When I read a book, I like to take notes.
Sometimes those notes are right on the pages themselves, sometimes those notes are on a scrap piece of paper/napkin or sometimes I even designate those notes their own rightful place in my journal.
This time, I have typed my notes electronically so I could share some of them with all y’all. Looking for a good, compelling read? Radical, by David Platt is just one highly recommended on my list of must reads. Here’s a snipbit of what my brain pinpointed in the chapters one through three in the book, :
(I apologize in advanced for the possible choppiness and lack of transitions. I guess it could be a slight reinforcer to the way my brain works…)
Chapter One – Someone Worth Losing Everything For:
What radical abandonment to Jesus Really means: I am on a journey. Satisfaction in our lives and success in the church are not found in what our culture deems most important, but in radical abandonment to Jesus. This book delves into “how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences,” (read more here) and how we can take back our faith from the American Dream.
Chapter Two – Too Hungry For Words:
Discovering the truth and beauty of the Gospel.
Jesus is the only thing that can sustain our spiritual hunger.
Chapter Three – Beginning at the End of Ourselves:
The Importance of relying on God’s power:
“James Truslow Adams, who is credited with coining the phrase “American dream” in 1931, spoke of it as “a dream … in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are.” (James Truslow Adams, The Epic of America (Boston: Little, Brown, 1933), 415.) … The dangerous assumption we unknowingly accept in the American dream is that our greatest asset is our own ability. … The goal of the American dream is to make much of us, the goal of the gospel is to make much of God.”
Jesus had to leave in order to give us the Holy Spirit. God is not physically on Earth with us, which is why He sent/sends the Spirit in His place. The fruits of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The flowing of new knowledge does not stop here people! I will be upfront with you though, Radical was a challenging read at times. Not in the fact that it was difficult in context, but that the implication to my own life was one that left me looking at my own life differently than the way I had begun. He ends the book proposing we live our lives with a radical response: to live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and are ultimately world changing.
happy reads for many happy days 🌻