Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel

#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel is a book for this new generation of young adults that seem to be lost and trying to find themselves online.  Craig Groeschel talks about the love/hate relationship we have with the world wide web and how we are losing ourselves on it and how we should be looking for Jesus and then we will find ourselves. He takes a look at 8 Biblical values that will help us restore the balance in our lives and help us end our unhealthy and over-reliance on today's technology. Those eight values are: Contentment, how we keep comparing ourselves to other's. Intimacy, how we have lost the closeness in our relationships. Authenticity, how we control who we project we are. Compassion, how we are becoming desensitized to graphic media and focusing more on our selves. Integrity, how easy it is to do things we shouldn't be doing online and how easy it is to get away with it. Encouragement, how everyone love to comment and criticize and sometimes bash others online. Worship, how we love technology too much and worship our devices instead of God. And, rest, how we always feel the need to be connected and create stress and unrest because we are on non-stop. 

We live in a world of spiritual distractions that make us discontent and is making temptation even harder to get over. We need to put technology in it's place and let God take back the first place in our lives. This book was enjoyable and eye-opening. I would recommend it to all young adults and teenagers who spend a lot of time online and to the adults who are or have raised them so that they can better understand the #Struggles theses young people are going through. 

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