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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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Krista Stevens
Feb 17, 2013 Krista Stevens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious, adult
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
Barb Terpstra
Mar 20, 2011 Barb Terpstra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Elizabeth
Aug 26, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
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
Glenn
Jun 26, 2014 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A smaller version of Radical, but packed with a large punch... If you read Radical, then this book is a must... Now where to from here...
Matthew
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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Kerry
Oct 23, 2012 Kerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
AddyF
Jul 06, 2016 AddyF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
I've never read "Radical," and, to be honest, I wouldn't have chosen to read this one either if it hadn't been an assignment for the discussion group I'm in. I balk at the idea of being "radical," because I fear the danger of being out of balance, of letting a book call me into something God isn't calling me into. Nevertheless, I think this was a good book, and I think, for the most part, the author kept things in balance. The book could've just as well been called "Intentional Together" and I t ...more
Kelley
Jul 05, 2016 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't imagine being able to read this book without starting to examine parts of your life - and service and giving and location - with an eye toward change. My husband is reading the original Radical. I'm eager to see what we might change as we come out on the other side.

Sometimes I resent the comfort I've been born into. I long to be challenged, forced to rely on God in a deeper way than I have before. I feel like there's great risk in even thinking that, much less writing it. But I can't he
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John Gardner
Jun 19, 2011 John Gardner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ser ...more
Josh Skinner
Aug 17, 2013 Josh Skinner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
“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?” This is the question that David Platt sets out to answer in his second book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. Throughout these 130 pages Platt reminds the audience of core teachings he laid out in his first book, Radical: Taking You’re your Faith From the American Dream, and he gives guidance on how the “radical” lifestyle ca ...more
Ken Nichols
Apr 26, 2011 Ken Nichols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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K.A. Thederahn
Mar 02, 2017 K.A. Thederahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pastor Platt has a heart for the nations that is not matched by many. This is clear by reading his books or listening to him speak on missions. While every idea laid out in this book may not have seemed overly practical to me, his arguments and philosophy behind his methods for reaching every group with the Gospel of Christ are well reasoned and admirable. Would recommend to missionaries or possible missionaries
Kier (Myn Kobayashi)
Not as good as the first but still worth the read
Steve
Jan 08, 2017 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine two churches. The first is seeker-sensitve.
Newcomers are welcomed at the door and provided with a latte and croissants. They settle down in a large auditorium, astounded by the hundreds if not thousands of others who have joined them. Their children are taken care of and entertained in an adjoining room. They listen to a professional band play amazing music accompanied by sensational graphics on HD screens around the auditorium. There are no obvious Christian symbols on display, no cross
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Dara
May 28, 2015 Dara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: garbage-can
A failed attempt to clarify Radical. Another reviewer described it this way: "Platt has not learned from his earlier missteps. He is not teachable." I am inclined to agree.

I was a member of Brook Hills before and during the Radical Experiment. I was relatively new to my faith then. Like many people at Brook Hills, I made the mistake of believing every word David said, as if it came straight from the Bible. I will never make that mistake again.

After 4+ years of trying to be "Radical," my faith ha
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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
John
Oct 11, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bill Stegemueller
Jun 20, 2011 Bill Stegemueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dan Cooley
Jun 15, 2011 Dan Cooley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Coyle
Nov 10, 2011 Coyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See, my problem with this book is that if I buy into Platt's argument, then I have to let Christianity affect my whole life, instead of just the parts that are comfortable and easy. Specifically, I have to do this in the context of the church.

This book is a follow-up to Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and contains David Platt's meditations on the implications of Christianity for our corporate life as a church. This is a much-neglected side of 20th and 21st century Christ
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Frank Peters
Aug 09, 2011 Frank Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cameron Rebarchek
Oct 25, 2013 Cameron Rebarchek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-life
“Radical Together” is a rather small book with a rather large impact. Simply put, Platt makes the appeal that the people of God simply need to trust the power of God in their lives rather than chasing the American dream. The beautiful premise of this book is that we do not have to make this trade alone; rather, we can be radical together, as a church, unified in vision and purpose.

The book is divided into six key ideas to break traditional viewpoints and reestablish Biblical foundations. The fir
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Chris Huff
May 29, 2014 Chris Huff rated it really liked it  ·  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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Beth Peninger
Apr 27, 2011 Beth Peninger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been sitting in my stack since I read Radical in 2011. Clearly I was sidetracked by other titles. But this month I'm trying to tackle the stack I have in my home instead of forming a stack from the library.
Radical Together starts off with a word picture of a single drop of water beginning its descent down toward a larger body of water. As it travels down it is joined by other drops of water and momentum is gained. By the time the combined drops of water, now perhaps a thin stream
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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
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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Curtis
May 30, 2012 Curtis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cindy Navarro
Mar 09, 2011 Cindy Navarro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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