by David Platt
Tyndale House
PB, 256 pages

Counter Culture is a call to Christians and all faith-based people to step away from the way the world is doing things. Platt claims that the world’s obsession with pornography, with same-sex marriage, with racism and sex slavery, and with abortion should be viewed the same way people view wars, poverty, persecution and forced exile, and the neglect of orphans and widows. That is, Platt argues that people with high morals need to stand up and fight for what the Bible says is right, not what contemporary culture says is right. This book is very much in-the-face of readers, challenging people to assess their levels of commitment to causes that are relevant, controversial, and truly worthy of attention and action. The author forces individuals to assess whether they have strong convictions or are just giving lip service to worthy missions and moral standings.

The only caution I could possibly cite regarding this book is its intensity, but without that I believe it would be a much weaker book. I recommend this particularly to faith-based people from their mid-teens to late thirties or anyone who is a new Christian or still wondering what God wants from him or her. The book lays out powerful truths in a very straight-forward manner, and it will hugely assist anyone trying to work through becoming a more forthright person of convictions.

This Book Reviewed by Marshall Oppel who is a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.