The Radical Question/Idea by David Platt is a great resource for those who want to be challenged in their faith. Although this is “two books in one,” most readers will be able to finish both books in under two hours. If you haven’t read any of Platt’s books, this is a great starting point to introduce yourself to the author.
A Radical Recap
These two short books appear to be highlights from Platt’s two larger books, Radical and Radical Together. If you have already read those books, I would not recommend purchasing this book as it is the same information.
However, if you have not read Platt’s two books, I could not recommend this book enough. These books will get you thinking, challenge your faith, and influence your perspective on what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century.
Some Radical Quotes
For those who are still unsure about Platt, here are a few of the most challenging quotes in these books.
Instead of a radical devotion to Christ, we so easily settle for nominal devotion to him while we indulge ourselves in other pursuits.
What if we were created not to advance ourselves, but to deny ourselves?
You were created for more than a Christian spin on the American dream.
As long as Christians choose to play games in their churches while they spend their lives fulfilling an American dream, billions in need of the gospel will remain hopelessly in the dark. The cost will be high for the lost if we do not follow Christ radically.
Let’s start living as though this world has nothing for us because Christ is truly everything to us.
The goal is always for all of God’s people to be equipped and empowered to lead as many people as possible to Christ.
Where the church is fundamentally a gathering of committed people, the place where the church gathers hardly matters.
Be careful to not let programs in the church keep you from engaging people in the world with the gospel.
Who can fathom the potential of the church when we stop programming ministry for people and start propelling people into ministry?
Do with others what I have done with you, Jesus had said. Don’t sit in a classroom; share your lives. Don’t build extravagant places; build extraordinary people. Make disciples who make disciples who will make disciples, and together multiply this gospel to all peoples.
You have the Word of God before you, the Spirit of God in you, and the command of God to you: make disciples of all nations.
As you can see, Platt spares no words in challenging Christians to obey the Word of God and not merely know it. If you’re faith is in need of a jump start, there are no better resources to begin with than Platt’s books.
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”