12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age.

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Do You Control Your Phone—Or Does Your Phone Control You?

Within a few years of its unveiling, the smartphone had become part of us, fully integrated into the daily patterns of our lives. Never offline, always within reach, we now wield in our hands a magic wand of technological power we have only begun to grasp. But it raises new enigmas, too. Never more connected, we seem to be growing more distant. Never more efficient, we have never been more distracted.

Drawing from the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies, and his own research, writer Tony Reinke identifies twelve potent ways our smartphones have changed us—for good and bad. Reinke calls us to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age, encouraging us to maximize the many blessings, avoid the various pitfalls, and wisely wield the most powerful gadget of human connection ever unleashed.

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Contents

  • Foreword by John Piper
  • Preface
  • Introduction: A Little Theology of Technology
  • We Are Addicted to Distraction
  • We Ignore Our Flesh and Blood
  • We Crave Immediate Approval
  • We Lose Our Literacy
  • We Feed on the Produced
  • We Become Like What We "Like"
  • We Get Lonely
  • We Get Comfortable in Secret Vices
  • We Lose Meaning
  • We Fear Missing Out
  • We Become Harsh to One Another
  • We Lose Our Place in Time
  • Conclusion: Living Smartphone Smart
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgements
  • General Index
  • Scripture Index

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Author Tony Reinke
ISBN 9781433552434
Format Paperback
First published 2017
Dimensions 140mm x 216mm x 15mm
Language US English
Pages 224
Publisher Crossway
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Life After the Dash from Zero to 2 Billion

Andy Crouch, The Gospel Coalition, June 7th 2017

Every one of his “12 ways your phone is changing you” is about a deficiency, a change in the wrong direction—“we are addicted to distraction,” “we fear missing out,” “we get comfortable in secret vices,” and so forth. If the job of every Apple ad is to portray the smartphone as a gleaming gateway to childlike wonder and fulfilling relationships with beautiful people, Reinke’s book is the anti-Apple ad, pointing out how often our smartphones cut us off from real life. His “12 ways” are artfully constructed to show both the superficial results of our device obsession and its deeper consequences for the health of our souls and bodies, and the grave threat they pose to our ability to fulfill the great commandment to love God and love our neighbor.... continue reading

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