The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place (2020)

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place Andy Crouch The Tech Wise Family Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children It s about developing wisdom character and coura
  • Title: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place
  • Author: Andy Crouch
  • ISBN: 9780801018664
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place Andy Crouch Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children It s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world s knowledge at our fingertips And it s defiMaking conscientious choices about technology in our families is than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children It s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world s knowledge at our fingertips And it s definitely not just about the kids.Drawing on in depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology s distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.
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  1. Steven Wedgeworth

    This was a tremendous little book It s written on a popular level and has really slick production, complete with charts and graphic arts, but Crouch manages to get into some deep material at the same time He offers 10 principles to control technology, which he distinguishes from mere tools in that it does the work for you and turns you into a consumer rather than a producer These principles are 1 Develop wisdom and courage as a family2 Center your home around creation rather than consumption3 Cr [...]

  2. Ivan

    I didn t expect a book dealing with everyday use of technology would be so encouraging, so beautifully written, and so deeply moving But it s Andy Crouch, so there s that.

  3. Mark Jr.

    Andy Crouch is among the first parents to have nurtured children from clearly too young to have a smartphone to now old enough, during a time in which smartphones were in fact available for that whole period It s only been ten years since the iPhone s debut And in that time Crouch s eldest child went from eight too young to eighteen old enough So Crouch is able to speak from a place of not just wisdom but also experience In fact, his Crouch Family Reality Checks at the end of most chapters, litt [...]

  4. Jordan Shirkman

    Andy Crouch s 10 commitments are helpful guidelines for families in a technology age Immensely practical, written from a place of humble successes and failures, and encouraging perspective on how to lead a godly family well in the 21st century A book I m certain I ll reference regularly.

  5. Drew Bennett

    My advice buy everything that Andy Crouch writes and read it This book is no exception Immediately tried to put into practice 1 hr day 1 day wk 1 wk yr Many friends have made big changes in response to reading this book None of them regret the changes they ve made Very helpful book on a very important topic.

  6. Rachel Diephouse

    I was really excited when this book came up in a group chat I m in with other Christian school educators As a middle school teacher in a 1 1 environment every student has a laptop in the Silicon Valley, I m becoming and interested in how we can support families in making wise technology boundaries at home When I first started reading it, I thought it was going to be Tim Keller esque, combining psychology with Christian theology and practical, real life application I started with just the Kindl [...]

  7. Jeff Skipper

    Where do I begin This is the best, most practical book I ve read so far in 2017 It s a short, easy read, too I can t recommend it enough Deep down I ve wanted to make some changes lead my family better in this area, but have lacked the self discipline, courage, direction Thankfully, this book came along and has pushed me where I ve wanted to go We ve already started to implement some of these changes in our home shaping the space , as Crouch calls it pushing the tech to the edges Yes, the kids w [...]

  8. John Boyne

    An excellent book that provides simple, straightforward suggestions and practices to create a safe environment for our kids in this technological age The book also provides a nice introduction to the wonderful research conducted by Barna, which I highly recommend as a resources into the state of Christianity and religion in the US today.

  9. Katie

    Some really great concepts to mull over I don t agree with all and if you re a techie you ll probably be annoyed at some bits but I definitely appreciated the alternative look and thoughts about how tech has inundated our life I m guessing there are better books out there on this subject but this was a nice short look.

  10. David

    This was a helpful book to think about different principles involved with the use and telos of technology I appreciated the emphasis on thinking about the long term purpose of life and family and how to keep modern technology from spoiling those purposes It could have been enhanced with attention to studies that show the effects our devices have on our brains and bodies.

  11. Rick Davis

    This turned out to be much better than I expected From the title I thought that the book would veer toward a legalistic list of rules, but in reality there s a lot of good wisdom in this book for balancing technology use in your family.

  12. Lane Corley

    Must read for parents or anyone wanting to navigate our tech saturated world as a follower of Christ.

  13. David Schultz

    A helpful guide to think through your family s use of technology I ll probably make a few tweaks to my life as a result.

  14. Becca Garber

    Very thoughtful and well researched, with many great insights and much inspiration A short, powerful little volume highly recommend

  15. Laura (Book Scrounger)

    This is a very insightful book, filled with wisdom and practical applications about technology in the home, from a Christian perspective.Andy Crouch is clear from the beginning that technology itself is not bad It can make our lives richer and efficient, if used correctly But if not used in moderation, it provides an easy everywhere escape that can lead us to neglect the important people and tasks in our lives, short changing us all He uses some current research from Barna included in this book [...]

  16. Rachel Davidson Schmoyer

    It s tough to know how to parent when there are so many technological devices around We can t really look back to see how our parents did it or how generations before us handled iPhones and tablets and internet In our house, my technology parenting questions are mostly a result of my son creating a YouTube channel and animating with Flash Of course, he also wants to spend a lot of time watching and listening to things online My girls like to watch things and play Minecraft or Prodigy or search f [...]

  17. Chris Woznicki

    My wife and I have a beautiful 16 month old daughter She loves to play around and she really loves to read Given my profession, the fact that she loves books brings joy to my heart Although she loves books, probably than any other form of entertainment, I still have the difficult task of figuring out how much technology we want to let her have access to at this early stage of her life Should she have access to our phones Should she be able to look at photos on them Play games on them Use the ca [...]

  18. Bob

    Summary A book for taking steps to put technology in its proper place, allowing persons to grow in wisdom and courage instead of giving in to an easy everywhere life.I think anyone who uses our modern technology computers, tablets, gaming systems, and especially smartphones, realizes how powerfully addicting these devices can be and the various ways they destroy our engagement with the flesh and blood material world, and especially the other real people in our lives.Crouch organizes the book aro [...]

  19. Scott Sjoblom

    I ve been on a bit of an Andy Crouch kick lately A friend recommended his book Strong and Weak which I read and loved but have yet to review Then right before we left for NYC, I read his book on culture making It was fascinating to enjoy the trip with all those thoughts rattling around in my head.His most recent work, The Tech Wise Family is perhaps the most instantly practical book of his I have read It is a book that everyone, especially those of us with kids under 30 need to read.Crouch s pre [...]

  20. CJ Bowen

    Ten commitments form the core of the book, but I was pleasantly surprised at how Crouch avoided writing an overstuffed listicle This is a very wise book, gentle but persuasive, and families who adopt some or all of these commitments will be better for it It s really a book about the good life and how to live it, which for most of us means putting technology in a lesser place for the sake of enjoying it and the rest of life .I m not big on statistics, but I do enjoy infographics, so Barna s contr [...]

  21. Peter Yock

    While there are many fantastic things about this book, it utterly fails on the most important measure it is almost totally devoid of the gospel There s not much Christian about it at all I m not sure it s what the author intended, but for my part, I m disappointed Urging us to make all these mostly excellent changes without the foundational reason of the gospel is nothing but moralism However, that massive disclaimer aside, if you do approach this book with a gospel foundation, it s a very helpf [...]

  22. Ben

    A great little book backed by years of the Crouch family s practice as well as new research from Barna Crouch shares his family s 10 commitments to create a healthy life by putting technology in its proper place.The top 3 are choosing character cultivating wisdom and courage together , shaping space to nudge each other to creativity over consumption , and structuring time to create rhythms of work and rest in order to get to know one another, God, and the world in deeper ways.This book recommend [...]

  23. Ember

    This was an interesting bookI saw one of my friends read it and I thought the idea was good, so I put it on my list to read As with any type of self help book, there were some things I agreed with and some I didn t The main take away from the book for me was to watch the screen time, and not let it infiltrate some of the little moments especially with my 3 year old like trying to not let him have a phone or ipad on in town trips Another point that was a favorite of mine was to remember to do thi [...]

  24. Jessie Wittman

    Please let me recommend this small read to you Small, but surprisingly rich I opened it looking for practical ways to handle technology in my home, and I got that each chapter contains one of ten commitments concerning tech , but I was both heart warmed and gut punched by the writer s vision of embodied life The content of this book was like reading Wendell Berry, G.K Chesterton, and Charlotte Mason all smashed up together on the topic of tech His writing is economic and lovely I want to be tech [...]

  25. Jessie

    I ve found myself referencing The Tech Wise Family in a lot of conversations lately the sign it s a good book Create than I consume, and keeping tech in it s proper place are two phrases that have become part of my personal vocabulary and mindset toward technology I was especially grateful for Andy s balanced approach and personal examples Highly recommend.

  26. Corey

    Good stuff on how to live everyday life on purpose rather than being controlled by technology and our devices I appreciated Andy s outlook on life in general than his actual advice on technology.

  27. Chris Wilder

    An absolutely necessary book that challenges the role of technology in our lives and our families lives without ever being anti technology Highly recommend this book to parents with young or teen children or some really Andy Crouch provides not only a philosophy and heart to the technology issue but practical albeit hard steps to both redeeming technology use and preventing it from robbing us from what it means to be a human made in the image of God.

  28. Brian Pate

    I was not prepared for how insightful, beautiful, and at times convicting this book would be More than tips on wise use of tech with kids, and than a challenge for my own use of tech, this book also presents a vision of a healthy family that is refreshing and attractive.

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