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Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God

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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-center
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Published 2011 by Multnomah
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Krista Stevens
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Barb Terpstra
Mar 20, 2011 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
Oct 23, 2012 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
Aug 26, 2012 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
Jun 26, 2014 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...
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: garbage-can
A failed attempt to clarify Radical. Another reviewer put 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 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 had changed into n
Oct 11, 2011 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
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 05, 2016 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
This book will challenge you to think deeply about how we worship and follow God. It created an excitement in me because of his honestly and truth that he expressed showing the reader that we need to shake up our traditional and comfortable forms of the church and realize whats truly important. It might make you uncomfortable because his ideas make sense, yet often that's not how we are truly living. ...more
Cory Saint-Esprit
Very Platt-like. A great message with a great heart behind it. Sadly, if you've read enough Platt, there is nothing mind-blowing or Earth-shattering as far as "new information," yet the message of worldly reconciliation and Gospel-driven mission to the Earth shouldn't be anything short of mind-blowing and Earth-shattering. ...more
Jennifer Rodewald
A quick read, but one that will be swimming in my heart and mind for some time to come. Things that need pondering, prayer, and then action.
John Gardner
Jun 19, 2011 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 s ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“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 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
Brice Karickhoff
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than Radical because we must be Radical Together (see letters to the church) (or Ephesians)
Robert Irish
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. I did not read its predecessor, Radical.
I like the idea of moving deeper into community to do something radical together.
However, this book is essentially a manual for irresponsible and culturally-insensitive missionary work that will likely lead the follower into burn-out and disillusionment, or lead them to do much damage in the world as they promulgate a Western gospel.
I think Platt means well, but he consistently missteps. I think the one area that he does do well
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
Radical Together
I recently read David Platt's book "Radical Together". He is able to make a convincing argument "that the gospel that saves us from work also saves us to work" (28). It is able to brings that gap between the assurance of being justified by faith alone and the notion that Christians are still called to work for the Kingdom of Heaven while on earth. "Real faith always creates fruit" (29).

Platt tells of his own experiences of being called to pastor a large church. However, his own
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, faith
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
Tim Chaney
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full review can be read at Blogging Theologically:

A year ago, David Platt’s Radical came onto the scene and took pretty much everyone by surprise by becoming a New York Times bestseller with its urgent message for Christians to take back their lives and faith from the American Dream. Now, in Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God, Platt expands on the message of his first book as he calls Christians to unite around the mission of the church: Making disciples.

Russell Patterson
Platt's first book, Radical, was a breath of fresh air and challenging on a personal level. This second book, however, doesn't strike as well. It's main theme - the impact a group of people willing to live with an eye toward biblical obedience and not conforming to the world - is better suited for those within church leadership as it talks more of how a congregation can have impact by living this type of life and changing the direction of a church's vision is not something the majority of laity ...more
Christopher M.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This follow-up to David Platt's "Radical" picks up right where the other left off. Platt again tackles the idea of what it means to follow Christ radically, but with more of an emphasis on the corporate aspect of Christianity than the individual. He maintains a very Gospel-centered focus throughout, daring the reader to rely less on the resources and programs that can so easily become crutches that hold up a Spirit-less church. Platt places a strong emphasis on world missions, and he convincingl ...more
Greg Van Vorhis
I made it farther than I did in Radical, but I still had to put it down.

This guy loves himself, and just can't stop talking about all of the mission trips he has been on.

The funniest (and most hypocritical part) of this book was when he was talking about all of these people who write these books to encourage people to do things. Platt makes some comment about how God probably never thought to himself that he inspired the Bible, but had he know what was going to happen in the world, he would have
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DAVID PLATT serves as Lead Pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical (Inc.), an international ministry that serves the church for the cause of Christ—to glorify God by making disciples and multiplying churches among all nations. Resources from David Platt and Radical can be found at

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