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A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans and Pornography

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Welcome to the front lines. Everywhere we turn, battle lines are being drawn—traditional marriage vs. gay marriage, pro-life vs. pro-choice, personal freedom vs. governmental protection. Seemingly overnight, culture has shifted to the point where right and wrong are no longer measured by universal truth but by popular opinion. And as difficult conversations about homosexua ...more
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Published February 3rd 2015 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (first published February 1st 2015)
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Natalie Vellacott
I received this free as it was damaged. It was a really great read. (I was surprised by this as I saw that the author was a best-seller which usually means they haven't written anything that challenges Christians to examine themselves! )

The author Platt honestly admits that he has made mistakes in the past by taking a neutral stance in relation to controversial Christian issues. He has more than compensated for this by writing a book to encourage people to counter the Western culture and to real
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Louis Zinc
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our culture is fading fast. Our culture is crumbling consistently. Our culture is caving in to sin, darkness, and evil. Our culture is not our home, but our culture needs us and the light of the world so very badly.

How can we counter culture? David Platt has provided a new resource to spur us on to being salt and light and turning the culture upside-down. However, this won't happen in our culture if it doesn't happen in our hearts first.

Platt addresses the following in Counter Culture: the gos
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Tiffany
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book for someone who wants to continue in a comfortable Christian lifestyle. However, if you're willing to challenge yourself to live out the gospel fully in the midst of today's culture, then this is the book for you. This book will help you assess how will grounded your current views and perspectives are as compared to scripture. For far too many Christians, their views and their lifestyles are more informed and influenced by the world than they are by the gospel. In a world with ...more
Bek Barrett
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book holds a very powerful message which calls us to choose the cross over comfort. If we follow Christ we need to continually keep choosing the cross. We are called to stand for Christ in the face of every tough issue, we can't just keep picking the easy route and avoiding the topics that make us uncomfortable. There are very tough topics this book will give direction to face and David Platt clearly explains the desperate necessity of standing counter-culturally in our society today.
Bryan Taylor
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Platt provides clear and Biblical answers to some difficult topics many Christians struggle with. He offers a great amount of Scripture on the topics and provides good interpretation of the passages. Platt also provides great ways to get involved practically at the end of each chapter, with three methods: pray, participate and proclaim. Great read and helpful in solidifying my beliefs on these subjects and offering ways we can lovingly engage the world around us with the hope of the Gospel ...more
Matt Crawford
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I had said for a long time that I was going to read. Finally had to for a class on evangelical ethics. I am so glad that I did because every chapter confronted me with conviction. Not only with the issues that the book faces such as the sex trade, refugees, and abortion, but with my faith in Christ. As a culture or nominal Christian or as a rue Cristian, one is confronted with the question of "who do you say that I am?" (Matt 16:15) It makes one confront and answer thier own iden ...more
Zoe A
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Confronting but encouraging. We are called not to be passive in our faith but to sacrifice the earthly and worldly comforts with confidence in Jesus. People’s earthly needs are great but their eternal need is greater!!!
Chris
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read...prepare to be challenged. If you call yourself a Christian - or better yet - a follower of Christ, you WILL be convicted. And yet, Platt does a great job of convicting the reader in a humble and compassionate manner. Bottom line is, with so much brokenness in the world, as Christ followers we must get off our behinds and ACT! That's the only way the world can be changed and the gospel made known to all peoples.
Alice
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A flawed book that was unsatisfying to read. Although the author certainly writes with heartfelt urgency, the book suffers from WAY too much wordiness and very thin arguments that too often appeal to emotion rather than logic and/or Scripture. Bonus star for the inspiring chapter on caring for widows and orphans, which powerfully employed biblical as well as personal examples rather than relying so heavily on emotional verbosity as each of the other chapters do.
Chris Curry
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most challenging, raw, and life-changing books I've ever read. Thankful for Platt's gospel saturated words when I get the urge to be comfortable in the "American Dream."

A must-read for every Christian!
Ginger
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A challenging and thought provoking book. Did this for a Bible Study and would highly recommend for personal or group reading.
Jeanie
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pray to God, participate with God, and proclaim the Gospel. Do these things not because you have a low-grade sense of guilt that you out to act, but do them because you have a high-grade sense of grace that makes you want to act. do them because you know that you were once impoverished in your sin, a slave to Satan, orphaned from and God, and alone in this world.

David Platt is known for his radical call to live out the gospel. This book is an application of the gospel to social issues that have
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Jessie Creps
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is wow! This is such an amazing book! It touches on so many topics that are so very relevant today and will continue to be relevant. I love how if gives information without trying to guilt trip you into feeling like you have to do something. He really allows God to speak through his words on the pages. I'm sure I'll get even more out of it when I read it again in the future. But I will say it is a must read kind of book! I also love how it is rooted in scripture. I love the fact th ...more
David Yi
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We must honestly ask ourselves why we are so passionate about some social justice issues and silent on others. Maybe we're just following the world.
Cassidy Purdy
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think every Christian should read this week! Really great for helping establish Biblical convictions about social issues and needs in our culture and around the world.
Michael Boling
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gay marriage. Poverty. Pornography. Abortion. Racism. Turn on the news and you will be bombarded with these and many other issues. As believers, how are we to respond as salt and light within a culture that seems to embrace literally everything God desires for humanity not to do? Do we retreat within the walls of our local church or are we called to run to the battle, to be a people on the front lines addressing all of these types of societal issues with the message of the gospel. David Platt, i ...more
Ho Christopher
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually do not like reading books that claims that Christians can change the world/revolutionised the world. I usually find them too far fetched or too arrogant in their claims. This book however was very different from such books. Although one might think that this book teaches how christians can do great things to change the world, this book does otherwise.

Having seen a recent rave on this book, and having read and heard about David Platt previously, I decided to try reading this book althou
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Harold Cameron
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. David Platt has gone and done it again. He has written another book that is totally relevant to Christians and the church. In his latest book he writes to speak to the heart of the matter of many of the issues that confront our society and challenge our churches today. And he has done so in both a Biblical and loving way. In his book Dr. Platt addresses such issues as abortion, poverty, racism, same-sex marriage and others. As he states in the book some of the issues get more attention from ...more
Rick Shrader
This is a free book on Amazon for Kindle. I downloaded it and read it—about a 20 minute read. I would not even report on it except that what Platt does here is interesting. He gives a short report on current moral problems in the US and the world (poverty, abortion, orphans, sex slavery, ethnicity, immorality, etc). His information is good and informative, so worth the free download. However, at the end of each section he suggests ways to get involved in these social issues (“engaging the cultu ...more
Aaron Downs
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Platt’s A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture demonstrates a gospel driven response to the cultural difficulties of poverty, so called same sex marriage, racism, sex slavery, immigration, persecution, abortion, orphans, and pornography.

This little book is a helpful guide to lay foundations for a biblical view on each of these topics. Platt recognizes that Christians are not first to be counter-cultural, but to be lovers of Jesus Christ living in submission to the gospel. But living in su
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Bryan
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Through personal stories and biblical texts, David Platt concisely addresses how to bring the Gospel into our culture's most volatile social issues. Platt states that ultimately every social issue in our culture is a Gospel issue. This is a book I'll return to regularly to address poverty, same-sex marriage, racism, sex slavery, immigration, persecution, abortion, orphans and pornography. Indelibly convicting, Platt exhorts believers to apply the G ...more
Darien
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Platt does a terrific job of helping the fervent Christ-follower live their life in a way that reflects the heart of God. Grace and truth in our current culture is a difficult path for any Christian--but the one we're called to.

Platt addresses a number of profound issues that every Christian should be thinking and praying about (not to mention acting on). To Platt's credit, he not only tells us how the Bible speaks to it--he suggests action steps on how to respond.

Topics include marriage, homo
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Ashley
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of my favorite books of David Platt. These are serious topics about society and the constant battle we see everyday. Westerners tend to be selective on picking and choosing what they believe. David challenges your mind on each of these topics and some are harder to read than others. But wouldn't the world be a kinder place to live in if we remember everyday the one key thing He gave up his life for us? Love.
Matthew Bandy
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most encouraging books I've read this year. Despite the rapid decline in our societies morally and spiritually I believe this book answers how the gospel speaks to each subject in healthy applied theology for our day. I would highly recommend it and pray I could be faithful to uphold the gospel and push forward especially helping the poor, widows and oppressed more than ever with a focus on gospel centric application
Glenn
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that every follower of Jesus needs to read, but they won't like it... The book will challenge us to get off our couch and out of our comfortable lives and live for Jesus... It provides us with information we don't want to hear and convicts us to do something other than be selfish... A must read...
David Shane
A fine book, with a nice mix of anecdotes and statistics. I would recommend it especially for younger Christians though - for some of us (like me!) who read about these topics all the time and have been for a long time, there might be a lot of "yeah, I knew that already" going on. Which doesn't mean it's a bad book.
Cory Deckard
I struggled mightily on how to rate this book. I love Platt as a general rule so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this. I was disappointed though. Most of the topics covered here have been discussed extensively for years and I didn't feel Platt presented a new approach or a new viewpoint.
Brent Craig
This is a book that every Christian should read. David Platt has a heart for all people groups. This book challenges each of us to ask,"What should I be doing for God, the poor and oppressed, and especially those who do not know Him?"
Clint Sanchez
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual Platt delivers.
Jerrill Wyler
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A basic overview of prevalent moral issues and how we should respond to them. I appreciate him constantly returning to the gospel. It is the gospel that will change these things.
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DAVID PLATT is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David's first love in ministry is making disciples-sharing, showing, and teaching God's Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world.

Beginning in 2006 David served as the pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently, David is the p
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“Are you really saying there's only one way to God?' people immediately ask. Yet even as we ask the question, we reveal the problem. If there were 1,000 ways to God, we would want 1,001. The issue is not how many ways lead to God; the issue is our autonomy before God. We want to make our own way. This is the essence of sin in the first place — trusting our way more than God's way.” 5 likes
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