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Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  313 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Bob Briner would have told you, "Absolutely!" Roaring Lambs is Briner's manifesto of our proper stance regarding the "culture-shaping arena." Christians can and ought to be the movers and shakers of social change -- "roaring lambs" who infiltrate and make an impact on their workplace and world with their faith. Roaring Lambs was written from Briner's personal experience as ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 24th 1995 by Zondervan (first published March 1st 1993)
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Kate Padilla
I had read this years ago, and really connected with it then. I enjoyed it again this time around, and I really thought his message was strong and compelling. The only critique I have of it, however, is that I feel his views of culture as black or white. Either it is "Christian" or it is anti-Christian. There is no message about working within mainstream culture--in film, sports, arts, music, or literature--and not professing a strong Christian, or moral, message. I wonder how Briner would respo ...more
I hadn't realized until reading this that in the second half of the 20th century, when this author was working before writing this book (published in the late 80s-early 90s), many churches assumed that pastors were serving God and those who were "just members" weren't as vital to teaching the gospel of Christ. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had never ever been told there was any difference; I was taught that everyone, from the child just learning to pray, to th ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Sarah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mark, Jill, Tim
His thesis is clear but his point could have been made in a short article than in a book. The repetition is tiring. He has excellent ideas and provides inspiring examples of how his ideals for Christians to make a difference in our larger culture (especially in the arenas of television, literature, the visual arts, and academia) have been put into place. I agree with his premise that Christians should not waste their time fighting corruption in these spheres, but rather creating enriching, redem ...more
The premise of this book is one that many Christians need to hear: Christians are to be salt and light to a dying world. Thus they should not cloister themselves into purely "Christian" arenas, but engage the wider culture with excellence in their fields combined with passion for Christ. Briner, a sports journalist, argues that Christians should be roaring lambs--strong people of faith who demonstrate their love for Christ in their words and actions. Christians ought to develop their talents in ...more
I fear writing a review, because I worry that it will not impress people enough to read this book, and this is a must-read for all Christians. In it, Briner discusses the commands to be light and salt in the world and practically applies this concept to positions of cultural influence such as those in the industries of film, television, music, art, politics, and journalism. He challenges believers to engage culture through excellent work in mainstream media, providing positive, truth-based, God- ...more
Stacie Morgan
This was a good book though I was hoping for something not quite so broad. Even so, the author succeeded in prompting me, as a reader/Christian, to want to do something about changing the way we view the efficacy of the arts, media, televsion, education system and movies. It also helped me see that to really make a difference in these areas, Christians should offer a POSITIVE alternative to the junk oftentimes put out by these culture-shapers. Instead of protesting, criticizing or boycotting we ...more
Sarah Fowler
A practical call to action to Christians that we live our faith out loud in whatever profession God has called us to. I found the concepts to be rather elementary, but I realize there are many churches that do not encourage their members to do this as they ought.
It was nice for me to read through each chapter and be reminded of friends of mine who are "roaring lambs" in academia, visual arts, cinema, etc.
Probably a good book to gift to a new Christian or anyone who doesn't realize God calls us
Jun 19, 2011 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cindy by: Layne Lebo
Shelves: christian-living
Focusing on the Matthew passage about being salt, this book challenges Christians to get out there and do just that. He got a bit redundant and seemed somewhat narrowminded in his examples (I would add many, many more professions where we can be salt) but the challenge remains the same. It was a good reminder to encourage our youth in whatever areas they have been gifted, to be a roaring lamb.
John Martindale
The main message of this book is that its better to light a candle then to curse the darkness and that salt is worthless if its not placed where it is needed. Briner implores Christians to enter, with quality and excellence, into the 'secular' realm of art, media, literature and education, in hopes of being salt and light where it is most needed.
Aug 29, 2007 Laurie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who want to make a difference
We just finished this book last night for Growth Group. It's inspiring in that it really makes you think "yeah, I could do that." It's all about using our creative energies to produce movies, books, TV shows, etc. that are positive alternatives to what is already being put out there. It's how we as Christians can make an impact on popular culture.
Aug 17, 2008 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to John by: John Gillespie
Rated: C

Bob Briner was a lamb that roared -- a professional in sports and sports management / television who was bold in his faith in a constructive way. The book calls for other followers of Jesus Christ to offer positive alternatives rather than simple negatively attacking various media outlets (film, TV, arts, etc.)
Kathleen Tallent
I read this in college and loved it. It helped to lay the foundation for my view on the professional world. In everything, strive for excellence and make a difference no matter what your field of work. It also changed the way I view different forms of media. I'm looking for the movers and the changers in our society.
Alex Seals
I was assigned this book for class, but we did not have to read the whole thing. I went back and read it, and it has some good points. Christian involvement in the media is scarce, but when they are there, it is a good thing. Christians need to influence every area of culture, as this book points out.
The late Robert Briner was an Emmy winning TV producer, a pioneer in professional sports management, and a modern-day prophet, in my humble opinion. I love the message of this book: stop the ridiculous boycotts and be salt and light, like Jesus said!
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
Amazing book and very motivating for any Christian involved in academia or the arts. I was challenged to stop just complaining about aspects of culture I don't appreciate and to create and support popular culture that is spiritually based.
Picked it up solely for the title. Good book for anyone interested in the arts/media/entertainment and how Christians can function there. Not a huge fan personally. Mostly because it didn't scratch my itch.
Christopher M.
Probably not the most well-written book I've read, but it addresses the topic of redeeming culture from the inside. Interesting, and a lot of good, practical application.
I loved the point of the book, and I believe every Christian should read it. It changed how I think about my walk. The downside is that it's not the most well-written book.
Brandon Barnes
While I didn't agree with everything, I found this book to thought provoking - especially considering when it was written.
A practical, well written challenge to let your faith impact your life, your real life, and the lives of others.
A great challenge to be an influencer of culture from within.
Inspiring. Exceedingly motivational.
Bradly J
Every Christian should read this book!
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