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The next American spirituality : finding God in the twenty-first century
Gallup, George, 1930-2011.
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Colorado Springs, Colo. : Cook Communications, 2000.
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205 pages ; 24 cm
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On the edge of a new millennium, America's leading pollster and a committed believer himself digs into our resurgent hunger for God and what it signifies; then turns his gaze toward what the future may hold. Based on a twenty-four-hour survey of our spiritual habits, this book is rich with revealing glimpses of real Americans, young and old, male and female, racially diverse, churchgoers and not. The findings hold life-shaking potential for anyone who has wondered what to expect on the religious landscape in years to come.

* Groundbreaking analysis of "the faith factor" in America

* Paints a vivid picture of where our nation stands in its faith

* Gives practical ideas for families and churches

* A must-read for pastors, parents, teachers, leaders, and other people of influence

"Few people know the spiritual profile of America better than George Gallup, Jr. In this book written with Timothy Jones, Gallup reveals the spiritual challenges facing Christians in the new century. It is information vital to the church if we are to properly and powerfully challenge new heresies and take advantage of new opportunities to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
--Cal Thomas, Syndicated columnist

"Speculation about the future without prophetic credentials is an occupation fraught with danger. While such volumes abound, only occasionally does a volume like The Next American Spirituality by George Gallup, Jr. and Timothy Jones arrive on my desk. More than a mere survey, this volume probes the depths of the American scene and forecasts with what I believe to be remarkable accuracy the spiritual landscape for the twenty-first century. This is one book every pastor serious about growing a great church must read."
--Paige Patterson, President, Southern Baptist Convention


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Publisher's Weekly Review

George Gallup Jr. uses data from his famous polls to analyze the condition and future of spirituality in America, particularly in terms of evangelical Christianity. Gallup quizzes respondents in some detail about what religious activities (prayer, religiously motivated charitable work, Bible study, etc.) they participated in within the previous twenty-four hours. Gallup uses the polling statistics to consider potential benefits and dangers of current trends. For example, he concludes that widespread spiritual searching provides opportunities for Christians to present their faith, but a tendency to adopt a "salad bar" attitude toward religious practices weakens orthodoxy. Gallup discovers that although most Christians pray and use the Bible for devotions, there is widespread biblical and theological illiteracy. Gallup is tentative about projecting into the future but does advise churches to overtly emphasize Bible stories. Several thought-provoking chapters address Christians' efforts in the areas of serving the needy, developing spirituality and reaching out evangelistically. Another chapter discusses some demographic groups of Christians with special potential to influence society: African-American churches, young people and the "pre-retired." Given the weight of opinion polls in public debate, Gallup's figures and analyses are worthwhile reading for Christians and those who observe the American religious scene. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 13
Chapter 1 America's Epic Soul Questp. 21
Chapter 2 The New Spiritualityp. 41
Chapter 3 A Day in the Life: How Americans Talk with Godp. 65
Chapter 4 A Day in the Life: How Americans Need and Help Othersp. 89
Chapter 5 Three Groups to Watchp. 107
Chapter 6 What Should We Do?: Working Spirituality Down Deepp. 125
Chapter 7 Where Should We Go?: Reaching Beyond Our Wallsp. 153
Chapter 8 What Is to Come?: Questions for Godp. 171
Appendix 1 Fast Facts about America's Spiritualityp. 177
Appendix 2 The Twenty-four-Hour Spiritual Practice Surveyp. 183
Endnotesp. 197