George Barna’s new book, Think Like Jesus, is an intelligent, thorough and valuable resource for Christians who want to make the distinction between Christianity and Christ-likeness. Barna addresses the “internally inconsistent, morally vacuous, and intellectually threadbare” theology and ideology of many American Christians in terms a layman can grasp. Providing seven questions to reveal where your theology stands and point-by-point biblical evaluation of those seven questions, this book is a handy reference for any library.
Barna, president and founder of Barna Research Institute, concludes, “millions of—the data even suggests most—born-again Christians have not surrendered their life fully.” Rather than lament the sad state of the church, Barna presents a modern day Mere Christianity. Thoroughly cited scripture references allow the reader to evaluate the major points of Barna’s findings. While this book is hardly easy reading, it is not necessary to have a dictionary on hand; readers will be challenged to evaluate the truths they have come to embrace.
While the suggestion of church wide teaching of a biblical worldview seems ambitious, Barna recommends ways for individuals to hone their theology and lists existing resources to draw from. I recommend this book for anyone who is tired of playing church. Start living as the Body of Christ; this book is an excellent place to start. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book Previews.com
If you are like most Christians today, nobody has ever taught you how to develop a Scripture-based view of life and how to live consistently with that perspective. This book - the result of years of research and the author's own personal journey - presents a step-by-step program for making every choice consistent with God's principles and commands. George Barna looks at Jesus' life and uncovers seven characteristics of His worldview that define what Jesus believed and how He acted. He points out that while there are benefits from thinking and acting this way, we emulate Jesus becaues it is the right thing to do, not because of the positive outcomes. If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, what better way is there to express your love for God than to commit yourself to thinking like Jesus?