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Overview Unveiling new data showing that fewer than one out of every ten born-again adults knows the foundational truths of their faith well enough to "think like Jesus," the author identifies seven core questions that Christians must be able to answer biblically in order to live a transformed life.
Publishers Description According to researcher George Barna, most born-again Christians live indistinctly from non-believers because they do not think any differently--which is a result of not understanding the basic truths of the Christian faith. In this book, Barna identifies seven core questions that Christians must be able to answer biblically in order to live a transformed life.
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Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 125
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1591452783 ISBN13 9781591452782
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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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Developing a Biblical Worldview Aug 11, 2008
"A biblical worldview is thinking like Jesus. It is a way of making our faith practical to every situation we face each day. A biblical worldview is a way of dealing with the world such that we act like Jesus twenty-four hours a day because we think like Jesus." ~ pg. 4
If you are expecting this book to be about how Jesus responded to various situation in his life then you may be sorely disappointed. If you are looking for a book about developing a biblical worldview then you may find this book to be especially helpful. The start of the book ploughs through facts and figures, showing the percentages of people who believe in various topics of concern. For example, 100 % of born-again Christians with a biblical world view believe that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing perfect Creator of the universe.
George Barna then explains Deism (God abandoning the world), Naturalism (God does not exist), Nihilism (life is complete emptiness), Existentialism (life is a meaningless reality), Postmodernism (hyper-tolerance is the highest virtue), Pantheism (everyone is god) and Philosophical Syncretism (New Age beliefs). He then shows how these views affect serious moral choices.
To develop your own biblical worldview, George Barna leads the reader through seven main questions:
Does God really exist? What is the character and nature of God? How and why was the world created? What is the nature and purpose of humanity? What happens after we die? What spiritual authorities exist? What is truth?
Overall, this book seems to be more about God the Father than God the Son. If you are expecting stories about Jesus or even the words of Christ then you may be disappointed. While I think the title of this book is a little deceiving I did enjoy reading the message presented and felt it strengthened my belief in God.
If you are looking for a book about thinking like Jesus then I can recommend: 365 WWJD: Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?
~The Rebecca Review
Great statistics Jul 8, 2008
While this book won't make you turn the pages so fast you'll have to read it in two days you will find the statistics interesting and very useful in dialogue with Christian brothers and sisters.
The Christian Worldview Statistics are eye opening and are cause for great concern within the Christian community. Barna merely exposes the myth that America is a Christian nation, when we are really a pagan nation, worshipping ourselves.
Read this and be enlightened the the truth of modern day Laodicea, that is the United States.
Interesting, but found wanting Feb 2, 2008
I must say that the statistics and research presented - though sparse - was interesting; however, I left the book with the feeling that I hadn't really learned to "Make the Right Decision Every Time" or "Think Like Jesus". Instead, I felt that I had learned how not to think like Jesus. In other words, the book seemed to teach me more about what would be thinking unlike Jesus than the opposite.
Unlike some negative reviews here, I don't have a problem with calling sin sin and saying that there is evil in the wold (like Jesus did and does - by the way). However, I also believe that there is some truth in that Jesus would certainly have those suffering around the world on his mind and this book seemed to place littl fous on that.
In the end, I don't think it's one of Barna's best, but I'd still recommend reading it once your finished reading the other books that you feel are of more immediate importance.
Interesting, good premise, but poor execution Mar 12, 2007
I liked this book, and would recommend the first 3 chapters to anyone. It's also an interesting study to use in preaching. The premise is basically "unlike the rest of us, mature Christians actually walk the walk." He then defines maturity along doctrinal lines ("think like Jesus"), as described in other reviews. However, I wasn't completely convinced that he was sampling mostly mature Christians, as I think maturity isn't so easily quantified. But it was certainly an interesting book; it got me thinking and I'd like to see more research done in this direction. I'd recommend it.
Biblical Worldview 101 Dec 12, 2005
I was surprised when reading this title, for it is so much different than Barna's other works. Rather than citing statistics and displaying pie charts of religious demographics, the author describes the importance of a Biblical worldview and the basics of it. For me his words here are refreshing, offering an insight into Barna's own heart and mind.
Barna here is straightforward, easy-to-follow, and extremely relevant. I recommend this book highly to anyone wanting to understand the basics of what it means to have a Biblical worldview. In short, it means to "Think Like Jesus!"