We all know that technology changes things. Most of the time, it makes our lives easier. But, Tim Challies argues,
Every technology brings with it both risk and opportunity. Every technology solves some problems while also introducing new ones; it opens up new opportunities even while imposing some new limitations.
The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion is about being a mindful consumer of technology. Challies notes that technology itself is neither good nor bad; it’s the way we use it that matters. Technology changes not only the way we do things; it also changes us, and it can easily become our master unless we consciously take measures to use it in a God-honoring manner.
Challies also discusses how we should handle the barrage of information that comes our way every day. He points out that “information and wisdom are not the same thing,” and that the over-consumption of information may hinder our ability to reflect and contemplate and may leave us constantly feeling stressed.
The chapter on information was probably the most helpful part of the book for me. Without thinking much about it, I guess I’ve always assumed that more information is always better: that somehow, cramming my head with information will benefit myself and others in the long run, but now I realize that’s probably not the case, and that I would do better to spend more time processing less information.
The reflection questions at the end of every chapter are practical and helpful, both for personal use and as discussion questions with others. I can see this book being used as material for a small group, book club, or Christian college classroom setting.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.