As an aside, a dear pal emailed me from Canada to say how impacted he has been by Why men hate going to church and he wishes he had read it years ago when it came out. It's causing him to rethink everything. It's now on my list because I haven't read it either.
So how can you be more radical? Read about people who are more radical than you and let God's grace do the rest. Platt says in this clip how important biographies can be to upping your radical-o-meter. I really do agree.
H/T Out of Ur
I can still remember sitting on a park bench months after having become a Christian captivated by John Pollock's biography of John Wesley (amazing- only four quid with Newton to boot). Now twenty years later by amazing grace I am ordained into the same church he was. I then went on to read a tiny little book about missionary pioneers called 'On Fire for God' which offers little pastiches of great Christian lives and my heart was then truly gripped. My life was a total mess but little did I know that my trajectory was being set through the reading of these two books.
If I was sitting you down on a park bench today I might also place into your hands:
C T Studd Cricketer and Pioneer
In the Shadow of the Almighty
Chasing the dragon
David Martyn Lloyd Jones The First Forty Years
In Pursuit of his glory
Take one of them on holiday with you and you never know what might happen.
Feel free to let me know your favourite Christian biography or one that has impacted your walk significantly.