Thursday, May 13, 2010

Aren't You Already A Radical?

There’s a new book coming out from WaterBrook Multnomah that people are extremely excited about: Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream by David Platt.
From what I’ve seen of it, this is what being a victorious widow is all about. Read the quote below from the website, and then consider this: widows have already abandoned the American Dream so we're already pretty "radical!" Sure, it’s not been by choice. We’ve learned the hard way that we “stand on the porch of eternity.” We know we will soon stand before God, we know that pursuing “success” and “stuff” is a vapor compared to having loved well.

“You and I have an average of about seventy or eighty years on this earth. During these years we are bombarded with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable. Live well. Have fun. In the middle of it all, we get blinded to the eternal. But it’s there. You and I stand on the porch of eternity. Both of us will soon stand before God to give an account for our stewardship of the time, the resources, the gifts, and ultimately the gospel he has entrusted to us. When that day comes, we are convinced we will not wish we had given more of ourselves to living the American Dream. We will not wish we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more television, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. Instead we will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for the day when every nation, tribe, people, and language will bow around the throne and sing the praises of the Savior who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves eternal worship.”

So since we already know this, why read it?

Because, as I understand it, it’s an invitation to “a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.”

The book presents 5 specific challenges to carry out during the year:

1. To pray for the entire world.

2. To read through the entire Word.

3. To sacrifice your money for a specific purpose.

4. To give your time in another context.

5. To commit your life to a multiplying community.

Dear friend, if you do that, I daresay your grieving will “heal” far faster and more thoroughly than any support group or therapist can ever prescribe!

You can download and read chapter one or request a free companion booklet, The Radical Question, by going here:
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