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In an accessible and conversational voice, communications professor Peggy Kendall has designed this practical resource to help Christians think more intentionally about how technology is changing the way we live. Reboot: Refreshing Your Faith in a High-tech World specifically explores three areas where "our unexamined choices regarding technology may unintentionally be altering our fundamental operating system":
• Our values• Our relationships• The way we view our Creator
Contrasting our high-tech world with a no-tech God, Reboot challenges us to use existing and future technology in ways that are consistent with the values and lifestyle God calls us to adopt.
Includes chapter questions and discussion points ("Shift" and "Esc" keys), making Reboot an ideal resource for:
• Personal reflection• Book clubs• Small-group discussion• Sermon series• Youth and adult Sunday school classes• Communication and technology courses
"With plenty of thought for keeping God relevant in today's world including keeping in touch with other Christians and applications of technology for faith, Reboot is a fine read and very highly recommended for any technology-minded Christian."The Midwest Book Review, February 2011
"With ideas for personal reflection, sermons to stay relevant in today's world, as well as using technology with faith, Reboot is a choice pick and highly recommended read for the pastor who wants to stay with the times."Wisconsin Bookwatch, April 2010
"This is a good book for church groups or individual readers."Congregational Libraries Today, 2010
"Reboot: Refreshing Your Faith in a High-Tech World is a small book with a big message. It is an especially useful tool for clergy and those who work with youth groups, but also a great guide for families who need to reconnect with each other instead of living together in technology isolation."BlogCritic blog
"I fear overstating myself sometimes, but I honestly believe that any Christian who uses technology, such as a phone, TV, or computer, should read this book or borrow it from someone. Fork over the $14. It's worth it. "In a Mirror Dimly blog
"It's a nice, short book that doesn't unfairly demonize technology, but just attempts to help us see both its pros and cons and suggest some ways to 'unplug' and 'refresh' every now and again."Don't Eat the Fruit blog
"Although written in an accessible style, the ideas presented are neither simple nor unimportant. Given the biblical, philosophical, and relational issues that Kendall raises, the book would be a good resource for Christian education classes or study groups."Ircel Harrison, Barnabas File blog
"[Kendall] analyzes the subject in an easy-to-read manner that is also uniquely insightful and engaging, weaving personal narrative, biblical story, and careful examination. This could be a great study resource for church groups, ministers, and individuals wanting to explore the impact of technology on our lives of faith and community."Kristopher Norris, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
"Peggy Kendall has written a brief, readable, and useful handbook for intentionally and critically engaging technology from a Christian perspective. She neither bashes it nor does she see it as the cure for all that ails us." Bob Cornwall, Ponderings on a Faith Journey blog
"The human soul needs regular doses of silence and solitude to stay alive and tender toward God and others. Reboot lovingly jolts the reader out of the zombi-like trance that has turned many people into technoholics. I smiled and nodded 'yes' all the way through Peggy's timely book." Bob Merritt, Senior Pastor, Eagle Brook Church, Minnesota
"Reboot: Refreshing Your Faith in a High-tech World is anything but another thinly veiled, quasi-negative book about technology salted with biblical proof-texts and preachy admonitions. Reboot isn't about disconnecting. It's about staying connected the right way."from the foreword by Robert Parham, Baptist Center for Ethics
"In an effective and engaging manner, Kendall raises many significant questions for Christians in their relationship with communications technology. The book also makes concrete suggestions many of them hard for us to accept about how to retake control of our own lives from the electronic cocoon that most of us have spun for ourselves."Robert S. Fortner, PhD, executive director, International Center for Media Studies, research scholar, Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Peggy Kendall's wonderful new book describes, in a compelling and principle-rich manner, the rewards and risks inherent in gadgetry. And she makes the definitive case that technology, though often a wonderful servant, always makes a horrible master."David R. Stokes, columnist, author, radio host, and senior pastor of Fair Oaks Church in Fairfax, VA
"Peggy Kendall's splendid new book is insightful, practical, and inspiring--just what we need to live more faithfully in a high-tech world of high-pitched hype about the latest gizmos."Quentin J. Schultze, Ph.D., Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
"The author brings a commonsense approach to ways to grow spiritually in the contemporary world, neither canonizing nor vilifying technological progress...Kendall advocates for reflection about technology and its impact on our daily lives. Most impressively, she invites readers to find places of silence and solitude, far away from the blips and bleeps of machines, where a person can find his or her center...Most people's lives are touched by communication and information technologies, so examining how these modern conveniences affect our relationships and commitments is of utmost importance to all who care about their spiritual life."Publishers Weekly, December 14, 2009
Peggy Kendall is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Bethel University. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, an M.A. in Secondary Education, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota. Her experiences as a youth volunteer, former school teacher and parent of three teenage children have taught her a great deal about today's communication technology.
Peggy contributed two chapter to Youth Ministry in a Technological Age(2011).
Visit author Peggy Kendall's website: www.peggykendall.com.
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