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Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  35 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
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Published January 24th 1995 by Zondervan (first published March 1st 1993)
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Hillary
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Kate Padilla
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah Wolfe
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alex Seals
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Cindy
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, audiobook
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.
Jamie
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: community
An excellent book. Bob Briner’s Roaring Lambs is convicting and a call to action for the church. The book is slightly dated, published in 1993, and so are the references at times (movies coming out on tape). But the central argument and point of the book is that all Christians have been called to be salt and light, preserving a dying world. Briner contends (and I agree) that Christians have abdicated our position to do influence culture and to act as salt in a dying world. Where are Christians i ...more
Karen
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This isn't my first time through this book, so I knew what I was going to encounter. That probably decreased my appreciation of it because there weren't "Oh wow!" or "Eureka!" moments. It is a good book that deals with an issue that concerns me: the lack of vision of Christians. As I try to figure out what to do with this stage of my life, this is an idea I feel the need to consider deeply. He writes about a number of potential spheres of influence, and I should make a list of my spheres and mak ...more
David Acuff
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great read, especially for faith-based filmmakers who aren't happy with the status quo of current "church movies" and want to achieve high art and global impact. This book challenges you to get out of what he coins "the Christian ghetto" and back out into society and culture where we belong to impact on a level deserving of the Creator of the Universe. Art used to do that, you know. The Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo's "David" statue. These things used to awe and inspire. Now we get a "G ...more
Tony
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, Roaring Lambs is a call for Christians to get out of their own subculture and to start influencing the world in tv/film, sports, music, art, and writing. Briner calls for the Church (the Body of Christ) to raise up and support talented Christian writers, artists, and musicians rather than limit their resources on only those going into ministry. Published in 1993, there are a lot of cultural references to the 70s and 80s, but the ideas Briner presents can still be applied to the Church ...more
Courtney May
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in college and it changed my perspective on what it looks like to be a Christian in the modern world providing a perspective on Christians that I'd always thought about, but never seen put into words. He highlighted the importance of Christians outside of the traditional view of working as a missionary or for the church and the impact that can be made by just being you...ironically, as I've developed in my faith, I had no idea how this book shaped so much of how I feel now, year ...more
Jessica Tanoesoedibjo
A good reminder of the call of the Gospel to bring the Truth about Christ to all the world. Particularly speaks to those in the fields of media/communication, especially as it has, in the past, often been condemned by the church. Perhaps it would be good to read this with a grain of salt -- to recall that though there is a call to faithful witness, Jesus never calls us to "make an impact" in the world.
Claudine Tan
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I agree with alot of what Bob says. It's time to roar in our respective fields and spheres to spread the message of love, hope, peace, joy and reconciliation and be the salt and the light of the world.
John Dembeck
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little dated, but makes strong points about being salt in the world.
Sarah
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Melinda
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Erica
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sean Higgins
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, education, culture, art
A friend recommended this book to me a few months ago and it really was worthwhile. It was first published in 1993, so there are more chapters that could be added now, but I appreciated Briner's encouragement for Christians to get out of boycotting and grumbling and into screenwriting (for movies and TV) as well as into journalism and other writing endeavors, along with visual arts and higher education. The biggest weakness, in my opinion, is that Briner doesn't root his exhortations in the deep ...more
Stacie Morgan
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Laurie
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
John
Jul 13, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Craig
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 G
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Wassenario
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Melissa
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are not a follower of Jesus, this book will make no sense to you. For those who are, this should be a wake up call for what "being salt" really means as it relates to culture, media and the local church. I feel convicted to change my behavior based on thus book.
Bradly J
Apr 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every Christian should read this book!
Jonathan
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A practical, well written challenge to let your faith impact your life, your real life, and the lives of others.
Jennifer
Jun 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Gail
Sep 30, 2008 rated it liked it
A great challenge to be an influencer of culture from within.
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