Book Review: Something Needs to Change by David Platt

What the book is about: 

David Platt takes on an abbreviated week-long journey with him through the Himalayas. He shares heart-wrenching stories of need and poverty and beautiful stories of life change and hope.

And in the midst of it all, he walks us through his own personal faith challenge on the journey.

What I liked: 

Realness. Rawness. Honesty.

There is no pretense in this book, but there are a lot of hard questions being asked and no pat, clear answers given. It’s a book that challenges all the way to its core, and hopefully, to the core of the reader.

What I didn’t like: 

Nothing. This book grabbed me by the hair from the time I opened to the first page until I read the very last one, nearly out of breath.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

As someone also grappling with massive faith questions, I felt drawn into this book as he shared shocking stories and then the questions he asked through his journey. I felt like I was on the same page with him wrestling with questions such as “If the gospel is true and God is really good, then where is God amid extreme poverty and pain?” and “Where are the peace and protection of God for the oppressed and exploited around the world?”

I’ve found myself recently asking these same questions and struggling to grasp any kind of meaningful answer.

However, what this book really did well is force me to face the biggest question that I think I’ve been avoiding for a long time: Do I really (or still) believe that God is real and good and the only hope for every person in the world?

And the second question I had to ask was: If so, what am I doing about that?

This book has jolted me out of my intellectual faith pursuit and forced me to look at whether my feet are on the ground or not. What ARE my actual priorities. What global missions are we doing? Do we feel compelled to continue in that direction or are we feeling pulled toward something else?

I actually set this book on my husband’s night stand to have him read it when I was done because I WANT to have more discussions about it. I WANT to figure out our direction.

I’m feeling more grounded on the bedrock of faith than I have in years, and while this book likely wasn’t the CAUSE, it helped to refocus and narrow my questions to the ones that really matter.

And so, my friends, in my life, something HAS changed.

I give Something Needs to Change five stars.

5 star rating

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.