Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Book Review - Radical

Ok, so when my blog buddy, Melissa at Kaufman's Cottage (you can see her guest post on WBMF here and check out her blog here) wrote about Blogging for Books not too long ago it peeked my interest.

I like to read.  And free books...where do I sign up! :)

So, sign up is what I did!

I'm not paid for my reviews.  I receive the book for free to read and then review.


Here is where I need to insert...I do not typically discuss religion on my blog.  Actually, I have probably never discussed religion on my blog.  And it's not something I plan to do often.  Not because I'm not a Christian...I absolutely AM!!!  But I figure a design/crafting blog is not the place for those discussions.

But it is possible when you see a book review from me, it will be of a religious nature. 

I just wanted to preface with that.


The book I chose to read was a book by David Platt called Radical.

I think this book should be required reading for anyone who calls themselves a Christian!!

I cannot tell you how much I was dreading reading this book. I had read other reviews and just was not excited at all about it. But by the time I finished the first chapter I was hooked.

This book has alot of raw honesty. An honesty I think some people might even take offense to. But if you call yourself a Christian, how can you argue with logic that says in America we are content with the comfortable version of God that we've created in our churches? How do you argue that the money we spend on a multi-million dollar mega-church with lots of added in entertainment for us, could have fed hungry children around the world? Or sent missions across the globe to spread the world of God? How many Bibles could have been handed out instead? And I love that he explains in detail WHY it is our duty as Christians to be doing these things...ALL OF US.

This book really makes you take a hard, and I do mean HARD, look at yourself and what sacrifices you are making to make sure the unsaved have a chance at being saved!

He really makes you question, "am I doing what God has COMMANDED me to do? Or waiting for someone else to handle the 'dirty' work so I can observe from a comfortable distance?"

What I think I loved most about this book is that David uses direct quotes from the Bible to get his points across. It's not just his opinion. He uses countless stories in the Bible and also real life stories of people doing God's work.

If I had to state a negative about the book, I think the ending was lukewarm. He sets up a "experiment" in the end, basically a guideline for the reader to follow over the next year. But I think it's unrealistic to think that every Christian is being called overseas. I understand the point he was trying to make, but let me listen to what God is directing me to do, please don't 'command' me to do what you think he wants done.

But seriously, outside of that, this book was so eye opening for me!!!  I HIGHLY recommend it!!! 


  1. Sounds like a fascinating read. I love to hear about new books and read book reviews.

  2. There are quite a few other blogging for books programs out there as well! NavPress, Tyndale House and (Thomas Nelson Publishers) are several of my favorites. :) Great review!

  3. I am SO glad you reviewed this one Erin! I got it about a month ago from BFB and I found myself struggling from the beginning to really get into it. Our church is doing a "Radical Experiment" from February to July and it came from Radical. Just the consistent bible time has changed my heart permanently. And now that I have read your review, I'm going to pick up the book again and give it a go!

    Many Blessings,