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12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

Author Tony Reinke
Narrator Tom Parks
Runtime 6.80 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date March 30, 2017
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When the smartphone was introduced, many of us quickly adopted it into our lives—too quickly to stop and think about the future costs we were unboxing along with the device. Now blessed with this revolutionary piece of handheld technology, we try to wield it with wisdom, fending off anxieties about how our digital habits impact our spiritual health. Drawing on the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed our lives—for good and ill. Reinke calls us to cultivate healthy habits for smartphone use in the digital age, encouraging us to be grateful for technological advance, develop skills aimed at maximizing the blessing that we (and others) can receive through our phones, and grow in the wisdom we need to avoid the many pitfalls that exist with such a powerful tool.
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When the smartphone was introduced, many of us quickly adopted it into our lives—too quickly to stop and think about the future costs we were unboxing along with the device. Now blessed with this revolutionary piece of handheld technology, we try to wield it with wisdom, fending off anxieties about how our digital habits impact our spiritual health. Drawing on the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed our lives—for good and ill. Reinke calls us to cultivate healthy habits for smartphone use in the digital age, encouraging us to be grateful for technological advance, develop skills aimed at maximizing the blessing that we (and others) can receive through our phones, and grow in the wisdom we need to avoid the many pitfalls that exist with such a powerful tool.

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A Much Needed Conversation in our Culture
Cell phones are a recent phenomenon and haven't been around for very long. The long-term effects have not been as easily observed, though sadly culture has experienced the negative effects, such as the rise of phone-related injuries and fatalities. Tony Reinke offers an insightful look into the gadget generation as one who makes a living online. As the book title unambiguously suggests, he identifies and explains 12 ways our phones are changing us. Some are more influential than others, but his overall assessment is convincing as well as convicting. He is careful not to approach technology as the devil but as a tool. The real problem with technology is our own tendency to make it an idol in our lives. The gospel radiates through these pages, constantly reminding us of our own need for salvation from the idols of our hearts. Along with these 12 observations, Reinke also suggests safeguards to put in place to remind us when technology starts to dethrone God. He maintains a balanced approach to technology by putting it in its place as a tool which can be used to make God's glorious name made known to an online community desperate for authentic relationships. I received this audiobook from christianaudio.com in exchange for an honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/18/2017)
Excellent
Mr. Reinke's book is one of the most helpful, most important examinations of the impact that our smart phones are having on our souls that I have run across. Any Christian who owns a smart phone should read this book—and I would even broaden that to anyone who engages in any kind of electronic technology: computers, televisions, etc. Mr. Reinke offers each of us God-honoring resources to help "each one test his own work" (Galatians 6:4). (The narrator is excellent, too.)
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Review by / (Posted on 5/18/2017)
Earbuds for everyone
Since earbuds started appearing in our ears with iPods or other music devices, I have felt that those who do this in public in places like the grocery store are tuning out of the world into their own private space. I consider this to be rude and have stated such to those in my family who do this.
Such devices are very handy to pass the time when out walking or running exercise or even in the gym when struggling through a tough workout. These devices have also enhanced my knowledge base by offering various forms of audio books.
I currently have an audiobook library of several hundred books, most of which would never have been read if I only had physical books. I spend hours on the road as part of my job and commute. Audio books also pass the time in an entertaining way when on long road trips.
Almost all of this reading (listening) is done when I am alone.
This is unfortunately not the case for many, many people, especially younger folk. It is becoming more and more common to see ear buds in both ears of young people even when in the presence of friends and family.
As Tony Reinke points out in his book, these behaviors have only gotten worse now that we have instant continuous access to not only audio but also pictures, video and political speech twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.
While there is a great deal of knowledge that is either necessary (google maps) or beneficial (election results), much of the information that is readily available through various online sources on our cell phones is either inaccurate, completely false or inconsequential to our lives.
It is very discouraging to see a group of friends or family members sitting together at a dinner table or out together, each one glued to his own cell phone. The breakdown of face-to-face communication which started with phones, migrated to email and now has blossomed with the various social media formats led by Facebook have in my opinion, moved us toward a less loving, less caring society driven by the opinions of others.
This book is a wakeup call to those of us who are unwittingly falling into this trap of information overload and the breakdown of our relationships.
The author makes a point of the effect of these devices on our spiritual life. I agree with some of them but as he admits, there can be an enhancement of our spiritual life through the expanse of Biblical truth and study also available on our pocketable device. I personally attend church with a netbook loaded with multiple versions of the Bible, commentaries and a newly downloaded set of sermon notes. This device has greatly enhanced my church experience.
The narrator, Tom Parks did an excellent job of narration and kept the book interesting all the way through.


I was given a free audio version of this book for my agreement to review it but this has not influenced my personal impressions of the book.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/15/2017)
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