Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
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Responses to Radical
“In his compelling new book, Radical, David Platt delivers a powerful picture of the church in America today that, on
key points, stands in sharp contrast to what the Bible shows us about the person and purpose of Jesus Christ. David
challenges Christians to wake up, trade in false values rooted in the American dream, and embrace the notion that each
of us is blessed by God for a global purpose—to make Christ’s glory known to all the nations! This is a must-read for
—Wess Stafford, president and CEO, Compassion Intl.
“We have moved into a generation of young leaders who have a passion to surrender the American dream if necessary in
order to embrace fully, compassionately, and wholeheartedly a bigger dream—the Great Commission. I have never been
challenged by an author more than I have by David Platt. Read Radical, be blessed, and be changed.”
—Johnny Hunt, president, Southern Baptist Convention, and pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock
“Radical will cause you to bounce on a spectrum between two words: ouch and amen. Tough truths do that. They challenge
us to examine our lives and then choose the lasting over the temporary. Read Radical if you’re ready to live
—Gregg Matte, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Houston
“David Platt’s book will leave anyone who sincerely engages with his challenge dissatisfied—and faced with a decision:
What will authentic faith look like in my life? This book has the potential to revitalize churches today to practice a
radical, biblical lifestyle that can transform society and reach a lost world.”
—Jerry Rankin, president, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention
“The church of the Lord Jesus has been seduced by a skilled seductress: the American dream. David Platt exposes this
enemy of authentic Christianity and provides a way of escape through a radical faith that leads to a radical obedience.
I am not the same after reading it. I trust that will also be true for you.”
—Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“It is almost impossible to keep the idols of our own culture from influencing us, whether we want it to happen or not.
This is certainly true when it comes to the so-called American dream. We need our eyes opened! We need to be called out!
In this challenging and thoughtful book, David Platt shows us the way to live for Someone and something bigger.”
—Darrin Patrick, founding pastor, The Journey, St. Louis
“Sometimes people will commend a book by saying, ‘You won’t want to put it down.’ I can’t say that about this book.
You’ll want to put it down, many times. If you’re like me, as you read David Platt’s Radical, you’ll find yourself
uncomfortably targeted by the Holy Spirit. You’ll see just how acclimated you are to the American dream. But you’ll find
here another Way, one you know to be true, because you’ve heard it before in the words of the Lord Jesus, perhaps most
forcefully in the simple call ‘Follow me.’”
—Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Through solid examination of the Scriptures and compelling testimonies from believers enduring persecution, my friend
David Platt pulls back the curtain on subtle dangers weakening the church in our Western culture. Radical is the urgent
call we need to care more about the spiritually lost and physically impoverished people of the world.”
—Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research
About the Author
Dr. David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word.
David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has
traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world.
A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of
Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served at
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and
Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The
Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.
David founded Radical (Radical.net), a ministry devoted to serving churches and disseminating disciple-making resources
toward the end that the gospel might be made known in all nations.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.
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