You know a book is good when as you are reading it, the book flies into a large pile of soapy bubbles (so maybe I shouldn't read and bathe my nineteen month old daughter at the same time), sinks to the bottom of the tub, is "quickly" retrieved by little hands, and then you proceed to read it flimsy, wet pages and all.
Um, yes. It's that good (Thanks to my bloggy friend, Julie for the recommendation).
In Radical, David Platt poses an important question: Have we manipulated the Gospel to fit the American Dream?
Check out this quote from Radical:
"God loves ME. ME. Christianity's object is ME. Therefore, when I look for a church, I look for the music that best fits ME and the programs that best cater to ME and MY family. When I make plans for MY life and career, it is about what works best for ME and MY family. When I consider the house I will live in, the car I will drive, the clothes I will wear, the way I will live, I will choose according to what is best for ME. This is the version of Christianity that largely prevails in our culture."
Oh David Platt, I hear you. I mean that is the whole focus of my family's journey- to get rid of the me, me, my, must-have attitudes we possess.
What? Radical lays out a five step plan?
Yes, Platt tells readers about a five step plan and a one year experiment. I like plans, and I really like plans with only five steps. Those are the kind of plans that are actually achievable.
So, I won't tell you every step of the plan (you can click over to Platt's site, and he will though!). However, I will tell you my favorite step of his plan. Ready?
Step 3: I will sacrifice my money for a specific purpose.
David says, "When you 'give to the poor', then you will lack a face on the need that reminds you why you must sacrifice to give."
"The poor" is too vague. See, if you lack a face when you give, then it doesn't make the giving as meaningful, but if you give to the same place for a specific purpose, you become truly involved and the giving is more real.
Want to read the first chapter for free, free, free? Click here.