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From the Author

Bob Briner is the president of ProServ Television and the author of The Management Methods of Jesus, Roaring Lambs and Lambs Among Wolves. He has won the coveted Emmy Award for his television work and is one of the leaders in sports marketing and television. Briner and his wife live in Greenville, Illinois. They are the parents of three adult children

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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 an Emmy Award-winning television producer. It takes you into the work world strategies anyone can use. There's also a useful discussion guide that will help you and your friends put shoe leather to your faith. Bob Briner's greatest legacy may well be the way in which, through his own courageous roam, he helped countless Christians discover theirs. John their ranks. Roar with conviction -- and change your world!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310591112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310591115
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Christians seem so often to create their own sub-culture of culture--Christian music, Christian books, etc. Briner exhorts people of faith to produce their very best work to the glory of God, but in the mainstream where everyone can be impacted. As a Christian and an artist who tries (sometimes with more success than others) to combine serving God and creating art, this book really inspired me to keep striving to do and be my best.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brandt on July 25, 2000
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I have never found a more helpful book than Roaring Lambs in providing a purpose for a Christian who wants to impact the world for Christ. Briner writes to guide and encourage Christian artists who want to impact their contemporaries with God honoring music, theater, art, movies, etc. BUT, he emphasizes sharing your gifts with the world. Do not stay in the cozy, protective Christian sub-culture, but let your peers admire your skill. Venture into your cities and share your performances and creations. Offer an alternative to the world with the gifts God has given you.
If you want a book that adds fire to the protests, boycotts, and score keeping that some Christians partake in.... THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU! This book will show you were Christians have dropped the ball in areas of literature, movies, TV, journalism, etc. AND give you great ideas to change these mediums by asking you to get involved and provide God honoring alternatives.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on July 14, 2001
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"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.''" (Matthew 28:18-20)
The late Bob Briner's "Roaring Lambs" is a book that should be necessary reading for any Christian seeking to fulfill the Great Commission in contemporary America.
"Roaring Lambs" focuses on our calling to fulfill the Lord's commission; specifically by being salt and light in our culture. Briner firmly but lovingly condemns the "ghetto" that many Christians have created for themselves by withdrawing into their own subculture. He states:
"We feel we are making a difference because we are so important to ourselves. We have created a phenomenal subculture with our own media, entertainment, educational system, and political hierarchy so that we have a sense that we're doing a lot. But what we've really done is create a ghetto that is easily dismissed by the rest of society."
Briner sums up the problem this way: "Culturally, we are lambs. Meek, lowly, easily dismissed cuddly creatures that are fun to watch but never a threat to the status quo."
Thankfully, Briner does not argue that we should mindlessly lob grenades at society from within the safety of the ghetto's walls--far too many do that already. Instead, Briner states that we must engage in the discourse of our culture. Christians must involve themselves in the culture shaping arenas of art, entertainment, the media and education. In short:
"It is time for the lambs to roar.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Erisman on July 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Bob Briner writes a book that needs to be read by everyone who wants to live out their Faith in the world. Churches, which are known for supporting the mission trips of members, all but ignore the opportunity to make a difference in key areas of our culture. It's not limited to churches, Christian universities and colleges are neither leading the charge in key areas such as journalism, film, arts, and music, or even equipping others to do so.

The basic premise of this book is that we are called to be "salt and light" in the world, and are instead often just sitting on the sidelines having abandoned the opportunity for a spiritual influence in music, films, TV, and the arts. The church has become nothing more than a sub culture producing work by us, for us, and to us. Little of this work transcends the boundary and makes its way into mainstream consciousness. This is not only a missed opportunity, but is directly opposed to what we are called to do.

The typical Christian reaction to Hollywood is to protest and speak out against some of the trash that is produced. While many of these films and TV shows are little more than advertisements for violence and moral depravity, and deserve the negative reactions they receive, where is the alternative? Where are the Christian men and women in Hollywood? Where are the films and TV shows that uplift family values and glorify God? While there are some examples, they are few and far between. The saying "nature abhors a vacuum" applies to the evil present in much of what Hollywood produces. When we abandon the culture we live in, and create our own separate subculture, the result is that the values shown in the films will be filled in by those whose own beliefs contradict the Gospel message of Love, Grace, and Hope.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
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Even though Mr. Briner's personal theology is a little conservative for me, his overall message is dead on. Christians can do much, much more by using their God-given talents to create beauty instead of screeching like lunatics, or worse, sticking their heads in the sand. I'm just sorry that his untimely death kept us from enjoying more from this good man.
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