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Futurecast: What Today's Trends Mean for Tomorro's World

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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 ...more
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Ethan
We live in changing times. What does it all mean? How far have we come? All of these questions ultimately lead to a rather big question: where is it all headed?

Even in seemingly less transitional periods in history, mankind has always sought to know what will happen in the future. While it is foolish to attempt to make grand declarations about the nature of the future, it is possible to get a glimpse of what might be based upon current trends-- and this is what George Barna attempts to do in Fut
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Matthew
Jun 15, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it
I’m a pretty skeptical person when it comes to statistics and research. It’s simply far too easy to make unsubstantiated claims, falsely attach causality when it might not exist, and simply ask confusing questions that don’t really lead to any solid conclusions from the results. Despite all this, I do tend to think there is value in much of the research being done to identify trends (especially spiritual trends), but the value must be reality-checked and taken simply for what it is.

That’s the pe
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Tina
Jun 18, 2011 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
What has happened to morality in our culture? In Futurecast, Barna asks this question and discusses changes in family life, religious beliefs, technology and our behavior. We have become a ‘whatever’ generation that isn’t always concerned with gaining real wisdom. We change our values without thinking of the implications. The media is becoming even more influential in our lives, which obviously, is not necessarily a good thing.

The trends in Barna’s book are somewhat discouraging. (I was especial
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Rya Jones
Sep 08, 2012 Rya Jones rated it really liked it
This is the latest of George Barna's books that report and analyze major trends in America. I think he comes out with a new one about every five years or so. Barna has some strange views on the nature of the church, which he continues to promote here, namely that the institutional church is in decline and that house churches are the up-and-coming thing. The point is much more muted in this book however. In fact, most of the book would be relevant for anyone interested in America's trends, not ju ...more
Brent MacDonald
Not a particularly compelling read, but well presented information on trends from a reliable gleaner. Barna has some good insights into the present and future of America. As a Canadian, not all information provided translates seamlessly to my cultural experience, but enough does to make it certainly worth the read. A wake-up call to the Christian community.
Michael Vincent
Barna comes through again giving many relevant statistics to help us understand our culture and the church. Throughout the book he also challenges us to take the information and make a difference in our culture, especially through making decisions that will change our own lives.
John
Aug 25, 2013 John rated it liked it
George Barna lives in Ventura ,California, and this book does what the cover says, " Extensive new research on how our behaviours, attitudes and beliefs are shaping our future-and what we can do about it". It contains survey data and commentary from the States on core beliefs and attitudes, but it isn't immediately obvious that this is from an evangelical Christian view, and that this is more geared towards the leadership of mega churches than companies. It is less good at the prescription for t ...more
Lisa Cherry
Mar 06, 2014 Lisa Cherry rated it it was amazing
This book really opened my eyes to the shift taking place in our nation.
Janet
Jul 27, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
An adequate forcast of what is happening in our society concerning morality,or lack there of and where it is leading us to with all the new technologies and less desire to obtain REAL knowledge.A great read!
Brian Morin
Oct 06, 2011 Brian Morin rated it it was amazing
Great, full of statistics that are a little scary and a little telling. I actually got a much more positive view of the state of the Christian faith in the US than I expected...
Byron Harrison
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George Barna was raised and educated on the East Coast before moving to California in the early 1980s. He held executive positions in advertising, public policy, political campaigns, and media/marketing research before beginning his own company, the Barna Research Group (now The Barna Group), in 1984. The firm analyzes American culture and creates resources and experiences designed to facilitate m ...more
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