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Follow Me: A Call to Die. a Call to Live.

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What did Jesus really mean when he said, "Follow Me"? In this new book, David Platt, author of the "New York Times" bestselling book, "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream," contends that multitudes of people around the world culturally think they are Christians yet biblically are not followers of Christ. Scores of men, women, and children have been told ...more
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Published February 5th 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Benjamin Vineyard
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What is it about David Platt's writing that allows him to turn, the "Pick up your cross and follow me," of Jesus' teachings into a national best seller? (I'm suspicious…) Or, to play the cynic, does he lure people in with an intriguing, difficult message and then deflate the call to follow, or completely toss the message aside?

Kudos to David Platt for sparking a healthy critique of the church; moderate examination is always a sign of health. One thing Follow Me strongly accompl
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Natalie Vellacott
I read a book by Platt recently and decided to read some of his other books. This book wasn't as challenging as "Counter-Culture" but nevertheless was a worthwhile read. Whilst "Counter- Culture" addresses specific issues and how Christians respond to them (abortion, gay marriage etc,) "Follow me" deals with Biblical discipleship. Platt begins by examining the state of Evangelical Christianity in the West (represented by North Americans) suggesting that most people that calls themselves "Evangel ...more
Jeremy Zilkie
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
I am torn in how to rate this book. It's importance as a follower of Jesus is more than 5 stars and for that reason I would recommend every Christian to read it, and even every person to read it because of the material Platt presents. He does a very good job addressing all the shady, manipulative, and ineffective ways that pastors, preachers, and church leaders have tried to use to "lead people to Jesus" over the centuries and recent decades. I grew up in a church and church culture that relied ...more
Zack Locklear
Those who are familiar with Platt's work have probably began to grasp the idea that Platt is unmistakably a visionary with a passion for foreign missions. Follow Me does little to dispel these speculations. In his book, Platt's agenda is to remove the popular misconceptions found within the church of what it means to be a true follower of Christ. With chapter titles such as "Unconverted Believers", "Superficial Religion and Superficial Regeneration" and "Don't Make Jesus Your Personal Savior", i ...more
Matt Mason
The writing is good. The issues are vital. David lives this out.
Christopher Rush
Sep 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I promise you I was hoping this was good. The first chapter wasn't too shabby ... but it continued. And continued. And continued. The longer it goes on, the worse it gets. Somewhere in there Mr. Platt recites a letter he wrote to his now-wife from "back in the day," and he complains about his diction, tone, and content. Guess what, Mr. Platt: it's just as bad today. Once again Mr. Platt gives us his version of Christianity, an insular, eisegetical Christianity. Apparently the only way to be ...more
Noah W
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Take Paul Washer, put him in a t-shirt, have someone from DAAP design the book cover, and you have David Platt.

David Platt does an excellent job of exploring the difference between merely "believing" in the existence of Jesus and "following" Him. He condemns superficial religion while exhorting the importance of viewing the Church as a family. By the end of the book, Platt makes a good case that following Christ means that our life should and needs to reflect the change from the old man to the n
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Jeff
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one that I really looked forward to read, and it did not disappoint. Found it more challenging than Radical!! Dr. Platt lays it out for each and every believer our call to make disciples and what a true disciple of Christ looks like. If you attend church and are not involved in sharing your faith or helping others grow in their faith, put on your steel toed boots because your toes are going to be stepped on. Thank you Dr. Platt for challenging me and thank you Holy Spirit for convi ...more
Mark
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good book. Living like Christ is what we are all called to do. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is not. Some things are easier for certain people also. Everyone is different and has different strengths and weaknesses. For extroverts, this would probably be no problem. But for shy people (like me), this doesn't come as easy. It's hard enough for me to talk to someone I don't know. This book encourages me to do more, hopefully I can get mentors around me and I think that will ...more
Emily
An amazing, very impacting book! Follow Me explains very clearly what Jesus asks of His true followers, and why so many people are confused as to what following Jesus really means in this present day and age.
A wonderful book for Christians of any age to read!
Abbie Jo
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
All I can say is this: Read this book!
Jennifer Nelson
Why did you start this book?
I think I discovered David Platt a year ago or so and I have listened to some of his sermons and have been quite impressed with his commitment God, his passion to serve Him at any cost, and his enthusiasm for holy living. So, naturally I wanted to read his books. This is the first one I picked up and I went into it with high expectations.

Why did you finish this book?
This book was finished by willpower - it does have truth in it and it is helpful and it would feel wro
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Brittany
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I am really mixed on this book. There are definitely good aspects of this book (encouraging people to truly follow God).

However, it really feels like euphoric pep rally encouragement. It also seems really aimed at extroverted evangelicals. It also seemed as though he was only putting forth one type of witnessing of the Christian faith and that is something I strongly disagree with.

Many of his examples are great to an extent. It could make people feel all warm and fuzzy inside to see these examp
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John Curtis
For me, Platt is on the attack too much. He's attacking surface faith, which needs to be exposed for what it is. He derides popular sayings like "personal Savior", giving it an overtone I've never really heard. Jesus IS our personal Savior, no matter how Platt spins it.

In doing that so much and so often, he fails to see the diversity God uses to win souls and make disciples. Yeah there are examples of those in business and "the world" but I really got the sense that Platt thought I had to be HIM
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Rex Blackburn
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid follow-up to radical, with a little more meat on it.

The book begins with bold statements on the nature of biblical salvation, shooting down alot of contemporary easy-believism.
He is still a bit repetitive, I feel like the message of the book can be gained in the first couple of chapters, but he does go on to give some important points about community in faith later in the book. Also, the end of the book is pretty practical on application of discipleship.

Overall, a good book. Worth read
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Danielle
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why, after reading "Radical" and radically disagreeing with it, did I read "Follow Me"? I heard that David Platt had changed some of his errors in the first book. If he did, I didn't notice.

Platt gets basic Christianity right, and understands a lot of the errors that are perpetuated in modern Evangelicalism, but he still fundamentally misunderstands the Great Commission.
Tim Moore
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you consider yourself a Christian.. this is a must read book. If you don't like change... then this book is not for you. You will be challenged to follow Christ, not just be a "Christian". There is a difference.
Eric M
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for those searching for what it means to live and die for Christ. Also a great resource for those looking to enhance their approach to evangelism and disciple making.
Brenan
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll probably read this again.

Cause = Regeneration

Effect = Discipleship
Sam
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half was interesting, second half felt like I was getting beaten over the head. Great truth, could have been half the length in my opinion.
Jordan Francoeur
"...God's pleasure in you will always be based upon Christ's performance for you."For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift from God" Ephesians 2:8. I have done nothing to merit salvation. A sobering and comforting thought. It is only because He died, bled, and rose from the grave, gladly, for me, a wretched sinner saint and has said "Follow Me", placed His Spirit in me freely, and thus enables me to live is Christ, to die is gain. Thank you Lor ...more
Dann Zinke
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Longer than it needed to be, but helpful in spots.
Kate Hewitt
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very challenging and thought-provoking! Highly recommended if you want a book that challenges you take your faith seriously.
Luann
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Platt again makes a challenge to nominal Christian living (check out his book Radical). The whole of Christianity is not “asking Jesus into your heart”—but rather in following Christ. Believing the gospel is not the end, or merely the means to an end, or just an escape from hell. Believing the gospel is a start to a brand new life, one in which Jesus calls to fearful and stubborn hearts: “Follow me.” Not always a fan of modern Christian living books, David Platt has not failed to challenge my th ...more
Donald Owens II
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Platt urges all believers to be disciple makers, and powerfully so. This is an important call, and he makes it using a decent amount of scripture, with a strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God over salvation.

But he is weak in the dominion mandate. Though he does lip service to the legitimacy of varying vocations, he strongly implies that all Christians would be foreign missionaries if they were fully committed to Jesus.

He also makes several of the standard mistaken evangelical ass
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Michael Springer
I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I heard it was coming out. Platt's other book Radical has been very impactful in my life. I was eager to read this follow up, and it certainly does not disappoint. As a matter of fact, I think Follow Me is even more impactful. I fear there is an epidemic of easy-believism in the North American church. Christ instructed his disciples to follow Him. He never said to his disciples, "accept Me into your hearts." Who are we to "accept" Christ? ...more
Alice
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Follow me is the most incredible piece of Christian literature I may have ever read (apart from the Bible-ha ha). Platt is certainly up there with the 'greats' of the faith with his truly remarkable words which cut one to the absolute core, revealing the great depth of sin within us; yet, such love and encouragement flow from him. The reader is filled with the courage to change their life. Their view of Christ. Their understanding of the purpose of life. Some of the greatest concepts and command ...more
Blake Chenoweth
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My youth minister and I read this book together by doing a chapter or 2 a week. I was blessed to read this with him and discuss on Wednesday what we were learning and how we could share it with the church we serve. I liked David Platt's book Radical and this seems to be a good follow-up to that. It talks a lot about dying to yourself and following Christ and what that looks like. I appreciated reading about the stories of his life and some of the things that he has seen happen in churches around ...more
Ken Nichols
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disciplemaking
Highly practical book. I love the self-examination and personal planning at the end.
What is great about this book is that there is no new stuff, no gimmicks, no trendy assumptions. It's just basic blocking and tackling of the Christian life.
His theological foundations are spot on, and the implications of those foundations lead to clear and basic application.
This is a good book to read in a group, and the personal plan can easily be used as a group plan, or a church staff plan.

My only issue w
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Brian Eshleman
The author provides a quick, blunt, and needed reminder of my primary identity as a Christian. I could have used more creative illustrations and pithy quotes, but I can get those from other sources. Reading this close to the start of a new year and a new semester, this little work re-doubles my resolve to be more purposeful about investing in longitudinal relationships. I'm willing to give out Scripture in passing, and there is value in this, but real multiplication, as the author points out, re ...more
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“Christianity does not begin with our pursuit of Christ, but with Christ’s pursuit of us. Christianity does not start with an invitation we offer to Jesus, but with an invitation Jesus offers to us.” 11 likes
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