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

Kyle Tennant
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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 (January 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FLROD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 89 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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When I saw the title of the book Unfriend Yourself by Kyle Tennant my first reaction was "hmm isn't that an interesting title for a book." And what I found even more interesting was what the book is actually all about.

In an age of Social Media frenzy where, believe it or not, people's "self worth" or "self esteem," or how good they feel about themselves is related to how popular or unpopular they are on Social Media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, this book has a candidly refreshing message. And it is a provocative message. But there is nothing wrong with that. We as American's need to take more time thinking about who we are and what we are doing as people as well as why we do what we do.

Hence, Kyle Tennant, a youth director, and self proclaimed "recovering media junkie" addresses the issue of our infatuation with and involvement in Social Media and the perceived impact it is having in our lives as well as the real impact it is actually having in our lives.

In his short book that can easily be read over a weekend as he encourages, the author states "that one of the dominant cultural metaphors of our time is not to be trusted, nor is it to be lauded." Ouch! Sharp words that even he admits might be a bit over the top; however, what he calls us to do in his book is to rethink our involvement with the Social Media and whether it helps or actually harms our relationships. And if we discover through reading the book that it is doing more harm than good, then he gives us a way to "Detox, discern and decide about Social Media" over a three day time period.

Chapter one of his book could very well be the chapter title for a book to be used by AA or some other 12 step recovery program.
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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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Published 1 month ago by Janene Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Facebook Addict in Remission
I'm addicted to Facebook. It is ruling my life. I can see it.
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Thank you, Kyle, for speaking the truth in love: telling it like it is.
Published 2 months ago by smcgraw
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3.0 out of 5 stars Christians Using Social Media
Title: Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide about Social Media
Author: Kyle Tennant
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-8024-0953-9... Read more
Published 4 months ago by connywithay
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read..enjoyable
Very quick and easy read. I agree with the author viewpoint in that sometimes we need to disconnect and reconnect with reality.
Published 6 months ago by mark getman
4.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoyed This Book.
I decided to read Unfriend Yourself, by Kyle Tennant on a whim. I saw it in a list that I could review and said, what the heck. Why not. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ginger
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In a world where one is confronted by social media at every turn and where Facebook is virtually part of one’s life it would seem that some of us are drowning in a whirl of social... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars words of wisdom
This book was thought provoking! Full of words of wisdom. This book made take action. I thought it was very good.
Published 10 months ago by lauram k michel
5.0 out of 5 stars very thought provoking
Little to read, but much to thing about. Social media needs to learn its place in my life, and this is a wonderful exercise in accomplishing this task.
Published 10 months ago by Frank.Aragon
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother even if it's free
I was hoping that this book would provide me with enough information to break my FB addiction, but it didn't. Read more
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