Barna Group & Zondervan Announce 10th Frame Author

New Voice Will Address American Narcissism

BarnaFramesChris Travis, a New York-based writer and pastor, has been selected to write the 10th FRAME, the next entry in the new  FRAMES series launched on January 7, 2014, by Barna Group research firm and Zondervan. Travis will address the epidemic of narcissism in Lovers of Themselves: The Rise of American Narcissism, in a minibook to be released later this year.

The FRAMES platform addresses critical trends of the day in what will be an annual series combining softcover minibooks, ebooks, DVDs, infographics, digital and social elements, and live events. David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, calls cultural analysis “the new apologetic.” He designed FRAMES to equip people to think differently about their lives in the midst of a digital-Babylon-like world. Each FRAME tackles a trend on which the church is called to speak prophetically, written by passionate, informed people who offer a fresh perspective. Each one includes major new research from Barna Group.

Travis joins the impressive roster of writers, thinkers, pastors, and activists who wrote the first nine FRAMES, such as Kinnaman, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Bob Goff, Nicole Baker Fulgham, Jun Young, and Jon Tyson, and others. All of the FRAMES authors will participate in a live event in Los Angeles on January 29. See www.BarnaFrames.com for more information.

Travis will offer “a life-giving response to the life-killing trend” of narcissism, which he says has left many people feeling unfulfilled, directionless, and lonely. “Many miss out on the best pleasures life has to offer. I don’t think we need to get over ourselves and stop having such a good time. We need to get over ourselves and start enjoying a real life,” he wrote in his winning essay.

“When I heard that I won the contest to write the 10th FRAME, I was elated,” Travis says. “Then I thought about the size of the task: gulp. Now, having collected myself, I’m ready to get to work.”

FRAMES is committed to identifying new voices to lead conversations. Like Travis, those voices will be highlighted in the 10th FRAME in forthcoming series. “It’s especially exciting to be building a platform to help new and aspiring authors contribute to the shaping of culture,” said Chip Brown, senior vice-president and publisher at Zondervan.

Chris Travis is the pastor of Everyday Church (everydaycc.com), a new church plant in New York, and the author of Insignificant: Why You Matter In the Surprising Way God is Changing the World. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Lindsay and an overweight cat named Coco. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisTravisNYC.

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David Kinnaman is President of Barna Group, a research company located in Ventura, CA. Kinnaman has designed and analyzed hundreds of market research projects, and has overseen 86 nationwide studies on matters of faith, spirituality, public opinion, political attitudes, and cultural dynamics. This body of public opinion research is frequently quoted in major media outlets such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Kinnaman is author of You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith and coauthor of the best-selling book unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity. He speaks often on trends, vocation, leadership, and generations.

About Zondervan
Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

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