#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

Struggles Following Jesus in a Selfie Centered World 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 pers

  • Title: #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World
  • Author: Craig Groeschel
  • ISBN: 9781501281174
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 Craig Groeschel encourages listeWe 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 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 even important for our maxed out, selfie centered world.The you compare, the less satisfied you are The we interact online, the we crave face to face intimacy, but the harder it is to find The filtered our lives become, the challenging it is to be authentic The information about the pain in the world we re exposed to the difficult 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, and Groeschel 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 find Struggles to be just the guide to bring balance and real life engagement to your everyday life.

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    1. It's a very helpful book for any human being dealing with Social Media. The first one on this topic I read and I needed it.I identify so much with lots of the things he mentioned. I especially like how he talks to you as a friend. He pretty much says: "look, I'm not in the business of condemning you, I'm the first one #struggling with this, I just want to help you". That's how I felt it and it's great.There were a lot of things this book made me consider regarding my attitude toward Instagram, F [...]

    2. 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 w [...]

    3. This review first appears onI 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 p [...]

    4. 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 l [...]

    5. In all honesty this is probably more 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 [...]

    6. 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 pursu [...]

    7. I needed this book at this moment in time. This book, while mainly focusing on how technology, especially social media has taken us off our walk with Jesus and we've lost our way can be applied to so many aspects of life. Not only does he point out 8 specific areas that social media affects us in, he also gives simple practical tips for how to make changes and lean back toward the Lord. An awesome read!

    8. 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.

    9. 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 more important than Likes, that our worth is determined by what Jesus says about us, not what people think about our online i [...]

    10. With the age of advanced technology, Craig Groeschel maps out the challenges that come with it, and also how to overcome or limit the temptations that could come a person's way; and shows a person where to focus their attention on instead.

    11. Many good nuggets in here. Idolitry in America is running without check. And Craig has identified one main culprit. Craig give us some very viable solutions to the issues that he has laid out very nicely in this book.

    12. If you're a Millenial, then you grew up in a social media influenced world. If you're willing to admit it, you're probably like me - addicted to your phone, serving the idol of self preoccupation, and feeling incredibly lonely despite having a thousand "friends" or followers online. If this resonates with you, then you need to read #Struggles. This book addresses the very real pitfalls online presence can cause and teaches us how to restore a healthy balance without being a slave to Facebook or [...]

    13. Technology and social media is taking over the world so says Craig Groeschel in his book “#Struggles: Following Jesus In a Selfie-Centered World.” He admits to struggling with technology and loving being in places where his phone doesn’t work. He says this upfront and tries throughout the book to use technology for the glory of God. He puts forward ways in which we master social media without it becoming our master. I love the idea of looking to see the good in a thing rather than immediat [...]

    14. #Struggles is a book written to assist readers in regaining control of their lives and their use of social media. Craig Groeschel knows that we are becoming more addictive to all kinds of social media and we’re losing the connection of intimate relationships and friendships. Throughout this book, Craig explored eight Biblical values: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, integrity, encouragement, and many more to help us learn to balance our access in using social media. The book begins discuss [...]

    15. We live in a world of technology. The biggest punishment I can give to my kids is to take away their phones. Social media became a problem for me during the past election and I pulled the apps from my phone. Ever since then, I have found much more peace and patience with the people in my life who matter. If you have a mobile phone or social media account (pretty much everyone), you have to read this book. It will act as a mirror to your connection with your online life--maybe everything is good, [...]

    16. #struggles is the latest book by Craig Groeschel, pastor of LifeChurch and author of a number of other books dealing with issues faced by followers of Christ in the world today. The book is a candid and critical look at the way in which the use of social media has impacted and controlled the lives of many people and offers advice on how that can be reversed so that people control it rather than the other way around.For me personally, this was a very timely book. I have been using a variety of so [...]

    17. This book is a wake up call and reminder for Christians, like myself, who depend on social media too much. I highly recommend it.

    18. Craig Groeschel's #struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World is a candid and critical look at the way in which the use of social media has impacted and controlled our postmodern lives. In it, Groeschel offers pastoral counsel on how that control can be reversed: We disciples can control social media in faithful ways, rather than having our lives controlled by it.There's no doubt #struggles is a timely book. My own Facebook and Twitter have been a resource for pastoral ministry. In fa [...]

    19. #struggles is a book on Christian discipleship in a world where technology and social media are getting more attention than ever before. Did you look at your phone the first thing this morning? Was it the last thing you looked at before going to sleep? Have you ever posted on social media and felt the urge to check it a minute later to count the number of "likes?" This book is written for you.Groeschel knows a thing or two about technology and social media. He is the pastor of LifeChurch, the se [...]

    20. Here are some quotes from the book that stood out to me. "We are meant to have deep, sometimes difficult feelings of loneliness to motivate us towards the kind of contact with others that meet our deeper, long-term needs. Every time we seek instant affirmation, we ignore our basic human condition of loneliness and the opportunity of loneliness that drives us toward real friendship, real intimacy, first with God and then with others. We're living for Likes, but we're longing for love." (pg. 52)# [...]

    21. I realized a while back that I had an obsession that wasn’t very God-honoring. I was searching for blog followers, Facebook followers and playing a numbers game that, while wanting to claim to use it for ministry, was really all about me. I understood that what I had to do if I wanted to put God first and replace the internet and my own personal ambition as an idol in my life. So, 2016 is going to be my year of cutting back online (if not ultimately taking a sabbatical). When I saw the newest [...]

    22. Craig Groeschel, founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch is back with a new book presenting his audience a mirror on their online and offline behaviour that may be qualified as addictions or distractions. #Struggles: Following Jesus In a Selfie-Centered World. It's you as the center of the universe taking endless #selfies, craving for likes, kudos and superficial friends, followers and connections. It's you sleeping with your phone, online 24/7. It's you when no one is watchingdicted to porn, g [...]

    23. This is an interesting book that feels backwards. The premise of the book is discussed right away, but it is not until the last chapter that he discusses who his audience may be for this book, "those that have a love/hate relationship with technology"Further, he states that the purpose of this book is not to trash on technology, but then proceeds to do so in every single chapter with how we use it and it completely disrupts our life.But I'm getting ahead of myself.The book has some positives tha [...]

    24. #StrugglesCraig GroeschelCraig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch. He is also the author of many titles including Alter Ego, Soul Detox, The Christian Atheist, It and several others. His newest book is #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World. In #Struggles, Craig touches on the subject of social media and how our lives are centered on it as well as technology. We will often compare ourselves to our friend’s and wish our lives could be like there’s or wis [...]

    25. Social media has changed the way we interact as people. Comparing our lives with others in such a public way is a relatively new struggle for most. Now the temptation to compare is even stronger. How can we resist? Teens are committing suicide because they can't measure up. A reputation can be ruined in an instant. A business can shut down due to bad press. The struggle is so real it's scary.How do we battle something that has forever changed our society? Craig Groeschel's book #Struggles addres [...]

    26. Craig's new book speaks right to the heart of our society today. It's an eye opening read that challenges us to see those areas of our lives that are dominated by the consumption of social media. Each chapter of the book focuses on one aspect of how social media is impacting our daily lives and every section brings a very practical aspect with it. Chapters include:Recovering Contentment - The Struggle with ComparisonsRestoring Intimacy - The Struggle with "Likes"Revealing Authenticity - The Stru [...]

    27. I have always known that social media can often be a stumbling block for me; it consumes my time and becomes an addiction, and it magnifies my struggle with comparing myself and my life to other people. I have played the all or nothing game too many times with social media, deleting apps, staying off it all together, but then adding it back for connections that are important, and not still not maintaining proper balance. Pastor Craig gets to the actual heart of the issue, and reading his book a [...]

    28. I have always known that social media can often be a stumbling block for me; it consumes my time and becomes an addiction, and it magnifies my struggle with comparing myself and my life to other people. I have played the all or nothing game too many times with social media, deleting apps, staying off it all together, but then adding it back for connections that are important, and not still not maintaining proper balance. Pastor Craig gets to the actual heart of the issue, and reading his book an [...]

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