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Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need

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USA TODAY BESTSELLER - The author of Radical takes readers on a soul-searching journey through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, daring them to make a difference in a world of urgent need, starting right where they live.

"Grippingly vulnerable and unforgettable. I could not put this book down."--Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Multnomah Books
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May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“This book will change your life.” We see it on the cover of personal development books so often, we’re numb to it... but of this book it may very well be true. This wasn’t a book I couldn’t put down—it was a book I HAD to put down so I could pray, reflect and ponder what’s truly important in my life and my ministry.

“Because you and I need to remember that our homes and our health and our bank accounts and our vehicles guarantee us nothing... one day (and it could be today), they’re all going t
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whew. What a creative concept and important book.
Nathan Albright
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge-2019
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah/Waterbrook Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

There is no doubt that much is wrong with this world.  That said, what is to be done about it is by no means an obvious question.  This book has the feel of someone who went to Nepal and Tibet for a couple of weeks and saw the deep spiritual oppression there and felt woke and that he needed to write a book to encourage people to change the world and make it socially jus
I am still dazed and in shock at what I just read in the past 2 hours. I was on the verge of tears from this raw, authentic, and challenging book. My heart broke for every person mentioned. My heart raced when I could see God's hand moving throughout this story.

I believe that every Christian should read this book. Yes, it will be challenging. Yes, it will make you feel uncomfortable BUT I believe that we, Christians, in America need to read books like this. We NEED to have our eyes open to see
Emily Fisher
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm crying. My heart hurts even more for those who have never heard the gospel. Something needs to change in my life, in everyone's life, and in the church as a whole. I highly recommend this book to anyone. I think it answers very nicely the question, "What is God's will for my life?" No matter what degree you have, no matter where you live, His will for your life is always to bring the gospel to those who haven't heard it yet, to share of His glory and grace in your neighborhood and around the ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolute must-read for Christ followers, as well as those who struggle to reconcile what Scripture commands of us vs what the American church culture says the Christian life looks like. I can't recommend highly enough.
Jeff Klick
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Something Needs to Change is a clarion call to move from apathy to action. Social justice is all the rage currently, but there is more involved than simply demanding equality or writing checks to our favorite causes.

The message David Platt shouts through his latest book is clear – get out of your comfort zone and spend some serious time seeking God about what you personally can do to alleviate suffering in your world.

We are surrounded by the destruction caused through the ravishes of sin and G
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I admit I don't read enough non-fiction, but David Platt is one of the few non-fiction authors I read and keep up with. Getting the chance to review his newest book was a no-brainer.

There are books which can be life-changing, and this is one such book. The book is an interesting and fascinating read. Platt does a great job of relating his experiences on his trek though the Himalayas. He is honest, very bluntly so, about what emotions he experienced and the questions he faced as he s
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-shelf
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Multnomah. I had taken about a two month break from reading books, when I was about halfway through this book (though my break from reading was not because of the book) or I would have finished this much sooner. It’s a hard book to read, not literally hard because of the wording or anything, but because the content is heavy. David Platt does his best to cast vision for the church to be the loving community it was designed to be and to meet the needs of a s ...more
David Steele
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
In an age where it has become in vogue for pastors to question the Christian faith, compromise the faith, or even abandon the faith - David Platt is a breath of fresh air. The fiery Washington D.C. pastor and author of Radical is back with another thought-provoking book, Something Needs to Change.

Pastor Platt invites readers on a life-changing journey to the rugged Himalayan trails where he encounters poverty, human trafficking, and a host of problems that lead to a personal crisis and life ch
Morgan Wilson
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Listening to David Platt read his own book was quite the treat! He read it with the passion and conviction that he meant the reader to understand and I loved that. I was deeply impacted by the book and so appreciated the honesty and vulnerability with which he shared. I could relate to so many of the thoughts that he had - like thoughts that I never felt okay sharing on mission trips. I enjoyed that this was written as a story that David was sharing and was super touched by all of his experience ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over five years ago, Platt spent a week trekking in the Himalayas. He saw and experienced things that caused him to ask himself many questions about God, the church, and faith. He takes us along on his journey, sharing his observations, journal entries, and his thoughts on what he saw, relating his own spiritual awakening.

This is a good book for American Christians who have never visited areas of extreme poverty and need. He visited villages where girls had been sold into sex traffic
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book that raises so many important questions, I found answers for my own life.

The narrative the author shares revitalizes my thinking and my world view; it calls me back to living authentically and re-seeing life urgently.

This book will find those God wants to read it. This book will help change the world.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A invitation to travel along side David Platt in the mountains of the Himalayan. To witness what he witnessed when he realized that something needs to change.

David Platt is a well known pastor and author of many Christian books. I remember reading the book Radical and I believe this text is a balance that I needed to hear and experience. From his encounter with his friend Aaron who ministers to the Himalayan people and who invited David to see for himself the great need of the people but also s
Jacob Marriott
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me quite a while to sit down and write a review for this book. The book itself only took me about two days to finish, but the amount of time that I have spent chewing on the information and stories I read has lasted much longer. I am very sad to admit that I was unaware of just how bad the situations were in certain areas. You hear these statistics and numbers of how many people don't have clean drinking water, healthcare, or food. But you rarely turn these numbers into people. David Pla ...more
Bill Pence
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In "Something Needs to Change", you get exactly what you would expect out of a David Platt book – to be challenged biblically to get out of your comfort zone and take action. He takes a different approach in the writing of this book, one of the most helpful I’ve read this year. He uses an experience - a trek through multiple trips with a few men on Himalayan trails - rather than basing the book on his sermons. On his trips, he came face to face with men, women, and children in urgent spiritual ( ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“It’s easier to stomach poverty as long as you just look at numbers on a page. The poor are easier to ignore if they’re a statistic. But everything changes when you know one of them. Everything changes when you spend time with one and then two days later he’s dead. Not only does he die, but he’s dead because he was poor.” -David Platt, Something Needs to Change

Last year, I read Radical by David Platt for the first time with my Bible Study group. I was inspired by that book and
Camron Hyde
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve read any of David Platt’s books then typically you know what awaits you. Most likely, you are going to become uncomfortable. You are going to be challenged to your core. You are going to be called to examine whether you really believe what you say you believe when it comes to following Jesus. His newest book, Something Needs to Change is not exception.

Platt, who is the author of three New York Times best sellers, including Radical and is the lead pastor at McLean Bible Church in metro
Theron StJohn
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need' by David Platt is a life-changing book for any Christian who wants to obey the call of God to love their neighbor in need. If you want to find biblical conviction and accept the challenge to answer the call of God in reaching out to those in physical and spiritual need, then you will want to be sure to get a copy of the book today.

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Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“What something needs to change in your life to effect change with the hope of Jesus in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need?”

I read a lot of books. I also tend to gravitate towards books that are inspiring, or that I can learn from. But, few books have touched me the way that Something Needs to Change by: David Platt did. The book follows Platt on a trek through the Himalayas, and all that he encountered there. He saw cases of extreme poverty and suffering, as well as love
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been a great debate recently in the Christian church--what is the primary need of people around us? Should the priority of Christians be sharing the Gospel, or should it be working to care for the needy and bring about social justice around the world? David Platt carefully wades into this debate by inviting us to join him on a trek through the Himalaya mountains as he visits remote villages and comes face to face with the needs and challenges experienced by those who live there. As he mee ...more
Nolan Bauer
David Platt speaks candidly and accessible to his audience as he shares his own deep questions about how God does and doesn't operate in the world. You can follow him through his Himalayan Trek as he asks questions like, "Why would some people be born into one hell, only to be sent to an eternal one?". Read this book to be challenged, and moved by the realities of the world that we live in.
Brian Proffit
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: Multnomah sent me a free advance copy of this book for review. It will go on sale September 17, 2019.]

I first learned of David Platt in 2010, when (as Senior Editor for the Church Leadership business unit of Group Publishing) I had the opportunity to preview his book Radical. It seemed clear to me then that he was part of a new generation of modern-day reformers God was raising up, including people like Kyle Idleman, Steven Furtick, Matt Chandler, Francis Chan, Craig Groesch
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading Radical by this same author several months ago, I knew I'd want to read more of his books. This one did not disappoint! It is not an easy read, however. The situations he faced on the journey he is describing within these pages are fierce and difficult. I admit to crying a few times as I pictured the scenes and the people within them. When faced with so much heartbreak and need, what does one do?

That is the ultimate question which Mr. Platt is forced to reckon with, he plops i
Christopher S.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the benefits of reading widely is the opportunity to occasionally read a book that broadens one’s worldview while focusing one’s priorities. “Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World Of Urgent Need” by David Platt is just such a book. While reading this book the truth of what Platt describes—a world filled with physical suffering combined with a need for spiritual transformation through the power of the gospel—is evident and vivid and obvious.

This book is a ca
Lesa Brackbill
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s rare for me to be torn between savoring a book or reading it all at once, but this book made me feel that tension the entire time.

Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need by David Platt is truly a MUST read for anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus. The author’s vulnerability and honest questions are so refreshing and compelling in our current culture, even in the church, of leaders needing to be “perfect.”

David Platt
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very different kind of writing from Dr. David Platt.

In this book, Dr. Platt writes in a passionate narrative of his trip to Nepal. I was very surprised to hear of this style of writing from him but really enjoyed it. Platt is compelled to share his interaction of the devastation of poverty in the Himalayas from curable diseases and the spiritual desperation of a people who have not heard the gospel. The book is a call to action for Christians to use the gifts you have to serve and
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David Platt tells of a life changing mission trip backpacking through the Himalaya Mountains, that altered the trajectory of his ministry. Seeing such desperate need in a remote area, still very unreached by the Gospel, people disabled by fast growing infections, rampant superstitions, and child prostitution.

Mr. Platt documents his journey day by day along with his daily Scripture reading through Luke, sharing interactions with the people he met as well as conversations with his travelling comp
Darath Fisher
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
In this book, David Platt tells of his journey hiking through the Himalayan mountains. Along the strenuous trip, he comes into contact with people who live in the mountains in often very primitive villages. He is confronted with poverty, significant medical needs, human trafficking, and more importantly, entire people groups who have never heard the Gospel. This is not an easy book to read. It is very eye-opening and causes the reader to ask difficult questions such as: "Where is God in the mids ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Something Needs to Change” by David Platt is an excellent book. He takes us along on his journey through the Himalayan mountains and we hear incredible stories about the people he encounters. As an American, it is hard to imagine living in a place where no one has ever heard of Jesus, and yet there are entire villages in the mountains where this is true. There are amazing people who have given up comfortable lives in the USA to minister to people around the world - and most of them aren’t pasto ...more
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DAVID PLATT serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical (Inc.), a global center for the unreached that serves churches in accomplishing the mission of Christ. Resources from David Platt and Radical can be found at

Books by David Platt include Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change, as well as the following volumes in the Christ-C