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 that make this not a terrible book to read, just a boring and argumentative book for church tech people. His theology is on point, it reads quickly and easily, and he is reasonable about technology (note, he does not go so far to say that you should be posting Scripture daily if you want to be a good Christian. Don’t roll your eyes, I’ve seen it.)
But a theologically sound, well-written, and non-Luddite book does not equate to a 5 or 4-star book. The first 9 chapters, roughly 93% of the book, is a self-help book with a “for technology” veneer. Nearly every example looks at how to be a good Christian IRL with theological implications and then applies it to technology. Alternatively, I am still waiting for a prominent pastor who loves technology to look at what it means to be a good Christian with theological implications in the midst of technology (i.e. discipleship online, evangelism via social media, worship through devices, and how creativity and our relationship with God is enhanced). We see this discussed at length from church tech leaders, but not from the pulpit.
I will say that the last chapter about idolatry is on point and his two appendixes are worth it, but maybe wait to get it on sale or from the library as it’s not worth full retail price.