Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Holla! A Giveaway!


RADICAL from David Platt on Vimeo.

As many of you know, the Radical Series we listened to months ago is one of the main reasons we're picking up our family and heading to Haiti.

Side note:  Maybe I've watched too much Lost, because the fact that Haiti is an island adds some extra creepage to my thought process these days.

Anyway...

There we were totally comfortable in our regular ol' American life and two things happened.

First...

We met Katie.  Well...not real life met her, but internet met her.

Katie's story is incredible.

She's 23, lives in Uguanda, and is a new mom...to 14 little girls.


Sad to say...I pretty much neglected my family for two days as I went back and read Katie's archives.

How does a 23 year old girl find herself in Uganda raising a house filled with girls?

I had to know.

Along the way I fell in love with Katie.  I followed her blog.  Every post she wrote made me get up from my computer, take a hard look at my life and admit...

There's got to be more to life than this.

I envied Katie's faith...is that possible?

For the first time in my entire life I felt a tug.  I'd climb into the bed at night and whisper in Aaron's ear..."Let's go help Katie.  Let's go help that girl."

So unlike me.  I couldn't believe the thought of going was skipping around in my mind.  Fairy like...those thoughts would flutter by.

Not long after we met Katie, we listened to the Radical Series.

Aaron actually read about the Radical Series on Katie's blog.  She referenced it.  I didn't listen to the sermons, because I never listen to sermons when people suggest that I should.  That's just the way I am.  Thankfully Aaron listened to the series and then begged me to listen.

It was a big fat pain in the butt to go through the Radical Series.  I am not an auditory learner.  Listening to the sermons in my kitchen with four loony boys running in and out of the house was not easy.

But I did it.  During those sermons you could find me standing in the kitchen in a daze...like a zombie...or crying.  Good for my soul.  Not good for getting dinner cooked.

The Jesus I met in that series stunned me.  I had never met that Jesus before.  He was there all along...His words plain as day on the pages of the Bible I read every morning...but I had ignored Him...totally blew Him off.

Jesus talks a lot about heaven...about what the kingdom of God is like.  He talks about the poor.  The orphan.  He talks about the danger of money...the trap of "things."  He warns us...plainly warns us that we can't serve God and money.  He tells us to go to all the nations...to proclaim the gospel.

And yet there we were...never thinking about heaven...living for this kingdom.  We never thought about the poor.   We loved money.  We loved our stuff (we still do).  We had never considered going...leaving this country, and we stunk at sending missionaries out.  We were playing no part in world missions.  No part.

We were startled by our disobedience. 

Several of our sweet friends listened to the series with us.  We'd meet.  We'd sit and stare into space.  We'd say crazy things like..."We have to change.  We have to.  Major changes.  We have to hold each other accountable to this."

We'd get angry.  We'd say terrible things.  We'd hash out what we were thinking in that safe beautiful place of friendship..of family.  Some of the things we thought were good.  Some of the things we thought were real dumb.

Here's some of the ways the Radical Series affected our group of friends...

We're heading to Haiti.  Another couple is headed to Guatemala.  One couple is working diligently to get out of debt this year so they can be ready to do whatever God wants them to do.  Two couples are in foster care training.  One of the couples is about to head to California to help rehabilitate women caught up in the sex trade along the border.  Several others are open and willing to "go" for the first time in their life.

Life-changing.  I can hardly believe what God has done or figure out how He did it.

None of us think we're awesome.  We're all pee in our pants, sweat our sheets scared to death right now.  We've never followed Jesus on His terms...and we're all real afraid...have lots of doubt...have great peace....and yet totally break down some days.

We are all terrified, yet excited that Jesus has invited us into His huge, beautiful, beat the pants off the box office story.

David Platt (the pastor at Brookhills who preached the Radical Series) wrote a book called Radical.



I read it on our way to Haiti.  I'm a learn-through-reading kind of person.  The book was wonderful.  It's the sermons in book form.

For many reasons I have day dreamed of kicking David Platt in his man parts.  His sermon series totally wrecked our life.  Poor David Platt.  I don't actually know him, but there were times when I'd take out my frustration with my faith...with my life...with the changes I knew Jesus was leading us to make...on him.  The pastor I've never met.  That was super silly because David Platt was just reading the Bible to me.  I was frustrated with Jesus.  Not Pastor Platt.  When I found out I could have NOT listened to the Radical Series online because a book was coming out, that gave me one more reason to be irked at David.  So much undeserved angst aimed in David Platt's direction.  I feel like I should apologize to him or something.

If you are like me and won't listen to sermons people suggest then how about reading the book?  Want to?  Huh?  Want to?

We're going to give one (or maybe two) away.  My sweet aunt bought a few copies and is letting us do a giveaway.  Hooray!

Just leave your name in the comment section.

We'll draw a winner on Friday.

I may have totally freaked you right out of reading the book.  Don't be afraid.  God says not to be.

For those of you who want to know more about this man who wrote this book...you know, to make sure he's not advocating Kool-Aid drinking or something you can read about him here.
 

Sometimes people will commend a book by saying, ‘You won’t want to put it down.’ I can’t say that about this book. You’ll want to put it down, many times. If you’re like me, as you read David Platt’s Radical, you’ll find yourself uncomfortably targeted by the Holy Spirit. You’ll see just how acclimated you are to the American dream. But you’ll find here another Way, one you know to be true, because you’ve heard it before in the words of the Lord Jesus, perhaps most forcefully in the simple call ‘Follow me.’ Read this book. Put it away for a time, if you need to, while your conscience is invaded by the Spirit driving you to repentance. And then pick it up again. After you’re done reading, I think you’ll know better how to pick up your cross and follow Christ for the advancement of the kingdom and the destruction of false dreams.
—Russell D. Moore, dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

81 comments:

Trent and Andrea said...

Andrea Buck!

Nicki said...

Entering my name for a giveaway has never seemed more scary.

SocialWrkr24/7 said...

Enter me please!

Anonymous said...

Donna Short

Brian & Sara Miller said...

Heather & Aaron,

I would love to read the book that has so changed the way you guys think!

Brian Miller

Amy said...

I agree with Nicki...this feels a little scary! Thank you, sweet Heather, for allowing us to share your journey.

Mommy, M.D. said...

I don't listen to sermons either. Only my husband's...if he's lucky. Little scared to read this too...

Stephanee&Zach said...

Stephanee Potts
We too are being wrecked by the sermons and I too struggle with auditory learning. Would love the book!! Praying for you guys as you head to Haiti!!! Are you familiar with For His Glory orphanage/ministry or with HCRM?

Holly Rehmann said...

Wow, Heather. Wow wow wow.

Peace,
Holly Bazan

The Lopases said...

whitney lopas!

Jana said...

Ok here goes...Jana Schroeder. Yup that was scary!

The Montalbos said...

I'm in.

Kyle

Laurie said...

I'd love the book! Laurie Watson

Megan said...

We have a copy, so no need to enter us. But seriously, if you are reading through these comments and are thinking:

A) I'm sure I'd never win OR

B)I don't want to drop my name because I might just win it and feel guilty and have to read it.

COMMENT ALREADY!!! You'll be glad. The book is better than the sermons...AND THAT'S SAYING A LOT!

-The Male Birkenfeld

Rochelle said...

A friend of mine just gave me the link to your blog a few days ago because we have a Haiti connection. My husband and I jumped on the humanitarian parole effort to get a little 5 year old girl out of one of the orphanages in Haiti. We went through 2 and half months of crazy to find out she is not adoptable. I went to Haiti last month for 6 days to meet her. I fell more in love with the Haitian people. We have since been matched with infant twin girls and are going through the adoption process in effort to bring them home to add to our 3 biological children. I am in love with your story and would love to be entered to win the Radical book giveaway! Thanks~ Rochelle McKinley

Jon said...

I was just in Haiti a few weeks ago and your blog post the other day, "Hello Haiti, Hard to Meet You," said what I had been feeling but could not seem to get out in words...so thank you.

As for getting radical, sign me up.

Jon Scherdin

Maggie Ainsworth said...

Maggie Ainsworth

Megan Fletcher said...

Totally excited to read it. Please enter me in the drawing!

Hendrick Family said...

Brandi...

You made me laugh!

Stephanee...

I'm not familiar with that ministry. I'll look them up. Just google the name?

Rochelle...

Wow. I'm sorry about the failed placement. Those are so painful, and so hard to understand. I'm excited about this new road you're on to adopt these other kids. Once we get to Haiti, if the orphanage where they are staying is near us, I'd love to go visit and love on your babies.

My email address is hendrickcrew@gmail.com

Please keep in touch with me. I am honored to know about these pending adoptions. I'd love to pray with you for God to bring these children home.

Heather

Lindsay said...

I'd love to read the book. Just started the messages and I can't get enough. Change me Lord, change me!!!

Dominique said...

We have been watching the sermons online...but want to read the book too!

Matt Nichols said...

I am heading to Haiti in the middle of June. I am very nervous about leaving my family. I don't do well with that. It would even be more scary to take my family with me. Your story is pretty inspirational.
Sign me up.

Matt Nichols

debra said...

Debra Parker wants to win. : )

Or do I?

beccaellis said...

Heather, I want to read the book! -Becca Ellis

Hendrick Family said...

Matt...

We're so glad you're going to Haiti. We had a hard time leaving our kids when we went. We will be praying God brings all of you comfort.

When you get back, we'd love to talk.

Heather

Kercho said...

bring it heather!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and this new journey you are embarking on.

Bethany Meadows

Grace Family said...

We are reading this book right now. Um, yeah, it's pretty life-changing, even if you have listened to the sermons... it tells examples of how people have put these lessons to work. Amazing!

Just in case you didn't know, you can also "watch" his sermons instead of just listening. I cannot just sit and listen or I end up making a to-do list during it, but I'm very capable of watching someone, especially someone as passionate as David Platt! Just in case someone wants to listen and feels like they won't be able to, I thought I'd share!

Nicci said...

Just the first two sermons have started my world teetering. Would love to dive into the book!

Nicci O

Kim said...

terrified but count me in!

LD said...

Ugh. As if the sermons aren't bad enough. Sigh. Do it - sign me up.

PS I contacted about 10 organizations trying to go to Haiti when I was between jobs. I even got vaccinated. Everyone told me they didn't need me... maybe they weren't the reasons I got vaccinated afterall :)

C-Dub said...

Just started those sermons a couple of weeks ago...good stuff, but they're hard listening too (as challengingesaages go).

Having said that, I wouldn't mind the book!

Chris Williams

Zara said...

Zara Perciful - pick me, pick me!

Tara and Nathaniel said...

We want the book! I also learn better when I can tangibly hold something. We are praying for you and are thankful for your honesty and faith.

Matt, Emily, Tobin, & Heidi said...

The Smiths want/need to read this book!! Please enter Emily Smith!!! Thank you for your humility and honesty.

celeste.leanne said...

I didn't know there was a book for the sermons! Sign me up!

The Mosiers said...

Enter us please!!! We're half way through listening to the sermons, but I would love to be able to READ them! I have listening issues....

Erin

Rebekah said...

You know I want it!

karen kale said...

I have listened to the first sermon...WOW! Would love the book!

Karen Kale

Karen said...

I'm with Nicki...entering (and reading) has never felt more scary. :) Karen

Laura Stiller said...

I'm not a podcast listener - so I'd LOVE to read the book! Enter me: Laura Stiller

R said...

Ruth

MacKenzie said...

I'm not really sure I want to read this book, to be honest my life is great right now :-) ...but if I win, I'll figure God really wants me to read it so sign me up.

Heather Diaz said...

Radical Faith here the Diazes come!!

Heather Diaz

p.s. Is it one comment per household??

Anonymous said...

Karen Dickey

Anonymous said...

Rachel Aaron

Hendrick Family said...

One comment per person, Heather...spouses can comment too!

cameron crake said...

put my name in!

Luci said...

Luci M. Thanks! :) ... even though it's a little scary!

Jessica B. said...

Please enter me.

I'm currently listening to the sermons while commuting... they're challenging me and changing me... I'd love to have the book to review!

Samantha Childress said...

I want in! Samantha Childress

TJ and Amanda said...

Pick me! Amanda Boudreaux

Bob & Judy said...

It happens a few times in your life. Someone says something to you - and you already knew "it," but somehow you had dressed "it" in camouflage and looked past "it" every day of your life.

And then someone undresses "it" right in front of you.

Like Dave Ramsey saying that borrowing money is stupid and unbiblical.

Like Winky Pratney (circa 1976) saying that the most important right you have is the right to give up your rights.

Like David Platt saying that we're rich, and that means we're going to find it next-to-impossible to follow Jesus.

Don't enter me in the drawing. I don't want the book. Listening to the sermons is hard enough. Grandma

Lauren said...

Lauren Huss

Leslie Marie said...

Leslie Shelton

Megan said...

I know Brock said not to enter us but go ahead and do it. If we win an extra copy I can "gift" it to somebody! :)

Krauss Family said...

Tabitha Krauss
(scared and excited that I could possibly win)

Jenny said...

Jenny Closner

stephanie garcia said...

I would love a copy!

Tenaya said...

Sounds like something I might like....or not. I would give it a try if it was given to me. Yayy!

The Kramer Family said...

love the book way more than the sermons. i hear (pun intended) you on the auditory learning. and i can go back and read slowly while it sinks in.

on a funny note; i was reading the book by the pool today while the girls were swimming. kk walked over giggling and said,"mommy, your book is upside down."

"nope. honey. that's just OUR house that's upside down." haha!

on the cover is a small house turned upside down- so fitting too.

no need to enter me (had a sweet aunt give me one too)....just wanted to give testimony that the Lord has used this book mightily in my life. i love how everything points back to Jesus.

love you guys!

bighousetx said...

I am entering. I am nervous. LOL!

Kristen Cleveland

Jenn said...

Entering!

Jennifer Crouse

LD said...

I liked your giveaways better when only 20 people read your blog. Just saying.

jrandchels said...

Wow. I know I should read it...

D.O. said...

I've never read your blog before, but someone sent me a link to it that said you were giving all your commenters free books, and I want one.

Sara Miler said...

Anything radical sounds interesting to me.

Sara Miller

Ashley said...

Ashley Dwyer

mike c said...

I began reading your blog through a friend of a friend. We recently finished crazy love and are still wading through what that means for our family. We would love to read this book too. Plus I've never won anything and I think it would be really cool.:) - Lindsay Conner

Anonymous said...

Heaher,,,I listened to SOME of the radical seies..and you are right...LIFEWRECKING!!!!! Jana Vallone(for the giveaway) AMAZING...I am so proud to KNOW YOU. loveand Light.

Robin said...

I'd love to read the book. I started listening to the sermon series, but like you, I just do better with books.

Sarah Vint said...

Sarah Vint... my husband and I are headed to Turkey next summer if the process continues. ANother book to check out... "Be Last" by Jeremy Kingsley

One Crowded House said...

Please enter me... I would much rather read the book than listen to it!

Tanya Borlase
onecrowdedhouse@gmail.com

Jenn Harrist said...

Chris and I were actually going to start listening this summer since he is done with school. I am scared out of my mind, since just moving up here was hard! Would love to be able to read when I don't hear it all that well.

Thanks for being so honest!
Jenn

Miss Willow said...

I was "introduced" to Katie and her story last year - so amazing.
I have to tell you that your family is such an encouragement to me and I am sad that I never had the chance to get to know your family before the church plants at Living Hope...I came in as you were going out. But, I have loved getting to know you through your blog. Your incredible hearts for the Lord are a beautiful example. I am so looking forward to knowing what the Lord does with and through all of you as you set up shop in Haiti. Definitely keeping your family in my prayers. Blessings to you!

Shalom!
~Heather Cummins

Danielle said...

Danielle Bourne!

Anonymous said...

Jennifer Hern

Anonymous said...

Haven't listened, hesitant, know God isn't pleased. Scared to win, but God says enter - change Rock your World for me! Reading might be hard, but being obedient is harder. God bless your family abundently!

rrickey315@att.net

Jamie Bauknight said...

Jamie Bauknight

Tania said...

woah - I'm wrecked from just reading this post, can't imagine what the book will do to me...awesome.

bekah said...

... um.. yes, puh-leaze!!

Bekah Gooden