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Review: The Wired Soul

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Review: The Wired Soul

The Wired Soul by Tricia McCary Rhodesthewiredsoul
Reviewed by: Caitlin Anderson
Genre: Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
Publisher: NavPress
Publication Date: July 6, 2016

I love technology.

I love my smartphone, my Bible apps, and the half a million ways that I can connect with others. But at the end of the day, when I’m snuggling into bed with the cool blue glow of my smartphone in my face, I’m often left wondering if this is it. Even though I’ve consumed, created, and connected, I still feel…empty?

If you’ve felt the same way, The Wired Soul is a book you’ll want to pick up. In print.

Tricia McCary Rhodes, an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary is no luddite. She shares the same affinity to technology as the rest of us. But she takes
the time to investigate the cost we exchange for technology. What are our screens doing to our relationships, brains, and soul?

The Wired Soul can be a difficult book to read because there’s no arguing about the facts. It IS hard to still ourselves. To step away from our screens. To be silent before God. There aren’t apps for that.

Rhodes peels back the layers of cobweb the interwebs have spun on our minds and offers a better way. She introduces the ancient spiritual practice of lectio devina, sacred reading, and helps us slow our mind and soul down so we can focus on God.

The homework that Rhodes offers is centering and freeing. I learned how to read deeply again, processing at a slower, richer pace. Instead of using my (very convenient) devotional app, I’m sitting with my Bible open once again, ready to read the Word as it reads me.

I won’t be giving up my smartphone or laptop anytime soon, but this book has made me reconsider Sabbath, print, and how we’re called into flesh and blood community.

Rating PG: Could be for anyone but this isn’t a book that kids will naturally pick up.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!


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