Friday, August 10, 2012

Futurecast by George Barna

From the Back of the Book:

The world and culture are changing at a pace beyond anything ever seen in history. But where will all these changes lead? What’s in store for our government, economy, families, and churches? Between the Internet and other news media, we’re getting a lot of opinions, but the challenge is finding accurate facts that give us a real sense of what’s happening—and what’s likely to come. In Futurecast, bestselling author and renowned researcher George Barna presents a timely look at the world we’re creating every day, and offers solid data to show the path our country is on and the emerging trends that will shape our world—and change each of our lives.

My Thoughts:

Normally, a book on statistics would be dry as dirt, but George Barna writes with wit and insight that make "Futurecast" enjoyable reading.  Rather than just list numbers, Mr. Barna has a knack for putting them in perspective without putting a spin on them at the same time.

He analyzes data about our current lifestyles, how the media interacts with us and how we interact with the media,  and current trends in family life.  Mr. Barna also takes a closer look at how we live out the faith we claim to have and the future for organized religion.

I think I most appreciated his lack of doom and gloom throughout the book.  Yes, some of the statistics he references seem pretty bleak, but throughout "Futurecast" Mr. Barna reminds us that this isn't prophecy.  It's prediction, and there is a vast difference between the two.

Just because it looks like the family structure is shaky doesn't mean it has to be that way.  And maybe today's American Christian doesn't live out his/her faith like people did 50 years ago...doesn't mean things can't change. 

If you want to get a good grasp on our society and her trends, pick up a copy of "Futurecast" and see just where we might be heading...and see where you might be able to change our course!  I received an advance copy via NetGalley from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

"Futurecast" is not necessarily 'light' reading...but recommended!

Happy Reading!



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