This weekend my nephew and I were talking about churches. He and his future-wife will be seeking a church at which they can worship together. He made an interesting comment about where he was in his faith walk, saying "I'm not at the point of my parents...where we can totally sell out." He didn't mean that he's not willing to walk where Jesus calls him. But today, I was given the opportunity to read the first chapter of a book called "Radical" by David Platt, and "sell out" took on new meaning.
You can read the first chapter of this book here. When I read it this evening, I was shocked at the emotions it evoked. I recently wrote to you about listening to the audiobook "Imaginary Jesus." That audio started me thinking that I am worshipping a Jesus I have created and not necessarily the Jesus of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. As I read the first chapter of "Radical" I knew I was creating my own Jesus. This book will be life-changing. It definitely makes me uncomfortable, feeling like the rich young ruler who walked away from Jesus, but I want the real Jesus. I want the real deal.
Multnomah sent me an email and asked me to read the chapter. If I felt anything, I could pass it along to you and share my thoughts. Don't pursue "Radical" if you don't want to have a sold-out relationship with the Son of God. Don't pursue "Radical" if you want to feel comfortable and in-control all the time. Pursue this book if you want your spiritual and physical life to be changed in a way you could never imagine. Pursue this book if you want a total transformation.
You can read the first chapter of "Radical" by David Platt here. It will really make you think, and be curious for more. Multnomah is also offering a companion booklet called "Radical Question" here. If you want to read more about this book, go to www.RadicalTheBook.com .