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Publication Date: 2015
Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this "instant message" culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.
In a manner thats accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:
• How has lifeand faithchanged now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?
Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.
A pastor, noted speaker, and author of numerous articles, Tim Challies is a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere. Over 20,000 people visit Challies.com each day, making it one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs in the world. Tim is also the editor of DiscerningReader.com, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. Tim is the author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment and Sexual Detox. He and his family reside near Toronto, Ontario.
All of us todaywhether "digital immigrants" or "digital natives"are living in the after-shock of the "digital explosion." Though our world has radically and rapidly changed, the fundamental question has remained the same: will we be found faithful? Tim Challies proves to be a faithful navigator, though humble enough to admit that he identifies with the rest of us as a fellow struggler. The result of his labors is an accessible guide full of wise reflection and practical counsel. What hath technology to do with the biblical worldview? Come and see. Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible
No one I know is more thoughtfully connected to and wisely critical of the digital universe that envelops us than Tim Challies. His insightful reviews help many of us traverse the mountains of books that we must ascend every year to remain well informed about Christian publications, and with The Next Story he also helps us navigate the rapidly expanding digital explosion. The beauty of the book is not simply its wow factor (I had no idea all of that was happening on the web, etc.), but more importantly its heart concern (How do I stay virtuous in a virtual world?). Challiess work is cutting edge in the best sense, helping Christians to sever themselves from the sin that so easily (and subtly) entangles in order run the race that glorifies Christ. Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary
There are many books evaluating the nature and impact of new media. There are many books on Christian discipleship. However, this book brings these issues together, with profound simplicity and well-informed analysis. This is an important book not only for church leaders but for all of us who seek to understand how we are used by our technology as well as use it. Michael Horton, Professor, Westminster Seminary
The digital revolution is one of the most important developments of our times. Christians need good, solid, and insightful guidance as to how to engage the digital world without surrendering to the digital mind. Tim Challies is uniquely qualified to write this book and I greet its arrival with enthusiasm. R. Albert Mohler Jr, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
If I outsource memory is it an advance or a loss? Where is wisdom in the immediacy of the information explosion? Can we really affirm biblical authority when Wikipedia is truth? Tim Challies uses theoretical, experiential and theological lenses to give us a prophetic assessment of our digital age. He unpacks the opportunities of increased connection as well as the new Gnosticism of the dis-incarnations of the virtual society. He calls us to extricate ourselves from the ADHD world of information overload to live as whole persons giving ourselves to wisdom and worship of God alone. Dr. Gerry Breshears, Professor, Western Seminary
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