:
"You & I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life & in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible & dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed Him & obeyed Him."
I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Radical by David Platt online here, directly from Waterbrook Multnomah. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller.
WIN IT: One (1) reader will win a copy of Radical by David Platt
TO WIN: Tell me why you would like to read this book
GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS
GIVEAWAY ENDS MAY 18, 2010
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
***This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group