Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.

Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.

by David Platt, Francis Chan
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Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt, Francis Chan

2014 “Christian Retailing’s Best” award finalist!
What did Jesus really mean when he said, “Follow Me”?

In this new book, David Platt, author of the New York Times bestselling book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, contends that multitudes of people around the world culturally think they are Christians yet biblically are not followers of Christ.



Scores of men, women, and children have been told that becoming a follower of Jesus simply involves believing certain truths or saying certain words. As a result, churches today are filled with people who believe they are Christians . . . but aren’t. We want to be disciples as long as doing so does not intrude on our lifestyles, our preferences, our comforts, and even our religion.



Revealing a biblical picture of what it means to truly be a Christian, Follow Me explores the gravity of what we must forsake in this world, as well as the indescribable joy and deep satisfaction to be found when we live for Christ.



The call to follow Jesus is not simply an invitation to pray a prayer; it’s a summons to lose your life—and to find new life in him. This book will show you what such life actually looks like.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414382401
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 173,231
File size: 739 KB

About the Author

David Platt is the lead pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. As the author of the New York Times bestselling book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, David has traveled extensively around the world, teaching the Bible and training church leaders. A lifelong learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. David and his wife, Heather, live in Alabama with their family.

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Follow Me: A Call to Die. a Call to Live 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy fiction more than non-fiction but this book is very enjoyable to read. Platt discusses the sinner's prayer that is said in churches and television shows daily and if that is the starting point for being a Christian. The basis for this prayer is inviting Jesus into our hearts to save us. However, Platt offers a different philosophy - we don't invite Jesus, he invites us. Christianity does not come from us chasing Jesus, but with him chasing us. Throughout the book, Platt discusses aspects of Christian life and what believers think and then challenges them through references to scripture. For example, he challenges Christians that don't regularly attend church for various reasons to participate in the community of followers of Jesus. What I liked about this book is that Platt doesn't put forth anything too radical or revolutionary about how faith in Jesus should look in readers lives. Rather, he encourages readers to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus through following what is outlined in God's word. I particularly liked the chapter on following God's will in your life and the different methods people employ to try to figure it out. Platt gave some humorous examples of what people do to find God's will. This book is a deep, challenging book to read. It gives readers a lot to think about and chew on, but it very helpful and interesting. I will definitely read this one again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Accurate and timely.  It is not at all  about being judgmental, it is about being sure, and knowing that we are known through relationship. I appreciate Platt's honesty and willingness to go against the flow of a post Christian society that often sees itself as biblical, even though the reflection of the NT church is rarely seen in the culture we have built in the church.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book from David Platt...but don't read it if you don't want to be convicted :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is a call for Christians to think about what it really means to be a Christian - it is more than just saying the "sinner's prayer". The church does not need to be building buildings and having fun programs but to really be telling about Christ to the world. Not an easy read and probably controversial but definitely makes you think.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really opened my eyes to what kind of christian ive been and how i need to be. Such an amazing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is simply amazing. I've yet to finish the second chapter and am already buying copies for friends. It's opened my eyes to who Jesus is and who I am called to be in Him! Completely shifting my perspective in an amazing way!
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
This book was hard for me to get into at first. The opening was somewhat slow…but if you stay with it, it makes a strong impact. We, as Christians, are commanded to spread the Good News and gather new disciples. Are we doing that? If not, you’ll be convicted, and hopefully your life will be changed. I didn’t particularly like some of the descriptions (too wordy, and somewhat repetitive) but the whole of the book is inspiring. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy free from the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for realigning our responsibility commanded by Jesus.
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ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Follow Me? by David Platt is a thought provoking book that asks the question are you following Jesus? Though the book is not lengthy it packs a powerful punch. As Mr. Platt explains all people have a sinful nature and although that has been watered down, what it really comes down to is that all people through their sinful nature, are rebels against God. What a powerful statement! To understand that it’s not just sin but that it is the very road block that makes the person an enemy, a rebel against God. Mr. Platt writes about a man named Azeem, who, while speaking with a taxi driver in a foreign country, explains sins. In it he states, “The driver believed that he would pay for his sin for a little while in hell, but then he would surely go to heaven after that. After all, he hadn’t done too many bad things.” As Azeem explains the degree to which sin affects our relationship with God, he shows that the sin is a direct hit against God. Finally he states, “The driver got Azeem’s point and realized he had been severely underestimating the seriousness of his sin against God.” In Follow Me? Mr. Platt emphasizes faith in Jesus alone as salvation and that “Faith is the anti-work”. Being a follower in Christ means so much more than a one time prayer and church attendance. It means accepting Jesus on His terms not ours and as Mr. Platt states, “But Jesus is not customizable. He has not left himself open to interpretation, adaption, innovation, or alteration. He has revealed himself clearly though his Word, and we have no right to personalize him”. This is probably one of the strongest and most convicting sections of this book. Mr. Platt concludes by explaining that it is not about a to do list, but rather surrendering to God and allowing Him alone to provide passions, motivation and desires that are in line with His sovereign will. Follow Me? is potent and will leave the reader convicted and desiring a deeper relationship with Jesus that is biblically, spiritually and practically correct. Definitely a must read!
JeanieMNJL More than 1 year ago
The audio book is read by the author. When we hear FOLLOW ME is it an unwelcome order or a strengthening agenda? Are we comfortable with the adoptive family concept or do we claim a personal savior? Is the fire an optical illusion or a tragic consequence? This book is thought provoking.
pinkgirlLS More than 1 year ago
This was an encouraging book to read about the importance of discipleship in the Christian life. There are some questions at the end to think through about your own life and about following Christ. The book is well titled because it is all about following Jesus and not getting caught up in other christian things.
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful, practical challenge This book wasn't as moving as I expected it to be, but it still contains solid information that those who think they are Christians need to hear. Most Americans claim to know Christ, most Americans - in all likelihood - do not know him. Platt lays out how this is the case, and what we can do to fix it. At the end of the book he provides a nice set of questions to help you formulate your response to his book, including space to write down your thoughts, if you desire. A worthwhile read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing new. I had trouble staying with it. I'm not a fan of his writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
I think all Christians should read this book. What could be more important than a discussion about whether or not you are truly saved?! Platt challenges readers to follow Christ with total abandon and die to self. This book will certainly make you think, but don't let it stop at "thinking." Take action steps to live your faith out day-to-day.
PBJDave More than 1 year ago
An old hymn came to my mind while reading this. "Why Do I Sing About Jesus" This work of David's will challenge you and encourage you. It will give you an evaluation of how you have been following Jesus. While you are being laid low, you will be lifted up with new vigor to follow him in a way that was always intended. You cannot help but to share the good news of Christ with all in your life in word and in deed after reading this book.