May 042011
 

If you know me, even a little smidgen, you know that I think economics is fun [Crazy, I know]. I enjoy the ins and outs of the meaning of supply and demand and cost-benefit analysis. What I really enjoy about economics are the seemingly silly and disconnected topics, like those introduced in Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner and subsequently, their second title, SuperFreakonomics. Who really cares about the economics of a birth name, what teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common, how a street walker is like a department store Santa or how hurricanes, heart attacks and highway deaths are similar? Me!

So, when I saw this month’s free audio book download from ChristianAudio.com, I jumped on it.

The Next Story Tim Challies

The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies is [essentially] the economics of the “digital explosion” on our world and person as we know it, cool! Here are some questions, that will be answered in this selection, to peek your enthusiasm:

• 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?

Here is my go at a personal and elementary level answer to each of these questions:

• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones? I am able to be more easily connected to my friends and family and make last minute plans through text messaging. However, “a friend of mine” likes to use their device to text during service or play a game before/during worship.
• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities? Again, the ability to keep connected almost constantly with mobile devises, facebook and twitter is very convenient, but I, personally, tend to take a lot of time reading pointless updates when I could be using that time to read, play with B+C, work on other projects.
• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year? As more people enter the digital world more information is generated and through this information we take the chance to learn about other people we would not have know before; but it also means slower connection speeds and extremely jammed servers and wikis.

I am pretty anxious the hear what Tim Challies has uncovered about the ecomonics of faith and family in regards to the “digital explosion”. What are your initial thoughts on this book? What do you hope to discover in hearing the details?

Happy Reading Listening Friends!

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