Life, faith, and the digital age

26 Feb

Book Review: Viral: How social networking is poised to ignite revival, by Leonard Sweet

Are you a Gutenberger or a Googler? Gutenbergers arrived from the twentieth century while Googlers are at home in the twenty-first century. Gutenbergers were shaped by the space race, John Kennedy, the Cold War, and the Beatles. Googlers are the digitized, globalized group that spends much of its life getting to know one another in a virtual world. Gutenbergers prefer reading books printed on paper while Googlers use an iPad, Kindle, or e-reader. Needless to say, each group approaches faith from a different point of view.

This understanding fuels the premise of Leonard Sweet’s latest offering. He explains that we live in a TGIF world—a world dominated by Twitter, Google, iPhones, and Facebook. Each of these tools has something to contribute to faith, namely, the importance of relationships. They help teach Christians how to be better friends to people who need God.

I found parts of the book easy to understand, follow, and benefit from. Others parts were a bit too philosophical for my taste. I had a harder time understanding those sections. I found the book thought provoking, but I did not enjoy it as much as some of Sweet’s other books. But it caused me to rethink social networking and how it can be used for ministry purposes.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Books


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