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I just got through reading, "RADICAL: Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream," by David Platt and it left me both CONVICTED and INSPIRED to live the Christian life. The premise of the book is that a lot of Biblical Christianity has been distorted by values that Americans often exalt. Platt goes so far as to say that a lot of American Churches have not only embraced values that are not Biblical, but in a lot of cases contradict the Gospel.
Platt writes, "... we have missed what is radical about our faith and have replaced it with what is comfortable," he goes on to write that we are settling for a Christianity that revolves around OURSELVES... when the central message of the Gospel is abandoning ourselves. It would be too easy to dismiss Platt's claims except that he basis all his conclusions on Scriptures that can't be explained away.
Platt points out that if you were to ask the average Christian what the MAIN message of Christianity... most people will say something to the effect, "God loves ME!" and whereas that's true... is that really the MAIN message. If it is, then the Gospel become all about ME. YES, God loves me, but He loves me so that I may, "make His ways, His salvation, His Glory, and His Greatness known to all the nations." Wow... talk about a major paradigm shift.
I love the way Platt masterfully points out the "Blind Spots" that we often have as Christians. He uses the example of Slavery in the 1800's. How can anyone who believes in Christ rationalize an institution as evil as SLAVERY? Yet it happened! The pastors in that day twisted Scripture and people believed just want they wanted to believe. Platt then goes on to point out that today's "Blind Spot" revolves around WEALTH and POVERTY. Today more than a billion people in the world today live and die in desperate poverty. They attempt to survive on less than a $1 a day and close to two billion people attempt to survive on $2 a day. More than 2,600 children die tonight due to starvation and preventable diseases. YES, the church is helping, but is it helping enough?
Platt ends his book by issuing a challenge to try what he calls, "The Radical Experiment," in which you will commit to 5 things over the course of a year.
1. Pray for the entire world.
2. Read through the entire Word.
3. Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose.
4. Spend your time in another context.
5. Commit your life to a multiplying community.
If you want more information about the book you can log onto his website at Thanks David, for such a timely and prophetic book and yes... I think I'll take you up on that challenge.
This book was provided for review by the publisher, Multnomah Books.
SCD gave me my life back and completely cured me of my ulcerative colitis. I have 2 clear colonoscopies to confirm that I no longer suffer from UC. I have been well now for about 5 years and am now cautiously introducing some non SCD foods.
I came down with UC in 2003 after the birth of my son. The meds i was given helped but did not stop me from having flares and they seemed to become less effective over time. It reached the point where every day of my life was ruled by my gut and i was continually tormented with symptoms. I found discussion about SCD on the internet. After reading a book by Raman Prasad called Colitis and Me i was so convinced that SCD had helped him, that I decided to give it a go.
I noticed a positive effect after about 3 weeks. After several months I was completely fine and stupidly decided to re-introduce some non SCD foods. I continued to be fine for several months and then had the flare from hell. I re-introduced full SCD but it took ages to get that flare under control. I was continuing with meds throughout this time. After having such a horrible flare I was completely committed to SCD and plugged away with it. I had another flare even though i was compliant with SCD, however it turned out that this flare was the last flare I ever had. After working through that flare I have been in good health for about 5 years now. I have had 2 colonoscopies each separated by 2 years and each completely clear. I have now ceased taking the small remission dose of medication that I used to take and continue to be well.
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that SCD is what healed me (however I think it helped to also continue with meds until completely well and beyond for a while). A cynic reading this might say that maybe I just got better on the medication, but I know the SCD was critical because I know how much better I felt on the food - I could feel how this food was more digestible and gave me a fighting chance. I also know how poorly I was doing on the meds before I introduced SCD into my arsenal.
I think the most important thing for someone trying SCD to remember is that it may not work instantly and you may still have flares in the early stages. UC is a tough disease and it took your body a long time to get sick so it may take a long time to get well too. If you persist through ups and downs hopefully you will have the same perfect result that I did. It's also important to pay attention to how foods affect you specifically and avoid any foods that you can't digest (even though SCD legal) until your digestion improves. In my case I could not handle raw fruit other than ripe bananas for a long time but cooked was OK. Also, during a flare I could not handle almond meal baking. The first type of nut product I could handle was nut butter (pecan or macadamia) - because it is smooth there were no rough bits to bother my inflamed gut. Over time I progressed and was gradually able to handle all SCD foods - even lentils and beans.
After many years of good health I am now cautiously experimenting with SCD illegal foods - treats like chocolate and icecream. No problems, however I am still cautious.
I would like to thank Elaine for all her hard work and selflessness in studying and writing her book so she should spread the word about what she had learned through her daughter.
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