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Book Review – America at the Crossroads by George Barna

October 11, 2016

Undoubtedly, George Barna is the most respected evangelical pollster of the last 40 years. His newest work, America at the Crossroads (Baker 2016) surveys various areas of life in the USA and attempts to identify the larger underlying trends that are emerging and will have significant impact on the next few years of life in America. As usual, Barna also identifies the similarities and differences in these same areas of life for Christians.

Obviously, Barna’s research methodology and assessments are solid and accurate. He’s a professional and his expertise and orderly summary of the relevant data is informative. His comparison of “Christian” data to the general population is beneficial and his general analysis is fair. Likewise, he offers valuable generational comparisons, especially in matters relating to faith and spirituality. There were a few places where analyzing subsection of these two comparisons groups would have been informative (ie. generational data and “faith” matters would have been beneficially contrasted in analysis of political data, views on retirement & future outlook).

Interestingly, Barna takes a dramatic change of tone in the final chapter from the informative data presentation & analysis to the preacher, exhorting the reader to consider necessary macro changes through self-evaluation and spiritual re-commitment. It was a challenging, biblical response offered with a pastoral heart.

Although this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read by George Barna, he provides the reader with accurate and up-to-date information with solid observations.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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