Book Review: America At The Crossroads: Explosive trends shaping America’s future and what you can do about it, by George Barna
I have often turned to the Barna Organization for insights on trends in culture. They provide snapshots of what our country thinks and does regarding various aspects of life and culture. Barna’s most recent research is now compiled in book form in America At The Crossroads: Explosive trends shaping America’s future and what you can do about it.
The focus of the book is on helping Christ followers realize that “discovering and understanding cultural trends is both an assignment and a gift from God.” Like the men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32), “the key is not to simply know what is coming but to determine how to most intelligently and strategically respond to emerging circumstances.”
Barna divides his book into four parts. Each part contains several chapters. Each chapter follows a similar format—a Summary of the research, Key Facts which includes charts and bullet points of the findings, and then an Outlook and Interpretation where he explains the significance of details. Part 1 discusses “Faith and Spirituality.” Part 2 looks at “Government and Politics.” Part 3 focuses on “Lifestyles and Perspectives.” Part 4 is on “Standing at the Crossroads” where he lays out an action plan of how we should respond.
The author is candid is admitting that the research does not paint a pretty or uplifting picture. “For those of us who aspire to be Christlike, it is outright embarrassing and heartbreaking.” That being said, Barna believes that our nation can be restored, but only by God.
So, the initial course of action we must take—our emphasis on commitment and wisdom-driven action—must be to ascertain God’s unique vision for us, to understand how that intersects His vision for His people, and to allow the Lord to transform us into the people He made us to be, people who will transform society by loving other people into His presence and ways.
Like all of Barna’s work, the book is insightful and thought provoking. You won’t agree with all of his conclusions, but he will cause you to think.
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