This was a more serious week of reading, with most of my books pertaining to personal growth of professional development. Still, by the end of the week, I had gotten a little bit of fiction reading done as well.
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier. Lanier is an insider to the Silicon Valley industries that are responsible for Facebook, Twitter, Google and so many other companies that are household names in our media driven world. However, Lanier does not have a social media account, and he does not intend on having one. This book explains why he doesn’t have social media and why he thinks we should delete our social media accounts too.
I was drawn to this book after hearing him being interviewed by Roxane Cody on the Just the Right Book podcast. I had read Tony Reinke’s How Your iPhone is Changing You last year, and I found that some of the arguments Reinke and Lanier made were similar. However, Reinke writes with a concern for the spiritual dynamic of our lives, and Lanier writes from a very libertarian place of selfhood and freedom from marketing.
I have been thinking about cutting my ties with social media. Lanier’s arguments gave me the final push that I needed to completely delete Facebook and Instagram off my phone. I have also completely stopped using Instagram on my computer and have severely limited my Facebook usage. I feel freer and I have had serious Facebook withdrawals. I don’t like the idea that Facebook has been my master and controlled my moods to such an extent.
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang. I keep hearing stuff about a border wall, DACA and immigration, but I realized that I don’t understand anything really about the immigration debate. Soerens and Yang go over immigration laws, political issues and the Bible as they explore immigration while putting the ideas with real life immigrant stories.
This was another persuasive book, and I felt like it helped me to understand more about the issues. I feel like I really have a good background in the issues now thanks to the book. However, it’s a complex issue, and I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near to knowing how I feel about it. I am more compassionate towards the fact that these are real people and families that are affected though.
Preaching Christ from Ecclesiastes: Foundations for Expository Sermons by Sidney Greidanus. This commentary of Ecclesiastes is one geared towards preachers. Using Greidanus’s work, a preacher could develop a series on Ecclesiastes; and by following his example in this book, a preacher could learn how to make these same decisions and examinations of other books of the Bible.
I found this text to be very appealing. It’s my first in-depth look at Ecclesiastes, and I have really fallen in love with this book of the Bible. It has also increased my confidence in developing lessons. I feel like, following his method, I could create expository lessons on any Biblical text. This is a valuable addition to my teaching repertoire.
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson. This epistolary novel chronicles the growing friendship between two people who are unhappy in their every day lives. They both find hope and healing through sharing their lives and the details of their feelings with each other.
This one is pretty short, only about 250 pages. It’s also a small book, not as big as many of the hardcovers I read, so it was a pretty quick read. The story itself is pretty appealing, and I enjoyed getting into the heads (and lives) of both Tara and Anders. Their correspondence actually begins because of the Tollund Man, which is something I had never even heard of. As you might can imagine, I began this book by stopping a few pages in to do a little research on him and on bog people. I love when a novel unintentionally teaches me something new!
So, what are you reading this week? Any notable reads?