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Prayer in the Digital Age Paperback – May 15, 2011
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If you're so wired that you think you've got it all figured out, it's likely that you're in need of this book! Matt gives readers a full menu of thoughtful discourse on how to sync prayer and technology in this digital age. Mute your cell phone, hit pause on your DVR and savor some silence with this exceptional book. --Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms
About the Author
Matthew Swaim works at Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio and is the producer of "The Son Rise Morning Show," a nationally syndicated program on the EWTN global Catholic radio network. He holds a B.S. degree in Media Communications (2002) from Asbury College.
Though serving in many non-Catholic Christian ministries prior to his conversion, Swaim entered the Catholic Church during the Easter Vigil of 2005, and his "zeal of conversion" brings an added excitement to his practice of the faith.
He and his wife Colleen reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Watch an interview with Matt Swaim: Journey Home - Former Methodist - Marcus Grodi with Matt Swaim - 03-14-2011
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Despite the title's suggestion, Prayer in the Digital Age doesn't deal specifically with tools like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. The book is more abstract than practical, but that's a needed approach for a world that overvalues pragmatism. Most people become enamored by a new digital tool and dive right in without considering its effects. Matt's book, on the other hand, teaches us to detect the effects of technology. With this awareness, we can be more confident that we are using technology and not the other way around.
Prayer in the Digital Age is definitely not a beginner's prayer book. Matt leans on giants like St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John of the Cross. And he philosophizes on hope and happiness, gauging how technology affects the "summa bonum"--the highest good in life.
All this means that the book is not a quick read, but I actually count that as a positive. Matt forces you to chew, contemplate, and even pray through his words--it doesn't take many pages to attract you toward silence--a welcome relief to the shallowness we typically wade in through the blogosphere.
Another great component is the book's Appendix, which covers "Patron Saints of the Digital Age." Each entry features a saint's name, their patronage, and a short biography describing how they influence digital culture. As we consider how to respond to technology, this Appendix stands as a great source for both guidance and prayers.
My only qualm with the book is that it focuses primarily on technology's negative effects on prayer. In many ways, I think prayer can actually be aided by new tools. But that's not to say that Matt is an alarmist by any measure. In the book, Matt acts as both a digital tour guide and a spiritual medic. He points out the subtle, oft-neglected dangers of the digital world, but instead of just stopping there he provides antidotes for each.
If you're looking to learn the basics of prayer or some practical ways that technology can help you pray, this might not be your book. But if you want to recognize the spiritual dangers lurking within the digital world, check out Prayer in the Digital Age.
A book certainly worth reading for every Catholic and Christian alike!