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Unleashing a Radical People: Six Truths That Change How Churches Change the World

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Take the next step. From radical followers of Christ to radical communities of faith.

In "Radical, "David Platt's plea for Christians to take back their faith from the American Dream resonated with readers everywhere, and the book quickly became a "New York Times" bestseller. Now in "Radical Together, "the author broadens his call, challenging us to unite around a gospel-c
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Published April 19th 2011 by The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2011)
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Barb Terpstra
If you enjoyed "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream" as I did, then this book is for you. Once again, Platt does not allow you to become complacent in your walk with God. He challenges us to really follow the faith practices that Jesus modeled for us while here on earth.

He reminds us: "Don't sit in a classroom; share your lives. Donation build extravagant places; build extraordinary people. Make disciples who will make disciples who will make disciples, and together multiply
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Matthew Robbins
David Platt came basically out of nowhere with his first book, the New York Times Best-Selling Radical. His themes of abandonment to Christ and calls for serving God is any ways possible connected with people across most demarcations we could use to describe them. As many people’s “American Dream” (i.e. 401k, large home, etc.) crumbled around them, the call to a larger purpose that rejected living for those things seemed to resonate with many.

Now, Platt has followed up that book with Radical Tog
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Krista Stevens
I read this before I read "Radical" but it didn't really matter - much of what Platt espouses here I've been thinking and/or reading about for years. To be viable, churches really must change. I'm not sure the way my denomination is heading is the right direction, for a number of reasons, but Platt (33 years old - check out his videos) adds more fuel to the fire. For example: we really do need to look at what and how we do things and then decide what is truly necessary, what needs to change, wha ...more
Jeanie
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was honest and to the point. His ideals for radical living for church is the following.
1) One of the worst enemies of the Christians can be good things in the church.
2.) The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work
3.) The Word does the work.
4.) Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.(my favorite)
5.) We are living, and longing for the end of the world
6.) We are selfless followers of a self-centered God.

Does Platt make this eas
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John
Radical Together is a helpful follow up to Platt’s 2009 bombshell Radical. Perhaps ‘toned down’ isn’t quite the way to describe the book, but certainly it is more nuanced and prescriptive than the original. In particular Platt goes out of his way to right two misperceptions that could result from a reading of his first book: that the radical call is an individualistic call, and that we are saved by our radicalness (for wont of a better word), not saved to radicalness. Platt does a good job of ri ...more
Elizabeth
I never reviewed Radical because there were too many thoughts and no way to get them on paper (or I guess I should say screen). But I just finished his book Radical Together which takes the themes of Radical and shows how to live them out in the context of the church. Great thoughts (really because they are from Jesus, he just spells them out neatly) and if really taken into practice could totally change our lives (but isn't that the point of being a new creation and making disciples of all nati ...more
Catherine Gillespie
After getting so much out of David Platt’s book Radical, I was interested to read his follow-up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God, which applies the same ideas to the church and asks what would be different about a church body that was really committed to advancing the kingdom of God to all the nations (versus focusing on local programs exclusively or even primarily).

While the book is really geared toward church leadership, I found many applications that
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Chris Huff
May 29, 2014 Chris Huff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pastors, church leaders
I enjoyed Radical, even though I found its message to be less radical and more a simple call to live as Christians in today's society (which, I suppose, is radical in our world today). But Radical Together truly contains a radical message.

It's radical to suggest that most Christians should actually go on international mission trips, rather than just give to them. It's radical to suggest that we eliminate ALL of the good programs in the church and start over, doing only the things God has truly c
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Yves Johnson
Apr 21, 2014 Yves Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every Christian
You'll be challenged to change your lifestyle for Christ. Pastor Platt drives home several great points. I won't spoil it for you but I can say a few things. He will set the stage for you to view yourself and God in another manner. He'll compel you to "radically" change how you are fulfilling your mission for Christ.

Pastor Platt encourages the reader to take the Gospel to the 6,000 people groups (totally several billion people) that have never heard of Jesus.

I will need to read this book again
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Melissa Stebbins
As part of the Blogging for Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah, I received a copy of Radical Together, by David Platt for review. I haven't read his first book Radical but had heard many good things about it. This book looks at how to be radical corporately not just individually. A word of warning, don't open this if you like to be comfortable. I must admit the thought of putting everything on the table, open for question is a scary prospect but David Platt is spot on with his argument that ...more
Kyle
I cannot speak as to how this book follows up from the first book, Radical, because I have not read it. However, this book challenges Christians, especially Christian leaders in churches to be radical in their approach to how to approach ministry. Rather than going with what is good, He challenges the reader to go after what is the best way to share the gospel with a world that needs it.

This book starts out very strong, as most books in this genre do. He challenges people through 6 points of how
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Bill Stegemueller
I just got through reading, Radical Together, by David Platt which takes off where his earlier book, Radical, leaves off by moving the emphasis from the individual to the church. The book is short compared to Radical, but it makes some good points and gives plenty of examples of how the Church as a whole can be radical for the Gospel.

In his first book, Radical, David challenges the individual to lay everything on the table. In Radical Together, he challenges the church to lay everything on the t
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Jimmy Long
I just completed the second book by David Platt entitled “Radical Together.” I was eager to read this book because of how impactful “Radical” was. This book also challenges the reader to think hard about his or her faith, but is geared toward use in small group studies. In other words, it is an encouragement for groups of believers to engage the world together for Jesus Christ.

The book was good, challenging, and enlightening. Although I did not find it to be on par with his first book, it was a
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Frank Peters
This is mostly a re-hash of Platt’s excellent book radical, but written for a Christian community, rather than for an individual. The book is significantly shorter, and really could have been part of the previous book. The message is important (as was radical), and the new insights and challenges provided in radical together are a useful addition to the previous work. If one portion of the book stands out it is the chapter concerned with not letting the good take get in the way of what is best. ...more
Holly Renee
If Radical was the call for revolution in the lives of individual Christians, then Radical Together must be the call for revolution within churches. In David Platt's newest book, Radical Together, he shifts his focus to how churches can implement the same truths he introduced in his New York Times bestselling debut title, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Rather than simply rehash the same material readers can find in his first book, David Platt expands on those ideas and ...more
Ken Nichols
REVIEW: Radical Together
Author: David Platt

“How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?“

That’s the question David Platt confronts us with in Radical Together. It is a serious question which every pastor, church leader, and Christian should be concerned with. It is a question that has no easy answers. But, it is a question we should seek to answer in every area of our personal lives and in our lives together
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Tim Chaney
I found this book to be very helpful and practical. Some of the directives of Radical were not received well and it seems this follow up volume was an attempt to clarify what Platt really meant in Radical. I felt this was a great addition to the conversation of living Radical lives as followers of Christ.

This book is based around six core convictions that are clearly explained. First, one of the worst enemies of Christians is good things in the church. Second, the gospel that saves us from work
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Peter
Mar 14, 2012 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Church Leaders, Small Groups, Christians
Full review can be found at: my blog.

David Platt has become known recently for his book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. In Radical, Platt writes how that we need to forget the American Dream and remember what God is calling his people to do. God is calling his people to be radical. Now, he is writing about how to be Radical Together. If you've read radical you know that life is not about the nicer car, the nicer house, or the 6 figure salary, it's about doing whatever we
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Tim Hoiland
Last fall I shared some thoughts on David Platt’s first book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream. In the book, Platt urges readers to consider the ways in which the gospel is at odds with a materialistic, narcissistic American way of life, and to commit to living ‘radical’ lives for Christ.

He has since written a sequel called Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. If you’ve read the first one (or if you’ve read John Piper’s Let the Nations be
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Curtis
This book challenges its readers in their corporate walk of faith. Whereas "Radical", the first book by David Platt, was geared more toward the individual and their personal journey with Jesus, "Radical Together" is a challenge for small groups, churches, ministries, etc. - for all of us as a body of believers. We must be united on this journey of faith if we truly wish to make an impact. Platt encourages his readers to not settle for what is good, but to strive for what is best in their corpora ...more
Kerry
I had finished reading David Platt's first book "Radical" a few weeks ago, and was amazed at how little of substance the book had. And since I had the sequel, "Radical Together", I thought I would go ahead and read it too. Certainly it would flesh out more of what Platt was trying to say in the first book with more detail, I thought. Alas, such is not the case. Every once in awhile Platt says some good things. But for the most part, this book, like its predecessor, is fairly vapid. Adoption, whi ...more
Tung
This book is the sequel to Platt’s 2010 bestseller Radical. Where the first book was focused on the individual, this book is focused on the church. In this exhortation, Platt essentially makes the arguments that many of the ministries and services run by churches today don’t serve to accomplish two foundational purposes of the church: spreading the gospel and discipleship. He argues that good intentions and good programs distract the church from having a greater impact on the world. His argument ...more
John Gardner
I'm not sure there's a book I've anticipated more than this one in the last year... and it was well worth the wait! David Platt's first book, Radical , brought into focus the incompatibility of the Christian life with the American dream, and has had a huge impact on Christians— particularly those in my generation. Many readers of that first book have begun to live lives of radical obedience to Christ, devoting themselves to prayer, reading God's Word, and spending their time and resources serv ...more
James
I haven't read Radical (though I will read it soon). My impression is that that is a better book (I'll let you know). Basically this is a book with some good advice for churches and church leaders about making a difference in the world. Platt is an evangelical deeply committed to the Great Commission, but also in moving his 4000 person church to tangilbly care for those in need. He advocates that churches eveluate their programs in light of the Great commission and see what is helping them do th ...more
Missions M/D
In Radical, David Platt’s plea for Christians to take back their faith from the American Dream resonated with readers everywhere, and the book quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Now in Radical Together, the author broadens his call, challenging us to unite around a gospel-centered vision.

How, he asks, might such a vision reshape our priorities as the body of Christ? How might well-intentioned Christians actually prevent God’s people from accomplishing God’s purpose? And, how can we bes
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Dan Cooley
Radical Together – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Author David Platt struggles with church budgets and gets nauseated with all the vision talk. This is my kind of author. It’s my kind of book. Except for the bad and the ugly.

The Good:
With its excellent content, engaging writing style, wonderfully short length, and in-your-face application, this is a good book. It made me crave a radical church – and realize the main thing holding it back is me.

David writes about doing church where we ask oursel
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Danielle
I really enjoyed this book. Platt delivers another challenging yet encouraging look at the current state of the American church and what the Bible has to say about living in a way that challenges what we view as "normal" church. He touched on a lot of the material in this book in Radical, but in Radical Together he faces the church head on and goes into great detail about what it looks like when a body of believers finds revelation in the Word and then takes the action that is only appropriate w ...more
Carol
This book is challenging me even more than Radical. I've read so many books lateley that have been sending me the same message. We need to love Jesus and live our lives abandoned to Him. Platt writes that local churches and members are changing their lifestyles not because they read an orange book entitled Radical, but because they're being gripped by an overwhelming God. "They know they belong to a God who desires, deserves, and demands absolute devotion in their lives and in their churches, an ...more
Cindy Navarro
David Platt has gone a step further in this latest book to challenge believers to become RADICAL in their relationship with Jesus. In "Radical Together: Unleashing The People Of God For The Purpose Of God", the church is given 6 areas to examine on how best to lead the body of Christ to fulfill the great commission of reaching out to every nation, tribe, and tongue so that all may hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. This book, however, is for anyone who longs to make an impact for God's glory. Fill ...more
Eric Wright
Following up on his best seller, Radical, David Platt asserts that discipleship is larger than individuals and must be carried out in the community of faith. In this volume he looks at some of the implications for the church, its goals and structures. The book seems slim, but the principles are powerful even though they are basic and simple. One recurring theme is that Platt recognizes his own and his church's limitations, so he doesn't want to set himself up for praise. He is just calling us ba ...more
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