As a person who struggles with comparisons, social media can magnify my inadequacies Do you use social media as a distraction from the demands of the day Or when you re bored Tired Lonely As Craig Groeschel writes Life is not about how many likes you get It is all about how much love you show How do we reconcile that truth with our struggle This book has revolutionized my attitude towards social media Let s face it I m not going to throw my smartphone away or uninstall Facebook But with practical application, humor and personal stories, Craig encourages the reader to establish boundaries and balance Chapters include 1 Recovering Contentment The Struggle with Comparisons2 Restoring Intimacy The Struggle with Likes 3 Revealing Authenticity The Struggle with Control4 Resurrecting Compassion The Struggle with Desensitization5 Reviving Integrity The Struggle with Secret Impurity6 Remembering Encouragement The Struggle with Constant Criticism7 Reclaiming Worship The Struggle with Idolatry8 Replenishing Rest The Struggle with Constant DistractionSocial media isn t going anywhere So I want my family, friends and especially children to learn how it can be a tool, rather than a weapon I have sent out copies to my close friends and family and can t wait to share some face to face time talking about this book I personally have a love hate relationship with social media I wish it didn t bring out some of my worst characteristics, but sometimes it does Reading struggles helped me see that I m not the only person who deals with this and that there are methods and tactics to use to help me handle social media better Not only that, but to better be in control of all of my devices instead of letting them control me Pastor Craig Groeschel really challenges us to get to the heart of the matter and pursue and promote Jesus, not pursue and promote ourselves. This book was hard for me Not that it was difficult to read it was very well written and easy to read But it was tough because it dealt directly with some things that I had already been thinking and wrestling through myself It was one of those situations where God has been putting something on your heart, and he uses a book you read to knock you over the head to really hear what he is saying to you.Craig Groeschel shares personal stories and examples of how technology has impacted his own life, and the lives of those he knows Some of the statistics she shared were staggering and made me feel desperate for a change If you are feeling like you have some issues with technology and social media, then this is the book for you Not only with Groeschel make some of the issues and concerns about technology clear, but he gives good and solid advice on how to begin to work on the issues and recognize the problems in your own life I read this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. In all honesty this is probably of a 3.5, but I typically round up for an author I like A lot of this, for a mature and self controlled individual, is a lot of understood information The value for a believer is how to control your temptation and addiction to social media, and your interaction with it in a way that is Godly and honoring I think my biggest take away was how to really apply the Biblical principles now for my children who are growing up in a vastly different world than I did I know a big struggle in parenting growing kids in this generation is helping them learn to set safe and healthy boundaries Having this book apply Biblical principles to some of those rules lessons boundaries is super helpful and I agreed with so much of what he said in reference to how Christians should use social media in an encouraging loving way. We all love the benefits of technology and social media, but even with the incredible upsides, many of us suspect there are unintended negative consequences that are beyond our control We ve lost perspective, even perhaps ourselves.In this timely and life changing new audiobook, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages listeners who are hungry to regain control over their lives and put Christ first again He walks them through biblical values that all Christ followers know are essential, but are evenimportant for our maxed out, selfie centered world.Theyou compare, the less satisfied you are Thewe interact online, thewe crave face to face intimacy, but the harder it is to find Thefiltered our lives become, thechallenging it is to be authentic Theinformation about the pain in the world we re exposed to thedifficult it is to care.It s time to refresh and rediscover our understanding of the biblical principles that life with Christ brings contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, rest, andGroeschel taps in to some of the most up to date studies on the effects of social media on our emotions and our friendships And he offers real life examples of how we struggle with social media, how it masks our real struggles, and how we can reclaim a Christ centered life.With helpful appendices like the 10 Commandments of Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Faith, and Creating Safeguards for Your Digital Devices, you ll findStruggles to be just the guide to bring balance and real life engagement to your everyday life. The subtitle is Following Jesus in a Selfie Centered World and Groeschel looks at the way that technology, specifically social media, can get in the way of knowing, loving and following Jesus. I was a bit wary of this one, to be honest There are enough people pastors books out there telling us how technology has made us worse, the dangers of it, etc That said, I was impressed with this one and how the author chose to go about it I felt the book was very thorough, and came from a very Biblical perspective.Groeschel comes at this from a perspective of someone who also struggles, and understands the need for technology It isn t all bad, but there comes a point when we need to realize our own personal boundaries Everything is broken down simply, so it s not hard to understand But it is deep, and hard hitting No matter your level of social media use addiction even if it s none you will find something in this that will speak to you Groeschel even outlines ways to help yourself, and get help if you need it.I think this book is very relevant in this day and age, as it will relate to everyone They may not be things we want to hear, but they are definitely things we need to hear I personally thought I was pretty good at handling social media, but this book has shown me that I still have things to work on It s one of those books that is important for everyone I received a copy from the publisher, this did not affect my honest opinion.This review first appears on The NerdHerd Reads This was one of those books that I didn t think I needed to read until I actually started it Craig calls out our addiction to technology in a way that opened my eyes to see just how much control it has over certain areas of my life This is a superbly important book that everyone living in today s digital age would benefit from reading It s a great reminder that Love is important than Likes, that our worth is determined by what Jesus says about us, not what people think about our online image, and that even though technology has myriad benefits we need to always be careful and guard our hearts in order to ensure that nothing and no one other than Christ becomes our master Favorite Quote Perhaps the familiar is the greatest enemy of faith Instead of believing that God can do anything, many surrender to what they see They accept what is instead of what could bePerhaps the familiar, what you know and accept, is the greatest obstacle to your faith Faith in what could be Faith in what God calls you to be. This books explains the ways that social media and the internet affects our lives, in any way, negatively or positively Spiritually I have went downhill because I focus on social media then bible study, but without social media, I would not have found friends or my boyfriend whom have kept me in check and help me spiritually Consuming digital things in moderation is way healthy then the obsession us people have now days. I think the intent behind this book was good and the author brought up some really good points However, I think it was much wordy and repetitive than it needed to be The author talks about the problems we face with social media rather than providing ways to combat them and stay close to Jesus, which is why I m giving it only two stars.