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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media by [Tennant, Kyle]
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Length: 97 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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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.

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  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 97 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FLROD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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*** 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

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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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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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Our pastor was saying something about backing away from news, commentators, following our favorite broadcasters, etc. at the end of church last Sunday and I was asking myself why and I was asking God to explain this to me. Then I download this short, but powerful, book by Kyle Tennant. I understood.
Kylie's book spoke loud and clear on social media. I began to feel defensive inside about how much I liked and used Facebook, but his use of Scripture convinced my heart that the things he spoke were truth. I was eager to keep on reading his book in order to see and correctly hear what he spoke about--which is that we communicate plenty on Facebook and other social media, (for example Twitter and texting), but we aren't sharing communion and sharing joy in these communication vehicles. We need face-to-face encounters.
Kyle pointed out that we aren't condemning any of them, but we should use them less frequently and only with godly intent. He studied and read, wrote a paper at his school, but then published this book. Unfriendly Yourself is published by Moody Publishers.
I gave it five stars because it was a great read that taught instead of sounding preachy. He left the final decision to me. Will I? Yes.
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The author challenges Christians to evaluate how they are using social media--or if social media is using them. He does not suggest completely abandoning Facebook and other social media, but he does differentiate between what Facebook can provide (networking) and what we often try to use Facebook for (community).

This short book is designed to be a guide read during a 3-day "Facebook Fast," complete with an action point for each of the three days. I found the book to be well-written, carefully edited, and well-documented. (The final 19% of the book includes citations for all of the sources the author references in the text.)
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