Futurecast: What Today's Trends Mean for Tomorrow's World by George Barna is informative and interesting. Barna summarizes data from surveys of Americans regarding various topics. His compilations provide interesting and important information for Christians, the Church, and anyone concerned about our society and nation. Impressive (and somewhat discouraging) are the changes Barna notes in attitudes and beliefs among Americans even from just 20 years ago. I appreciated the reading, even though I found much of it disturbing simply because of the results Barna uncovers.
I especially appreciate Barna's conclusion in each chapter and in the book overall. While much of the content is discouraging as Barna seems to reveal the disinegration of morality, family, and even the Church as we know it, Barna concludes chapter on a note of hope. He not only realizes that there is hope, but he encourages the reader to do his part in fulfilling that hope and passing it on. The final chapter, likewise, is encouraging among the disheartening statistics throughout the book.
This book is excellent reading for any Christian concerned with our nation's future and with the Church's future. Barna's survey data are eye-opening and action-inspiring! I highly recommend this book!!
Thanks to Tyndale for providing it to me for purpose of review!
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.
FutureCast, by George Barna gives us an eye opening glimpse of what the future holds for us all.
What's in store for our families, the economy, churches, and government? What emerging trends will shape our lives?
As we move forward at breakneck speed, privvy to more information from a wider variety of sources than ever before....What is this doing to our faith in God? To our families and our values?
Population growth factors, lack of faith, fewer success marriages and more individuals opting out of the marriage covenant itself. How can we understand and combat all of this wen we move more and more towards being a nation in which all is relative; in which there is an "expert" for all things to be far more esteemed than one with merely passion and participation.
This is one book everyone must read! If you have any doubts about the damage that today's culture has on life - on the shaping of our beliefs and attitudes, be prepared to have the ground beneath your feet shaken. And learn what YOU can do about it now~!