I requested a copy of The Tech-Wise Family by Crouch from Baker Books’ BakerBookBloggers program so I could check it out for a review. When I first read an introduction for this book on Baker’s website, I was very intrigued. And I thought to myself, “wow – a book on how not to overuse technology! This could be a great book to read for some that seem to be using social media too much (in my opinion).” Little did I realize how convicting I would find this book for myself to read. Highly recommended – especially for those just starting out families.
I would give this book a 9.4 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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“The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place” by Andy Crouch is a fantastic book to help build relationships in your family and those around you without being hindered by our overly digitized culture that we live in. The author compares that infamous “blue light” that we all light up our faces with (TV, cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) against the potentially ill-effects it has on us like loneliness, false and/or shallow relationships, health issues and many more. This book was very convicting for me. I would highly recommend this book for anyone to read. However, if you are starting out a family with young kids, or currently at the early stages in your life, this book would be an amazing thing for you to read and implement some of the very practical ideas that the author presents. I would classify this book among one of those must-reads – especially living in the culture we currently are in. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Parenting
Author: Andy Crouch @ahc
Publisher: Baker Books (Baker Publishing Group) #BakerBooksBloggers @ReadBakerBooks.
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0801018664
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com. They have it for $8.99– suggested retail from the publisher is $13.99. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
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|The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place
By Andy Crouch / Baker BooksReclaim real life in a world of technology. Making good choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen-time limits for our children. It’s about building character, wisdom, and courage.Alongside in-depth research from Barna Group that shows how families are wrestling with technology’s new realities, Andy Crouch takes parents beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when to show us that in a world full of devices, there’s a way to choose a better life than we’ve imagined.
•Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
Goal of Book:
The author’s goal seems to be to call out the need for us to seriously evaluate the manner in which we use technology. The author is not anti-technology in any way. But rather, he calls for us to sincerely evaluate how we use it and for us to use it in an intentional way rather than mindlessly using it causing differing forms of alienation from one another..
My Favorite Part:
I really liked how the author/publisher incorporated quite a lot of facts and statistics from the well renowned Barna Group. This really helped to bolster the ideas that the author was conveying throughout the book. I was really surprised by how convicting this book was – especially when looking back at the time when we were raising our kids (who are all grown adults now).
This book is very readable, but at the same time, it is so thought-provoking and challenging. This really is a book that I would recommend for all people to read, but especially for anyone with a young family or thinking of starting a family. I feel that this is the group that will get the most benefit out of this book. However, grandparents can easily apply a very large portion of this book as they can be a very large part of the lives of their grandchildren.
Foreword by Amy Crouch
Preface: The Proper Place
Ten Tech-Wise Commitments
PART 1: The Three Key Decisions of a Tech-Wise Family
Chapter 1 – Choosing Character
Chapter 2 – Shaping Space
Chapter 3 – Structuring Time
PART 2: Daily Life
Chapter 4 – Waking and Sleeping
Chapter 5 – Learning and Working
Chapter 6 – The Good News about Boredom
Chapter 7 – The Deep End of the (Car) Pool
Chapter 8 – Naked and Unashamed
Part 3: What Matters Most
Chapter 9 – Why Singing Matters
Chapter 10 – In Sickness and in Health
For Further Reading
About the Research
About Barna Group
About the Author
About the Publisher:
From the Publisher’s website: Baker Books has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. We publish titles for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, apologetics, spirituality, relationships, marriage, parenting, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. We also publish books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, biblical reference, and leadership.
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