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The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of our Calling

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What is a life of radical discipleship? At root, it means we let Jesus set the agenda of our lives. We aren't selective. We don't pick and choose what is congenial and stay away from what is costly. No. He is Lord of all of life. In the last book by the leading evangelical churchman of the twentieth century, John Stott opens up what it means at root to be a follower of Jes ...more
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Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for a quick read on a study break whim at Barnes and Noble; something more than a skim and less than an every-word read. I don't know if the quick read was more poignant because the author is now absent from the body and present with the Lord, but this simple book is quite soul-gripping. I am usually a little put off by books that claim to be radical. But Stott calls for a different kind of radical than the one that makes you feel guilty for giving a homeless guy a 5 dollar bill ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Stott is a name that has been well known in Christian ministry and teaching for many, many years. In The Radical Disciple, Stott addresses eight aspects of our Christian lives that he believes need to be more strongly emphasized in Christian living. These aspects include:

1. Non-conformity
2. Christlikeness
3. Maturity
4. Creation-care
5. Simplicity
6. Balance
7. Dependence
8. Death


Stott writes with a clarity and eloquence that are not often present in our more modern, more breez
A short book looking at 8 characteristics of Christians - nonconformity, Christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity (in living), balance, dependence (on God and other people), and death (in 6 various parts of the Christian life). While I don't agree with all of Stott's conclusions or even about which traits he picked - shouldn't growing in knowledge about God make it onto the list? - I enjoyed the book. A great book for a newer Christian.
Jared Totten
With The Radical Disciple, John Stott pens his final chapters in a writing career and public life that has impacted countless Christian lives for generations now and will certainly continue to do so for generations to come. I cannot imagine what goes through an author's mind as they write their final words as Stott, at eighty-eight, knew this would be his last book after announcing his retirement from public ministry in 2007. Contained herein are not only his parting thoughts for the Christian c ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
John Stott acknowledged in his postscript to this book that this was his valedictory work. A year later, this radical disciple met the Lord he had followed for so many years.

While this is not Stott's best work (I would contend that The Cross of Christ is), this is a wonderful capstone to a life of preaching and writing. What he addresses here are some of the neglected aspects of discipleship, and because of this, we hear included under discipleship some topics not often discussed in this regard
Joseph McBee
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we have a man of God very bear the end of his life examining the state of modern evangelical Christianity and noticing some glaring omissions in our discipleship. His list is arbitrary of his own admission, yet it is also poignant and highly perceptive as well.

The three great challenges facing Christians today according to Stott are pluralism, materialism, and ethical relativism. These challenges express themselves in various ways and to combat them we must embrace the biblical concepts of
John Stott (1921-2011) died at the ripe old age of 90, leaving a beautiful legacy of faithfulness to the Lord. Although I take issue with a few of his views, I am grateful for this man who through his writings has taught me so much about standing in awe of the cross and of striving to be a faithful disciple of Christ. Two chapters in this short book are gold: the chapter on "dependence" and the chapter on "death."

"Death is unnatural and unpleasant," Stott wrote in this his 'farewell' and final b
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those small books which reads quickly and, I suspect, stays with you for years to come. Stott is a powerful, holistic evangelical voice who deserves to be read more widely among Mainline Christians in the US than he is. Much of this does not read like something we would normally label "evangelical," which is a strength. Highly recommended.
Rich Schmaltz
This was a good book, but it wasn't great. I really liked some of the topics and didn't like some. Lot of areas in the second half I wanted to remember and underline for later. The chapter on death would have gotten 5 stars by itself I think.
Setty Kabongu
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Indeed eye opening and leading to soul searching, it’s well put and scripture well used to support the life of the radical disciple
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What does the life of a serious follower of Jesus look like? That's the question John Stott answers in this short book. A short read, but very challenging and convicting.
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buku-rohani
The Radical Discpile adalah buku terakhir karya seorang raksaksa iman, John Stott (1921-2011). Siapa John Stott?

John Stott dikenal di seluruh dunia sebagai seorang pengkhotbah, penginjil, dan penulis asal Inggris. Selama bertahun-tahun menjabat sebagai rektor dari dari gereja All Souls di London. Ia juga menjadi perancang utama terbentuknya Lausanne Covenant (1974). Ia telah menghasilkan puluhan buku yang telah terjual jutaan kopi di seluruh dunia dan diterjemahkan dalam puluhan bahasa. John St
Phil Whittall
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Stott is 89, and few men have had such a profound influence on evangelicalism in Britain. If you were fortunate enough to be sitting down with him and were to ask this man who has followed and preached Christ for more than 60 years for his distilled wisdom and advice in how to do that great task better, I'm confident you would be all ears. It would be foolishness not to listen very carefully to everything he had to say, they should have a profound impact on your life.

That's the approach I t
Josh Morgan
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This review first appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café:

The idea of discipleship is a hot topic right now, as is the idea of being a "radical" follower of Christ. Different people have different takes on what discipleship and radical actually mean. In what may be his last book, John Stott writes about what he has learned is the nature of a radical disciple in The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of our Calling. He addresses eight topics: nonconformity, Christli
Mandy J. Hoffman

I have heard so many men and women, whom I highly respect, quote from John Stott's books that it was with great anticipation that I listened to this audio version of his book. And at first, despite the depth of thought, I readily nodded in silent agreement as I listened. However, after a few chapters I was nodding less and less and and spending more time tilting my head to the side as I paused to try and "get" what he was saying.

While much of this book is wonderful, and Biblical, his
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Enjoyed this look at discipleship. Some of my favorite quotes include:
“Here then is God’s call to a radical discipleship, to a radical nonconformity to the surrounding culture. It is a call to develop a Christian counterculture, a call to engagement without compromise.”
“We have considered four major secular trends that threaten to engulf the Christian community. In the face of these we are all called not to feeble-minded conformity but to radical nonconformity. Over against the challenge of plur
Tim Hoiland
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
think rather highly of the late John Stott for a number of reasons. First, there’s his longtime involvement with The Lausanne Movement, including his role as “chief architect” of the Lausanne Covenant. I think we can all still learn a great deal from his understanding of the relationship between evangelism and social action. And I’m grateful for the way he devoted so much of his life work to the church in the Global South through Langham Partnership. Then again, maybe my interest is really just ...more
Adam Shields
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Short review: This is John Stott's last book. He focuses on discipleship as an elder disciple. This is a very unpretentious book. I think it is the most readable of Stott's books that I have read. It is very humble in tone and consciously speaking as a last chance to talk.

The best chapter was the one on dependence. I do not think I have read another treatment on dependence quite like it. Stott shows that dependence, the created order of humanity is not to be avoided but embraced. So as children
Joel Jackson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
John Stott leaves a lot for the aspiring follower of Jesus to ponder as they consider what it means to be a disciple. Of particular impact are his thoughts on how countercultural a disciple of Christ should be. We need to deny the materialistic and humanistic ways of our culture. We are a culture that abuses this earth and we need to stop. Christians are often the greatest abusers. We also need to stop seeking life in a way that demeans the future promise of resurrection. I find myself among tho ...more
Philip Mcduffie
"The Radical Disciple" is the last book that John Stott ever wrote. He wrote it at the nearing the end of his pilgrimage here on earth at the age of 88. It is not his best work, but it was helpful nonetheless. Stott seeks to address some neglected aspects of disciples of Christ such as: nonconformity, Christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity, balance, dependence, and death. The chapter on simplicity presented some hard teachings, especially to those of us in the west. But considering ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is much great material on what radical submission to the Lordship of Christ actually means, which is something fundamentally different from the self-serving clericalism that all too often afflicts the church. He also has some interesting comments on the purpose of the Sabbath as a day of worship so that we would not be consumed with our work (pp 59-60). I realise John Stott "dropped the ball" theologically a few times in his life, but his errors were those of weakness (e.g. his psychologic ...more
Scott Kennedy
Jul 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
On the whole I enjoyed this. The chapter titles really interested me. I was particularly interested to read Stott's simplicity and balance. However, as other reviewers have noted, I was hoping for more detail in how this could be fleshed out.

I was also disappointed with his treatment on creation care, which seemed to just be one sided. I totally agree with the calling to look after the earth and take care of it, but this chapter did not seem to take a balanced look at some of the issues around
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended by a friend and is accessible and incisive.Because of this it challenges the reader to think for themselves and confront challenging questions about what it means to love Christ not as the world would suggest Christians should but rather how gain and keep following the path of Christ himself.On such a path one encounters love and suffering joy and hope pride and humility.The knowledge of peace at the heart of a faith is one of the satifactions of such a journey .Thank y ...more
David Cowpar
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite of Stott's books I have read so far!!

He goes through eight key characteristics of those who desire to follow Jesus, and these, together, make up a radical disciple.

I particularly enjoyed, and was instructed by, the chapters on non-conformity and Christlikeness.

The other six aspects are: maturity, care for creation, living simply, balance, dependence and death.

This is a must read must read!!
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stott's book Radical Disciple is not a radical departure for those familiar with his work. This last publication of the long serving Christian leader is solid and sure and a challenge to the world church he worries has "growth without depth." His choice of eight topics: nonconformity, Christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity, balance, dependence, and death are refreshing and not stock answers to the question of what Christians should be about. A brief and profitable read.
Clara Roberts
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stott listed eight characteristics of a radical disciple. Nonconforming to the culture around us, Christlikeness in behaviour, maturity in growth, creation care in our ecological world, (this surprised me), simplicity in personal lifestyle, balance (using metaphors from the Bible as babies, stones, priest, foreigners, and servants),dependence as we grow, and death. This was the last book written by Stott before he died. The book did not disappoint. I found it to be one of his best books.
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“We are all designed to be a burden to others. You are designed to be a burden to me and I am designed to be a burden to you. And the life of the family, including the life of the local church family, should be one of “mutual burdensomeness.” ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ’ Gal 6:2” (page 110)
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this short simple book slowl enough to digest not only john Stott's wisdom but his passion for what it means to follow Christ in our modern world. It intersects many of ways we need to allow Jesus and the gospel to influence how life as disciples in our world, from creation care to simplicity, from life to death.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was challenging and made evaluate my Christian walk. Some of the chapters seemed a little odd for this type of book. But as with all books of this nature, I glean what I can and leave the rest behind. Sometimes rereading a book, I will see something in a different light and take away a new perspective. I discussed this book with group of people which brought some different perspectives.
Mark Peskett
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This last book written by the late, great father-figure of evangelical Christianity is an easily digestible yet moving and sobering reminder of the nature of discipleship. One cannot rightly read this book without remembering the character and wisdom of the author and thereby really taking his words on board. Definitely a book I will return to from time to time.
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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why I ...more
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“The church has a double responsibility in relation to the world around us. On the one hand we are to live, serve and witness in the world. On the other hand we are to avoid becoming contaminated by the world. So we are neither to seek to preserve our holiness by escaping from the world nor to sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world” 4 likes
“Over against the challenges of pluralism, we are to be a community of truth, standing up for the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Over against the challenge of materialism, we are to be a community of simplicity and pilgrimage. Over against the challenge of relativism, we are to be a community of obedience. Over the challenge of narcissism, we are to be a community of love.” 2 likes
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