Reading Report on "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream"

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Platt Reading Report Introduction David Platt, the author of “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream”, presents a unique and compelling read that brings to light the current phenomenon that has overtaken the modern church; manipulation of the gospel. He highlights the tenets of Christ’s original message to the disciples, and prods the believer to participate in the “Radical Experiment”; to travel through a transformation into authentic discipleship. The modern believer is encouraged to commit to an in depth examination of their heart and mind in an effort to produce a radical revitalization of their commitment to Christ. The overarching theme of the writings is rejection of the common view of the world, and trust in Christ to lead the believer into the truth of the God-centered gospel. He shares insight into leading a purposeful life that begins with abandoning “self” to Jesus Christ, our Savior. Summary Within nine chapters, Platt presents an unapologetic plea for the modern believer to return to the gospel as presented by Christ. His goal is for the modern believer to lead a purposeful life that is rooted in the truth of a Christ centered gospel, rather than a message that is filtered through the mind of humanity. As Platt, outlines how to trust in the Lord for authentic discipleship, he asks several probing questions. “Are we going to believe God?”, and “Are we going to obey God?” Platt causes the reader to take a critical evaluation of self and discover whether we are “settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves”. The first chapter of this book points us toward Christ as “someone worth losing everything for”. Through several testimonies about his early years in ministry, Platt illustrates how the common worldview of ministry and

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