Reinke doesn't demonize smartphones; he is fully aware they can be useful and necessary at times. Reinke ends his book by making a positive case for how we should thoughtfully approach and use smartphones as Christians. Buy 12 Ways on Amazon: The audio from this interview was aired on the Point of View Podcast with Kerby Anderson. How could life in the digital age make it difficult to remember what God has done in the past and what he has promised to do in the future? The title is a bit deceiving and I feel like this is relevant for anyone who uses the internet, whether you access it on a smartphone or a computer though I understand his target of the computer that is always in your back pocket. Fantastic book and well written. We become harsh, letting out our frustrations with others in very public ways.
Confessing them to a parent? One that you will love. Aimlessly flicking through feeds and images for hours, we feel that we are in control of our devices, when we are really puppets being controlled by a lucrative industry. If you are interested in why social media is so attractive often addicting , and why y In my opinion, this is the most important book released in some time. It will scream at you, try to deceive you, try to tell you that no that's not really you. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted. Therefore, we must be mindful, intentional, and wise with how we use our smartphones and social media.
Read this book, and you won't think about smartphones and technology in the same way. And the more I text and tweet and Snapchat, the more I drag you and others in the digital vortex of reciprocating obligation. Do You Control Your Phone—Or Does Your Phone Control You? Much to my grateful surprise, it was neither. Or for your own glory? Some chapters were more applicable for me personally than others, but the whole book was a worthwhile read as it pushed me to self-critique my own phone use and prayerfully decide what changes to make here on out. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp.
Opening verse is 1 Cor. When I moved back to the States, I was seriously considering ditching my smartphone. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. This is not shame text but a text that will empower you to not be manipulated and to get back to reality of real relationships. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Tony Reinke is compelling and convicting, yet continually meets us with grace.
This shows a lack of healthy use. As Christians, we now work from approval and not for approval. Do you think that spending time with someone in person is even better than communicating via technology? Or is it a distraction from what is important in life? Since this book went deeper, I enjoyed it much more than Reinke's other book:. How might smartphones cause us to ignore our bodies? This is a book you will hate. Does life online feel socially safer than real life? It had plenty of helpful stats and research, Studies and surveys. The book was easy to understand and thoughtful. The author genuinely took time consider this on a theological level.
He wants us to be deliberate, others-minded, and God-honoring in our use of smartphones rather than being used mastered? I've noticed that not only has my reading stamina decreased over the years, but I've also noticed that pure, blissful silence is no longer something I take the time to enjoy. . If you have established that you will own a smartphone, you must critically and thoughtfully plan for exactly how you will and will not use it. I read a pre-pub version in January and immediately made changes in my smartphone use. Do you remember your first cell phone? In one humble-brag selfie, the trade is made—eternal reward from God is sold for the porridge of maybe eighty likes and twelve comments of praise.
Reinke's writing in this book is in top form. Though a native Tennessean, he now gladly lives in central Florida with his wife, where reading outdoors can be a year-round activity and Disney, Sea World, and Universal are more accessible. Tony Reinke writes a balanced and carefully researched series of points on the ways that this current technology has—or at least easily can—affect us, both for good and for ill. If you want to know how to steward your technology and your life for Christ and his kingdom, read this. What are some ways that technology can detract from our relationships? It will scream at you, try to deceive you, try to tell you that no that's not really you. Especially since the era of Franklin and Jefferson, when inventing things and technological ways of organizing things became a way of life, Christians have needed to be alert to such questions.
Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. I found this to be a clear, helpful, and evenhanded treatment of a tough subject—one that hits as close to home as our own back pockets. The camera takes way too long to capture a photo A slow shutter speed may make you want a new smartphone iStock. Beyond the obvious convenience smartphones bring into our lives, these portals to social media platforms, virtual communities, near-instant service, and continuous streams of information produce non-obvious changes that alter the ways we interact with each other and with God. I think this last presidential election really speaks to this. I found a few points somewhat redundant, and a few to be missing such as how the ability to shop online from anywhere affects our contentment or stewardship , but all 12 points rang true. The first is that I wished Reinke did the narration for the audiobook.