Book Review: Revolution

Bob FranquizUncategorized

141430758601_sclzzzzzzz_v57222004_ I just finished “Revolution” by George Barna. First, let me say that I appreciate George Barna and his organization for providing the church with much needed statistics that serve as the thermometer that gets stuck in the mouth of our culture. For that, we should all we thankful for the work these fine men and women do…

Now, to the book review. Quite honestly, I didn’t like the book. It was an easy read, which is the sign of a good writer. Yet I found myself struggling with the book’s content. George’s premise is that there are a growing number of people who are finding God and excelling spiritually apart from the church. He’s believes that in 20 years the church (as in the local church, not the capital “C” church) will be at least 30% smaller than it is now.

I have a few issues, but my biggest concern is: why is life outside of the church better for these revolutionary Christians? Secondly, how come I have never met one of these people? Every person I meet that professes the name of Jesus and isn’t part of a local church isn’t doing well. In my experience, this is running close to 100%. So the thought that this book is going to encourage people to not engage in being a part of a local church seems irresponsible.

Also, George makes several points about how technology makes it easier for people to grow spiritually outside of the church. Two thoughts: #1 – where are most of these spiritual materials being produced? In the local church. #2 – Technological advancements only increase the need for us to be in community in a local church.

There’s a lot more to be said, but I’m going to cut it here because I hate reading long posts as much as you do. So I’m giving the book 2 stars. There is some good content in the book about culture that is worth picking the book up and giving it a quick read. Eat the meat and spit out the bones…