This “book” is really two books paired together and published as one. This tiny book is a quick read - less than an hour -but is very entertaining and thought provoking. Platt outlines his question, “What is Jesus worth to you?” by redefining Jesus, discussing the cost of non-discipleship, and giving a new American dream. In the second half, he takes that radical question, and expands it to what it would look like if placed into action. He describes church as “a performance at a place filled with programs run by professionals. The problem is the onePwe have left out of the equation: the people of God.” He argues that we are spending an inordinate amount of our time and resources on items such as church buildings, rather than on building people [disciples]; and this is what needs to change.
While I enjoyed the book in its entirety, I much preferredA Radical Idea. This is probably do to the fact that I prefer having a “call to action” presented rather than discussing an alarming trend without taking any time to analyze how to correct it. I particularly enjoyed his insight on the purpose of church. He stated that at his own church, “our main focus is on the church. In other words, we organize our worship environment around believers, not unbelievers.” In a world where churches are so intent on becoming “seeker sensitive,” I initially found this to be quite “selfish.” After all, we are supposed to be evangelizing and being our friends to church so they can “meet Jesus”, right? Well after further inspection and reading, I began to realize that I agreed with him. “Our people are going to be equipped to show new believers how to live as followers of Christ. I want people in the church to be able to fulfill the purpose for which they were created without being dependent on gifted preachers, nice buildings, and great programs to do it for them.” The bottom line is that we should be using church as a means to grow Christians who can then goout into the worldand be God’s vessel to move others to Christ. In doing so; however, we should not get caught up in spending millions of dollars on building campaigns, but rather be modest in our church atmosphere and reinvest that money into the mission field, in whatever form that may take.
I really like the concept of the book, and for that reason I would recommend the Radicalseries wholeheartedly. However, if you want to get the “full experience,” then this book is not for you. This book is a reader’s digest version of the main concept, so if you want to get the gist without having to read the previous two books, then definitely read this book. But, if you are looking to dig deeper, or if you have previously read the other two books, then I would not recommend it, as it is mainly just a water downed version of the original with excerpts of the main concept passages.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah through their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review and the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. All quotes and excerpts are from the book unless noted otherwise.