#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel
Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
I received this book in exchange for a review.
Summary: There is a tension in our world today that didn’t exist even five years ago: We are almost never out of arm’s reach of a screen, and we are almost never out of eyesight of a status update. Can we engage in the endless stream of social media and at the same time keep our eyes focused on Christ?
Although this book was similar in subject matter to the recently reviewed Rest Assured this one really focused on the internet, social media and smart phones in general.
As a blogger, I am focused on follower counts on social media and I spend a lot of time on the internet. It can be hard to focus on Jesus when my mind is elsewhere which is why this book grasped my interest. Never does the author say that the internet is bad and that we should stay away from it (which wouldn’t be practical for most people.) In fact many times he reiterates how much he uses the internet and social media and that he just advocates using it wisely.
Skipping to the end of the book for a minute, he includes a 10 Commandments of Social Media and I think number 4 covers the main topic of the whole book:
“Use Social Media Instead of Being Controlled by It as an Idol.” – pg 210
Using 8 chapters Craig covers these topics:
- Recovering Contentment
- Restoring Intimacy
- Revealing Authenticity
- Resurrecting Compassion
- Reviving Integrity
- Remembering Encouragement
- Reclaiming Worship
- Replenishing Rest
I never would have thought there was enough to say about social media and Jesus in a book this long but reading the book, I was proven wrong. I believe the author covers just the right amount of material. Although a few parts refer back to previous parts, this happens to more than any other book.
I really thought I was using Social Media but the book has made me realize that Social Media is using me. I now know what I have to do to help balance it in my life. If you are at all concerned with the effect social media has on your life or want help to bring Jesus more center in your life, this is a good book for you.
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