If you’re worried we just time warped back to the early 90′s, fear not. Today I want to talk about a different kind of Radical.
(I just broke out in a nervous sweat. Which is just what this book makes me feel…nervous!)
If you’ve been in a bookstore lately, you might have spied this bright orange cover that is attracting a lot of attention…
And if you’re like me, you might have been ignoring it. Who has time to add another book to their list? My nightstand is already piled with books I’m reading, have good intentions to read, and some I may never get to.
I knew I had to read this book after it was mentioned 5 bajillion times on my friend Marla’s blog.
At first I ignored her posts. Skimmed through them. Wished her well as she encouraged others to read another best seller. But after guilt and curiousity got the best of me, I decided to get my own copy and participate in her Radical Read-Along.
Also, when I mentioned to my friend, Paula, that I was going to read it she said, “Oh! I heard that book makes you want to move to Africa!”
Hakuna Matata, my friends!
The premise of the book is taking back your faith from the American Dream. As the back of the book says…
“It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…”
Americans have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences…redefining Christianity, if you will. One of the things that really hit home was on p31 where Platt says, “Everything in all creation responds in obedience to the Creator…until we get to you and me. We have the audacity to look God in the face and say, “No”.”
Powerful words, huh?
(This is the part where I was going to start typing quotes I liked from the book, but then realized I’d be retyping the entire thing. Maybe it’s just easier for you to get your own copy!)
Seth has joked for years that I’ve been going through a mid-life crisis (er…quarter life?). I’m always saying that we’re not doing enough…or that I feel like there’s something we’re supposed to do, but I’m not sure what. We pray for guidance, but sometimes a billboard (or email) would be nice.
DEAR SETH & MARY,
PLEASE GO LIVE IN AFRICAN JUNGLES AND TEACH THE NATIVES ABOUT JESUS.
See? That way I would KNOW I was doing the right thing!
But in all seriousness, this book makes me question how we go about many things in our lives. The petty things that fill our day. Who’s getting married on such-and-such TV show. What that person said and why they said it. The great sale at Old Navy last week.
Makes me feel super guilty for ever being disappointed with this:
When I could be coming home to this:
I want to do something radical.
There’s still time to get yourself a copy of the book and participate in the read-along Marla is hosting on her blog! Sorta like an online book club (did you ever think we’d see the day??).
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?