I was introduced to Goodreads a few months ago, and have found it to be a pretty enjoyable way to feed my book addiction. Not only can I track all the books I’ve read, but I can shamelessly grow my ‘to-read’ list to a size that is probably unrealistic with potential books I’d like to read. Anyway, I also discovered how to paste my reviews of books here. So maybe I’ll start posting a book review or two. Just for kicks.
I’ll start with one that I discovered while it was offered as a free ebook (yay!)[1. Have I mentioned how much I love my nook? Well, I do. It isn’t the same as a physical, paper book in your hands, true. But the number of free and cheap ebooks out there, plus the massive space savings is simply fantastic] via a friend (the best way to find books, I’m pretty sure). Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media by Kyle Tennant is written to Christians to express concernes over how social media influences our theology. My short and sweet summary is that the book is worth reading, but I did not experience “a sense of panic, of urgency” while reading it that Tennent says he hopes you’ll experience.[1. p. 45] Maybe there is something wrong with me. I think the book, and more specifically the subject, are well worth thinking about, and as Christians we do need to think about these things. Perhaps Tennent’s book will inspire those conversations.
Here’s my Goodreads review:
My rating on Goodreads: 3 of 5 stars
Interesting book, definitely worth reading. It’s short and easy. However, I found the first two chapters to be repetetive of many criticisms of social media that I’ve encountered already. I also felt that it did border on a personal reflection on social media, rather than presenting research. Chapter three, however, I felt was very worth while. In fact, you could probably read just that chapter and walk away enriched. Tennant spends the chapter talking about what to ‘do’ with social media, and I think his perspective is pretty good. All in all, certainly worth reading and thinking about.