Stolen: Is Social Media Stealing Your Identity?
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Jessica Fralin thinks it's time to take back what social media has stolen. Put down your phone for a minute and do a little reading. You'll dig deep into exactly what social media has taken from us, tackling problems like cyberbullying, body image, and mean messages. You'll even rediscover where you can meet the One who can really make you feel affirmed, valued, and loved.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 1426789068
ISBN-13: 9781426789069

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How many hours do we spend scrolling Facebook newsfeeds, retweeting something on Twitter, or posing for the perfect selfie on Instagram, hoping what we post will get likes and comments from our friends and followers? To get those likes, we post what is—according to social media standards—pretty, popular, and acceptable. We hide the messy parts of life, play up the fun times, and even twist the truth a bit so we look a little better, smarter, and funnier. But what happens when people start holding us up to these unrealistic standards? What happens when you realize that who you are on social media isn’t who you really are? Have we let social media steal our identity?

In #Stolen, author Jessica Fralin uncovers our deep desire to be affirmed, valued, and loved and then points to the only place where that desire can be filled: in Christ not social media. She offers creative #FunFact, #GiveItATry, and #WhatDoYouThink callouts containing fun notes, activities, and ideas to discuss with your youth group and friends. As she tackles the issues and insecurities like popularity, body image, and cyberbullying, Jessica shows you how to find your identity in the one voice that really matters, not the million of voices online.

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Jessica Fralin is an author, blogger, and full-time college student residing in Lynchburg, Virginia. As a worship leader and aspiring womens ministry leader, she conveys the message of love, acceptance, and worth that can only be found in the gospel. On any given day, you can find her holding a guitar, a book, or a latte and passionately teaching others who they areand why it matterswhen it comes to social media.

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    We're the most connected generation in all of history, Fralin writes. We are also the loneliest. (27)

    How we handle social media matters. Social media is setting the standard, telling us what's acceptable and what's right and wrong. Is that what we want?

    Fralin reminds us that when we reveal only what we want others to know, we can create a persona and social media, in effect, steals our real identity.

    It's time to take back what social media has stolen. It's time to be who we really are. That means we must fight for our freedom.

    Fralin reveals the lessons she has learned about social media. She explores our need to be loved and living in an instant culture. She reminds us of the fulfilling nature of face-to-face friendships, the support of community, and the joy if real life moments. Other topics include selfies, why words matter, what shouldn't be put on social media, and emotions.

    She does not advocate abandoning social media altogether. She encourages us to learn to fight its false messages. She recognizes it has its uses, like connecting with people we do not see very often. Social media needs to have its proper place.

    Fralin found her true identity, fulfilling love, and contentment in Jesus Christ, in a connection with God. She encourages us to do the same.

    There are good discussion questions included in the book. This would be a good book to discuss in a teen group. In fact, I think that would be its best use. You can download a free six session Youth Group Leader Guide and other resources at the publisher's website.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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