Something Needs to Change
An Urgent Call to Make Your Life Count
USA TODAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND ECPA BESTSELLER • The author of Radical takes readers on a soul-searching journey through impoverished villages in the Himalayan mountains, daring them to make a difference in a world of urgent need, starting right where they live.
“Grippingly vulnerable and unforgettable. I could not put this book down.”—Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts
While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it "changed the trajectory of my life." Meeting a man who'd lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In Something Needs to Change, Platt invites readers to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, "Where is God in the middle of suffering?" "What makes my religion any better than someone else's religion?" and "What do I believe about eternal suffering?" Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel--to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.
Praise for Something Needs to Change
“Rugged. Authentic. Gritty. Real. Worshipful. There are no other books like this one. I always pick up David’s books with a sense of excitement and, quite honestly, apprehension—because I know that areas of compromise and complacency in my life are going to be exposed. But this book exceeded even my high expectations, for which I am grateful. And so will you be. As David writes, it’s time to run, not walk. Let’s go.”—J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention
“Extraordinary and challenging. I’ve just never read a book like this before. I am so moved. Bring your full heart to this story and watch how God opens your eyes, changes your mind, and broadens the dreams you have for your life.”—Annie F. Downs, best-selling author of 100 Days to Brave and Remember God
“If you dare to read this book, you might just have an unexpected encounter with Jesus that leaves you weeping on the floor, as David’s experience did. Something changes within us when the seemingly overwhelming needs of the world present themselves simply in the life of a single person. Ultimately, I pray your compassion will be transformed to action.”—Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado, president and CEO of Compassion International
Pastor Platt (Radical) shares his own experiences trying to live more outwardly and compassionately and asks readers to do the same in this affecting evangelistic travelogue through the Himalayas. Composed as an eight-day personal journal, Platt's emotional account combines several trips into a single cohesive story. Using his experiences as examples, Platt urges readers to recognize their own personal potential and God-ordained obligation to invest in making a positive difference in the world. While he encounters much hospitality and beauty on his travels, Platt also engages with extreme poverty, including children sold into the sex trade, villagers with inadequate medical care who suffer from profound physical ailments, and impoverished parents accused of child neglect. Though these encounters lead Platt to preach a strong message for global evangelism, the pastor also shares his spiritual struggles as he questions the heart of God, the reality of hell, and whether spiritual needs outweigh physical ones. Platt's message isn't new, but his diaristic approach (which includes many sketches) is engaging and effective. Platt's storytelling ease combined with the lure of a vicarious trek through the Himalayas will appeal to readers of Christian living.
Must Listen! Very challenging...
Do yourself a favor and listen to this challenging book that will shock you into the reality that there is a real and urgent need for the proclamation of the Gospel...