Monday, March 16, 2015

Screens and Teens Book Review

Think about this... "whether technology is something you've always known or something you've adapted to, there's no denying that technology has transformed communication. It's also changing our brains."  Culture cultivates the brain...(loc 247/2408 chap 2)

So what is cultivating your brain? 

If you are older than 25, it's your habits, beliefs, attitudes.  But if you are younger than 25, your brain is still forming connections.  So a teen in 2015, then screens will cultivate their brains.

How do we escape the cultural influence?  God can transform our minds! (Romans 8-12)

In Screens and Teens, Dr. Kathy Koch shares some truths that we need to be aware of, and then how screens impact these truths in our teens.  It's a lot of information to think about, and honestly, it's something to think about long before our kids are teens! Our habits impact our kids culture more than anything else!

Want to play two truths and a lie with your teens and their screens? Read #screensandteens to help play with some 'we can' statements to help your teens connect to life.

In the book, Dr. Koch presents five truths we need to be aware of and the lies that we tell to keep up with our wrong thinking.  She explains each one, it's connection to screens, and then shares examples of the truth with simple fixes.  Teens find their purpose, security and identity these days in their social media, and unfortunately so do some adults.  This is the world we are in, and it can seem like it's not going to be an easy fix.  But that's why I loved this book.  We find hope and help to move on!
Dr. Kathy suggests some great ideas, resources, and concepts to help us lead our teens (and maybe even our own minds) toward maturity.   She takes this challenge heartily through the rest of the book!

She gets us to THINK. She gives us a plan for moving on with HOPE and knowing we can overcome.

So how do we 'fix' these thoughts in our kids (or our own brains), read Screens and Teens to find out! It's a fast read, easily comprehended, but probably a book I will re-read on occasion, as imparting the truth into even my brain will be a battle of the old vs new nature in my life.

I've had the privilege to read an advanced copy of this book, and I was asked to review it, but I have to say, it's a book I will read more than once, I found it helpful, inspiring and practical.  So I'd suggest others purchasing it!! And I wasn't required to give the book a favorable review, this is what I believe.

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