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Overview The Revolution is underway, but in this new era, how can parents make a lasting impact in the spiritual lives of their children? To find the answer, George Barna researched the lives of thriving adult Christians and discovered the essential steps their parents took to shape their spiritual lives in childhood. He also learned surprising truths about which popular parenting tactics just aren't working. This book goes beyond youth group and Sunday school and shows parents how to instill in their children a vibrant commitment to Christ.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 300.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.54" Width: 5" Height: 0.99" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Mar 24, 2007
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598592130 ISBN13 9781598592139
Availability 0 units.
More About George Barna & Scott Dente
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Revolutionary Parenting?
Great Parenting Book! Oct 5, 2008
This book details the research done by the Barna Group in the area of parenting. The research was based upon talking with parents who had raised "Spiritual Champions" and with the "Spiritual Champion." The research indicated a great need for parents to be a part of their children's lives in all facets. It also included parents helping their children to make the right choices and choose the right friends. Finally, the book focused on the parents responsibility to raise their children in this world. The parents did not and would not abdicate their role as the parent for anyone else to take on. The parents took charge in the reas of moral character and spiritual growth.
This book is very challenging for parents and delivers on many great points. Barna has created a primer for parents to read who want to raise children that serve God and serve other people. Too often parents exchange their role of being a parent for other items in their lives such as a successful career or successful social life. This book directs parents that they need to abandon that thought pattern and seek to serve God by taking the utmost interest in their children. This part of the book especially challenged me in the areas of taking a greater interest in my children then in my profession. The greatest change I can make in this world will not equal raising godly children.
The one weakness of the book was the lack of instruction on the proper years in which to discuss certain topics. It would have been good to include a timeline of when certain subjects such as sex, drugs, and alcohol need to be discussed. It has been my experience that parents stall in discussing these subjects until it is too late.
This is a very good book for parents to read and understand. I highly recommend it.
Excellent Parenting Book Aug 18, 2008
Excellent parenting book meeting today's issues. Makes a great gift. Helpful for those just starting families, and those who are already raising children.
My top five book May 15, 2008
This is one of my top 5 books for parenting. I appreciate George Barna's research - this is not just another person's opinions about how to raise our children to know and love God. He researched "spiritual champions" and their parents and presented us with the common denominators. It is NOT a instruction manual but rather a book that helps parents look at being intentional about raising children to love God and be more than nominal Christians. I read this book and now I am leading a book discussion for a group of moms. Everyone has found this book to be excellent in helping them look at their own parenting. It has challenged us individually about our own faith. I think every Christian parent and Church leader needs to read this!
Great Parenting book! May 12, 2008
I really enjoyed reading this book. George Barna did a great job researching families for what made their kids "spiritual giants". I recommend this book for any parent who wants to raise their kids to be real Christians.
Research that challenges, not answers ... Mar 19, 2008
George Barna is a researcher. From the outset his book takes the humble stance of a reporter of information. He claims not to be an expert on children and clearly states his hesitation in writing the book. His humility has the genuine feel of anyone who has been a parent and honestly evaluates their performance in light of Scripture.
What makes Barna's book different is his approach. Rather than drawing from his own personal experience or exegesis of the Bible, he attempts to seek out successes in effective child rearing and work backwards. He identifies a standard of success from Scripture, labeling these individuals "spiritual champions" and researches how they became that way. Barna defines a spiritual champion as "individuals who have embraced Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord; accept the Bible as truth and as the guide for life; and seek to live in obedience to its principles and in search of ways to continually deepen their relationship with God. Spiritual champions live in ways that are noticeably different from the norm--even when compared to the average churchgoer."
Revolutionary Parenting's strength lies not in its step by step guide for parents, but rather in its distilling and presentation of the research data. While Barna does draw conclusions and offer suggestions throughout the book, the real power comes from evidence gleamed from families that have produced successful results. One can not help but evaluate their current parenting practices, methods, and thinking in light of those whose principals and actions are proven.
A common theme throughout the book seems to be that revolutionary parents possess a confidence in the Bible, its message, and use in their child rearing in the face of the current winds of culture. The author is clearly challenged by this point. He repeatedly references with admiration parents who have been proactive in personally obeying the Bible's teachings, while holding and teaching their children to do the same.
Each chapter ends with recap of the key data covered and a series of challenging questions that if applied cannot help but ignite life change. The recap section could provide the time challenged parent means to quickly reference his findings and then turn back in the chapter to gather more of his analysis. While nearly all the questions appropriately challenge the reader, at least one strangely leads in contradiction to the content of the chapter he just covered. Perhaps the odd question was compiled by an editor?
Overall the book maintained a voice of a fellow traveler on the path to becoming a revolutionary parent. George Barna's book is a valued asset to provide perspective on the many methods and opinions in today's marketplace. Late in his book he remarks an important reminder to all parents; "The trajectory of the spiritual war depends on what I--and other parents--do to raise spiritual champions among our children. From a macro ministry perspective, it's actually the little things that count the most. Rather than looking for the big bang that will revolutionize our world, true revolution will come from a series of significant microlevel changes. The little contributions add up to make a big difference." It is a call for each of us to take seriously our part in changing the world. It is worth your time to check out and be challenged to become a revolutionary parent!