This book is possibly the most convicting book I have ever read, aside from the Bible itself. It was disruptive and encouraging all at once. Though his words may be harsh, David Platt loves the church. He loves it so much he is unwilling to allow the current trends in American church culture to continue.
“I am convinced that we as Christ followers in American churches have embraced values and ideas that are not only unbiblical but actually contradict the gospel we claim to believe. And I am convinced we have a choice.”
On that note, Platt lays out choices Christians have to truly follow Jesus. While being convicting but never judgmental, he calls attention to parts of the Bible that many “comfortable” Christians would rather not read, words of Jesus that isolated many of his “followers” then and now. He focuses strongly on the words of Jesus that command us to sacrifice our comfortable lives for the sake of God’s glory, to “take up your cross,” and sheds an urgent light on the need to share Christ with the unreached.
Don’t read this if you don’t want your life to change. Don’t read it if you are comfortable with Sunday morning, religious holiday church. on second thought… read it and take it seriously.