You know those verses in Luke’s gospel… the ones where Mary witnesses something about Jesus or something He did and then “ponders them in her heart?” That’s exactly what “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream,” by David Platt, cause you to do… a lot of pondering in your heart.

I’ll be thirty years old in July (that’s another blog on its own!) and I’ve spent almost two-thirds of my life in and around churches. The truth is that once you get into church and start serving, you realize that church is not always about Jesus. It’s about numbers or about putting on a good show or about the music program or youth program and the list could go on and on. But Jesus didn’t care about any of those things. In fact, Jesus pushed many followers away as Platt explains in the first chapters of his book.

When did being a follower of Jesus become about us? About what we want? When did following Jesus become about accumulating stuff? In Jesus’ day, he called people to leave everything to follow Him… and very few did it.

I’m still “pondering” this book and am definitely going to read through it more slowly. If you feel like Christianity today has made a wrong turn somewhere, pick up this book.

There is a short companion book to this one called “The Radical Question.” So what is it? The question we should all ask ourselves is “what is Jesus worth to you? Is He worth our lives? Is He worth our possessions? Is He worth our family? What is He worth? If He is truly worth more than anything else in our lives, why aren’t we living like it?

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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