The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling
“This book is faithfully biblical, deeply engaging, firmly challenging and profoundly moving—a characteristically masterful survey of a subject we all too easily neglect. I can think of no better teacher on this theme than John Stott, whose lifetime of personal commitment to radical discipleship shines out from every page.”– David Stone, Team Rector of NewburySee All
“It's a beautifully straightforward clarion call to re–establish the truly converted life within a contemporary Christian sub–culture diluted by the self–centeredness of the age. This is John Stott at his thoughtful, reflective best. His thinking is succinct, incisive and truly describes how authentic followers of Jesus live. Jesus doesn't simply tweak our lives but rebuilds them from the foundations up. We have neglected the challenge of that radical, converting work. Here is a book that inspires us to embrace deep conversion. Read this and discover what a wholehearted follower of Jesus is like.”– Dominic Smart, Minister, Gilcomston South Church of Scotland, AberdeenSee All
“A farewell book from one of the giants of our generation. In it John Stott outlines eight key aspects of discipleship with piercing clarity. Especially moving and profound are his final chapters on dependence and death. Don't miss it.”– Amy Boucher Pye, Editor and ColumnistSee All
“For over sixty years John Stott's penetrating and profoundly biblical insights have thrown light on many of the challenging issues that have faced the global church. This book brings all those years of experience, reflection and study to bear on a series of questions that he believes we are neglecting. That alone should cause us to listen with particular care even if he didn't tell us that this is to be his final published message. Furthermore, these pages give us a rare and personal glimpse of the sacrificial discipleship that has marked his life so deeply—that is one more reason for us to learn what we can from a truly exceptional leader.”– Peter Harris, Founder of A RochaSee All
“Who better than John Stott, with his life–long commitment to living as a follower of Jesus, to issue this timely call to take Jesus' teaching seriously? The world desperately needs to see that there are other ways to live, and all too often Christians tend to conform to the patterns of society rather than demonstrating the distinctiveness that Jesus asks of us. If heeded this call could revitalise the witness of the church.”– John Grayston, Director of Theology, Scripture UnionSee All
Team Rector of Newbury
I've always wanted to enter more fully into what Eugene Peterson calls ‘the unforced ryhthms of grace’ (Matthew 11). This is the book I will turn to, repeatedly, for help.”– Brian Draper, Associate Lecturer in Culture at London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, and author of Spiritual IntelligenceSee All
Minister, Gilcomston South Church of Scotland, Aberdeen
Here we will have a snapshot of what Uncle John believes is the gold; and I, for one, will enter the next phase of my own discipleship much richer as a result. I believe it's not only a great achievement to write so succinctly, given the sheer breadth and depth of his life's work—it is also a vivid demonstration of the simple tension at the heart of the Gospel: that we are challenged to carry the cross daily, and walk the narrow path, and yet simultaneously we are promised that the yoke of Christ is easy, and the burden is light.See All
Amy Boucher Pye
Editor and Columnist
And that simple communication is manifested most clearly and effectively in the idea of the radical, and simple, life. I have not read a better or more compelling short section on how to live.See All
Founder of A Rocha
But he has achieved the seemingly impossible: he has captured the essence of what it means,to him, to be a radical disciple, and written this for us with a light touch; with a sense that this is the heart, that it doesn't have to be made perplexingly complex, or intimidating in an intellectual way; that having understood profoundly, the joy of his life's work is to communicate simplySee All
Director of Theology, Scripture Union
“I have always felt a little sad at the thought that when Uncle John eventually goes, he will take so much with him: the gathered experience of a life truly well lived, as well as the intellectual capital he has banked for the sake of the kingdom of God. How could he ever possibly distil the essence of this lifetimes' worth of wisdom, so that we may continue to draw inspiration and learn from this great teacher?See All
Associate Lecturer in Culture at London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, and author of Spiritual Intelligence
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What does it mean to follow Jesus?
With The Radical Disciple John Stott issues his farewell address to the worldwide church he helped to shepherd through the twentieth century. He opens up what it means at root to be a follower of Jesus, exploring eight serious yet often neglected aspects of Christian discipleship.
Stott here conveys what he has displayed throughout his life: to follow Jesus is to let him direct the agenda for our lives. We don't set the parameters of his lordship or avoid the costs of our commitment. He calls. We follow.
The message of the The Radical Disciple, like the witness of John Stott's life and ministry, is as simple, classic and personal as it is radical: Jesus is Lord.