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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media [Kindle Edition]

Kyle Tennant
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Book Description

Three days. No Facebook. No Twitter. No social media. Just time
to detox, discern, and decide.

Take a three-day social media fast
with Unfriend Yourself and learn to examine your use of social media from
a Christian perspective. This book will guide you in evaluating your fast by asking
challenging questions such as:

What happens when I broadcast myself on
the Internet?Do I see a difference between my interactions on social media
and my interactions face-to-face?Do I rule my media, or do my media rule
me?

While reading Unfriend Yourself, you will learn
to think critically, biblically, and practically about social media.
Whether
you choose to leave the social media scene, engage in it less, or engage in it more
after your social media fast, your perspective on social media will never be the
same.

"Without throwing the baby out with the bathwater, Kyle challenges
the Christian to a God-honoring approach to social media involvement. Well researched
and thought through,
Unfriend Yourself avoids the emotional arguments and
instead presents a provocative 'must read' for any students, young adults, and generations
beyond who want to be responsible in approaching social media from a biblical worldview."

 -
Dr. Bob MacRae, Professor of Youth Ministry at Moody Bible Institute



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About the Author

KYLE TENNANT is the Director of Student Ministries at the Village Church of Bartlett in Bartlett, IL. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry from Wheaton Graduate School. Kyle lives in Chicago's west suburbs, and enjoys reading, writing, preaching, eating, cooking, and good conversation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802409539
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FLROD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 83 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I just disagree. January 18, 2012
By anbacon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
*** EDIT: Since I have started to receive more replies to my critical review of this book, I thought it was important to at least put myself in context. I am 30 and I am a Christian. What that means is that I believe that the Bible is true and that Jesus died for all mankind and that those that put their trust in that truth and Him are saved. I am a camp director at a Christian Camp called Pine Cove and have worked with College Students and High School students for over 10 years. It is a huge passion of mine to help young adults navigate life and follow Jesus. I have a wife and 2 kiddos. My review is extremely critical and I have left it unedited for you to read. I just thought you would like to have a bit more context of this reviewer. :) -anbacon

*** Original Review with no edits.

Overall, I disagree with this "mini-book". The author says that Facebook is the influence. It is not. The medium is NOT the influence. The people that use Facebook ARE the influence-you and me. The creators of Facebook are the influence. The marketers that use Facebook are the influence. It is people who are influencers, not mediums and not technology!

Throughout the ages, it is people that either use mediums for good or for evil. Examples include: TV. Radio. Internet. Cars. Written Letters. Facebook.

Take written letters for example. Just because humans have the ability to gossip or slander or hate or curse in a written letter doesn't make written letters evil. The heart behind the medium is the problem. I can see these same arguments used in this article for radio a long time ago, for TV's or for telephones, to name a few. Mediums (technological advances) are NOT made in the image of God. People are. And they are all fallen who struggle and need a Savior.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Social media doesn't necessarily fuel friendships January 12, 2012
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First, a disclaimer. I am acquainted with Kyle. He is the Youth Pastor at my church, we've been in a new membership class together and my boys think he's awesome. My boys are good judges of character. This book is concise, but well-researched citing Christian and communication sources both classics and more recent. Plus, he writes how he talks which is a bonus and rings authentic and conversational.

IMO, the most important point Kyle makes is that Facebook doesn't always facilitate friendships. In fact, too much time spent pursuing digital relationships may make us less relationship-focused in the real world. It's a poor substitute for the joy of the real thing. Having been a Facebook user for years, I agree with him.

Kyle doesn't advocate for deleting your account and becoming a Luddite. He simply advocates for more thoughtful and purposeful use. Facebook can serve an enhancement to strong offline relationships, but can't build them from scratch. Building true friendships that stand the test of time and circumstances is an investment and requires face-to-face interaction.

So proud of Kyle for the discipline of authoring and sharing a book. And really happy that my boys will have him as a role model.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and informational January 3, 2012
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Are you ready for a "Facebook Fast"? That's what this book calls you to do. Fast for three days over a weekend in order to evaluate your Facebook needs or lack thereof. What started as a college thesis in "How" to use social media for Jesus became - why do we use social media at all? Using socialogy and biblical text, the author does not condemn social media, but only calls for evaluation of its use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfriend Yourself May 27, 2013
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Book Title and Author
The book unfriend yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media (And yes, those small caps are intentional.) was written by Kyle Tennant, who is the Pastor of Connections at First United Methodist Church in Warren, Ohio and a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College Graduate School.

Author's Main Purpose
The goal of the book is to challenge the idea that social media is a needed part of our lives. It is written in such a format to be read over a 3-day weekend. So each chapter ends with some study questions and "homework assignments" to be done by the reader. The goal would seem to be to get the reader to completely remove himself from using all forms of social media and challenge the widely accepted notion that tools such as Facebook or Twitter are necessary parts of their life.

The author makes this statement on pg. 13 - "What I have come to see is that one of the most dominant cultural metaphors of our time is not to be trusted, nor is it to be lauded. In fact, it may be our generation's greatest enemy. Okay, so maybe that's exaggerating - but the point is that social media may do far more damage to our relationships, and our understanding of them, then we may think. Though social media promises us relationships and community, they may in truth be promising us a lie."

Table of Contents
There are three chapters in the book - one for each day of a weekend. The first chapter is entitled "Detox." In this chapter, Tennant overviews the downside of social media. He uses a number of examples showing how social media has turned relationships inside out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Building stronger relationships, with and without social media
As a full-time Social Media Analyst, all of the concerns raised by Kyle Tennant in Unfriend Yourself resonated with me and fit into my experience with social media. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michelle Green
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
Very wise words coming from one so young. I agree with everything said in this book. I confess I have a serious fear of intimacy and like to be alone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by michelle anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars good idea to think about
Who is living my life? The fact that a screen and a keyboard is .....very disturbing. I deleted Facebook. For how long? I don't know
Published 2 months ago by cynthia
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfriend Yourself
Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media by Kyle Tennant was a book I decided to read because I’ve noticed a rise in the usage of social... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Taek04
4.0 out of 5 stars We have got to reflect on our use of social media!
We live in a culture that needs simple, straight-forward instructions – especially as it pertains to social media. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jason Brueckner
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking look at social media
The author has successfully put into words concerns I have had about Facebook and other social media. He presents a balanced approach to wisely handling social media.
Published 3 months ago by S. Beck
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to ponder over
Kyle gives some excellent ways to think about social media and to relate to it - allowing social media to be a vessel to bring God glory and not something that controls our lives. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CS
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
The term social media brings to mind sites to post what you're doing, ways to stay in touch, and all kinds of other activities. But they raise some questions, too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PhillipCole
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely read.
Very timely for our society today, if you are on social media at all this is a must read. .
Published 6 months ago by BEC
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking
This is a very timely work that should be read and considered by any Christian making use of social media.
Published 6 months ago by A hall
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