I have been looking for a book like this for FOREVER (well, almost!!). John Dyer's From the Garden to the City is a look at "The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology". I have been impressed and hooked from the very first page - this book is well-written and packed with Biblical background and researched information, but it is also humorous and timely. I consider myself a lover of all-things-techy and this book shed new insight into ways that I can think about all of this new technology and the role it plays or could play in my own life. I was highly challenged - TRULY an impacting read. We can be on the "cutting edge" but we also need to be aware and see the impact these things can, and do have on our lives.
The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology
Believers and unbelievers alike are saturated with technology, yet most
give it little if any thought. Consumers buy and upgrade as fast as they
can, largely unaware of technology’s subtle yet powerful influence. In a
world where technology changes almost daily, many are left to wonder:
Should Christians embrace all that is happening? Are there some
technologies that we need to avoid? Does the Bible give us any guidance
on how to use digital tools and social media?
An experienced Web developer and writer on technology and culture,
John Dyer answers these questions and more by walking through the
story of the Bible and introducing key ideas about how technology and
culture interact. Dyer first analyzes the biblical, theological, and
philosophical foundations of technology and then studies several
examples that show how technology can influence the spiritual life. For
youth pastors, college-aged readers, and anyone interested in
understanding how technology fits with faith, From the Garden to the
City fills a gap for biblically-informed literature in a technological world.
About the Author: John Dyer (BS, Texas A&M; ThM, Dallas
Theological Seminary) is director of Web development at Dallas
Theological Seminary. He has published articles in Collide Magazine and
Christianity Today and authors the blog donteatthefruit.com. From the
Garden to the City is his first book.
*I was sent a copy for review purposes by the publisher.