Monday, January 20, 2014

Review: "The Risky Gospel"

The Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome by Owen Strachan

In The Risky Gospel, Owen Strachan calls us to live a larger Christian life by setting aside our fears and stop clinging to our comfort zones.  He begins by opening our eyes to see beyond the stressful daily grind of life to focus on living for something larger than ourselves - the Kingdom of God.  He leaves behind the theory of living a bigger life and explores practical issues of life such as building our faith, investing in our families, using our careers for the Kingdom, going deeper in our church relationships, and being a witness for Christ in all
areas of life.  This is not a book about living a happy and healthy life and finding your purpose.  It is a call to rise above an apathetic Christian life.  Granted, there are a lot of books coming out on this issue, but right now it is not an issue that can be overstated.

Personally, I think the standout book in this thinking is Radical by David Platt.  For as excellent as that book is, I feel like it raises the bar a little too high for most Christians.  Everyone loved reading it, but how many are actually living it.  The Risky Gospel may prove to be a better and more practical starting point for most.  Before we worry about living radically in the world, most of us would do well to wrestle with living everyday life at home and at work with Kingdom intentionality.  This book is a worthwhile read, but would be even better served as we work through applying its principles to our lives.  

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