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Publisher's Summary

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 12 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.

©2017 eChristian (P)2017 eChristian

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Practical and challenging!

My 21 year old son recommended this book and said he'd like everyone he knows to read it. Now I understand why.

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This Book Will Change You

If you've never scrutinized your use of technology before, get ready. "12 Ways" will make you re-think the role that your phone has been playing in your life. There's a good chance it's ugly, especially if you take Tony's words to heart, but don't be dismayed, because there is an even greater chance to use technology as a way to glorify God and live in awe of the created world. And Tony tells you how.

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Every Christian needs to read

Definitely 5 stars, I have been listening ( audible version) of this book and the Lord is working in my heart. I didn't even think I had an issue with my smartphone, but I think this book showed me ways I hadn't even considered. Don't let the years of "nothing" become your whole life, I need a break from my phone.

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Required reading for all Christians!

I loved this book!! More enlightening than convicting in discerning our own online habits & hearts. Every Christian should read this book. Technology changes all of us, but it doesn't have to be for the worse. As long as we alert ourselves to it's snags, we can learn to control it, not the other way around.

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wish I could share it with everyone

as part of the millennial generation I'm plagued by having everyone my age be submerged in phones. although that's not how I grew up in tried to conform to it. this book gave me comfort in ignoring the trend and going with God instead of the approval of masses :)

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Making our phones truly enhance our lives

Appreciated authors thoughtful look at the impact of our smartphone use on our happiness. Helps see how to use and how not to use phones to reach our goals. Helped put the phone in its powerful useful dangerous place.

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Challenging and provocative read

This audiobook was very well read by the narrator, and there were a lot of very thought-provoking points throughout the book.

However, there was also a lot of very unnecessary sanctimony on the author’s part. This was exemplified in an early chapter when the author tried to suggest social media and the connectedness of the internet coupled with people’s selfish desires are the reason for the growing “done movement” (Christians who no longer attend some kind of weekly meeting) Huh?

Sometimes I had no idea what the author’s point was or how he reached some of his conclusions. Other than those kinds of things, of which it seemed like each chapter had at least once, this is a very important book for believers to read or listen to, IMO.

Perhaps the author should have chosen a different title than “phone” because overall, this book was more about how the internet, in general, is changing us and not just smartphones since much of his opinions relating to the internet and social media overall.

This is worth a read. Just chew the meat and spit out the cud as you digest it.

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Excellent principles for all technology users!

A very well-written book on the advantages and pit-falls possible for all who engage in social media, or utilize technology. Excellent principles, properly thought out and balanced, and so encouraging to keep our minds on heavenly things. An examination of our heart in using technology to the glory of God. Read by a great narrator.

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HIGHLY Applicable!

My Christian book club 'just' completed this book. Everyone agreed it was the most convincing and applicable book we've read all year! I strongly recommend this title to ALL parents.

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Technology Helped Me Finish this Book

Loved this book! Short, memorable, and it was as if the narrator wrote the book himself. If you are interested in the impact that the technological advance of the smart phone has had in your life, and ways to live a full life before Christ in light of that, then this is the book for you.