The Radical Question and A Radical Idea

Gabrielle Wanless

2.5 Stars

October 23, 2012

Two books in one. Well, actually I fell like it's more like two pamphlets in one, since each 'book' is only about 50 pages long, and with the book being approximately 4"x6", we're not talking big pages. I sat and read both "books" in less than 30 minutes.

The first 'book', The Radical Question, is about what Jesus is worth to you...I feel like it read more like a summery (since it's a follow-up to Pratts book, Radical)....Though Pratt brings up very valid points, "This is where we come face to face with a dangerous reality. We do have to give up everything to follow Jesus[......]But we don't want to believe it. we are afraid of what this might mean for our lives. So we rationalize these passages away. (in reference to Luke 9:57-62). [....] 'What Jesus really meant was...' And this is where we need to pause. We need to pause because we are redefining Christianity according to our preferences. 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." I also feel some parts of the book read, "Give until it hurts, give, give give! Put everything in the collection plate and don't worry."

I don't believe in giving until it hurts. I believe in giving what you can (after all, God will know if your offering is true). I went to a church once that did nothing but talk about giving to the church. They told stories about people who were jobless and tithed away the money meant for their heating bill (because they had to tithe no matter what!) and they then got a check from their old job (one they didn't even know they had). It was all about money. And I feel this book talks a lot about abandoning money and possessions and following Jesus a little to literal.

As for the second 'book', A Radical Idea. This 'book' is more for churches than individual and I...really didn't get this 'book'....nothing stood out, and I really felt like I was reading more of a blog post, or church bulluton....

All in all.... It was an OK book and I think it did bring ups some valid points...But I feel like this book was rather pointless and there really was no need to publish it.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.