Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Wired Soul
I'm telling myself this all the time in this have-to-be-on-Facebook-all-the-time culture. This book is a good read for the end of the year (I actually finished in December). It helps to refocus and remember what is important. Like Rhodes, I have a love-hate relationship with technology. It's supposed to make you more connected but can oftentimes make you feel lonelier. There were four parts to the book: Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, and Contemplatio. Basically getting back to slowing down the pace of life and not looking at a screen all day. How are we to know the thoughts of God if we are distracted by so much noise? Although I did not participate in the activities in the book, it could help someone who needs to slow down and rediscover our mysterious God.
Here were a few of my favorite quotes:
"Can you say with confidence that technology is a servant to your needs rather than a silent taskmaster over you" (7)?
"[T]oo much digital engagement... can keep me from showing up for my life, from being mindful of God, from living in the present moment, whether set aside for work, rest, connecting with other, or even play" (76).
"Contemplatives move at a slower pace. [T]hey see things other people miss" (182). I love that. Consider me in the Slow Club.
I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.