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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BarnaBooks; Later Printing edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414307586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414307589
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Millions of believers have stopped going to church...and chosen to be the church instead.

Research by renowned pollster George Barna points to a hidden Revolution—one that will impact every Christian believer in America. Millions of committed Christ-followers, dissatisfied with the church experience, have stopped attending on Sunday mornings. Why are they leaving? Where are they going? And what does this mean for the future of the church?

In this groundbreaking book, Barna examines the state of the church today—and compares it to the biblical picture of the church as God intended it to be. He documents how and why a new brand of devout “Revolutionaries” is abandoning the local church building while attempting to become the church that Christ commissioned us to be.

This Revolution will challenge you with

  • the straightforward biblical guidelines for the church
  • 7 core passions of a Revolutionary
  • a daring redefinition of the church as we know it.
Maybe you’re afraid of the changes to come. Maybe you’ve been waiting for this moment to arrive. Either way, the Revolution is here. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

George Barna is the founder and directing leader of The Barna Group, Ltd., a California-based company that offers primary research and strategic assistance related to cultural assessment and transformation, faith dynamics and leadership development. Barna's firm has worked with hundreds of clients since its inception in 1984, ranging from Disney, Prudential, Ford, and Visa to numerous churches and denominations, the Billy Graham Association, World Vision, Campus Crusade for Christ, Focus on the Family, Prison Fellowship, and American Bible Society. He writes the popular biweekly Barna Update regarding his current research related to faith and cultural dynamics, available at [].

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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 moral and spiritual transformation. Located in Ventura, California, The Barna Group provides primary research as well as developmental resources and analytic diagnostics. The company has served several hundred parachurch ministries and thousands of Christian churches throughout the country. It has also supplied research to for-profit corporations such as Ford Motor Company, The Walt Disney Company, Visa USA, and Prudential, and has assisted the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army as well.

To date, George Barna has written more than 40 books, predominantly in the areas of leadership, trends, spiritual development, and church health. Included among them are bestsellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, The Power of Vision, and Pagan Christianity? Several of his books have received national awards. He has also written for numerous periodicals and has published various syndicated reports on topics related to faith and lifestyle. He also writes a bimonthly research report, The Barna Update, which is accessed by hundreds of thousands of people through his firm's Web site ( His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. He has been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian church today" and is counted among its most influential leaders. In 2009, George initiated Metaformation, a new organization designed to help people maximize their potential. More information about his current projects is available from

Barna is a popular speaker at ministry conferences around the world and has taught at several universities and seminaries. He has served as a pastor of a large multiethnic church, has been involved in several church plants, and currently leads an organic church. He has served on the board of directors of various organizations. After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two master's degrees from Rutgers University. At Rutgers, he was awarded the Eagleton Fellowship. He also received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. He lives with his wife and their three daughters in Southern California. He enjoys spending time with his family, writing, reading novels, playing and listening to guitar, relaxing on the beach, visiting bookstores, and eating pizza.

Customer Reviews

Pagan christianity by George Barna is one of the worst, unbiblically balanced books I have read.
Eric B
He claims to have studied the scriptures on the subject but there is a glaring lack of any serious reference to what the biblical pattern for the church really is.
M. Fuller
This is a remarkable book that will encourage and inspire believers (whether outside the institutional church program or even still within).
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322 of 353 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Somehow, the other day, I happened to pick up a copy of George Barna's new book called Revolution. For those of you who are unfamiliar, George Barna is the founder of Barna Research Group (now called The Barna Group), which was created more than two decades ago with the intent to help ministries facilitate strategic decision-making. Much of this was accomplished through detailed statistical research provided by the Group. Over the course of that 20 years the Barna research team interviewed nearly a half million people in the course of hundreds of research studies, provided seminar-based training to leaders from more than 50,000 churches, produced more than 60 books and syndicated reports, and developed a website that provided free information to hundreds of thousands of people every month. Barna became one of the most (if not the most) trusted resource for church-related statistical research in the United States and has often been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian Church today"!

But, as I found out reading this book, a drastic change occurred in George Barna's life (about 2003) as a result of his countless hours of researching the effects of organized religion; he realized that very little actual life transformation appeared to be occurring in churched believers all over the country. Even worse, he realized that his own efforts in research were being used by pastors mostly for the purpose of seeking statistical evidence to support their teaching. To his surprise, however, the same research Barna had been conducting over the years led him to a discovery of the fact that God was moving in mighty ways OUTSIDE the four walls of the Institutional Church! In fact, Barna was so impacted by what he observed in the lives of "churchless" Christians all over the U.S.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ric Walston, PhD on June 14, 2006
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REVOLUTION is a call to honest Christian living, plain and simple. The issue of church decline (church with a little "c") is merely tangental to the real issue. Too many people who have reviewed this book have missed the point. Barna himself warns about this:

"Joining the Revolution does not mean forfeiting your congregational identity or church distinctives. It means acknowledging and advancing your bond with the universal Church and ratcheting up your commitment to serious Christianity. . . . Don't get sidetracked by the peripherals; focus on the devotion to God and the 24/7 lifestyle changes that drive such a ministry" (p. 136).

Barna calls all Christians--in and outside of local churches--to live as Revolutionary Christians, i.e., those who live "only to love, obey, and serve God, rejecting and overcoming every obstacle that emerges to prevent such a life" (p. 17).

He says, in essence, that if for some people the local church is more of an obstacle than a benefit to such a life before God, then as Revolutionary Christians, they will reject and overcome the lifeless ritual of their particular church attendance. He says, "They have no use for churches that play religious games, whether those games are worship services that drone on without the presence of God or ministry programs that bear no spiritual fruit" (p. 13).

In REVOLUTION, Barna is certainly not calling for a wholesale exodus from the local church. He is saying that his research leads him to believe that more and more Christians who want a living and active spiritual life with Jesus Christ and who are not finding it within a local church are going to live their Christ-centered, spiritual lives outside the church local, but never outside the Church universal.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Wagner on August 5, 2006
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First of all, Barna's style is not what I would recommend to the average Joe poking around for something to read besides his comic books. At times Barna's sentence structure is fairly complex, he has a large vocabulary, and a lot of the ideas he discusses are based on quite a bit of statistical analysis that he has attempted to (for the most part succeeded) break down to support his points. As an avid reader, I found all of these aspects enjoyable rather than challenging; I think that Barna's notions are things that all people would benefit from considering, but the writing style could get in the way for some. That should not stop anyone from picking it up and trying though, because the ideas are well worth it--I would hate to underestimate anyone! :)

The ideas George Barna presents in this book may be seen by some as too radical and/or unbiblical. That objection is due mainly to the fact that he challenges the traditional organization of congregation and fellowship among Christians, and he specifically addresses that particular type of criticism. With some flexibility and willingness to explore ideas, however, I hope that most who read this book could gain a lot of insight into the current dynamics of Christianity and the church structure as a whole.

It would be a mistake to read this book and assume that Barna has made a complete call to action. Indeed, he does admittedly promote the idea of being "revolutionary," however, much of what he has to say merely paints a picture of what is going on in the church right now. It is a "state of the union" address of sorts, discussing various maladies in the church.
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