Let’s get frank for a moment, because that would be what Meredith Gould would do. I loved this book because it was “in your face” real about what it means to be in social media. It avoids all the silly “this is what a hashtag is” type of commentary that honestly does not belong in a printed text that will be out of date in a couple of months to couple of years. Here’s what I think of Meredith Gould’s book, The Social Media Gospel:
Advice For Those Willing To Take It
Meredith’s no-hold-bars attitude is honestly refreshing. Social media has the power to connect people, to be a part of our religious lives, and can connect us in community with other believers. It is this forwardness that had me contemplating if it should almost be a requirement for most ministries to be online. Ultimately, a healthy church that can thrive locally should consider engaging online. If you have a story to tell or want to encourage other Christians and churches, not being on social media is actually doing more harm than the hesitations you can use to justify avoiding it.
Maybe Too Much Of Her
Meredith did do a bit of selling herself through the text. It’s her book, she can do what she wants, but it does not make for a good read on the topic of the text. This complaint is minute in the grand scheme of things. Along with that, she does bring her own background of “falling into” technology and social media which comes off as assuming the reader is the same way. It’s off putting for someone of my generation that can call themselves digital natives, but with effort, you can look beyond that.
Where nearly every other book on social media for Christians or ministries failed to differentiate social media’s usefulness and practicalness, Meredith has done an excellent job of communicating both. This book will entice you to jump on board and invest time, energy, creativity, and money into social media that will prove to make your ministry better. The only question now is, what are you waiting for?
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