I know I may be behind the curve so to speak, but “Radical” by David Platt is presently being read and discussed by a number of Christians where I live. Quite a few have asked me what I think about the book. My standard answer include these thoughts…
Test everything… hold on to the good (1 Thess 5:21).
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1 Jn 4:1a).
Let every man be fully convinced in his own mind (Romans 14:1-5).
When a book is read, Christian or not, it is imperative that it be done with a spirit of evaluation… critique… and an eye on the Gospel. Just because a man… any man… writes a book it doesn’t mean that everything in the book is right or that proper applications are made (Even when done in relation to Scripture). It also doesn’t mean that just because you disagree in one area that the rest of the book is therefore not worthy of consideration. It means you are to weigh what is written carefully under God’s Spirit of discernment.
David Platt’s book has many excellent points and is solid in many areas of theological application. However, I also think that he falls short in some of his applications and assertions. Rather than me go over these point by point, I would rather encourage you to read the book for yourself. AND read this review by Kevin DeYoung (Click here).