The Wired Soul: Finding Spiritual Balance in a Hyperconnected Age  -     By: Tricia McCary Rhodes
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Welcome to now. Our technology has greatly improved much of our lives, but in the process our brains are being rewired on a daily basis, and our capacity to be centered in our souls, in our lives, is at risk. And these are the results: We're more easily distracted. We forget more details. We are easily agitated and have trouble resting, even though we're more tired than ever. Tricia McCary Rhodes reintroduces us to the classic disciplines of Scripture reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation--not just as technologies to aid our faith but also as tools to keep us focused and mindful in an increasingly disorienting digital age.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1631465120
ISBN-13: 9781631465123

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If you had time to slow down, you’d notice: You’re more easily distracted lately. You forget the details of your life more often than you used to. You get easily agitated and have trouble resting, even though you’re more tired than you remember ever being. Even your spiritual life is not immune: You struggle to pray, to read the Scriptures, to be still and know that God is God.

Welcome to now. Our technology has greatly improved much of our lives, but in the process our brains are being rewired on a daily basis, and our capacity to be centered in our souls, in our lives, is at risk.

Brain scientists are aware of this unprecedented change, but the solutions aren’t found in science: They’re found in the ancient practices of the faith. Tricia McCary Rhodes reintroduces us to the classic disciplines of Scripture reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation, not just as technologies to aid our faith but as tools to keep us focused and mindful in an increasingly disorienting digital age.

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As incredible as technological advancement is, Rhodes (Sacred Chaos) writes, it has pulled many modern seekers from the nature of spiritual formation. In this savvy prescription for reconnecting with the basics of faith, she proposes a simple but demanding solution: “Establish new habits of life.” Instead of succumbing to the ever-present temptations of smartphones, the Internet, and the 24-hour news cycle, Rhodes turns to the time-tested wisdom of Scripture to relearn habits that will declutter the soul and spirit, opening up space for a higher intimacy with Christ. She organizes this slim manual along the four ancient pathways of the lectio divina (sacred reading): reading, meditating, praying, and contemplating. “Lectio” encourages “slow reading and deep thinking”; “Contemplatio” offers pithy, poetic analysis. Following each part, she assigns homework and self-assessments, providing techniques for increasing reception and retention and strategies of solitude and action to cut through distracting pings and links. While reviewing recent studies about brains and neural pathways, Rhodes strikes a more worrisome tone, but her conclusions are uplifting, empowering, and pragmatic. For readers willing to unplug and listen, this highly readable how-to will provide plenty to contemplate.

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
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    August 5, 2016
    danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I decided this book would be an interesting read simply based on the fact that it discusses technology. I grew up with some technology but the digital opportunities now are far beyond anything I experienced even 10 years ago. And now, with two young children, the battle to balance exposure to technology can be overwhelming.

    I was fascinated by Tricias extensive research into the functions of the brain. Although she admits to not being a brain scientist, she delves into its many complexities in order to bring an awareness of how technology is literally rewiring our brains. As a youth leader for middle school and high school kids, Ive attended a few conferences that describe the way a childs brain develops and works. Its amazing how God has created our brains so intricately. Yet our brains are profoundly vulnerable to the effects of technology.

    we feel permanently tethered to our devices, as if they are some sort of technological umbilical cord connecting us to the universe.

    the neurological activity between our ears, which is greatly affected by our digital habits, has had a direct link to our formation in Christlikeness.

    She leans on the research and experiences of familiar scholars and researchers such as Sherry Turkle, Maryanne Wolf, Marshall McLuhan, and Martin Heidegger. Theologically, she utilizes the wisdom from Augustine, Ignatius, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster and CS Lewis.

    She questions her readers with the following: Can you say with confidence that technology is a servant to your needs rather than a silent taskmaster over you?

    Tricia describes four disciplines she believes will help us rewire our brains back towards God:

    - Lectio = Spiritual reading: slow reading aids deep thinking

    - Meditatio = Spiritual meditation: strengthen our attention span, four movements of meditation include deep breathing, simple movement, vocal sound and faith

    - Oratio = Prayer: conversation with God, there is a god that lurks behind every digital endeavor

    - Contemplatio = to contemplate: cultivate a greater appreciation of seeking God and being found by God

    She argues that these four disciplines not only offer spiritual help, but also, just like technology, rewire the brain and trigger responses such as brain growth and proper emotions.

    i received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  2. California
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    We are very much in need to slow down
    July 1, 2016
    Bartik
    California
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Wired Soul by Tricia McCary Rhodes speaks nothing but the truth in this book and thats what drew me in. Just by reading the back cover I knew she was on to something. I know my perpetual need to go online; to go on Facebook and YouTube is probably not the best use of my time and you probably know that too. Tricia goes a bit further giving us reasons to change our habits and how. From the get go I was really pulled in and thought to myself, gosh she has a lot of sound points how I can improve my spiritual relationship with God, slow down and enjoy life in a deeper way and so I kept reading and reading. The next day I was done the book. I am sure everyone can relate that we have a constant NEED to be connected at all times and I am also sure that everyone can learn a lot from this book and be able to enjoy life deeper than ever before.

    Although I resonated with what was said, and enjoyed her sound points backed by research and many quotations throughout as well as ways to practice what she teaches at the end of each chapter, a little past halfway through the book I felt it starting to get a bit repetitive almost. By this time I felt I got the point and it stopped being as interesting to me. Other than that, we all have work to do and Tricia in her book is helping us and teaching us how to develop deeper spiritual relationships with God and with others. Thank you to NavPress for blessing me with a copy of this book!
  3. Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Wired Soul
    June 15, 2016
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "The Wired Soul" by Tricia Rhodes addresses how technology, while having the capability to enhance our relationship with Jesus Christ, can also distract us. The title is around 200 pages and some of the topics covered include:

    1. How technology (for example, the format in an ebook) reduces our ability to read thoughtfully and slowly.

    2. Some meditative practices to use for enhancing our relationship with the Lord (reading more slowly, spending time in meditation, interaction with others, etc.).

    3. Lection (reading slowly to better absorb the content you're reading).

    4. Meditation (thinking slowly and deeply).

    5. Oration (using prayer as dialoging with God).

    6. Contemplation (times of solitude with the Lord).

    7. Suggested strategies for #3-#7.

    The title transitions smoothly from topic to topic and is appropriate for new and more mature believers. "The Wired Soul" is also appropriate for anyone regardless of their level of technological use. Good read.

    I was given a review copy by Tyndale House/NavPress in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Digital Balance
    June 13, 2016
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
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    Somewhere along the way many of us become dependent on our digital connectivity and lose our spiritual way from Him. Never a good thing, but with the right tools and guidance we can find our way back and still be connected digitally to everything and everyone. The Wired Soul by Tricia McCary Rhodes explains with wonderful detail that we can have a spiritual life with a digital connection. McCary Rhodes takes us back to simple days where we use simple techniques that have gone away because of all the technology that has invaded our daily lives. It involves meditation and prayer along with readings that will make us more aware of the importance of being connected to Him more than any one thing in our lives. This was so easily understandable and is making me take a step back from social media and going back to Him. It's a simpler place in time that is absolutely necessary. Such a good message. I received a copy for this review from Tyndale House publishers and all opinions are my own.
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