Book Review: The Radical Disciple by John Stott

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (May 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838473
  • WTSBooks
  • IVP

Many thanks to IVP for a review copy of what is considered John Stott’s last book, The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects Of Our Calling (at the time of the conclusion of The Radical Disciple, Stott was eighty-eight (p. 136).  He’s now 90.

Regarding purpose for writing The Radical Disciple, John Stott in his own words: “So my purpose in this book is to consider eight characteristics of Christian discipleship that are often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously.” (p. 16)

The Radical Disciple is Stott to the letter: concise, well-reasoned, biblical, and pointed.  But of the eight characteristics outlined in the book, I was especially touched by the fourth: Creation Care.  Recently I had read Green Like God and interviewed its author, Jonathan Merritt.  In answer to one of the questions I asked him, Mr. Merritt cited John Stott as someone who championed “Creation Care.”

After completing The Radical Disciple, knowing that it was John Stott’s last book, I was a bit disappointed that he had not been more personal and vulnerable.

But we praise God for your faithful service to him over the years.

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5 Responses to Book Review: The Radical Disciple by John Stott

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  2. I have always like John Stott. I don’t agree with the idea that we need to repent for the curse that God has placed on this earth. While we should take care of this place God has given us, the earth will be destroyed.

  3. T.C. R says:

    Charles E.,

    I don’t think we need to repent either for something outside our control – “the curse that God has placed on this earth.”

    However, the notion of Creation care is something else. Since God cares for it, as his children we too should care for it. That’s the point.

    One other point, Jesus has also shed his blood for the restoration of this our home (Rom. 8:19-23; Col. 1:20).

    But what do you mean by “will be destroyed”?

  4. Adrianna Wright says:

    Glad you appreciated Stott’s book! Given your interest in creation care, IVPAcademic has a new book that I think you’ll appreciate called Keeping God’s Earth: The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective.

  5. T.C. R says:


    It’s a pleasure to have you stop in on a review. So cool! 😀

    I might just take you up on that title. Thanks for the heads up.

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