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Unfriended: Finding True Community in a Disconnected Culture

Unfriended: Finding True Community in a Disconnected Culture


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We live in a hyperconnected world, and yet we’re more disconnected than ever. We spend more time scrolling through Instagram than we do talking with our families. We’ve never had more “friends”, but we have no one to meet for coffee.

Joe Battaglia understands that we are wired to have community, and that smartphones cannot meet our needs for love, acceptance, touch, and connection. In Unfriended, Battaglia uses research, personal insight, and biblical truths to help you:
  • leave behind the anonymity of the Internet and get face-to-face with people.
  • go beyond the “like” button and establish meaningful relationships.
  • get out from behind your screen and enjoy God’s creation.
  • avoid toxic social media debates and become a vehicle of change.
Unfriended will help you shake off your digital fatigue and get back to real-life, real-world relationships with real people.

Additional guest chapters by Iris C. O’Brien, Michael Guillen, Donna Rice Hughes, and Delilah.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781424557325
Publisher: BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

JOE BATTAGLIA is the author of The Politically Incorrect Jesus, founder and president of Renaissance Communications, a media company, and co-executive producer of Keep the Faith, the #1 nationally syndicated faith-based radio program. Joe lives in New Jersey and has one daughter.

Table of Contents

Foreword Todd Starnes xiii

1 "One From Many": The Motto of Community 1

2 Roots: The Foundation of Community 7

3 Fleshed Out: The Model of Community 12

4 Shared Life: The Character of Community 17

5 The Embedded Life: The Intersection of Community 21

6 Enriching Agents: The Salt and Light of Community 27

7 God's Silent Language: The Community in Creation 31

8 Fake News: The Export of Fake Community 37

9 A Refugee's Tale: The Transcendent Community 41

10 Spiritual Scrutiny: The Transparency of Community 47

11 Forgiveness: The Heavenly Example of Community 52

12 Hands Held High: The Hallmark of the Heavenly Community 58

13 The Hidden and The Healed: The Disparity of Community 63

14 When Worlds Collide: The Redemption of Community 68

15 The Road Less Traveled: The Sacrifice of Community 73

16 The Radical Encounter: The Intersection of Community 77

17 The Mary and Martha Syndrome: The Servant Community 81

18 The Bully Pulpit: The Community of Cowardice 86

19 The Currency of Heaven: A Community of Tears 92

20 Puppy Love: The Community of God's Creation 96

21 Sacrifice: The Community of the Cross 100

22 Families, Communities, And Societies: The Community of Science Michael Guillen, PhD 105

23 GOD'S Moral Compass: The Community of Education Iris O'Brien 112

24 Of Service and Sacrifice: The Community of Hope Delilah 122

25 Love and Innocence Lost: The Shadow Community Donna Rice Hughes 129

Notes 137

Contributors 139

About the Author 145

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