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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2009
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This timely release explores the community-altering phenomenon of social networking sites and what it reveals about friendship, God, and our own hearts.
With hundreds of millions of users, social networks are changing how we form relationships, perceive others, and shape our identity. Yet at its core, this movement reflects our need for community. Our longing for intimacy, connection, and a place to belong has never been a secret, but social networking offers us a new perspective on the way we engage our community. How do these networks impact our relationships? In what ways are they shaping the way we think of ourselves? And how might this phenomenon subtly reflect a God who longs to connect with each one of us?
The Church of Facebook explores these ideas and much more, offering a revealing look at the wildly popular world of online social networking.
Jesse Rice is a Contemporary Worship Arts Director at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a large and thriving congregation in the heart of Silicon Valley. Living at this crossroads of faith and technology, Jesse is an authority on the search for meaning in a fast-paced, too-much-information world. He is a sought-after worship leader with almost fifteen years of experience working with college students and young adults. He and his wife live in Palo Alto, California.
TC2FAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 30, 2009TC2FAge: 35-44Gender: femaleIf you are online (which you are since you are reading this), then you should read this book. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was still very good. It really made me stop and take account of how I am using my time and how social networking can be handled properly and for good, not just a waste of time. I learned alot of interesting things about human behavior and really enjoyed the stories/examples Jesse shared in order to flesh out his main points. Plus the book has some great little bits of humor, and that is a rare (and welcome) thing in a genre that can get a little dry. This book was very easy to read, but that doesn't mean there was no substance. I really dug this book.
CKendall4 Stars Out Of 5November 4, 2009CKendallWhen I first saw this book, I thought it was going to be about the evils of Facebook and how it is causing our society to pull away from God even more. As I have said before, I tend to make snap decisions about whether or not to read a book. I usually just need to be intrigued by the title or what little of the description I have read. The Church of Facebook was not at all what I was expecting. It is a very interesting look at our need to belong and how social networking sites are bringing people closer together and in turn closer to God through our online social networks.I am an introvert, a serious introvert, so when I first discovered Facebook, I was thrilled. Not only did it allow me to connect with family and friends without having to pick up the dreaded telephone, but it also has connected me with others who share my faith and has given me a place to share my faith with others. Reading The Church of Facebook reminded me what it is I like so much about social networking. This book is very well researched and thoughtful. I found the authors insights to be interesting and encouraging about the future of the internet and evangelism. This is a good book for any Christian who is already on Facebook for just thinking about it. The Church of Facebook shines an interesting light on social networking.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5October 15, 2009Christy LocksteinThe Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice is a surprisingly good read. There are a ton of books on the market with Christians trying to analyze the current culture and how social networking sites relate to religion. This isn't those books; trust me, I've read quite a few. Rice, who has a Master's degree in counseling psychology, uses several different studies of human development and psychology to explain the sudden popularity of Facebook which has only been around since 2004 and has exploded since 2007. Humans require connectivity, and we find that through Facebook, but it's a pseudo-connectedness where we control every aspect of contact allowing only superficiality.<br /><br />The charm of this book is Rice's humor. He injects just a touch of sarcasm to alleviate the weight of the scientific studies. He doesn't force religion on every page either. He talks about Jesus and how he truly connected with people. Rice doesn't condemn using Facebook instead he offers ways of making the connections we make with other users more real and reflective of our faith. This book isn't just for Christians but for anyone interested in understanding just why Facebook is just so addictive.
Author: Jesse Rice
Located in: Portland, OR
Submitted: September 29, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a writer/speaker/counselor with a passion for helping people live well in a hyperconnected world.
What was your motivation behind this project? Originally, I simply wanted to write a book that might actually be published. That led to me pitching 4 ideas to my friend, Don Pape, a publisher for David C Cook. He liked the 4th (The Church of Facebook) best. I said, "Oh, totally, me, too." In the process of writing it, however, I feel like God opened up some space in my heart to experience a real fascination with social networking and those of us who participate in them (e.g., ALL of us).
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope first and foremost that readers will get a stronger sense of how clearly and intimately God longs to connect with each one of us. I also hope readers will be stimulated in their thoughts and actions regarding their social networking habits. Finally, I hope they will laugh and enjoy simply reading the stories and ideas.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing this book was one of those "way too big for me" projects. And that was exactly what I was looking for. It forced me to face my fears of having a voice in a larger conversation (though that's also what I was looking for). I was confronted with insecurity after insecurity and had to trust God and others (and myself) to navigate the murky waters of writing and publishing. In the end, I was given the gift of a much greater clarity around who I am and what I was made to do. I am truly grateful for that!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love British authors and Brit culture (as you'll soon discover in reading the book). Especially the great Brit comic writers like Douglas Addams and Nick Hornby. CS Lewis and Tolkien have a heavy influence in my writing, as well. Of course, on this side of the Atlantic, I love Donald Miller, Eugene Peterson, Parker Palmer, Anne Lammott. Stephen King has my favorite book on writing (called, "On Writing.")
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope today is one where you are reminded of your uniquely creative self and the outrageous love God has for you.