LOS ANGELES, CA. – Author of The Church That Never Sleeps, Matthew Barnett presents his second book and accompanying audio CD with George Barna titled, The Cause within You, releasing from Tyndale House Publishers on February 1, 2011. Barnett believes that each of us has been created for a great cause and that we will never be truly fulfilled until we find and pursue it. In The Cause within You Barnett shares his journey to discovering the ultimate cause he was created for, founding the Los Angeles Dream Center which serves as a round the clock sanctuary for homeless families, addicts, abused women and children, victims of human trafficking, teen runaways and many others. Through his story and the stories of others whose lives have been transformed as a result, Barnett points the way for anyone searching for their ‘great cause’ and how they can use their life experiences, even the most difficult to fulfill it.
Throughout the book Barnett shares principles for finding the cause you were made for and serves as a guide in preparing for your cause, using your life experiences to further it, believing in it, not giving up despite opposition and finally, experiencing the rewards of a great cause.
The nine acre, 14 story Los Angeles Dream Center serves as a prime example of the rewards that humankind can reap from one person’s hard work and dedication to his cause. In the first four years that the Dream Center was founded the inner cities of Los Angeles experienced a dramatic revival as prostitution and gang violence dropped by 73%, homicide dropped by 28% and rape dropped by 53%. Both the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Council publicly acknowledge the direct impact of the Los Angeles Dream Center and praise its efforts.
Currently, more than 30,000 people come through the doors of The Los Angeles Dream Center each week to receive food, clothing, medical needs, rehabilitation and shelter. Each Thanksgiving 2,000 Turkeys are handed out, during Christmas 6,500 new bikes and toys are distributed, 2,00 backpacks filled with school supplies are given out for the back to school season, mobile food trucks hand out food to the hungry and mobile medical trucks offer treatment to those with no insurance or ways to get medical help.
In The Cause within You, Barnett writes, “A transforming cause is never about you—promoting yourself, achieving greater fame or fortune, experiencing more pleasure or comfort, amassing greater power. It is always about using the resources God has given you—skills, relationships, experiences, money, time, intelligence, and all the rest—to make a positive impact in the lives of others.”
Through his book, Barnett shares the shocking and inspirational stories of individuals who have come through the Los Angeles Dream Center, turned their lives around and found their great cause as a result. He writes about a forty-year-old man who was once the master of the largest prostitution, drug and gang ring in Los Angeles who now helps the government learn more about how to prevent crime, a middle-aged woman who has adopted over 15 special needs children who were abandoned at hospitals and a former prostitute who now speaks at pimp conventions to stop the cycle of the sex market among many other fascinating and brave individuals.
With steadfast determination and a burning desire to turn the poverty stricken streets of Los Angeles around, Matthew Barnett has turned the Los Angeles Dream Center into a nationwide movement with over 80 Dream Centers established across the country. Barnett has successfully made his dream into a reality and seeks to guide others to find the cause that will transform their lives and the lives around them.
About The Cause within You:
Page Count: 224
Street Date: February 11, 2010
ABOUT MATTHEW BARNETT
Matthew Barnett is cofounder (with his father, Pastor Tommy Barnett) of the Los Angeles Dream Center and senior pastor of the historic Angelus Temple. The Dream Center’s ministries reach more than 50,000 people each week through its multiple church services in addition to its 200 need-centered ministries. Mathew is the author of The Church That Never Sleeps and has been seen across the world through the church’s broadcast on TBN. He and his wife, Caroline, have two children, Mia Aimee and Caden West. They reside in Los Angeles. Visit www.matthewbarnett.com
ABOUT GEORGE BARNA
Founder of The Barna Group, the nation’s leading market research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture, Barna is the author of more than 45 books, including bestsellers such as The Frog in the Kettle, The Power of Vision, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, and Revolution. His books have won a variety of awards and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His internet reports and blogs have been read by several million people. The founder of Metaformation and also a founding director in the Strategenius Group, George lives with his wife and three daughters in Ventura, California. Visit www.georgebarna.com
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