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The Radical Disciple

Some Neglected Aspects of our Calling

Author John R.W. Stott
Narrator Grover Gardner
Runtime 2.7 Hrs - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date March 18, 2011
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What is a life of radical discipleship? At root, it means we let Jesus set the agenda of our lives. We aren't selective. We don't pick and choose what is congenial and stay away from what is costly. No. He is Lord of all of life.
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What is a life of radical discipleship? At root, it means we let Jesus set the agenda of our lives. We aren't selective. We don't pick and choose what is congenial and stay away from what is costly. No. He is Lord of all of life.

In the last book by the leading evangelical churchman of the twentieth century, John Stott opens up what it means at root to be a follower of Jesus. He explores eight aspects of Christian discipleship which are too often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously.

Here, including the last public sermon he ever preached, Stott offers wisdom gained from a lifetime of consistent Christian commitment. In addition, he poignantly reflects on his last years of life and ministry. The message is simple, classic and personal: Jesus is Lord. He calls. We follow.

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Great for reflection or discussion
The RadicalDisciple is not a how-to book but Stott’s farewell reflection on characteristics of what being a disciple of Christ means. Through the eight characteristics, non exhaustive (read other reviews for a précis), Stott weaves personal reflections and past expositions into his final farewell book, that reads more like a charge to believers to reflect on rather than an exhaustive pronouncement of what a ‘radical’ disciple is. Before reading/listening to Stott, I was sitting with a friend of mine, who happens to be an associate pastor at a local assembly, discussing the very idea of discipleship within a local church. I found it refreshing that the characteristics that we found that have been lacking in local assemblies where gently touched on and gave way to some serious reflection.

I would recommend this book to believers who want an introduction to what marks a modern disciple as we engage this global age; from interacting with post-modernity, social justice and the stewardship of creation, to the call to be Christ-like and mature believers. This would be great for personal reflection, because of its length or a great book for discussion groups where it may induce a desire to research other books that elaborate on some of the specific characteristics given by Stott.

Pros: The latter half of the book makes this book worth reading, specifically the chapters on Simplicity, Balance and Dependence. Chapter 6 titled Balance, is by far my favorite. It is an exposition of 1 Peter 2:1-17 and a great one at that. In my opinion this chapter alone is the reason why I would recommend this book to others. The flow of the book is nice, not to heavy and lean enough for the style of the book, very refreshing.

Cons: In certain sections the book is not exhaustive enough. There are other books for that, even from Stott (some other reviewers mentioned some) and I really don’t think that that was Stott’s intention behind his pen. Chapter 4 Creation-care, seemed a little hokey and dated when the topic of global warming got brought up.

Narration: Grover Gardener is awesome. Great tone, inflection and pace, not sleepy but reflective and relaxing. If Gardener had a British accent it would almost be like listening to Stott himself. I think Gardener’s voice complimented Stott’s pen.

The latter chapters; Simplicity, Balance, and Dependence are worth their weight in gold and should spawn great reflection and discussion. The length of the book is great too, under three hours. You genuinely hear Stott’s pastoral heart come through throughout this book (he is big on evangelism). I just wish there was more elaboration with some of the characteristics mentioned above. Overall I give this a three and half grade.
Review by / (Posted on 6/27/2011)
Just not meant for audio
I have heard so many men and women, whom I highly respect, quote from John Stott's books that it was with great anticipation that I listened to this audio version of his book. And at first, despite the depth of thought, I readily nodded in silent agreement as I listened. However, after a few chapters I was nodding less and less and and spending more time tilting my head to the side as I paused to try and "get" what he was saying.

While much of this book is wonderful, and Biblical, his presentation is lacking greatly. I don't think this is a book that is best suited for audio digestion; it's easier to intake when given time to read a phrase, grasp it, and then move on to the next. In this audio format it moves too quickly for one to truly glean from - unless maybe they have read all his other books and are already very familiar with his thoughts. I also found that while I agreed with his outline of radical discipleship on the big picture scale, I am left not really agreeing in totality on how it fleshes out. There were parts that it sounded, to me at least, almost too radical. Because of the difficulty of reading this book via audio, I am left still unsure if it sounded too radical due to his wordy wording or because it truly is...and that will have to be decided by each individual reader.

My final thoughts are that even if I did agree 100% with everything that Stott wrote, I would still recommend other books first due to their content being easier to read and digest - Radical by David Platt being the first of those books. The quality of sound and the narration were fine, but this book and an audio format or not a marriage made in heaven!

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Review by / (Posted on 5/28/2011)
Great Read
The Radical Disciple, by John Stott, is divided into 8 chapters covering different aspects of discipleship: non-conformity, Christ-likeness, maturity, creation-care, simplicity, balance, dependence, and death. The audio version, which was supplied to me by ChristianAudio for review, is read by Grover Gardener. In my opinion, his narration style is perfect for this type of book.

Stott does a fantastic job of articulating real abandonment in the pursuit of Christ. His chapters on non-conformity, balance, and death alone made the book worth reading. The problem with listening to an audio version is that there are so many quotable sentences that I found myself wishing for a hard copy to refer back to. Because of Stott's style, there are also sentences where a hard copy would have been useful in order to stop and dissect sentences and spend some time contemplating them.

There are two critiques I would offer for the book. 1) The chapter on creation-care seems to push the limits toward environmentalism (though it could be just my reaction to our current culture's fascination with "global warming"). He makes some good statements, and I wouldn't want to throw the baby out with the bath water, but the extent to which he takes the subject feels a bit too much. 2) The chapter on simplicity left me a little disappointed. He highlights materialism earlier in the book, stating that he'll deal with it more in-depth in the chapter on simplicity, but instead of some type of biblical exegesis (where Stott excels) he re-prints a statement from the International Consultation on Simple Lifestyle. Stott easily could have done so much more with that chapter.

Overall, I would recommend the book, if nothing more than for those excellent chapters I mentioned above.
Review by / (Posted on 5/6/2011)
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