As the co-author of 13 words in Tim’s new book, I’m very happy that he, with his skill as a writer, his experience as a web designer, and his deeply informed, discerning faith, wrote the other 60,000.
A Brief Review
That’s the tongue-in-cheek endorsement I wrote for Tim Challies‘ new book The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion (amazon | wtsbooks | Tim’s book page). Tim has indeed put together a helpful, balanced book that addresses a wide range of important questions that Christians must grapple with in today’s social media, always-on, hyper-connected world.
But don’t worry. This isn’t a hit-and-run on Facebook, Twitter, or the iPhone, blaming them for every problem we have today. Tim is a careful thinker who runs one of the most heavily trafficked Christian blogs in the world, and he brings this discernment and experience together to guide believers on they can thoughtfully approach technology.
Throughout the book, Tim offers three lens through which we can view technology: theology, theory, and experience. In the category of theology, Tim applies the timeless wisdom of the Scriptures to the unique challenges we face today. But Tim also draws from the varies theories of technology to help us see things about technology that aren’t always obvious. Finally, Tim is not merely a person who writes critically about technology, he actually uses it everyday, and his experience makes the book helpful and sincere.
The book is laid out in two parts. In part 1, Tim gives an introduction to the way he approaches technology and lays out some basic principles and theory about how technology works. Then in part 2, he applies these ideas to specific areas of life such as communication, community, distraction, information overload, truth and authority, and privacy. At the end of each of these chapters, there are reflective questions for individual readers that will also work well for groups.
If you’re interested in a deeply Christian understanding of modern technology, I’d highly recommend you pick up a copy of Tim’s book.
Note: a few people have asked me how Tim’s book differs from my own, and the short answer is that they emphasize different subject matter and are very complimentary. Tim spends the majority of the book doing deep into issues that we face in the Digital/Information Age, whereas I spent a large portion of mine working through the place of technology in the God’s overall plan of redemption and then apply that to modern issues toward the end of the book.
Three Free Copies
I like Tim’s book so much that I’ve purchased three copies from the Westminster Bookstore to give away. To enter to win the book, leave a comment that includes two things (1) a question or area of life you hope the book will help you better understand, [edit: on second thought, don’t worry about doing this second one. Just leave a comment to enter]
(2) a post you liked from this blog (which hopefully favors regular readers).
The last day to enter will be Monday, April 4, 2011.