Alabama megachurch Pastor David Platt’s book, Radical, which contrasts the American Dream with the Gospel, has reached a milestone with 1 million copies in print.
“I hadn’t seen such enthusiasm for a book in quite some time, and it’s been a real pleasure to see that enthusiasm carry over to retailers and consumers,” Steve Cobb, president and publisher of WaterBrook Multnomah, said in a statement, announcing there are now 1 million copies in print of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala.
“Everyone on staff has worked hard on this title because they believe that the message can change lives, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to publish such a book,” added Cobb.
Radical has remained for 81 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List (Paperback Advice & Misc.) and 20 months on the CBA Top 50 Best-Seller List, including 17 months in the top 10.
In the book, Platt argues that Christians have allowed their cultural preferences to manipulate the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He cites several examples from the Bible to explain that Jesus asked his followers for nothing less than radical abandonment, telling them to leave their jobs, families and all they had. But in the American Dream culture, Christians think that Jesus couldn’t possibly have meant that message for them.
“We are afraid of what it might mean for our lives,” says the author. “So we rationalize these passages away. We are starting to redefine Christianity. We are giving in to the dangerous temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and begin twisting him into a version of Jesus that we are more comfortable with.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post