One of the complaints I heard about Shane Claiborne’s “Irresistible Revolution” is that it didn’t clearly explain a call to action for Christians who had families. What should an upper middle class stay-at-home mom do with the call to go live among the poor?
If you have followed Shane Claiborne closely you would know that the answer would be something like: “rich families should sell their stuff and move into the inner-city… consequences be damned!” However, he never really came out and said that.
“Radical” really filled in those holes. David Platt showed us how we are supposed to go about implementing this radical change in the lives of every day Americans. He doesn’t just say “sell your house and move into the slums!” Instead he tells us to pray about what our faith really means. He encourages us to take a look at our lives and see what is more important: following Christ of following the American Dream.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for any Christian that feels out of place and discontent with the marriage of the American Church and the American Dream. This book helped me to get my head around a lot of things that I had been thinking for years and was not able to explain.
Platt comes from a Reformed/Baptist background. Oftentimes in the book he uses his theological understandings to make points. That may be disconcerting to some people who disagree with him. Regardless of your theological opinions, I think that truth that this book ultimately arrives at is greater than the sum of the theology he uses to get there.