[book review: #struggles by Craig Groeschel]

[book review: #struggles by Craig Groeschel]

As a user of social media both for personal reasons as well as professional ones, I am on Facebook / Instagram all the time. LinkedIn and Twitter are not really my thing, but I have to be there as well, so I’m there too.

And I love it. I mean, I love the ability to connect with my friends all over the world (and I have so many friends in various countries other than Ukraine due to the Church of the Nazarene connections!) I love that I can easily talk to my cousin who lives in Germany. I am curious as to what links my hubby shares and what thoughts he posts. I like the pictures of people’s kids and pets. There are many advantages. However, every once in a while, I think about those days when I would write a post a day on my blog instead of ten status updates on Facebook.

In his book #Struggles, Craig Groeschel talks about the effect social media has on us. What I like about his book is the honesty and non-denial of SM benefits. He doesn’t make it sound as if he’s given up (or we should all give up) social media because SM is evil and he does admit that there are great things about social media that help us in our current world.

However.

Besides benefits, there are also dangers of social media and in a gentle, but direct way, Craig points them out.

One point that hit home for me was “Reclaiming Contentment.” It is so easy to get frustrated with one’s own life when you open Facebook and see all your friends’ lives in a filtered light. Everyone (or almost everyone) is happy, they have great families, they do crafts with their kids, they go on dates… And it’s so simple to look at your life (especially when you decided to check Facebook after an argument with your spouse or friend) and think “Wow, my life sucks.”

It is a good book for those who use social media on a daily basis, although the lessons learned there can be applied even when you don’t have an Instagram account. It makes one think (1) before posting something on Facebook and (2) before overreacting to someone’s post or comment.

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  • Very good and very fair review little sis. I am enjoying it even though I am not on SM. I have a “possessed” personality. i won’t call it addictive but once I lock onto something I will stick with it. I stay away from SM cuz I don’t trust myself with pulling away easily. The one on contentment hit home as well.

    • I know the feeling of “possessedness” (is that a word?). Once I get to do something, I have to explore everything (including all the possible preferences and customization). And yes, sometimes I feel like I’m dependent on FB, but less so nowadays. There’s just too much talk about politics and super bowl and whatever and I prefer just connecting with my friends and seeing how they are doing. (But the contentment is still hard sometimes.)

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