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Author: Craig Groeschel
Publication Date: 10/27/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
We all love the benefits of technology and social media, but even with the incredible upsides, many of us suspect there are unintended negative consequences that are beyond our control. We’ve lost perspective, even perhaps ourselves.
In this relevant and life-changing new book, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages readers who are hungry to regain control over their lives and put Christ first again. He walks them though biblical values that all Christ followers know are essential, but are even more important for the maxed out, selfie-centered world we live in.
The more you compare, the less satisfied you are. The more we interact online, the more we crave face to face intimacy, but the harder it is to have. The more filtered our lives become, the harder it is to be authentic. The more information about the pain in the world we’re exposed to the more difficult it is to care.
It’s time to refresh and rediscover our understanding for today’s world the biblical principles that life with Christ brings: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, rest and more. Groeschel taps some of the most up to date studies on the effects of social media on our emotions and our friendships, and shows us through real-life illustrations how we struggle and how we can overcome our struggles with Jesus’ life-changing gospel message.
With helpful appendices like the 10 Commandments of Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Faith, a challenge to go on Technology Fasts, and Creating Safeguards for Your #Struggles, you’ll find #Struggles to be just the guide to bring balance and real-life engagement to your everyday living.
I should have known this book would tick me off. Books of this type usually do. I’ll be perfectly honest – I’ve been there, done the whole “living for Christ” thing – and got exactly zero blessing from it. I don’t see very many people being blessed because they got their social media addictions under control and lived for Christ like they were told to. I see a lot of pastors making claims (as the one who wrote this book does) that this person and that person are so blessed because they have the attitude that Christ is all they need. Yeah, no, that doesn’t work.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t even get past chapter 1 before giving up on the book, it annoyed me so much. As soon as I saw words indicating that I would not be content with my life until I made the determination that Christ is all I need, I was done. Why? Because I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I was actually more discontented with my life with that attitude than I am now. And actually, I’m not discontented with my life now. I see other people’s social media posts and say “Oh that’s cool” or “I’d like one of those” but I’m not discontent because they have it and I don’t. I’m not discontent if I can’t get it.
The author writes this book as though everyone who is on social media and feels the slightest pang of jealousy about a friend’s new marriage while they’re still single or someone’s new car, is discontent with their lives. No, it doesn’t mean that. Sure, I can be a bit jealous, but then I realize I like my life the way it is. I don’t HAVE to put God first to be content. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone unless, of course, they don’t mine being told that they are discontent with their lives if they feel the slightest pang of jealousy when someone posts something on social media and that unless they dedicate their lives to Christ they’ll never be content.
I received a copy of this book free from BookLook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.