Monday, November 16, 2015

#Struggles


Book Description

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 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 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.

My Review:
#Struggles. Aren't they real?  Craig Groschel is the real deal! The world of technology has changed all of us in good ways and in ways that our not so pleasant. Sometimes, computers, phones, ipads, blogs, instagram, facebook and other media outlets distract us from what is important, other times these tools unite us. However, this book challenges the reader to take control of their life from a media, technology driven world to help us understand the effects that media has on our daily lives.
As I wrote in a previous post, about not comparing our races to everyone else's, that is what technology has brought into our life. The comparison game, which can lead to unhealthy thoughts, emotions and decisions. 
What I love this book is the practically ways to take Pastor Groschel's thoughts and ideas and put them into practice. He isn't preachy, but instead he writes in a format that makes you feel like your sipping coffee having a conversation with him. I also love how honest he is in saying that he is giving a lot of practical advice that is not that far off from common sense, which we can all say we know, but if we don't put it into practice, why know it then? This book is practical, a great reminder and full of backing based on scripture, which is also important to me.  With 8 chapters, you'll learn about rest, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, integrityencouragement and worship. Graig is very careful to say that technology has a place in this world, but it needs to be use appropriately and we need to have safeguards in place to set appropriate media boundaries.   
I enjoyed #Struggles and found it to be very helpful in a social media driven world. This book would be perfect for a teenager or even a college student who is trying to figure out how to live in this crazy world of technology that is fast pace. This is an honest, easy read and you'll enjoy it!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a pacesetting multicampus church and creators of the popular and free YouVersion Bible App. He is the author of several books, including Fight, Altar Ego, Soul Detox, Weird, The Christian Atheist, and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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