Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media

Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media

by Kyle Tennant
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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media by Kyle Tennant

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802409539
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 858,421
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide about Social Media 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Everyone should take the authors challenge. Quick read and changed the way I use media in my life. I thought this would be a book bashing facebook but I was delighted that it wasn't. A must read for social media users.
Sister-P More than 1 year ago
Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern and Decide about Social Media is a book I really wanted to read. The premise of this book is the effects of social media on our relationships. I had been thinking about this topic for awhile, on how much I rely on social media to maintain contact with friends as opposed to getting together in person. Kyle Tennant makes an excellent argument on this subject throughout this short, but meaty book. I agreed with much of what he accurately describes as flaws that exist with social media. His findings were thoroughly researched and biblical. What I also appreciated was that he never tells you to delete your Facebook or Twitter accounts, on the contrary. However, what he does convey is the need for awareness in the utilization of any social medium. In our fast paced society, it is very tempting to rely solely on electronic means of communication. We hardly pick up a phone or even get together with friends anymore. I can admit that this has been the case in my life. I am guilty of relying heavily on emailing, texting or interacting on Facebook, rather than getting together with friends. However, after reading this book, I am fully convinced that social media should be supplemental to real relationships. I admit, I actually started to see how social media is just a cheap substitute for the real thing; relationships, communication and community. I really identified and agreed with Kyle Tennant's points. One point that stood out for me in his book is this, "Here is the linchpin of why we must not seek community online: when we venture there, we miss the most important part of community, which is experiencing God as we experience one another." What a true statement. Kyle Tennant also references the apostle John preferring in-the-flesh communication over writing letters. "Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete." (2 John 12) Later he writes, "I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face." (3 John 13-14) I never quite saw that before. When I read those Scriptures it just jumped off the page and pierced my heart. I bore witness that social media can never replace an in person friendship, communication or community. Kyle Tennant writes that social media is a great tool - a tool we must subdue, and not be subdued by. All in all, I thought it was a very good, informative and helpful book. I highly recommend it. In conclusion, I want to personally thank Janis Backing of Moody Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book yet. They just keep getting better.
Redeemed-by-Grace More than 1 year ago
A good book to read for this day and age. Facebook, like many other things, can be addicting without you realizing it. Take the challenge!
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I try to finish all books I start... I just can' t read anymore... rather use my time on Facebook;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not evae have my own email account and i still enjoyed this book. Highly reccomend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is a young minister that frequently and fondly quotes his seminary instructors, but he does make a point: as use of social media increases, our real life relationships are suffering. Although preachy at times, it is a short read, and is worth a glance (get off Facebook for a few minutes, already... ; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the book hes quoting someone else... it irritated me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't belive some one would wright this.....