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"Finally, a powerful, well-researched book that helps us grapple with and respond to the digital-tsunami that's swept over us."--Chap Clark, author of Hurt 2.0; senior editor, YouthWorker Journal


The world of digital technology is always changing--and it's changing you.

In the world of technology, there are just two kinds of people: digital natives and digital immigrants. Born after the advent of the Internet, digital natives are comfortable with swift change and take the presence of technology in their lives for granted. Digital immigrants are those born before the Internet. Their comfort level with our technology-soaked world is more variable, but they are affected by the digital invasion just the same.

The Digital Invasion uncovers the ways digital technology is changing us from within, physically, mentally, and especially spiritually. Backed by the latest research, it offers therapeutic and biblical strategies to become good stewards of our digital lives.

"Timely strategies and practical explanations on how to survive digital damage and put technology in its place."--Tim Clinton, president, AACC; executive director, Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University

"Offers a wealth of insights. . . . It challenges us to confront the many myths surrounding digital technology and points us to a healthier way of Internet use."--Josh D. McDowell, author and speaker, The Unshakable Truth

"Groundbreaking, desperately needed, and long overdue."--Gary J. Oliver, executive director, Center for Relationship Enrichment; professor, John Brown University

Dr. Archibald D. Hart is the author of thirty books and is senior professor of psychology and dean emeritus of the school of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is well known for his ministry to churches through psychological training, education, and consultation.

Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd has a master's degree specializing in Christian counseling and an earned doctorate of ministry in leadership specializing in spiritual formation. She is also certified in Internet addiction. She has been working as a digital researcher, writer, speaker, coach, and coach trainer and has developed a resource website: TheDigitalInvasion.com.

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Dr. Archibald D. Hart is the author of nearly thirty books and is senior professor of psychology and dean emeritus of the school of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is well known for his ministry to churches through psychological training, ed
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 6.1.2013 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801015294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801015298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book offers practical and Biblical guidelines in dealing with our ever increasing media consumption. It is a great resource that is chock-full of helpful and relevant information! There are self- diagnostic tests that ask pertinent questions that really make you think about how much technology such as Facebook, Twitter, and the ability to be plugged in 24/7 has infiltrated your life. I especially liked the chapter on Protecting Your God-Space.
I really feel that this book helps to navigate the obsessive nature of technology and guides you into achieving balance in your life. This is not an anti-technology book, but rather it's about how to wisely manage technology and how to incorporate it into daily life.
I highly recommend it!
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The reviewer who said to pick through parts of the book? It's true that many of us are not into all of the technological intrusions discussed in the book. I'm certainly not. But I know people involved in each of them and probably some people who are involved in all of them. So I found reading the entire book at once very enlightening.

Some of the points I had observed myself, but it was good to see them reinforced. For instance, I have people in my family who have practically abandoned emailing, my choice for electronic communication, because they are too much into texting and social networking. It is very difficult to communicate with people who refuse to pen, or type, letters if that's your method of communication. And now, it's getting as bad to communicate with people who no longer wish to use email.

Because of this preoccupation with texting, younger people have more and more difficulty writing professionally when they need to. Do they expect to use codes when writing a cover letter to a potential employer? It might work with a seller of cellular telephones, but who else? Using abbreviations makes the sender seem to not have the time or courage to speak real words concerning their deepest feelings.

Among the topics pastors seem to not want to address from the pulpit is the ethical and moral use of the internet. It is such a major part of life today that they will eventually have to. The sooner they start talking about it, the better.

South Korea has been a leader in dealing with addiction to digital technology. They have opened video game addiction treatment centers. The country has popular large gaming auditoriums where young people hang out for hours at a time.
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"The Digital Invasion" is a much needed resource in today's world which is overwhelmed by technology. As a counselor in private practice, I've actually been increasingly shocked in recent years by the frequency of relationship issues that are, at least in part, complicated by technology-related excesses. I've come to term these issues as "Facebook Feuds", and "Texting Wars". I welcome this new resource, "The Digital Invasion", to provide additional guidance for counseling clients who are trapped by technology in a harmful way.
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Technology distracts not only the young, but everyone. Our culture has accepted way too uncritically the benefits of technology, and failed to recognize the downsides of its use of over-use. We need to wake up to the digital invasion and make adjustments to ensure that there is a healthy boundary between our use of technology and the rest of our lives. Enters this very important book.

There are so many things that resonate with me in this book that made me sing out YES! Research data and shocking finds made me say out WOW! Information on how technology can shape our brains made me worry with "Oh No!" Indeed, the biggest value for me in this book is to realize that digital use comes with a fair mix of advantages and disadvantages. The problem is that we have unconsciously hyped up the advantages and unwittingly stayed silent or oblivious about the disadvantages. Hart and Frejd have given us a digital warning about the Trojan horse of convenient technologies that threaten our relationships, our learning abilities, our growth as a natural human person, and our need to switch off on a regular basis. We are not to work ourselves out the way we work our computing devices out. Social skills cannot be developed only on the social media front. It needs to be exercised often in a face to face manner. There are way too many human skills that cannot be replicated through a digital medium. Digital technologies can promise a lot, but the moment the electricity is gone, all we have is a blank screen. Which is a reminder that behind technology is something even more important: Energy.

Without energy, it is like having a nice Ferrari without gas, a lamp without electricity, or a beautiful yacht without fuel.
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I am deeply concerned about the health and intimacy in our marriages and families. For a number of years I have watched spouses and families sitting across from each other in restaurants or living rooms, faces down, glued into a piece of technology that seems to be have unrelenting, magical powers. After reading the incredibly well researched book by Dr. Frejd and Dr.D.Hart I was shocked to read how in fact technology is subtly driving a wedge in our relationships, harming our common sense and causing disturbing addictions. Technology is good, it can be fun, and it's incredibly informative. But like everything good in this world, if we allow it to go out of balance, it has the potential to be very harmful.

What I love about this book is that it not only tells us HOW technology is hurting our life and relationships, but steps on WHAT we can do to prevent it from invading and taking over our lives. The authors give great insights and tips into managing our digital toys and how to recognize addictions such as pornography and social media affairs.

I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is for every husband, wife, and grandparent to read this book. We all need this urgent and vital information so that we can help each other and our younger generation to manage these stimulating pieces of technology and prevent all of us from harming our brains and relationships in the generations to come.
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