Saturday, November 13, 2010

Some Radical Ideas for the Holiday Season

Cover of "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith...Cover via Amazon
I get a lot of interesting e-mails in my in-box. A recent one was unexpected but made for some interesting reading. Seems I joined the WalterBrook Multnomah Blogging for Books program awhile back. While I haven't had the opportunity to review a book for them yet, I do get notices about newly released books. One of these newly released books is Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.

Now I have not read this book, but I find his list of suggestions included in the e-mail announcement intriguing. Author David Platt has many interesting ideas about making your Thanksgiving celebration more focused on thankfulness. They include:
  • Fast and pray for those who don’t have enough to eat
  • Discover what the great books (The Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Talmud, Tao-te-ching, Veda, etc.) says about thankfulness to God
  • Give a secret gift of money to someone you know
  • Invite an international visitor to your Thanksgiving dinner
  • Comfort someone who is hurting
For details on completing each suggestion, please head over to the Radical book site for more information and an action plan that can be downloaded to your computer. This list will be updated on December 1st to with an action plan for a radical Christmas.

P.S. I am not a very religious person, i.e. I'm not a big fan of organized religion, but I am a spiritual one as I have been discovering over the past several years. After spending some time at this book's website, I admit I am interested in reading more of what Mr. Platt has to say. I am most curious to read more about how he thinks the American Dream gets in the way of practicing faith; I bet somewhere on the top of his list is America's focus on consumerism.

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