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The Next Story

Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion

Author Tim Challies
Narrator Adam Black
Runtime 8.65 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Zondervan
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Release Date May 1, 2011
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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.
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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 that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:
• How has life—and faith—changed 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.

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Excellent book for discovering the biblical principles behind our technology
This is a really thought-provoking book for helping Christians discover the biblical principles behind modern technology. Many of the questions that I have consciously and subconsciously wrestled with over the past few years were brought up and answered in this book. My only complaint is that in the last chapter, as Challies lays out his family technology plan (a plan for helping parents keep their children out of trouble on the Internet), he becomes uncharacteristically legalistic, relying on strict regulations to keep straying hearts and minds under control. His approach seems to be to force standards on kids rather than to train kids to love the standards because the standards are good. But that's only the last chapter. The rest is great.
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A warning bell for technology enthusiasts like me
This book is for you if you are a technology enthusiast - if you dream of the mobiles and gadgets and stay up-to-date with the most current gadgets in the market. This excellent book presents a Christian perspective on technology, its benefits and hidden dangers, and some practical advice on how to look at and use technology prudently. It has exposed some of my areas of weaknesses with respect to the use of electronic gadgets. Thanks, Tim.
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Review by / (Posted on 1/6/2012)
Every 1st world Christian should read this!
I had the privilege of listening to this book through the reviewer program on Christian Audio
http://christianaudio.com/the-next-story-tim-challies

How does the digital technology of today effect our lives, our families, our time and interests. Do we have more time now or less? Is there any virtue in all the information we are gathering. And from a Christian perspective, how does the growing rate of technology effect out work with God? Does it improve it or deplete it? Can Christians embrace technology and still bring glory to God, or do they run the risk of making technology an idol?

What about the future? How can we cope to the changing rate of change? What will Churches look like if they embraced this technology? Should Churches embrace technology?

What is truth? Is the essence of definition of truth being altered through the technology and media work?

How can you respond? How can you keep in touch with the changing world and so be relevant to those we are reaching out to, but at the same time live a holy Christian life?

I know that there are many questions above. Questions that you may or may not have pondered. Tim Challis addressed each of these questions - and many more, helping his readers to think through these issues, and deals with them from the point of view of a Christian who lives in the midst of digital age.

The book was personally helpful for me to understand the extent that technology permeates my life, and my responses to it that I had never considered before.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who calls themselves a Christian and who wants to be relevant to those around them without falling into the trap of making technology an idol.

I thought the narrator was not very convinced about what he was reading though, and came across as disinterested. Pronunciation was also a bit off at times.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/8/2011)
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