David Platt did an excellent job of presenting solid information in a way that appeals on both the emotional and logical plains rather than solely to one. This is a desirable quality, indeed.

While multiple note-worthy titles proclaim the need to truly grasp the truths of the Bible and live them out, I believe that David Platt’s sincere and passionate plain-speaking about global perspective (the bright orange cover and cool catch phrase didn’t hurt any either, I’m sure) seem to have given this one a ‘head and shoulders above the rest’ boost.

The message that Christianity transcends the American dream is sorely needed in a time when Christianity’s bad name is primarily garnered by those who do little more than latch onto ‘key concepts’ and disregard the rest or those who go to church on Sunday and live out their own version of saving grace the rest of the week. On the other hand, in a world full of people who are tapped out and still asking, “Am I doing enough?” the whole: Let’s get radical about our faith idea could feel like just another thing we fall short on.

Fortunately, David Platt seems to have taken these both into account as he wrote this book. His challenging words may turn your perspective on its ear, but his actual challenges as put forth in the book are pretty basic. Basic, in this case, is not meant to be a negative. Truly, following Christ in a radical way LOOKS rather ordinary at times, at least to the people living it. As a mother at home with young children for the majority of my week, it is easy to look to those doing ‘greater, more glorious’ things and wonder what I’m missing. How refreshing it was to see challenges that can be conceivably completed while reserving time to invest in the raising of godly children. In fact, since the challenges can encompass the whole family, they are not only compatible to my current goal, but also supportive of it. How refreshing! Instead of adding more ‘extracurricular activities’ these line right up with what we are trying to do anyway. In addition, Platt is convinced that you need not commit to these things for the rest of your life. It is a challenge, but one he only asks us to undertake for a single year which leaves us with something that is all around doable and a good way to stretch ourselves spiritually.

Just a few of the points I really appreciated:

  • We neglect to look too long and hard at the God of the Bible, because we know will find ourselves in such awe as to inspire repercussions we are reluctant to face.
  • We need not be/have the best, brightest to make a difference… the power of God is sufficient.
  • The refreshing reminder that death is not a tragedy, but a great gain… and since that is the case what, really, is there to fear from living as God desires?
  • It is more beneficial to read the Bible, even Leviticus, than the best, most up and coming Christian book (including this one)

I am ever so grateful for this push to think outside the American box.