Wednesday, December 30, 2015
#Struggles by Craig Groeschel
Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World
I'm not sure where to start with this book. It was really, really good. I don't really consider myself too wrapped up in social media. I have a Facebook account and a blog, but I'll be honest, Instagram and a few things like that are still a blur to me. I don't understand them and I don't need to. I was still convicted on certain aspects from this book. I care about people liking what little I post. I like comments on the blog posts I like. Even when I have my phone's volume turned up, I can still check it to see if I got a text that I might possibly have missed hearing come in. I can be guilty of having my phone out during face-to-face conversations.
Craig doesn't discount social media; he encourages its use for profitable and uplifting purposes, but he does warn against letting it consume our lives. There are so many quotes I could give from his book, but I'm going to stick with just a couple.
There are eight areas that he addresses that can be harmed through excessive social media. I'll give the eight topics and one quote from each chapter to whet your appetite for reading the book. This is the first book I've read by Craig and I hope it isn't my last. He's a good writer.
1. Recovering Contentment: The Struggle with Comparisons "When Christ is all you have, you'll finally realize that Christ is all you need."
2. Restoring Intimacy: The Struggle with "Likes" "Make sure that the person you're with is the most important person in the world when you're together." and "Life is not about how many Likes you get. It is all about how much love you show."
3. Revealing Authenticity: The Struggle with Control "We've become skilled at filtering our lives, showing others only what we want them to see."
4. Resurrecting Compassion: The Struggle with Desensitization "If you say that you care but then don't act on that feeling, ti's the same as not caring at all." and "Clicking is clean. Compassion is messy."
5. Reviving Integrity: The Struggle with Secret Impurity "It's hard to be whole-hearted in your pursuit of God when your thoughts are polluted by worry and anxiety."
6. Remembering Encouragement: The Struggle with Constant Criticism "Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should."
7. Reclaiming Worship: The Struggle with Idolatry "Our news feeds can be full, but our hearts and souls empty. Anytime we allow our souls to be consumed with anything other than God, we will never be satisfied."
8. Replenishing Rest: The Struggle with Constant Distraction "Many of use, when we're bored, have a default, brain-off habit of picking up our mobile devices and lazily clicking around."
The book was given to me by Book Look Bloggers for the purpose of reading and writing a review on it. All opinions expressed are my own.
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