Don’t waste your time on Revolution. I ordered it in for our library based upon the recommendation of a friend, but now regret that we spent money on this book.
Briefly, here are my problems with it.
Barna uses 160 pages to say what he could have said in 16 pages (or less).
It doesn’t say anything new. There are tens of thousands of voices out there right now shouting that the worldview, if not the world, has changed and the church must change with it.
Not only does Revolution not say anything new, it doesn’t say it in an interesting fashion.
And finally, I think he actually advocates a view of the church that is not consistent with the Scriptures. I’m not claiming that Barna is a heretic, just that he is teaching heresy. He really needed to consider a Biblical verse or two about ecclesiology before he undertook to write this book.
The short of it is this, Barna writes that the Baby Busters and Mosaics have opted for a man-centered emphasis upon “relevance” rather than the man-centered emphasis upon “excellence” which the Boomers adhered to. To Barna, this means we must cater to the new narcissism rather than the old narcissism. No thanks.