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Radical by David Platt
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Jan 05, 2011

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While I agree this is a book more people in the church should read, it isn't nearly all it could be as a book. It is basic Christianity--not all that radical, though it is challenging in many ways. The book would have been much better to have a more focused critique of the materialism rampant in America and which is saturating the church.

There were many good things in the book that will help question your assumptions and challenge you to be obedient to Christ in more aspects of life, but his arguments were often overstated and potentially misleading--particularly in how much he seems to worry about his lifestyle and money. He writes that he is still learning and constantly reexamining his possessions and use of money. While this might be a good thing, it seems as if he is still too concerned about money for one trying to be free from the worries of money. These are pretty small quibbles though.

Overall it is a helpful book, but not as helpful as it could have been, had he focused more attention on critiquing the idolatrous "American Dream" and its doctrine of materialism.

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