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Turlock, Modesto prayer breakfasts coming

George Barna, author of more than 40 books about faith and culture, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday in Turlock.

The 16th annual event, from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m., will be at St. Addai Assyrian Church of the East's Larsa banquet hall, 2107 E. Monte Vista Ave.

Barna will speak on "Spiritual Revolution in America." A news release says church leaders will be challenged by his message, while others will be informed about the future of the Christian church or encouraged by his insights.

His books include "Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions," "The Frog in the Kettle" and "The Power of Values." Barna's most recent book is "Revolutionary Parenting." He also is the founder of the Barna Group, which offers research and leadership on cultural and religious issues.

"He's very interesting to talk to," said breakfast committee chairman Bill Gibbs. "His intellect is way beyond mine, but he's very fun, too."

Gibbs said the Turlock event, unlike the one in Modesto, isn't always held on the National Day of Prayer, which this year falls on May 7.

"We hold ours anytime between February and May," Gibbs said. "Sometimes, the speakers aren't available on the National Day of Prayer."

Modesto will have its annual prayer breakfast on May 7. The Rev. Julia Reiff, state prayer coordinator for Aglow International, will give the main address.

Aglow International is a nondenominational Christian women's group that is in 172 countries and focuses on small group Bible studies, support groups and reaching out to women in need in their communities. A news release said Reiff works with many Latino communities, does outreach in prisons and speaks around the world.

That event will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel's grand ballroom, 1150 Ninth St. in downtown Modesto.

Tickets to Turlock's event are $20 and can be bought at: Family Bible Center, 121 W. Main St.; George's Fine Jewelers, 340 E. Main., or The Salvation Army, 893 Lander Ave. Call 632-7039.

Tickets to Modesto's breakfast are $15 each from Beardsley's Book & Bible in McHenry Village or Riverbank City Hall, 6707 Third St. For more information, call 524-5832.

Bee staff writer Sue Nowicki can be reached at or 578-2012.