BOOK REVIEW: Radical – Taking Back Your Faith from The American Dream [David Platt]

Posted: June 14, 2014 in Book Review
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 radical

I got this book as a gift from a good friend around two years ago. Each time I wanted to read it, I’d find a reason not to and pick something else. Recently, I finally got down to it and trust me, it was worth every flip.

Radical by David Platt is a call to rise up from our comfort zones and dive in to the deep waters. As he says in one section,

‘I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.’

James Truslow Adams is the man credited with coining the phrase ‘American Dream’ back in 1931. He spoke of it as a;

“….dream in which each man and woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognised by others for what they are (self-glorification).”

The dangerous assumption we unknowingly accept in the American dream is that our greatest asset is our own ability. The American Dream prizes what people can accomplish when they believe and trust in themselves. The subtly fatal goal we will achieve when we pursue the A.D. is that as long as we achieve our desires in our on power, we will always attribute it to our own glory. But the gospel has different priorities. It beckons us to die to ourselves and to believe in God and trust in His power. The goal of the American Dream is to make much of us, while that of the gospel is to make much of God. As Bonhoeffer once said,

“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”

Whether American or not, this book is for you. Do try and read it.

Grace & Peace

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