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The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling

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What is a life of radical discipleship? At the root, it means we let Jesus set the agenda of our lives. We aren't selective. We don't pick and choose what is congenial and stay away from what is costly. No. He is Lord of all of life. In the last book by the leading evangelical churchman of the twentieth century, John Stott opens up what it means to truly be a follower of J ...more
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Published April 8th 2010 by IVP Books (first published 2010)
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Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for a quick read on a study break whim at Barnes and Noble; something more than a skim and less than an every-word read. I don't know if the quick read was more poignant because the author is now absent from the body and present with the Lord, but this simple book is quite soul-gripping. I am usually a little put off by books that claim to be radical. But Stott calls for a different kind of radical than the one that makes you feel guilty for giving a homeless guy a 5 dollar bill ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
John Stott is a name that has been well known in Christian ministry and teaching for many, many years. In The Radical Disciple, Stott addresses eight aspects of our Christian lives that he believes need to be more strongly emphasized in Christian living. These aspects include:

1. Non-conformity
2. Christlikeness
3. Maturity
4. Creation-care
5. Simplicity
6. Balance
7. Dependence
8. Death


Stott writes with a clarity and eloquence that are not often present in our more modern, more bre
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked what he had to say about recycling. I hadn't expected to find that in this book!
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Short book but worth a slow read. I particularly enjoyed the last chapter on death, death:
- in salvation (Christ died that we might live),
- in discipleship (if we put to death the misdeeds of the body we will live)
- in mission (the seed must die to multiply)
- in persecution (dying that we may live)
- martyrdom (‘sir, your supreme weapon is killing. My supreme weapon is dying’)
- in mortality (death holds no horrors for Christians)

In all areas of ‘death’ “death is a way to life.”

Powerful and chal
A short book looking at 8 characteristics of Christians - nonconformity, Christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity (in living), balance, dependence (on God and other people), and death (in 6 various parts of the Christian life). While I don't agree with all of Stott's conclusions or even about which traits he picked - shouldn't growing in knowledge about God make it onto the list? - I enjoyed the book. A great book for a newer Christian.
Hunter Cox
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I greatly appreciate and admire the ministry and witness of John Stott. In this book, he briefly expounds on particular aspects of Christian discipleship that he feels have been neglected. He also encourages readers to consider any tenants of the faith that they may be neglecting in their own lives.

Stott's writing style is a breath of fresh air. He writes in a way that is simple and accessible to anyone. As a reader, I don't feel like he's trying to impress me with deep analogies, funny stories
Josh Long
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful way to wrap up a very successful writing career.
Jared Totten
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
With The Radical Disciple, John Stott pens his final chapters in a writing career and public life that has impacted countless Christian lives for generations now and will certainly continue to do so for generations to come. I cannot imagine what goes through an author's mind as they write their final words as Stott, at eighty-eight, knew this would be his last book after announcing his retirement from public ministry in 2007. Contained herein are not only his parting thoughts for the Christian c ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
John Stott acknowledged in his postscript to this book that this was his valedictory work. A year later, this radical disciple met the Lord he had followed for so many years.

While this is not Stott's best work (I would contend that The Cross of Christ is), this is a wonderful capstone to a life of preaching and writing. What he addresses here are some of the neglected aspects of discipleship, and because of this, we hear included under discipleship some topics not often discussed in this regard
Joseph McBee
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Here we have a man of God very bear the end of his life examining the state of modern evangelical Christianity and noticing some glaring omissions in our discipleship. His list is arbitrary of his own admission, yet it is also poignant and highly perceptive as well.

The three great challenges facing Christians today according to Stott are pluralism, materialism, and ethical relativism. These challenges express themselves in various ways and to combat them we must embrace the biblical concepts of
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of those small books which reads quickly and, I suspect, stays with you for years to come. Stott is a powerful, holistic evangelical voice who deserves to be read more widely among Mainline Christians in the US than he is. Much of this does not read like something we would normally label "evangelical," which is a strength. Highly recommended.
Nathan Albright
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge-2018
Although I was not unfamiliar with the author's work from my own reading [1], this was not a book I could find in my local library and so I felt it necessary to purchase it for myself, which I do from time to time but not very often.  Why did I feel it necessary to purchase the book in the first place? As it happens, the book was one of two recommended by the speakers at a recent leadership conference my church held in Portland [2] for leaders among the congregations of our region and when peopl ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A short book written (with some past works compiled and perhaps edited) by John Stott at the age of 88. In the book he laid out eight aspects in which he thought it was important for Christians to incorporate into their life. The chapters on each of the aspects were pretty short, easy to read, yet to the point. So I think it's a good book to use for discipleship training purposes. Aside from the usual teaching we often hear from the pulpit (nonconformity to secular values, growth in Christ-liken ...more
Jasmine Shadows
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I would really rate this at 3.5. I did enjoy this little book. However, I do not feel that it was his best, and there were a few areas that I could not fully agree with John. However, I do recommend this book as there are some accurate truths that we all need to hear. The term 'radical' I feel is not the term to use. Radical brings to my mind that of an activist, and I do not see anywhere in the Word of God that we are taught to be an activist. I do see though that He taught us how to walk with ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Some good thoughts here.

Here's one:

Mission sooner or later leads into passion. In biblical categories...the servant must is this which makes mission effective...Every form of mission leads to some form of cross. The very shape of mission is cruciform. We can understand mission only in terms of the Cross...5 Jesus clearly saw himself as fulfilling the suffering servant prophecies, and spoke of the necessary place of suffering in mission. When a delegation of Greeks came to Philip with
Tim Genry
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the book John Stott intended to be his final work. It was. I’m not sure what I was looking for when I decided to pick up this book. Was it ‘radical’ or ‘disciple’ that called out to me? I know Jesus was radical but I think I really wanted to hear Stott on the idea of being Christ’s disciple.
Inside the covers of the book, Stott expounds on 8 qualities in which Christians should be uncompromising when seeking to follow Jesus. I found the book to be uplifting and encouraging. When a Christ
Guang Hao Chong
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impactful book that challenges every disciple to alter their lifestyle to be consistent with the call of Christ. In my humble opinion, I don't think the book is very radical. It seems to be advocating for things that we Christians should know and do. However, it is very well-articulated and grounded in the word, which gives this book its value and meaning.
Tash Marie
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short, easy read for any Christian.

As Stott's last work, this you could say are the 'last words' any loving father or pastor would want his children/sheep to hear. Although I'm not sure his ideas are 'radical', they are however practices that every Christian should strive for anyway. I really appreciated the chapters on death, simplicity and balance.

Terri Koh
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stott does not mince his words in his final book completing his literary legacy. We are either Christ’s disciples or we are not, and this slim-line is steeped in authenticity on the practical living-out of our faith which reflect the author’s own personal journey of discipleship. If anyone was confused or misunderstands what Christ-likeness looks like and how to portray it - this is for you.
Rich Schmaltz
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a good book, but it wasn't great. I really liked some of the topics and didn't like some. Lot of areas in the second half I wanted to remember and underline for later. The chapter on death would have gotten 5 stars by itself I think.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stott does a great job of explaining what it means to be (i.e. some of the core spiritual disciplines) a serious and dedicated follower of Jesus Christ -- and reminding the reader of the costs often associated with being a follower of Christ.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A necessary book for today's context for distinguishing real and fake disciples of Christ .

The last chapter on the part death plays in radical discipleship is, to me, the most necessary for today's people who wants to be true disciples of Christ. Go read it.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fact that this book is the last book written by John Stott, who passed away in 2011, is a sobering thought. He left a very deep impression on me, not just by this book, but by how committed he was in letting the world know God through his writings and preaches. Loved this book. 😭
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
This is Stott's final book. He speaks briefly about eight aspects to discipleship, some of which hit the mark, some of which do not. Overall, I'd mark it down as average. I'll be interested to know what my interns think as they read it through in coming weeks.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
Departing from Scripture in order to apply truth to life runs the risk of including things not necessarily true because of your assumptions. Story needs to check some of his; at least you should if you read this. Mostly good stuff, though.
Benedict Tan
Read this as part of a book club during my university days. It's an average book, and if you're looking for something on discipleship, I'd give it a skip. Towards the end, he argues for 'creation care,' which, depending on which "Christian" circle one belongs, is a debated issue.
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of our great modern Christian leaders has left us a magnum opus. Very thought provoking and important ideas for us to pickup and move forward with. Answers the question, what does it mean to live the Christian Life?
Setty Kabongu
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Indeed eye opening and leading to soul searching, it’s well put and scripture well used to support the life of the radical disciple
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What does the life of a serious follower of Jesus look like? That's the question John Stott answers in this short book. A short read, but very challenging and convicting.
Pieter Morten
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The usual high-quality work you expect from Stott. Very readable!
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John R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain, the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974). His many books, including Why ...more

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“The church has a double responsibility in relation to the world around us. On the one hand we are to live, serve and witness in the world. On the other hand we are to avoid becoming contaminated by the world. So we are neither to seek to preserve our holiness by escaping from the world nor to sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world” 5 likes
“Over against the challenges of pluralism, we are to be a community of truth, standing up for the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Over against the challenge of materialism, we are to be a community of simplicity and pilgrimage. Over against the challenge of relativism, we are to be a community of obedience. Over the challenge of narcissism, we are to be a community of love.” 4 likes
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