The human world is marvelous and dangerous at the same time. Time to learn about ourselves, and take more precautions and self-care than just slapping on the SPF this summer!
Think Before You Like: Social Media’s Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed, by Gup P. Harrison ~ We live in a scary world, but the internet is a whole ‘nother ballgame. I’m not one of those sorts to take risqué pictures– of say, their feet– and post them on the internet. But I do need to be aware of who is out there prowling for my information, how they do it, and why they do it. This, so I can be a critical thinker and make conscious decisions about what I post and why. So, when I saw this book displayed at the library, I checked it out immediately. One thing I appreciated about it is that the author handles lots of information in a reader-friendly format. The last book I read on the realities of the modern tech world (The Aisles Have Eyes, by Joseph Turow—which I do recommend) was not so accessible for the average layman like me. I felt it went as deep as one could wish into the subject matter. If you are on the internet (which you probably are if you’re reading my blog), you need to be informed about what you’re *really* doing to yourself. Big Brother isn’t coming—it’s already here. The author says he isn’t for urging paranoia, however I felt paranoid. If you are apt to worry yourself sick, I wouldn’t recommend this. For all other citizens of planet earth, please stop the self-delusion and rid yourself of ignorance by reading this book.
Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone, by Tara M. Owens ~ Sometimes, I am disgusted with humanity, including my own. Do you ever feel this way? Not thin enough, put together enough, clean enough, curvy enough, tall enough, smooth enough… I felt so discouraged that I decided to order this book on inter-library loan, hoping it would help me somehow. I knew I needed soul-help. I have not yet finished it, but I know God is working with me through it. It is not one you just voraciously inhale, but one you reflectively process through. I’m taking a lot of notes, and I love the devotional exercises at the end of each chapter. Owens takes her time getting to her point in each chapter, so that you often don’t understand where she’s going with it until the end. But I’m finding I’m okay with that. I doubt that I would find myself in the same denominational church as the author, but there are things to learn from Christians across the board. So far I have not had any major bones to pick with her about doctrinal issues. If you are a lover of spiritual formation, I’m sure you will enjoy this.