Book Review: Something Needs to Change

Something Needs to Change by David Platt is a GREAT book that is well worth your time!  Such a helpful and challenging read.  I finished it about a week ago and truly have not been able to stop thinking about what I read of his experiences hiking in the Himalayan mountains.  Platt is an excellent preacher and writer, but I discovered something new with this book…he is awesome at telling a good story.  I truly felt as if I experienced some of the same things that he did during this trip.

Honestly, most of what I felt after reading this book was compounded by what I have had the opportunity to see and hear on my own travelling the world for various mission trips.  In those moments, I wonder how it is that I can see those things and know those things and then so easily return to my “regular” life without looking back.  Those are the moments where the Lord is truly making our hard hearts tender so that we can be changed and become more like Him.

I highlighted several things while reading and have posted those notes below…

  • So why has it been rare for me to be so moved by the needs of others that I have fallen on my face before God and wept? p. 2
  • We need to dare to come face to face with desperate need in the world around us and ask God to do a work deep within us that we could never manufacture, manipulate, or make happen on our own. p. 4
  • What if each of us really considered all the ways we might play a unique part in the spread of the gospel where it has not yet gone? p. 125
  • Luke 12:32–34 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. [33] Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. [34] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (ESV) p. 128
  • The collective meaning of all three stories (from Luke 15), then, is clear: God is passionate about finding the one, which is remarkable when you think about it.  God has a universe to run, galaxies to uphold, governments to rule, and more than seven billion people to sustain, yet the Bible doesn’t say that heaven rejoices over these cosmic mysteries and universal realities.  Instead, something special happens in heaven when one person who was separated from God in sin is restored to God in love. p. 165
  • What something needs to change in your life to effect change with the hope of Jesus in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need? p. 205

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.