#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel

#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

byCraig Groeschel

Paperback | October 27, 2015

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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 book, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages readers 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 more important for our maxed out, selfie-centered world. 

 

The more you compare, the less satisfied you are. The more we interact online, the more we crave face to face intimacy, but the harder it is to find. The more filtered our lives become, the more challenging it is to be authentic. The more information about the pain in the world we’re exposed to the more 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 more. 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.

New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church, an innovative and pacesetting church meeting in multiple locations around the United States and globally online, which also created the popular and free YouVersion Bible app. He is the author of several books, including Fight, Soul Detox...
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Title:#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.35 × 5.45 × 0.7 inPublished:October 27, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310343097

ISBN - 13:9780310343097

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! Living in such a selfie-centered world is hard! Learning about a healthy and godly perspective is very useful for personal growth and helping others in your life. Craig does a great job of making the lessons in this book so practical. If you or someone you know #struggles with an addiction to their phone or social media, this is your book!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! As a culture so inundated and dependent on social media, I feel like this book is so important. First, I will admit that I have a problem with Facebook. To many, it wouldn't seem like a problem because I am on it less than the majority of the Facebook population. However, I feel like the times I am on it, I let it control me and I absolutely hate that feeling. So when I saw this book, it came at the perfect timing and I read it twice (once quickly and the second time more slowly). The content within this book is sometimes difficult to get through and that is purely because you may be facing some of the things that are being discussed. At the same time, I feel like it's beyond helpful to know that you aren't the only one 'struggling' with social media and it gives you suggestions to move forward. This book was beyond helpful and I know I will come back to reread it in the future.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from #goodbook "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." This is the timely message offered by Pastor Craig Groeschel is his latest book, which, to be honest, I almost didn’t request because there’s a hashtag included in the title. But, as he explains in the book, those of us who struggle with addiction to our phones and social media apps are eager to avoid anything that might push us towards reining in the dependency, meaning it’s a book that was important for me to read. Groeschel breaks the book down into eight helpful chapters: 1. Recovering Contentment: The Struggle with Comparisons 2. Restoring Intimacy: The Struggle with “Likes” 3. Revealing Authenticity: The Struggle with Control 4. Resurrecting Compassion: The Struggle with Desensitization 5. Reviving Integrity: The Struggle with Secret Impurity 6. Remembering Encouragement: The Struggle with Constant Criticism 7. Reclaiming Worship: The Struggle with Idolatry 8. Replenishing Rest: The Struggle with Constant Distractio What stood out most to me is this truth bomb: “Life is not about how many likes you get. It is all about how much love you show.” I also very much appreciated the 10 commandments of social media appendix, which I typed into my phone as a reminder to carry with me. The content of the book may have been framed with a more evangelical slant that I’m used to these days, but the basic points were incredibly helpful, and the exhortation to take defensive and offensive steps towards bettering ourselves is well worth following up on. As one who’s becoming increasingly aware of my addiction to my phone, this is one I’ll be coming back to in the weeks and months to come.
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World by Craig Groeschel is a book for this new generation of young adults that seem to be lost and trying to find themselves online. Craig Groeschel talks about the love/hate relationship we have with the world wide web and how we are losing ourselves on it and how we should be looking for Jesus and then we will find ourselves. He takes a look at 8 Biblical values that will help us restore the balance in our lives and help us end our unhealthy and over-reliance on today's technology. Those eight values are: Contentment, how we keep comparing ourselves to other's. Intimacy, how we have lost the closeness in our relationships. Authenticity, how we control who we project we are. Compassion, how we are becoming desensitized to graphic media and focusing more on our selves. Integrity, how easy it is to do things we shouldn't be doing online and how easy it is to get away with it. Encouragement, how everyone love to comment and criticize and sometimes bash others online. Worship, how we love technology too much and worship our devices instead of God. And, rest, how we always feel the need to be connected and create stress and unrest because we are on non-stop. We live in a world of spiritual distractions that make us discontent and is making temptation even harder to get over. We need to put technology in it's place and let God take back the first place in our lives. This book was enjoyable and eye-opening. I would recommend it to all young adults and teenagers who spend a lot of time online and to the adults who are or have raised them so that they can better understand the #Struggles theses young people are going through.
Date published: 2015-12-15