Book Review: Follow Me by David Platt

David Platt’s new book, Follow Me, is about the essential quality of Christian living: what it means to be a Christian. It is not a book for the lighthearted as this book is intended to speak to both nominal believers and true believers who are doing anything useful with their lives. In some ways, this book is like Radical, but focuses more on the issue of true/false conversion, discipleship, and the glories of being a disciple maker. Being a disciplemaker is the mission of the church. It is the mission of every individual Christian, which is why many are missing their calling in life.

Ch 1 starts out appropriately by examining the state of Christianity inAmericatoday, in which Platt boldly states that many are falsely converted and have never experienced true repentance. His incorporation of statistics are staggering, and his analysis is spot-on. He speaks about the fruit of conversion, which is that God grants new desires, new will, and new life to a person, and if such a person does not have such things, then it is doubtful whether he has been born again in the first place. David Platt also speaks on a necessary topic of Superficial Religion and Supernatural Regeneration in Chapter 3. I found this to be one of the most fascinating and much needed messages in the book, which speaks about the different between superficial religion that is brought on by human effort versus regeneration that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Many professing believers fall into the first category, and Platt shows that entrance into the second category is what is required in order to be saved and bearing meaningful fruit: that is being a disciplemaker not because you have to, but because there is no greater joy in life. Platt ends the book with an applicational message that speaks about the process of discipling, and making a call to the reader to participate in the Great Commission for God’s glory, even providing an outline of what’s called “The Disciple-Making Plan.”

            Follow Me is a great introduction into this important theme of what it means to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him. I wouldn’t say that the book is the most original or the best that has been written on the subject (because this Lordship Salvation theme has been done before by John MacArthur in The Gospel According to Jesus and Francis Chan in Crazy Love). Although it is not as visceral and has the same shock value as Radical, Follow Me is still a convicting and well-written book that is important for our day and age. That is why I would still recommend it to anyone who is a professing Christian who is not saved or is totally living for the world instead of living for eternal values. The book is easy to read, accessible, entertaining at times, but very biblical. 

Note: I received this book free from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review after reading the book. I was not obligated to write a good review, but only my honest opinion.