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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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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.
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.