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.
Table of 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
About the author:
Tony Reinke is a journalist and senior writer for desiringGod.org. He is the author of Lit!: A Christian Guide to ReadingBooks; Newton on the Christian Life; and 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.
“If you feel uneasy about your constant relationship with your phone (and even if you don’t, but wonder if you should), you will find Tony Reinke to be a reliable guide for how we should assess the impact of our phones on ourselves and our relationships. A marvelous book that tackles a massive subject in clear and compelling language!” Trevin Wax, Managing Editor, The Gospel Project; author, Gospel-Centered Teaching, Counterfeit Gospels, and Holy Subversion
“Image is everything, and for a woman who has built her identity on the sands of how she’s embraced online, the eventual letdown will come like a crash. But there’s a better way forward, a way to use our phones in selfless service, to glorify God in our connectivity, and to image Christ by our phone behaviors. For this, we must evaluate our glowing screens and train our discernment to see the difference between the sight-driven habits of our age and the Scripture-lit pathway of faith. Every chapter of this book is like the right kind of push notification in our lives. Stop, read, process, and apply with care.” Gloria Furman, author, The Pastor's Wife; Missional Motherhood; andAlive in Him
“As a teenager and a smartphone user, I needed this book. Tony Reinke is compelling and convicting, yet continually meets us with grace. My generation needs this book, because we need to get technology right. If we don’t, the cost is great. 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You should be a must-read for every smartphone user, especially for us younger ones.” Jaquelle Crowe, lead writer and Editor in Chief, TheRebelution.com; contributor, The Gospel Coalition; author, This Changes Everything