Monday, July 14, 2014

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? by David Platt

You may think you are a Christian—but are you sure? Jesus’ call to follow him is more than an invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life and find new life and ultimate joy in him. In David Platt’s book Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live he asks the question, “What did Jesus really mean when he said, ‘Follow me’?” What if we really listened to Jesus’ words and heard what he is saying? When people truly engage with Jesus’ personal invitation to follow him, everything changes, for he is worthy of all our trust and affections.

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? builds on the message of Follow Me to motivate readers to experience our grand purpose: to exalt the glory of God by spreading Christ’s gospel—to make disciples who are making disciples. This booklet is a great resource to share with others to discuss crucial faith questions in a personal and grace-filled manner and engage others to be disciple-makers in obedience to Jesus. Ideal for small groups or personal and mass evangelism.

My review:
  This isn't so much a book as it a booklet. It is only 4 by 6 inches and 53 pages long. This booklet builds on the message of Platt's popular book Follow Me to better break down what it means to follow Jesus. The booklet has 3 chapters:
1) The Great Invitation, which covers Jesus' call to the disciples to follow Him, and how that call is for us today
2) The Great Cost, which covers the cost the disciples paid to follow Christ, and what it can cost us to follow Him
3) The Great Change, which covers the change that is in us and should be in us when we become a follower of Jesus

   The booklet isn't long, but it has a lot of good information in it. This would be a good tool to give to someone who isn't a Christian, as it outlines what it means to follow Jesus in simple terms anyone could understand.

  I found it interesting and helpful, but if you have read the book Follow Me, it won't add much to what the book said.

About the author: 

avid Platt is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David's first love in ministry is disciple-making – the simple, biblical model of teaching God's Word, mentoring others and sharing faith. He has traveled extensively to teach the Bible alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. Atlanta natives, he and his wife Heather, made their home in New Orleans, until they were displaced by flooding following Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. In 2006 David became the Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, and as Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans. David is the author of Follow MeRadical, and Radical Together. David is married to Heather and they are the parents of four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.