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Posted October 31, 2011
FUTURECAST: what TODAY"S TRENDS mean for TOMORROW'S WORLD by George Barna Typically church leaders and their congregants are Left Behind when it comes to an understanding of the cultural milieu in which they find themselves. Before they know it, they get galvanized or pulverized in the milieus quicksand and are stuck, unable to pull themselves out or are crushed underneath it's weight. But that does not have to be the case. George Barna's Futurecast helps all of us have an astute, deep and detailed view of what is going on with society, church, family, religion, faith education, books, music, technology and a host of other important topics and dynamics which when realized can help the church be pro-active and astutely Christ-active in the world, particularly our Western society. I want to be a church leader who takes seriously the research that Barna presents. I don't want to rely on the wisdom that God gave me for yesterday's challenges and adventures, I want to rely on "the now wisdom". The kind of wisdom that helps to foster creative, passionate, missional and Pneuma filled/inspired church environments that change ourselves and the world we live in. We can redirect trends that we find to be destructive and beautifully create trends that are Christ-conscious and constructive. Barna asks a poignant question: "There are three types of people when it comes to the future: those who will watch what happens, those who will make it happen, and those who will wonder what happened. WHICH ONE WILL YOU BE?" Tyndale House Publishers has provided me a review copy of this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2011
Futurecast, by George Barna, is a book describing his lastest research on American trends related to religion, technology, family, and values. Barna wrote it to encourage Americans (specifically Christian Americans), to hear "reality" and then to live the change that they would like to see.
This book is heavy on the research findings, and if you are unaware of what is going on in the above categories of American life, it may be quite useful. If you don't put a lot of stock in statistics, don't read this book. I found that by simply talking with people and being a careful observer of life, I could have come up with these conclusions myself. Some people need statistical data to validate their everyday life, so if you work with people where this is the case (or are one of those people), this could be a handy book for you to use as a reference tool.
A few of his findings were surprising, one of them being that couples who co-habitate before marriage are no longer any more likely to divorce than couples who do not!
I enjoyed Barna's sentiment with the book, and I think the points outside of his statistical reporting could have been written in a short online article. This isn't a book that I would really recommend to friends.
Thanks, Tyndale House, for providing me this book for free to review-- and allowing me to express my authentic thoughts!
Posted September 13, 2011
I really enjoy the multitude of facts about the world we live in today. A number of them you understand instinctively but there are others that are a total surprise. I enjoyed it because I do beleive that if we arm ourselves with facts then when we have conversations with others we are not debating conflicting opionions but the truth as described in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2011
It has been said that they only constant in life is change. Regardless of how much we like, or dislike the present way of life, the future will look nothing like it. In George Barna's latest book "FutureCast; What Today's Trends Mean For Tomorrow's World", he shows us how current trends in areas such as lifestyle, family, media, religion, faith, and economy will affect our future. Barna, founder of the Barna Research Group, has compiled extensive research on factors and trends in today's society and organized them in an effective and easy-to-understand manner. Barna says that there are three kinds of people when it comes to the future: those who will watch what happens, those who will make it happen, and those who will wonder what happened. I appreciated the breakdown of this book. In each chapter, Barna gives the research that reflects today's trends. At the conclusion of each chapter, there is a section which forecasts what is likely to happen in the future. I was surprised by a lot in this book. I was also discourage by a lot of what I read. Between the facts and figures and the future forecasts in areas such as marriage and institutional religion, it is clear the evangelical community has many challenges ahead. As a pastor, I found the chapters on faith and religion the most insightful and helpful. It has also been said that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. FutureCast helps to make sense of why things are the way they are and how to prepare for the years to come. I recommend this book for all church leaders in order to better prepare for future ministry I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2011
I despise our current culture's mantra "It is what it is." It's like throwing your hands in the area and saying "whatever". It's an excuse to do nothing and just accept the world as it is. Perhaps sometimes this is an appropriate response, but it's never the place to end. It can be the beginning point for moving forward. George Barna, renowned researcher and founder of a leading research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture, explains there are three types of people: 1) those who will watch what happens, 2) those who will make it happen, and 3) those who will wonder what happened. In his book Futurecast: What Today's Trends Mean for Tomorrow's World, he challenges the reader to understand the societal changes in our world of readily-accessible information at the touch of a finger and to decide which type of person you will be. In this book, Barna explores American trends in the areas of lifestyles, hopes and aspirations, family life, relationships, attitudes and values, media and entertainment, technology, religious beliefs and behavior, churches, and demographics. Using statistics from his research, he explains what is happening in various aspects of each of these areas and then reflects on what this means for the Christian. I loved Barna's discussion on the trend toward mediocrity, but my favorite chapter in the book was the last one in which he explains how we can redirect these trends. However, this chapter was much too short - I wanted to read more! While the statistics could easily plummet you into depression, the author offers encouragement by suggesting that we allow God to transform us through a dynamic relationship with Him instead of the world, a starting point for impacting the world for Him. If you are interested in the current trends of our culture and how they may possibly shape the future through a Christian perspective, this book is a good read. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Tyndale House.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2011
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