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Title:
12 ways your phone is changing you / Tony Reinke ; foreword by John Piper.
Title Variants:
Twelve ways your phone is changing you
ISBN:
9781433552434
Publication Information:
Wheaton : Crossway, [2017]

©2017
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents:
A little theology of technology -- We are addicted to distraction -- We ignore our flesh and blood -- We crave immediate approval -- We lose our literacy -- We feed on the produced -- We become like what we "like" -- We get lonely -- We get comfortable in secret vices -- We lose meaning -- We fear missing out -- We become harsh to one another -- We lose our place in time -- Living Smartphone smart.
Abstract:
Do you control your phone -- or does your phone control you? Within a few years of its unveiling, the smartphone had become part of us, fully integrated into the daily patterns of our lives. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. But it raises new enigmas, too. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted. Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us -- for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, avoid the various pitfalls, and wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed. - Publisher.

"Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us -- for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, to avoid the various pitfalls, and to wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed."-- Amazon.com.
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Summary

Summary

Writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed our lives--for good and ill--and calls us to develop healthy habits for life in the digital age.


Author Notes

Tony Reinke is a journalist and senior writer for desiring God.org. He hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast and is author of Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books and Newton on the Christian Life.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Reinke (Newton on the Christian Life), staff writer and researcher for desiringgod.org, presents an informative primer on the effects of technology on Christian smartphone users. Reinke offers Christian readers 12 dynamic chapters specifically laying out the ways smartphones change people from the inside out. The author contends that if you own a smartphone, it is highly likely that you have abused it, as smartphone users check in online an average of once every 4.3 minutes. Reinke uses his apt research skills to point out the problematic issues of idolatrous smart phone usage and then guides readers to think critically about their own habits of engaging others. He recalls a time when he was immersed in something on his own smartphone when he should have been engaging his family and itemizes the problems that began with that moment of distraction. The author delves into such topics as addiction to distraction, craving immediate approval, losing literacy, becoming what one "likes," feeling lonely, and being harsh with one another. Reinke's work is smart, efficient, and effective, laying out the insidious problems that pocket computers can bring into everyday life. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

John Piper
Forewordp. 11
Prefacep. 15
Introduction: A Little Theology of Technologyp. 29
1 We Are Addicted to Distractionp. 41
2 We Ignore Our Flesh and Bloodp. 55
3 We Crave Immediate Approvalp. 65
4 We Lose Our Literacyp. 79
5 We Feed on the Producedp. 91
6 We Become Like What We "Like"p. 109
7 We Get Lonelyp. 119
8 We Get Comfortable in Secret Vicesp. 131
9 We Lose Meaningp. 145
10 We Fear Missing Outp. 153
11 We Become Harsh to One Anotherp. 163
12 We Lose Our Place in Timep. 177
Conclusion: Living Smartphone Smartp. 189
Epiloguep. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 212
General Indexp. 214
Scripture Indexp. 221