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- Publication Date: November 25, 2014
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#ReformingSocialMedia: Using Social Media to Glorify God Rather than Self Kindle Edition
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She begins by giving a name to the different types of Facebook users such as “The Spy”, “The Busybody” or “The Politician” and more. I can assure you we all know someone from each of the categories she illustrates. After the illustration she gives a bible verse that refutes the reasoning behind the type. The commands of the Bible still apply with every post we make. That is what I loved about this book.
Mandy takes the reader through 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and applies the “love is” passage to social media. I found a few to be very convicting. She discusses being sober and what that looks like:
"Being sober means you let the truth of God’s word control your thoughts and actions, not your emotional responses to what you see and read via social media."
She gives some great questions to ask ourselves when commenting on a Facebook post or blog:
*What is the purpose of the comment?
*Will it calm the situation or inflame it?
*In light of eternity does this really matter?
*Who will be glorified by what I want to say?
She lists questions to ask ourselves if we think we may be addicted to social media. She also addresses the difference in responding to an unbeliever or believer.
Mandy manages to present the whole gospel in this book. By doing this she reminds us of God’s grace to us and that we should extend it to others:
"Grace also impacts how we handle someone who does post something that goes against God’s word-giving them what they do not deserve, which is love and kindness, not disrespect and criticism."
I think the world of Facebook would become more edifying if we put into practice her principals and began to reform social media for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
The good news is that you aren't alone! Mandy J Hoffman's book, #Reforming Social Media, can help you decide which course would be best for you to take, and in the event you choose to stay engaged on social media, offers tips, tricks and insights on how to do so in a way that will edify you, others and honor Christ.
--------» Chapter Overview of Reforming Social Media «--------
Chapter 1 covers why Hoffman is passionate about social media and how she was introduced to it.
Chapter 2 is a call for the readers examine how and why they interact on social media by using ten different stereotypes: The Phobic, The Traditionalist, The Spy, The Busybody, The Politician, The Venter, The Self-Promoter, The Salesman, The Comedian, and The Preacher. I was able to find a little bit of myself in several of the categories and was convicted through the Holy Spirit and the presented arguments that I needed to fundamentally change who I was online.
Chapter 3 discusses the importance of social media and begs the question, "Should I use social media or should I not use social media?" (loc 294/1787)
Chapter 4 is especially helpful for any internet newbies as she defines common social media terms and platforms there including Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more.
Chapter 5 covers problems, temptations, and personal needs often entangled with online interactions.
Chapter 6 is a weighty chapter discussing social media's place in the world and our own lives. Here is where Hoffman, carefully and helpfully digs in to the importance of seeing this subject through Christ's eyes and adjusting our behavior accordingly.
Chapter 7 offers helpful principles to implement as we make a conscientious effort to change how we use the internet and communicate Biblically, as well as helpful insights for those times that we fail. "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!" -Psalms 141:3
Chapter 8 is loaded with great tips to aid an edifying online experience. Some of my favorites were to set boundaries, expecting sinners to sin and questioning our comments.
Chapter 9 goes over difficult situations on social media. Such as, "When should I call someone out for something inappropriate for they posted?" and "Is it ok to be friends with or follow the opposite sex on social media?" I was particularly impressed with Hoffman's Bible based approach which gave me a solid foundation for navigating these types of questions.
Chapter 10 is a beautifully written culmination of the purpose of the former chapters; in order to be fully satisfied in Christ we need to allow Him access to every aspect of our lives, including social media.
The final chapter (11) is a list of helpful references and ideas, both for "real life" and online.
Overall, I was wholly blessed through reading this book. It wasn't difficult to read and relatively short (approx. 101 pages). My only regret is that this book is currently only available in Kindle form. Personally, I'd love to have several copies of this book to hand out to my friends and family.
It's amazing how reading this book has refreshed me in my effort to keep social media in balance in my life. When I sit down at my desktop or pull out my smartphone in a moment of down time, I have a new vision of the potential these moments have to impact the Kingdom. When I remember I'm on social media for His glory, not my own, my interaction can be a form of worship.
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