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The Next Story: Life and Faith After The Digital Explosion (Challies)

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Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this “instant message” culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.

In a manner that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:

• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?

• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?

• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?

Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith. 


Table of Contents: 

Part 1 

1. Discerning Technology 

2. Understanding Technology 

3. A Digital History

Part 2 

4. Speaking, Truthing, Loving, Living (Communication) 

5. Life in the Real World (Meditation/Identity) 

6. Turn Off and Tune In (Distraction) 

7. More Is Better (Information) 

8. Here Comes Everybody (Truth/Authority) 

9. Seeing and Being Seen (Visibility and Privacy) 

Epilogue: The Next Story and the Story after That



Tim Challies (BA, McMaster University) is a self-employed web designer and a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere, having one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs, Tim lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife, Aileen, and their three children.



Tim Challies knows technology and he knows the faith. So, when he writes on the intersection of technology and faith, it's a must read. The Next Story gives solid counsel to living out the gospel in the context of today's rapid progression of technology. — Ed Stetzer

All of us today—whether "digital immigrants" or "digital natives"—are living in the after-shock of the "digital explosion." Though our world has radically and rapidly changed, the fundamental question has remained the same: will we be found faithful? Tim Challies proves to be a faithful navigator, though humble enough to admit that he identifies with the rest of us as a fellow struggler. The result of his labors is an accessible guide full of wise reflection and practical counsel. What hath technology to do with the biblical worldview? Come and see. — Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible

No one I know is more thoughtfully connected to and wisely critical of the digital universe that envelops us than Tim Challies. His insightful reviews help many of us traverse the mountains of books that we must ascend every year to remain well informed about Christian publications, and with The Next Story he also helps us navigate the rapidly expanding digital explosion. The beauty of the book is not simply its wow factor (“I had no idea all of that was happening on the web, etc.”), but more importantly its heart concern (“How do I stay virtuous in a virtual world?”). Challies’s work is cutting edge in the best sense, helping Christians to sever themselves from the sin that so easily (and subtly) entangles in order run the race that glorifies Christ. — Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary