Item description for Revolution by George Barna...
Overview One of the world's best-known and most respected pollsters shares the results of years worth of research. He also offers insight into the motivations of those leaving the church and new information on alternative church communities.
Publishers Description World-renowned pollster George Barna has the numbers, and they indicate a revolution is already taking place within the Church--one that will impact every believer in America. Committed, born-again Christians are exiting the established church in massive numbers. Why are they leaving? Where are they going? And what does this mean for the future of the Church? Using years' worth of research data, and adhering to an unwavering biblical perspective, Barna predicts how this revolution will impact the organized church, how Christ's body of believers should react, and how individuals who are considering leaving (or those who have already left) can respond. For leaders working for positive change in the church and for believers struggling to find a spiritual community and worship experience that resonates, Revolution is here. Are you ready?
Citations And Professional Reviews Revolution by George Barna has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 47
Christian Retailing - 10/03/2005 page 17
Christianity Today - 01/01/2006 page 69
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414307586 ISBN13 9781414307589
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More About George Barna
A native New Yorker, George Barna has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media, research and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group) in 1984 and helped it become the nation’s leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture. The company has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of Christian churches throughout the country. It has also supplied research to numerous corporations and non-profit organizations, as well as to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.
To date, Barna has written 48 books, mostly addressing leadership, trends, church health and spiritual development. They include best-sellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, and The Power of Vision. His most recent book is Revolutionary Parenting. Several of his books have received national awards. He has had more than 100 articles published in periodicals and writes a bi-weekly research report (The Barna Update) accessed by more than a million people each year, through his firm’s website (www.barna.org). His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. He has been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian Church today" and has been named by various media as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders.
He is a popular speaker at ministry conferences around the world and has taught at Pepperdine and Biola Universities and several seminaries. Barna served as a pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church and has been involved in several church start-ups.
After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master's degrees from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was awarded the Eagleton Fellowship. He also received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He lives with his wife (Nancy) and their three daughters (Samantha, Corban, Christine) in southern California. He enjoys reading novels, watching movies, playing guitar, and relaxing on the beach.
George Barna currently resides in Glendale Oxnard, in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Revolution?
Wow! Mar 16, 2007
A gutsy stand ... a prophetic utterance. My hat's off to his honesty, and my appreciation for his continuing integrity. THANKS!!!
Encouraging, Insightful and Challenging Feb 20, 2007
This book provides a thorough overview of what George Barna terms "Revolutionaries." Revolutionaries are, as he points out, hard to totally pin down since they are not a denomination, nor are they liable to write down their mission statement. Instead, it is a band of radical believers united by their passion for Jesus and becoming Christ-like in the midst of a compromised world and church.
Being a Revolutionary is about living Christ-like every moment of every day. He compares what he has found through his research concerning the key characteristics of a Revolutionary with that of the present day churchgoer in America. The results are shocking.
Barna outlines the seven passions of a Revolutionary as: 1) Intimate Worship 2) Faith-based Conversions 3) Intentional Spiritual Growth 4) Servanthood 5) Resource Investment 6) Spiritual Friendships 7) Family Faith
Barna, has gone to great lengths to research this modern move of God on the individual believer. He states, unlike moves of God in the past where the church went outside to bring people inside to be ministered to, this move is predominantly an outside--outside movement, where believers see the world as their church grounds and every human being they encounter as a soul to love into the permanent presence of God. (p.127)
What I really loved about this book was that it didn't just talk about what being a Revolutionary was, it challenged and exhorted the reader to go deeper and further in their relationship with God. I was challenged to my core when I read the marks of a revolutionary. I was encouraged and felt a drawing to fulfill all that God has for me. I highly encourage all believers to read this book and reflect their own spiritual standing. Let God lead you into a different way of doing things.
Uncharacteristically Disappointing Barna Feb 14, 2007
I was excited to pick up this book and finished thinking what a complete waste of cash. Barna has traditionally written great books that are so well-researched. But this was a carpet salesman's worst pitch. Barna goes to an area where he's honestly just not gifted -- unbridled advocacy. What's worse he tries to weave this book as half research and half blatant lobbyist for the "simple church" -- and fails on both fronts. There are so many things noticeably absent in this book that would be vintage Barna. Where's the chapter on potential flaws and pitfalls of a simple church? He certainly presents a laundry list of flaws with traditional churches. Where's the explanation that house churches existed in the first century largely because of persecution -- not that it was Jesus' preferred model.
Disconnected Jan 26, 2007
I have enjoyed reading Barnas books. His analysis is helpful in answering the question "Where are they now?" referring to the people who used to go to church.
The first half of the book is disturbing, as intended, but the second half, drawing from Matthew and Romans, was assuring.
"Revolution" did not motivate me nearly as much as his previous book "The Second Coming of the Church."
Following Jesus sometimes draws us alone into the wilderness or the desert but we all have a part in the body of Christ. A lone soldier is easy for the enemy to pick off. But an army has marching orders, back up, support, and strength. How do we 'love one another' as an independent mercenary?
BARELY worth a glance... Jan 23, 2007
Barna doesn't really talk in detail about his specifics, and many of his conclusions in this book are "jumped" to because he far too biased about the "revolutionaries" he discusses. I find the book to be a mostly useless excercise in examining the house church movement and the movement of younger people (mostly) away from organized religion. He dismisses critics of such movements (which often lack any real accountability) with a broad sweep of his hand, and basically sets up the proverbial straw man of the old-fashioned rigid Evangelical to do it. Some of us are not rigid or old-fashioned but still think that accountability structures are crucial for Christ-followers.
He also glosses over the fact that many who are retreating from religion are doing so to create their own belief system based on what they pick and choose from Christianity and such. These people are HARDLY a revolution against the consumer culture in many churches, it's just a new consumer culture with a different bent.
All in all, he is hardly dispassionate about the statistics he examines and his conclusions are not helpful or informative. Worth reading to get his perspective, but not worth looking at twice, and not worth a review any longer than this... so bye bye... Borrow it, don't bother to buy it.