The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion

Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment Yet even though we live in this instant message culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls In a manner tEven the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment Yet even though we live in this instant message culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls In a manner that s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as How has life and faith changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet with hundreds of millions coming online each year Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.
The Next Story Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology We rely upon computers cell phones and the Internet for communication commerce and entertainmen

  • Title: The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion
  • Author: Tim Challies
  • ISBN: 9780310329039
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion”

    1. I listened to this audio book from Christian Audio. There was an element of irony when the author was talking about the negative effect that digital techonology has on our attention span, while I was listening to the book at double speed to get through it more quickly.There was an interesting history of technological advances in here as well as a discussion about internet narcissism/privacy issues, a conflicting desire to be seen and not to be seen.I enjoyed the discussion of how technology has [...]

    2. I reviewed Tim Challies' book "The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment" about a year ago. I used to subscribe to his blog, but in an exercise similar to one he recommends in "The Next Story", I unsubscribed because of a lack of personal value for the time reading.My review of "The Next Story" will be different, because I listened to it in the form of an audiobook. It was one of Christian Audio's freebies at one point. I wasn't sure if I should try to review it, or how to review it. With a paper [...]

    3. Canadian pastor, author, and blogger Tim Challies has long been recognized as an insightful voice on cultural and technological issues facing the Church. His website (Challies) often features product reviews of new devices and he frequently wrestles with the theological implications of new technologies in his blog posts. In The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion, Challies attempts to make a more comprehensive statement about the relationship between technology and the Christi [...]

    4. I applaud Challies' work to present a biblical evaluation of technology. On the other hand, I felt that his philosophy was strongly influenced by the Mcluhan / Postmanesque media ecology that goes looking for evil lurking under every circuit board and behind every glowing screen. He made a few good points with a lot of rather unhelpful points in between. Overall, I would read From the Garden to the City if you simply must read a book on the Christian view of technology. I'm not sure that it is e [...]

    5. Solid, simple read with applicable wisdom. Highly recommended read for anyone interested in media/technology and its impact on culture, faith and society.

    6. This is a spectacular book. So very good and timely. Now grated some will put their noses up because a book on technology written in 2011 (updated 2015) is so out of date, but the concepts are totally biblical and something all christians need to read, especially parents. I am reminded of when I was first exposed to Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves To Death, and have always wanted to read more in that vein but from a Christian worldview, and I have found it in this book. Highest recommendation!! [...]

    7. Absolutely fantastic analysis that is a vital read for anyone who feels (like me) that digital life, communication speed, information overload is getting overwhelming.

    8. Technology is the creative activity of using tools to shape God’s creation for practical purposes.2Location: 369God made us creative beings in his image and assigned to us a task that would require us to plumb the depths of that creativity. He knew that to fulfill our created purpose we would need to be innovative, developing new tools and means of utilizing the resources and abilities that he had given to us. In other words, obedience to God requires that we create technology. This tells us t [...]

    9. Do you own your technology or does your technology own you? This is a deeply probing and provocative question. “Am I giving up control of my life? Is it possible that these technologies are changing me? Am I becoming a tool of the very tools that are supposed to serve me (p. 11)?” Answering these questions put Tim Challies on a quest which resulted in his recent book The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion.Whether we want to be or not we are all plugged into technology. So [...]

    10. Five years after it's publication, this book remains a helpful, insightful resource for thinking Christianly about technology. While the hot devices and apps have changed somewhat during the last five years, Challies' reflections on Communication (the challenges and the responsibilities of improved means of broadcast community), Mediation (what changes when we're not face-to-face with those we're communicating with?), Distraction (the difficulty of thinking deeply in the digital age), Informatio [...]

    11. THINKThis book reminds us to think before buying any new technology, asking ourselves questions like:What, if any, legitimate problem(s) in my life will this new gadget solve? What problems will it create?Will this technology make more or less provision for my current idol(s) and addiction(s) (e.g gossip, always being "in the know," workaholism/ungodly ambition/unceasing desire for "productivity" at the expense of relationships with the Lord and others, loneliness resulting from dissatisfaction [...]

    12. “The Next Story” by Tim ChalliesTim Challies is a popular blogger and knows the digital world. This book helps us think carefully about ourselves as we email, text, blog and surf the web. I really enjoyed it. Ironically (full disclosure, here), I listened to the whole thing… on my iPhone.The digital world is a real and significant change. We store and process information very differently than 30 years ago. Publishing and reading patterns have changed because things are now digital. Publish [...]

    13. Tim Challies book The Next Story is a masterpiece in its field. The book effectively engages with all the primary practical imports of technology to drive home the principle that using technology for the glory of God is both a challenge and an opportunity for Christians (blurb).[return][return]Challies book is quite unique, in a Christian book field with few comparable books. Three things, however, make it a book to treasure.[return][return]Firstly, Challies deals with technology from the inside [...]

    14. A good book, considering the impacts that digital technology has had on people today, especially within the church.The beginning of the book is largely a recapitulation of Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman. This section proved to be a rather awkward read for me, hearing old ideas being recast for a different audience. Challies did a good job here, but did present himself in the same confident, poignant manner that Postman did so many years b [...]

    15. I chose this book for the "book about a current issue" category. Although this book has resided in our shelves in hard copy form for years, I decided to give it a go as an audio book. I felt like even though I am a very comfortable resident in the digital age, it wouldn't hurt to continue to develop a philosophy of digital technology use - especially as a Christian. Since this book was published five years ago, it only makes sense in our fast moving world that it already feels outdated. Much of [...]

    16. I think Tim Challies did a nice job of setting a balanced context for this digital world that we live in.Laptops, tablets and phones have become a regular part of our daily lives. Our phones are with us every moment of the day. We think we have it all under control, but maybe the table is turned. Maybe we are under the control of the technology in our lives.We know that technology is changing us and our culture, but it is difficult to know how to frame that discussion. That is what this book is [...]

    17. MY REVIEW:So many times I am find myself wondering how I managed without a cell phoneor how I would contact people without Facebookor how inconvenient it would be without wifi in our homed sometimes I even wonder how I learned without twitter. And this is exactly what - and so much more! - Tim Cahllies deals with in this book: The Next Story.I "read" the audio version of this book and because it was not a book that I wanted to read but rather knew I should read. The audio format was best for me [...]

    18. The Next Story by Tim Challies is the first book about the digital age, and the first critique of our culture’s technology-centeredness, that I have ever read. There are other books and articles, some of which Challies references (Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, for instance), that I haven’t read, but really want to now because of The Next Story. The most interesting thing about this book, and why it makes me want to read some of the other works on the subject, is that it taps i [...]

    19. Technology is everywhere. Therefore, we need to think about it - go ahead. What do you think? Are you really thinking deeply about technology? What was it created to do? What place does it currently hold in your life? It is benefitting you and your relationships? Did you have any trouble grappling over these deeper issues? Perhaps your problem is that your use of technology has rewired your brain. In his book, "The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion", Tim Challies walks his r [...]

    20. Everyone has their own GoodReads rating philosophy. Mine: 1* - Hated it2* - Not worth reading3* - Decent Book4* - Great book5* - Life Changing BookThis book earns its 5* rating. When I read it in 2011, it truly changed my life. Opened my eyes to my iPhone addiction and how it was affecting me, my relationship with God and my family.This is the third time I've purchased this book! Originally listened to it as an audiobook. Liked it so much, I wanted to be able to take notes and highlight so I bou [...]

    21. Thinks hard on an area of life that is often blindly stumbled into. Addressed nagging thoughts that I was afraid to pursue.Gospel-centered approach to technology. Call it a "Gospel Primer for The Millenial Age."Great balance that steers clear of Amish Neo-Luddism and total lighthouse consumerism. It helps that Tim is a programmer blogger Pastor designer. :) Kinda like me.Historical and researched approach to the impact of the digital age. Timelined the story of the digital explosion in a concise [...]

    22. If you live in the 21st century, you have to read this book. Challies’ excellent piece explores the relationship between technology, especially social networking and online communication, and the Christian faith. Perhaps one of the reasons I found this book such a helpfully insightful read is because I have long felt that we are becoming increasingly enslaved to our technology, idolising communication and convenience, as well as outsourcing knowledge – or memory – to data stores. This has, [...]

    23. I am a blog follower of Tim Challies. I have always enjoyed the things that he has shared plus the little part of himself that he shares with it. When he talked of his book and it coming out, I thought I would read it because I enjoy Tim's writing and why not. Well it only took me 3 days to finish this book and it is probably one of those books you need to read again and again. Just to check were you are at any given time. This is a book for all of us to read. To think about how the digital worl [...]

    24. This is probably the best single book I have found of the potential dangers lurking in our technology. Like me, Challies is no technology hater, but he is well aware that technology is not always positive in its outcome. His book gives a good overview of the various issues facing us in our technology, and how it works to re-wire us - often in ways that make being conformed to the image of Christ harder rather than easier.I really appreciated a couple of things about the book. First, he has clear [...]

    25. It's interesting reading a book that discusses the latest technology now (2016), five years after it was written (2011). While some of the technological details are understandably now a little outdated, Challies' points are still very much pertinent, thoughtful, convicting, and worth deeply considering. As he points out, technology itself is not good or bad, but how we use it and how it can so easily master us certainly can be. His discussion about the need for in-person fellowship and the pitfa [...]

    26. Very good commentary on how we use digital tools today or how they use us. It made me think and re-evaluate how technology can overtake my life, how it can be a huge distraction and what again is 'truth'. I know I need to discipline my online habits, be careful what and how I say things online and how I need to talk more to people directly or at least on the phone to have better and more clear communication, rather than txting or emailing.I like how the author put it that we have so much more 'i [...]

    27. Very easily could become the best book of this year. :) A very thorough overview of the ways in which technology (beginning with such things as the plow) has evolved and influenced the times in which it has become useful. While many technologies have been very helpful, there are often less welcome changes that aren't really taken into consideration until they've become thoroughly ingrained into public life. Much of the book focuses on what we call technology--computer-based interaction. One of t [...]

    28. Tim Challies clearly delineates how new media is impacting, influencing, and permeating every part of our lives. He provides wise counsel on how to use this media and prevent it from manipulating us. He writes, "Our searches are a penetrating window into our hearts. We tell search engines what we would not tell anyone else; we ask them what we would be too embarrassed to ask in any context. And we entrust to them this information, perhaps not realizing that they might keep these searches forever [...]

    29. So many great points in this theology-meets-technology treatise that will arm you for battling & bending technology to your advantage. Although it’s not a “how-to” book, it does offer practical guides that will help you & your family navigate your own next story in our ever-shifting world of social media. I enjoyed Challies’ theological, theoretical, & experiential framework that he convincingly presents to those who desire to live lives of virtue & dignity after the digi [...]

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