#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World - eBook
#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World - eBook  -     By: Craig Groeschel
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9780310342939
ISBN-13: 9780310342939
UPC: 025986342937

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We all love the benefits of technology and social media, but even with the incredible upsides, many of us suspect there are unintended negative consequences that are beyond our control. We’ve lost perspective, even perhaps ourselves.

In this relevant and life-changing new book, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages readers who are hungry to regain control over their lives and put Christ first again. He walks them though biblical values that all Christ followers know are essential, but are even more important for the maxed out, selfie-centered world we live in.

The more you compare, the less satisfied you are. The more we interact online, the more we crave face to face intimacy, but the harder it is to have. The more filtered our lives become, the harder it is to be authentic. The more information about the pain in the world we’re exposed to the more difficult it is to care.

It’s time to refresh and rediscover our understanding for today’s world the biblical principles that life with Christ brings: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, rest and more. Groeschel taps some of the most up to date studies on the effects of social media on our emotions and our friendships, and shows us through real-life illustrations how we struggle and how we can overcome our struggles with Jesus’ life-changing gospel message.

With helpful appendices like the 10 Commandments of Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Faith, a challenge to go on Technology Fasts, and Creating Safeguards for Your #Struggles, you’ll find #Struggles to be just the guide to bring balance and real-life engagement to your everyday living.

Author Bio

New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative and pacesetting church meeting in multiple locations around the United States and globally online, which also created the popular and free YouVersion Bible app. He is the author of several books, including Divine Direction, Liking Jesus, Fight, The Christian Atheist, and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma. Visit www.craiggroeschelbooks.com

 

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  1. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Navigating Social Media with Discipline and Integrity
    January 20, 2016
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #Struggles.
    If you spend much time on social media, Craig Groeschel's new book, #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World, is a must-read. Groeschel writes with wisdom and humor making this book a simple and fun but often profound read. Some of his insights are the common sense we're tempted to ignore. Others create huge aha moments: "Oh! I never thought of it that way." Throughout the book, Groeschel gives sound advice on navigating social media in a Christ-centered way.

    I especially appreciated the way he organized the book. He explains in the introduction, "We will look at eight biblical values and how they can help us restore balance in our lives and end our unhealthy over-reliance on technology." Each of these values then gets a chapter in the book, and, though each chapter is about 20-25 pages long, he has them broken down into little bits, solidly clarifying each point within. Following the conclusion are two useful appendices: The Ten Commandments of Using Social Media to Grow Your Faith and Share God's Love and Safeguards.

    Zondervan sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I'll be referring to it often as a reference and reminder. I recommend it to you!
  2. D. Harbuck
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    #struggles
    January 12, 2016
    D. Harbuck
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for #Struggles.
    If you are having trouble finding balance between making your relationships count and technology, this is a great find. The book centers on your relationship with Christ, but all the same principles can be applied to all of your other relationships (kids, spouse, family members, friends).

    It really allows you to be able to put the way we use technology into perspective. I liked how he explained the roots of envy and jealousy. He also references scripture a lot and makes note of when he is giving his opinion.

    I have done a lot of research myself into social media and technology so some of the information in the beginning chapters was repetitive of things I already knew. However, I enjoyed that he was thorough and did his research.

    This would be a great book to use for a bible study or small group.

    Full Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from BookLookBloggers.com for review purposes. I was under no obligation to give the book a positive review.
  3. incitefaith
    Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World
    January 10, 2016
    incitefaith
    Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
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    This review was written for #Struggles.
    #Struggles by Craig Groeschel was the best book I read to close out 2015. I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I value it for the people I've met and connected with over the years and still keep in contact with now, but after reading this book, I've learned how important it is to disconnect.

    #Struggles discusses how social media influences every area of our life, specifically, our relationship with God and each other. I've been connected to the internet since 2001 and have seen both the good and bad of being too connected. This book will force you to reevaluate your relationship with the internet and how it deeply affects you and those closest to you.

    Since reading #Struggles, I've had to take a step back and look at my life and how I connect with people. It's easy sometimes to sit behind a screen and feel connected but what it inevitably ends up doing is isolating you from the real world. Of course I don't realize I'm doing it or maybe I do and I avoid it, but after reading #Struggles, I've learned to put down my devices, and deepen my relationship with God first and others second. I've had to access the areas in my life that are most important and I don't think I would have realized those things had it not been for #Struggles.

    Very rarely has a book impacted my life like this. If you have a stronger relationship with your cell phone and computer than you do with God, then this book is for you. If you struggle with sexual addictions, idolatry, and comparison, this book is for you. This book will convict you, challenge you, and at times humor you.

    I highly recommend it.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Raventhreads
    White, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Balanced Approach to Social Media Usage
    November 21, 2015
    Raventhreads
    White, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #Struggles.
    I realized a while back that I had an obsession that wasnt very God-honoring. I was searching for blog followers, Facebook followers and playing a numbers game that, while wanting to claim to use it for ministry, was really all about me. I understood that what I had to do if I wanted to put God first and replace the internet and my own personal ambition as an idol in my life. So, 2016 is going to be my year of cutting back online (if not ultimately taking a sabbatical). When I saw the newest release by Craig Groeschel, #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World, I realized that a pastor whos advice Ive always trusted has written a book on an area that is one of my (far too many) personal struggles.

    In #Struggles, Groeschel ponders the question, Can we engage in the endless stream of social media and at the same time keep our eyes focused on Christ? Throughout the book, he discussed the internet and its place in our struggles for contentment, the ways weve traded true intimacy in for likes, and the ways that social media and texting feed our needs for control, desensitizes us to violence and troubles, makes it easier to be impure, and give anonymous criticism. Ultimately, Groeschel ponders social media and smartphones as idols and the way that they are a constant distraction in our real lives.

    While phones, social media and the internet often seem like a real danger in our lives, Groeschel doesnt advocate completely abandoning these avenues of communication (unless youre so addicted that you need to in order to control the addiction). Instead, he proposes some ways to keep technology in its place and some commandments to help you navigate a more Christ-honoring way of interacting in social media.

    I felt like this book was really a balanced approach at looking at a technology that is so entrenched in our lives that often many of us rank phones right up with air and water as necessities in our lives. I actually feel like we often dont even realized how addicted we are to the media that is problematic in our lives. I like that, unlike many of those who seek to just throw out the media, Groeschel instead seeks to provide practical advice for how we should use this technology and not be mastered by it.

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for and honest review. My opinions are my own.
  5. RLJ
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A book to help with social media #struggles
    October 26, 2015
    RLJ
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for #Struggles.
    #Struggles by Craig Groeschel is a timely book for today. Craig Groeschel is pastor of Livechurch.tv, the people who brought us the YouVersion Bible app. He is the author of numerous books related to Christian living. He seeks to help the Christian controlled by social media to break free and to restore Christ to His place as the proper focus of life. The book has eight main chapters and two appendices. Each chapter deals with how an over emphasis on social media disrupts a Christians thinking on that topic. The eight chapters deals with contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, integrity, encouragement, worship, and rest. Appendix 1 gives ten commandments for using social media, and Appendix 2 provides safeguards to protect the user from any number of things that might hurt their relationship with God.

    Strengths

    As in his other books, Groeschel is an engaging and entertaining writer. He uses humor well to make a point. The strongest chapters in the book are those dealing with compassion and worship. For the speaker or teacher looking for quotable material to illustrate a sermon or Bible study, this book has a wealthy supply. For example, Its almost like were all like were all lab rats, compulsively tapping a little button for food pellets: scroll-scroll-scroll, click-click-click, scroll-scroll-scroll, click-click-click! We sense that we want something more, but we just dont have the discipline to stop and really give ourselves the opportunity to engage in relationships we know we really want.

    The appendix with the ten commandments to using social media was worth taking the time to read. Most of these, I already try to observe as I use social media. Sadly, it was an appendix. I think it could have been and should have been an important chapter in the book. Unfortunately, many readers dont read an appendix. If Groeschel ever decides to do a follow-up book, I hope that he will expand on this section.

    Weakness

    The one glaring weakness in the book is that in sections where Groeschel had an opportunity to make much of Jesus, he did not. For example toward the end of the chapter on contentment, he began to write about how true we find true contentment in Jesus. However, during the section on application, rather than explain how one can find satisfaction in Jesus, he gave a brief list of dos and do nots related to using social media. On a more positive note, overall the book does hold Jesus up as the true source for meeting the needs people try to meet with social media. Groeschel particularly does so in the chapter on worship. However, I was disappointed that in the contentment chapter, he did not do so as much as I would have liked.

    Conclusion

    As I read the book, I thought of how the book might be used in a local church. I teach young adults, and this would be an excellent book for a study. (An accompanying DVD study, it on its way apparently.) However, it would be a mistake to assume this book is just for millennials. As I look at social media, I see it misused and abused quite often by my fellow residents of middle age. This book provides valuable and needed correction. Pastors and other ministers might want to keep a few copies to give to those struggling with social media addiction.

    Full Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from BookLookBloggers.com for review purposes. I was under no obligation to give the book a positive review.
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