The greatest commandment is summarized to love God and love your neighbor. In Unfriended, Joe Battaglia provides a blueprint to share the love of God by joyfully and purposefully engaging in a loving community.—Steve Fedyski, COO Pure Flix Entertainment Information is a game changer and affects our choices. What if the road we initially imagined was taking us toward our desired destination of “community” was, in fact, taking us the opposite direction? Joe Battaglia’s book about social media and its impact on our deep longing for true community is a timely read. —Amy Grant, singer/songwriter Once again Joe Battaglia has put pen to paper with Unfriended to explore another crucial piece of what makes us human. He studies an extremely complex issue that faces us today, one that has no simple answers. We all know the power of social media—the entire world of computers, smartphones, and little boxes that answer questions for us when called upon. Often lives are saved and true change is brought forth with their invention. But like so many things, there is a dark side to technological achievement that lingers and threatens. Are we capable of knowing where the line begins and ends in our reliance on it? Which, of course, leads to the greater question: Do we have the moral foundation to know where this line even is? The answer to this is yes! God has drawn that line quite clearly and placed it in each of our hearts. But what if we’re already “too far gone” by the very thing itself—by social media and its ability to disconnect as readily as connect—to reach within ourselves and know where to begin looking? This is all heavy stuff, but in the hands of Joe, a friend I will never “unfriend,” he lays it all out as only he can do in simple and easy servings that shed needed light.—Corbin Bernsen, producer, director, and actor in L.A. Law, Major League, and Psych
What a timely book! What wisdom, insight, and clarity! And what a doable and necessary plan to change the world, or at least our part in it. Unfriended is a powerful, practical, necessary, and needed book. But more than that, Joe Battaglia is my friend who lives what he teaches. He’s the real deal, and one should always trust words from someone who does more than preach. Read this book and give it to everyone you know!
—Dr. Steve Brown, author, host of Key Life Radio Network
My friend, Joe Battaglia, aims squarely and hits the target in his new book Unfriended about what’s really at the core of much of our societal angst in a social media driven culture—the hunger in our hearts for real community. We’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places, and Joe points us back in the right direction to describe what we are all hard wired for—a meaningful relationship with God and each other.
—Rita Cosby, Emmy-winning TV and radio host, bestselling author
It seems like we’re angry all the time. And we’re losing our way in how to establish true relationships. My friend Joe Battaglia has written a beautiful book, Unfriended, that points us in the proper direction to restore true community in our ever-challenging time. Joe changes the way we look at the world—and ourselves.
—Mike Gallagher, host of The Mike Gallagher Show, Salem Radio Network, New York
Much of what we hear and see in our news today is about darkness, fear and disillusionment. Our world has become so distracted and disconnected, that we’ve lost our way in our relationships with each other. Some turn to social media to try to find hope, but a phone or a tablet is a poor substitute for another human being in your life who will bring you light and love. In Unfriended, my dear friend Joe Battaglia gently reminds us how vital true community is more now than ever, and offers some practical, and unique, insights into how we can recover what our hearts so desperately need. Read it for the good of your soul.
—Roma Downey, actor, producer, New York Times bestselling author
In Unfriended, Joe Battaglia gives us fresh insights into what really may be lacking in our culture today that has led to a loss of the true sense of community we once enjoyed. We need to regain what we’ve lost, and stop listening to the false prophets that have hijacked our national narrative of how we should think, feel, and respond to each other. This book will make you think. And it will speak to your heart as well. I highly recommend it!
—Kevin Sorbo, actor, producer, director
This is an important book. We are living in a day were we are more “connected” than ever yet more alone. True community is worth fighting for, and Joe shows us how to do it.
—Sheila Walsh, author, speaker