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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 timely and life-changing new audiobook, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages liste 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 timely and life-changing new audiobook, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages listeners who are hungry to regain control over their lives and put Christ first again. He walks them through biblical values that all Christ followers know are essential, but are even more important for our maxed out, selfie-centered world. 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 find. The more filtered our lives become, the more challenging 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 of the biblical principles that life with Christ brings: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, rest, and more. Groeschel taps in to some of the most up-to-date studies on the effects of social media on our emotions and our friendships. And he offers real-life examples of how we struggle with social media, how it masks our real struggles, and how we can reclaim a Christ-centered life. With helpful appendices like the “10 Commandments of Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Faith,” and “Creating Safeguards for Your Digital Devices,” you’ll find #Struggles to be just the guide to bring balance and real-life engagement to your everyday life.


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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 timely and life-changing new audiobook, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages liste 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 timely and life-changing new audiobook, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages listeners who are hungry to regain control over their lives and put Christ first again. He walks them through biblical values that all Christ followers know are essential, but are even more important for our maxed out, selfie-centered world. 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 find. The more filtered our lives become, the more challenging 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 of the biblical principles that life with Christ brings: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, rest, and more. Groeschel taps in to some of the most up-to-date studies on the effects of social media on our emotions and our friendships. And he offers real-life examples of how we struggle with social media, how it masks our real struggles, and how we can reclaim a Christ-centered life. With helpful appendices like the “10 Commandments of Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Faith,” and “Creating Safeguards for Your Digital Devices,” you’ll find #Struggles to be just the guide to bring balance and real-life engagement to your everyday life.

30 review for #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Adrianne Engle manning

    As a person who struggles with comparisons, social media can magnify my inadequacies. Do you use social media as a distraction from the demands of the day? Or when you're bored? Tired? Lonely? As Craig Groeschel writes "Life is not about how many likes you get. It is all about how much love you show." How do we reconcile that truth with our struggle? This book has revolutionized my attitude towards social media. Let's face it; I'm not going to throw my smartphone away or uninstall Facebook. But w As a person who struggles with comparisons, social media can magnify my inadequacies. Do you use social media as a distraction from the demands of the day? Or when you're bored? Tired? Lonely? As Craig Groeschel writes "Life is not about how many likes you get. It is all about how much love you show." How do we reconcile that truth with our struggle? This book has revolutionized my attitude towards social media. Let's face it; I'm not going to throw my smartphone away or uninstall Facebook. But with practical application, humor and personal stories, Craig encourages the reader to establish boundaries and balance. Chapters include: 1 Recovering Contentment - The Struggle with Comparisons 2 Restoring Intimacy - The Struggle with "Likes" 3 Revealing Authenticity - The Struggle with Control 4 Resurrecting Compassion - The Struggle with Desensitization 5 Reviving Integrity - The Struggle with Secret Impurity 6 Remembering Encouragement - The Struggle with Constant Criticism 7 Reclaiming Worship - The Struggle with Idolatry 8 Replenishing Rest - The Struggle with Constant Distraction Social media isn't going anywhere. So I want my family, friends and especially children to learn how it can be a tool, rather than a weapon. I have sent out copies to my close friends and family and can't wait to share some face-to-face time talking about this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natacha Ramos

    It's a very helpful book for any human being dealing with Social Media. The first one on this topic I read and I needed it. I identify so much with lots of the things he mentioned. I especially like how he talks to you as a friend. He pretty much says: "look, I'm not in the business of condemning you, I'm the first one #struggling with this, I just want to help you". That's how I felt it and it's great. There were a lot of things this book made me consider regarding my attitude toward Instagram, F It's a very helpful book for any human being dealing with Social Media. The first one on this topic I read and I needed it. I identify so much with lots of the things he mentioned. I especially like how he talks to you as a friend. He pretty much says: "look, I'm not in the business of condemning you, I'm the first one #struggling with this, I just want to help you". That's how I felt it and it's great. There were a lot of things this book made me consider regarding my attitude toward Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and my blog. I certainly don't want them to be an idol (which could happen) so I need to set some boundaries before it's too late. In the book there are so many ways to apply what he's teaching in everyday life and that's awesome. I gave 4 stars because I found the book repetitive at moments, some chapters a bit longer than they should, but that could be just me. Generally speaking, it's a great read. Especially the chapters on Integrity, Encouragement and Compassion touched me deeply. I do recommend it! **I received a copy of this book from Zondervan through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own** Find more on my blog: http://mibaileperfecto.wordpress.com/ YouTube Channel "Dancing Words": http://bit.ly/1HhRIMQ

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy Langmaack

    This book was hard for me. Not that it was difficult to read (it was very well written and easy to read). But it was tough because it dealt directly with some things that I had already been thinking and wrestling through myself. It was one of those situations where God has been putting something on your heart, and he uses a book you read to knock you over the head to really hear what he is saying to you. Craig Groeschel shares personal stories and examples of how technology has impacted his own l This book was hard for me. Not that it was difficult to read (it was very well written and easy to read). But it was tough because it dealt directly with some things that I had already been thinking and wrestling through myself. It was one of those situations where God has been putting something on your heart, and he uses a book you read to knock you over the head to really hear what he is saying to you. Craig Groeschel shares personal stories and examples of how technology has impacted his own life, and the lives of those he knows. Some of the statistics she shared were staggering and made me feel desperate for a change. If you are feeling like you have some issues with technology and social media, then this is the book for you. Not only with Groeschel make some of the issues and concerns about technology clear, but he gives good and solid advice on how to begin to work on the issues and recognize the problems in your own life. *I read this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah-Ruth

    If you're a Millenial, then you grew up in a social media influenced world. If you're willing to admit it, you're probably like me - addicted to your phone, serving the idol of self preoccupation, and feeling incredibly lonely despite having a thousand "friends" or followers online. If this resonates with you, then you need to read #Struggles. This book addresses the very real pitfalls online presence can cause and teaches us how to restore a healthy balance without being a slave to Facebook or If you're a Millenial, then you grew up in a social media influenced world. If you're willing to admit it, you're probably like me - addicted to your phone, serving the idol of self preoccupation, and feeling incredibly lonely despite having a thousand "friends" or followers online. If this resonates with you, then you need to read #Struggles. This book addresses the very real pitfalls online presence can cause and teaches us how to restore a healthy balance without being a slave to Facebook or neglecting its many benefits. Craig's work is hillarious, but also sobering because as you read it, you say "yep, that's me." Regardless of whether your vice is selfies or shopping, posting or porn, Craig is a guide, friend and fellow traveller who shows you that there is a way out and that there's more to life and likes, there's love. I will never view my phone or my addiction in the same way after reading this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    In all honesty this is probably more of a 3.5, but I typically round up for an author I like. A lot of this, for a mature and self-controlled individual, is a lot of understood information. The value for a believer is how to control your temptation and addiction to social media, and your interaction with it in a way that is Godly and honoring. I think my biggest take away was how to really apply the Biblical principles now for my children who are growing up in a vastly different world than I did In all honesty this is probably more of a 3.5, but I typically round up for an author I like. A lot of this, for a mature and self-controlled individual, is a lot of understood information. The value for a believer is how to control your temptation and addiction to social media, and your interaction with it in a way that is Godly and honoring. I think my biggest take away was how to really apply the Biblical principles now for my children who are growing up in a vastly different world than I did. I know a big struggle in parenting growing kids in this generation is helping them learn to set safe and healthy boundaries. Having this book apply Biblical principles to some of those rules/lessons/boundaries is super helpful and I agreed with so much of what he said in reference to how Christians should use social media in an encouraging more loving way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Beall

    I personally have a love/hate relationship with social media. I wish it didn't bring out some of my worst characteristics, but sometimes it does. Reading #struggles helped me see that I'm not the only person who deals with this and that there are methods and tactics to use to help me handle social media better. Not only that, but to better be in control of all of my devices instead of letting them control me. Pastor Craig Groeschel really challenges us to get to the heart of the matter and pursu I personally have a love/hate relationship with social media. I wish it didn't bring out some of my worst characteristics, but sometimes it does. Reading #struggles helped me see that I'm not the only person who deals with this and that there are methods and tactics to use to help me handle social media better. Not only that, but to better be in control of all of my devices instead of letting them control me. Pastor Craig Groeschel really challenges us to get to the heart of the matter and pursue and promote Jesus, not pursue and promote ourselves.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Buddy Draper

    The subtitle is “Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World” and Groeschel looks at the way that technology, specifically social media, can get in the way of knowing, loving and following Jesus.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Marie

    I was a bit wary of this one, to be honest. There are enough people/pastors/books out there telling us how technology has made us worse, the dangers of it, etc. That said, I was impressed with this one and how the author chose to go about it. I felt the book was very thorough, and came from a very Biblical perspective. Groeschel comes at this from a perspective of someone who also struggles, and understands the need for technology. It isn't all bad, but there comes a point when we need to realize I was a bit wary of this one, to be honest. There are enough people/pastors/books out there telling us how technology has made us worse, the dangers of it, etc. That said, I was impressed with this one and how the author chose to go about it. I felt the book was very thorough, and came from a very Biblical perspective. Groeschel comes at this from a perspective of someone who also struggles, and understands the need for technology. It isn't all bad, but there comes a point when we need to realize our own personal boundaries. Everything is broken down simply, so it's not hard to understand. But it is deep, and hard-hitting. No matter your level of social media use/addiction--even if it's none--you will find something in this that will speak to you. Groeschel even outlines ways to help yourself, and get help if you need it. I think this book is very relevant in this day and age, as it will relate to everyone. They may not be things we want to hear, but they are definitely things we need to hear. I personally thought I was pretty good at handling social media, but this book has shown me that I still have things to work on. It's one of those books that is important for everyone. I received a copy from the publisher, this did not affect my honest opinion. This review first appears on The NerdHerd Reads

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paige Gordon

    This was one of those books that I didn't think I needed to read until I actually started it. Craig calls out our addiction to technology in a way that opened my eyes to see just how much control it has over certain areas of my life. This is a superbly important book that everyone living in today's digital age would benefit from reading. It's a great reminder that Love is more important than Likes, that our worth is determined by what Jesus says about us, not what people think about our online i This was one of those books that I didn't think I needed to read until I actually started it. Craig calls out our addiction to technology in a way that opened my eyes to see just how much control it has over certain areas of my life. This is a superbly important book that everyone living in today's digital age would benefit from reading. It's a great reminder that Love is more important than Likes, that our worth is determined by what Jesus says about us, not what people think about our online image, and that even though technology has myriad benefits we need to always be careful and guard our hearts in order to ensure that nothing and no one other than Christ becomes our master. Favorite Quote: "Perhaps the familiar is the greatest enemy of faith. Instead of believing that God can do anything, many surrender to what they see. They accept what is instead of what could be...Perhaps the familiar, what you know and accept, is the greatest obstacle to your faith. Faith in what could be. Faith in what God calls you to be."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara Timmons

    I read the hard copy instead of the audio, I couldn't find it on here. Have you been struggling to live for God in this crazy selfish social media crazed society? Social media and technologies are great, but have a huge affect on you and the way you think. This book is a must read for all followers of Christ wanting to remove distractions and grow closer the God! It is centered around how technology is a blessing and a curse. That it could be used for good, but it can also be a distraction for y I read the hard copy instead of the audio, I couldn't find it on here. Have you been struggling to live for God in this crazy selfish social media crazed society? Social media and technologies are great, but have a huge affect on you and the way you think. This book is a must read for all followers of Christ wanting to remove distractions and grow closer the God! It is centered around how technology is a blessing and a curse. That it could be used for good, but it can also be a distraction for your overall health. I love that this book helps you to understand and identify different issues and distractions, in our technology age, that we face. He also has steps for you to keep technology use in its place and set boundaries at the end of the book! Craig is a great writer and pastor, this book was fun and easy to read! I recommend it to everyone but especially teens and young adults!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Wilson

    This books explains the ways that social media and the internet affects our lives, in any way, negatively or positively. Spiritually I have went downhill because I focus more on social media then bible study, but without social media, I would not have found friends or my boyfriend whom have kept me in check and help me spiritually! Consuming digital things in moderation is way more healthy then the obsession us people have now days.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andy Bintoro

    The title seems like theology of sufferings, but its not that. #struggles here is a mirror of what happened in nowadays, where technology is god, and we seldom trapped within without noticing it. Maybe we already have nomophobia, fear of life without mobile phone. This book mainly for teens, but its also for everyone, for mobile phone used for all ages. This book could be posed as a warning and asking us to reflect how we live in this digital age.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Spears

    I think the intent behind this book was good and the author brought up some really good points. However, I think it was much more wordy and repetitive than it needed to be. The author talks more about the problems we face with social media rather than providing ways to combat them and stay close to Jesus, which is why I’m giving it only two stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Many good nuggets in here. Idolitry in America is running without check. And Craig has identified one main culprit. Craig give us some very viable solutions to the issues that he has laid out very nicely in this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Novhita Paembonan

    This is really a helpful book in seeing our struggles in using social media. We are dealing with self comparison, lack of affection, and addiction. In this selfie-centered world, personally, I choose this book as a guidance to use the phone and social media wisely.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Grover

    Something we can all relate to. Author gives great insight into the issue and how we can take steps to "stand apart from our selfie-centered world." I was very impressed! I plan to share this book with everyone I know... Something we can all relate to. Author gives great insight into the issue and how we can take steps to "stand apart from our selfie-centered world." I was very impressed! I plan to share this book with everyone I know...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carlin Nasiatka

    Great book that will help you evaluate your use of technology without condemning it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Harris

    Took my time with this one - there was a lot to think about! Deeply challenging and inspirational. A must read for every Christian

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Werntz-Miller

    Very convicting. Definitely made me think about how much stock and value I’m putting into social media.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Simi

    Very fascinating and the author is not afraid to say exactly what he means. I highly recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Chung

    A biblical and practical book on how we, as Christians, should manage technology. A book witty and humorous, yet with sound biblical advice. A must-read for all believers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    #Struggles is a book written to assist readers in regaining control of their lives and their use of social media. Craig Groeschel knows that we are becoming more addictive to all kinds of social media and we’re losing the connection of intimate relationships and friendships. Throughout this book, Craig explored eight Biblical values: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, integrity, encouragement, and many more to help us learn to balance our access in using social media. The book begins discussin #Struggles is a book written to assist readers in regaining control of their lives and their use of social media. Craig Groeschel knows that we are becoming more addictive to all kinds of social media and we’re losing the connection of intimate relationships and friendships. Throughout this book, Craig explored eight Biblical values: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, integrity, encouragement, and many more to help us learn to balance our access in using social media. The book begins discussing the topic of contentment and how many of us are looking at our friend’s Facebook’s, Pinterest, Instagram’s, and how we’re not content with what we have. We are constantly comparing what our friends are doing and what new items they have that we secretly want. Craig also shared an insightful survey about how students revealed how dissatisfied they were while looking at Facebook and how critical they felt towards themselves afterwards. The results of this survey wasn’t that all surprising to me because I could see how people could easily become so consumed with looking at what their friends are doing and becoming unhappy with their own lives. Craig Groeschel categorized people’s envy into three categories: material and financial, relational, and circumstantial. This part of the book really hit home to me. I will admit that I have felt depressed while looking at what others are doing and how much farther along they appear to be in life. It is so easy to just get online and know everything that my friends are doing and being up to date. I realized that I struggle with relational envy and when I’m looking on Facebook or Instagram I always see a post about how someone else is getting into a new relationship and it’s going really well, someone got engaged, someone posting about their happy marriage, and someone expecting their first child. And I’m still single and can’t see to find the bliss and happiness in a relationship that other person appears to have. I know looking at my friends Facebook’s continuously only leaves me with the feeling of being jealous and envying what they have that I want. At the end of the day, I feel empty and wanting something more than I currently have. Craig shared that, “You will battle with discontent until you let Christ be all that you need” (Page 31). I really loved how Craig stated the importance of thanking God for blessing the other person’s life and praying that He would continue to do so. This is something I’m willing to do because I struggle with comparing and envying others. I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who struggles with balancing their usage on social media sites. Social media is harming our relationships and friendships. This book will assist readers into recapturing control of their access to social media. I loved how Craig Groeschel shared tons of scriptures throughout the book. I liked how he presented how social media is affecting our Christian walk and how we can fix it. We don’t have to completely cut off social media, we just need to limit our usage and have safeguards in place. This book will guide readers into following Christ and not being distracted by social media. If you’re looking for an excellent book about social media and you’re wondering how to combat all of the dangers of being too obsessed with what others are doing, then read this book! "I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program."

  23. 5 out of 5

    William Stanger

    #struggles is the latest book by Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of a number of other books dealing with issues faced by followers of Christ in the world today. The book is a candid and critical look at the way in which the use of social media has impacted and controlled the lives of many people and offers advice on how that can be reversed so that people control it rather than the other way around. For me personally, this was a very timely book. I have been using a variety of #struggles is the latest book by Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch.tv and author of a number of other books dealing with issues faced by followers of Christ in the world today. The book is a candid and critical look at the way in which the use of social media has impacted and controlled the lives of many people and offers advice on how that can be reversed so that people control it rather than the other way around. For me personally, this was a very timely book. I have been using a variety of social media platforms for a number of years, but I recently acquired my first smart phone, after having used a very basic flip phone for the past 10 years or so. I used to scoff at the way that people allowed their phones to seemingly control their lives, but have discovered in the past month or so how easily the urge to continually check the phone or use an app on it can take a hold of you. What I like most about this book is that it is more practical than preachy. Groeschel doesn't condemn social media and, in fact, points out how it can be used for the good. However, he does point out the many pitfalls and dangers of over-use of social media and some of the ways that it can take over or cause harm to one's life. I also like the fact that much of the advice he gives is basic common sense and very practical. Having said that, I also appreciated the way in which he backed up much of what he said with Scriptural reference. The book is set out in eight straight-forward chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of life in connection with the usage of social media, beginning with contentment through to rest, with intimacy, authenticity, compassion, integrity, encouragement, and worship covered in between. In the conclusion, Groeschel shows how one can keep technology in its place, showing how a person should control it rather than the other way around. There are also a couple of very helpful appendices - one being 'The Ten Commandments of Using Social Media to Grow Your Faith and Share God's Love', the other being a helpful section on safeguards that can be put in place if you find that social media is taking you or your family to places you rather would not go. Overall, I found #struggles to be a fairly helpful guide to a Christian approach to social media. It would probably be a good book to use for a small group setting and could be a good gift for a teen or young adult to help them as they navigate through life and the ever-increasing part of it that is lived online. It's not a difficult read, is well-written, and could be a very useful tool to have on one's bookshelf. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul McDonald

    We live in a world of technology. The biggest punishment I can give to my kids is to take away their phones. Social media became a problem for me during the past election and I pulled the apps from my phone. Ever since then, I have found much more peace and patience with the people in my life who matter. If you have a mobile phone or social media account (pretty much everyone), you have to read this book. It will act as a mirror to your connection with your online life--maybe everything is good, We live in a world of technology. The biggest punishment I can give to my kids is to take away their phones. Social media became a problem for me during the past election and I pulled the apps from my phone. Ever since then, I have found much more peace and patience with the people in my life who matter. If you have a mobile phone or social media account (pretty much everyone), you have to read this book. It will act as a mirror to your connection with your online life--maybe everything is good, but maybe you have spinach in your teeth? You've got to find out,

  25. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Gould

    This book is a wake up call and reminder for Christians, like myself, who depend on social media too much. I highly recommend it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    #struggles is a book on Christian discipleship in a world where technology and social media are getting more attention than ever before. Did you look at your phone the first thing this morning? Was it the last thing you looked at before going to sleep? Have you ever posted on social media and felt the urge to check it a minute later to count the number of "likes?" This book is written for you. Groeschel knows a thing or two about technology and social media. He is the pastor of LifeChurch.tv, the #struggles is a book on Christian discipleship in a world where technology and social media are getting more attention than ever before. Did you look at your phone the first thing this morning? Was it the last thing you looked at before going to sleep? Have you ever posted on social media and felt the urge to check it a minute later to count the number of "likes?" This book is written for you. Groeschel knows a thing or two about technology and social media. He is the pastor of LifeChurch.tv, the second largest mega church in the U.S. The church produces the YouVersion Bible app that has been downloaded over 199 million times. He knows technology, uses it well, but provides some counsel on keeping it in check so we don't lose focus on what's most important. Sometimes our culture celebrates overuse... Writing this review, I hear a commercial on the radio for a real estate agent where the announcer says doctors had to take her phone away during a stint in the hospital because she refused to stop working. The thrust of the message is that she works so hard you should call her to help with your real estate needs. Is this an example of being on the phone too much? When was the last time you were more than an arm's reach from a screen? How long did it last before you had anxiety and wanted to check it? The author admits to having #struggles himself, and gives examples from his own life and others he is acquainted with to make his points. If the end result is bringing more attention to Jesus in a God honoring way, Groeschel will support it. However, if it is a distraction from Him, or worse, he offers guidance to help. With average users posting 75-80% of their social media content about themselves, it is easy to see how Jesus and other people can be left out of the equation. For Christians, focusing this much attention on oneself is a serious problem. This book is a very practical guide from an author who is tune with his target audience. For its relevance and timeliness, it receives five stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julius

    Craig Groeschel's #struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World is a candid and critical look at the way in which the use of social media has impacted and controlled our postmodern lives. In it, Groeschel offers pastoral counsel on how that control can be reversed: We disciples can control social media in faithful ways, rather than having our lives controlled by it. There's no doubt #struggles is a timely book. My own Facebook and Twitter have been a resource for pastoral ministry. In fa Craig Groeschel's #struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World is a candid and critical look at the way in which the use of social media has impacted and controlled our postmodern lives. In it, Groeschel offers pastoral counsel on how that control can be reversed: We disciples can control social media in faithful ways, rather than having our lives controlled by it. There's no doubt #struggles is a timely book. My own Facebook and Twitter have been a resource for pastoral ministry. In fact, one of my friends describes my ministry as "the online pastor". But with the advent of iPhones, I discovered what so many others had known about their spiritual lives and technology: We can become controlled by it, obsessed over it, in a way that we don't see developing but find ourselves unable to resist. Witness the uncontrollable desire to check my Facebook app or my email. Addressing this spiritual dependency is what makes #struggles such an amazing book. Groeschel is no Luddite, so readers will not find the simple condemnations that might be made by some pastors. Instead, Groeschel is right to focus on the spiritual dangers that Christians can avoid. The advice you'll find here is practical and studied. #struggles is set out in eight simple chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of life in connection with the usage of social media, beginning with contentment through to rest, with intimacy, authenticity, compassion, integrity, encouragement, and worship covered in between. In the conclusion, Groeschel shows how one can keep technology in its place, showing how a person should control it rather than the other way around. There are also a couple of very helpful appendices. My favorite is "The Ten Commandments of Using Social Media to Grow Your Faith and Share God's Love". This is one of the best guides for Christians who want to think Christianly about social media. I can't recommend it too highly. __________________ Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Ray

    I realized a while back that I had an obsession that wasn’t very God-honoring. I was searching for blog followers, Facebook followers and playing a numbers game that, while wanting to claim to use it for ministry, was really all about me. I understood that what I had to do if I wanted to put God first and replace the internet and my own personal ambition as an idol in my life. So, 2016 is going to be my year of cutting back online (if not ultimately taking a sabbatical). When I saw the newest re I realized a while back that I had an obsession that wasn’t very God-honoring. I was searching for blog followers, Facebook followers and playing a numbers game that, while wanting to claim to use it for ministry, was really all about me. I understood that what I had to do if I wanted to put God first and replace the internet and my own personal ambition as an idol in my life. So, 2016 is going to be my year of cutting back online (if not ultimately taking a sabbatical). When I saw the newest release by Craig Groeschel, #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World, I realized that a pastor who’s advice I’ve always trusted has written a book on an area that is one of my (far too many) personal struggles. In #Struggles, Groeschel ponders the question, “Can we engage in the endless stream of social media and at the same time keep our eyes focused on Christ?” Throughout the book, he discussed the internet and its place in our struggles for contentment, the ways we’ve traded true intimacy in for “likes,” and the ways that social media and texting feed our needs for control, desensitizes us to violence and troubles, makes it easier to be impure, and give anonymous criticism. Ultimately, Groeschel ponders social media and smartphones as idols and the way that they are a constant distraction in our real lives. While phones, social media and the internet often seem like a real danger in our lives, Groeschel doesn’t advocate completely abandoning these avenues of communication (unless you’re so addicted that you need to in order to control the addiction). Instead, he proposes some ways to keep technology in its place and some commandments to help you navigate a more Christ-honoring way of interacting in social media. I felt like this book was really a balanced approach at looking at a technology that is so entrenched in our lives that often many of us rank phones right up with air and water as necessities in our lives. I actually feel like we often don’t even realized how addicted we are to the media that is problematic in our lives. I like that, unlike many of those who seek to just throw out the media, Groeschel instead seeks to provide practical advice for how we should use this technology and not be mastered by it. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for and honest review. My opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anne Snyder

    Here are some quotes from the book that stood out to me. "We are meant to have deep, sometimes difficult feelings of loneliness to motivate us towards the kind of contact with others that meet our deeper, long-term needs. Every time we seek instant affirmation, we ignore our basic human condition of loneliness and the opportunity of loneliness that drives us toward real friendship, real intimacy, first with God and then with others. ... We're living for Likes, but we're longing for love." (pg. 5 Here are some quotes from the book that stood out to me. "We are meant to have deep, sometimes difficult feelings of loneliness to motivate us towards the kind of contact with others that meet our deeper, long-term needs. Every time we seek instant affirmation, we ignore our basic human condition of loneliness and the opportunity of loneliness that drives us toward real friendship, real intimacy, first with God and then with others. ... We're living for Likes, but we're longing for love." (pg. 52) #struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World says we are to be real and authentic and take off our masks (veils), which doesn't mean posting everything to social media, "But by all means--at the right time, with the right people, and when you're face to face--drop the veil completely. If you don't, you'll always be longing for something more." pg. 81 "I like to say it this way: I will do today what I can do, to enable me to do tomorrow what I can't do today. I will start whatever habit I can that will take me one step closer to the story I want to tell. Mother Teresa reminded us to be 'faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies.' Your best decision ever may seem small, but that doesn't mean it can't have a huge impact." pg. 234 "So text away. Tweet what you're doing. Post what you're eating. But put more effort into your treasured relationships. Remember to call. Plan a visit. Eat with someone, then sit and chat for two hours afterwards. Sit across from each other in a coffee shop and talk about everything that matters and a few things that don't. Make a meal for someone and take it to their house. Take a long walk with a friend and just chat about whatever comes to mind. ... Don't just do life together from a distance. Do life up close." pg. 209 "We actually connect with people through our weaknesses. We may impress them with our strengths, but we connect through our weaknesses." pg. 82 The book also emphasized the importance of truly living for God, making Him first in our life, and taking whatever steps were necessary to get out of the life that never satisfies (when we put anything besides God first in our lives). It may be hard, but when we want to, God will help us change the course of our life, an the rest of our story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Lighthearted while calling for a lot of caution without feeling overly negative.

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