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

, 2017
ISBN: 9781493406555

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Reclaiming real life in a world of devices.

Making good choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen-time limits for our children. It's about building character, wisdom, and courage rather than accepting technology's promises of ease and instant gratification. It's about developing our heart, mind, soul, and strength when we're tempted to settle for entertainment and consumer satisfaction. And it's definitely not just about the kids.

Alongside in-depth original research from Barna Group that shows how families are wrestling with technology's new realities, Andy Crouch takes parents beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when to show us that in a world full of devices, there's a way to choose a better life than we've imagined.

  • Explores how to find the proper place for technology in family life—and how to keep it there
  • Examines the difficulties that families today face as a result of technology
  • Provides tools and strategies to create a wise and controlled use of technology
  • Introduction: Help!
  • Ten Tech-Wise Commitments

The Three Key Decisions of a Tech-Wise Family

  • Choosing Character
  • Shaping Space
  • Structuring Time

Daily Life

  • Waking and Sleeping
  • Learning and Working
  • The Good News about Boredom
  • The Deep End of the (Car) Pool
  • Naked and Unashamed

What Matters Most

  • Why Singing Matters
  • In Sickness and in Health

Top Highlights

“The first and deepest is to choose character—to make the mission of our family, for children and adults alike, the cultivation of wisdom and courage.” (source)

“We will have to teach our children, from early on, that we are not here as parents to make their lives easier but to make them better.” (source)

“The first family for everyone who wants wisdom and courage in the way of Jesus is the church—the community of disciples who are looking to Jesus to reshape their understanding and their character.” (source)

“What makes the things on our first floor valuable is not their price. Instead, it’s the way each thing asks us, our children, and our guests to bring creativity and imagination to life together.” (source)

“I’ve come to the conclusion that the more you entertain children, the more bored they will get.” (source)

"If you aren't sure how to put technology in its 'proper place' in your home, Andy will guide you and challenge your thinking."

--Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author of The Circle Maker; lead pastor, National Community Church

"A vision for family life and faith and character so compelling and inspiring that it made me weep, made me reconsider many aspects of our home, made me profoundly thankful for this beautiful and important book."

--Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of Present over Perfect and Bread & Wine

"Andy's message and model have strengthened our commitment to use technology to unite--and not divide--our family."

--Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute; coauthor of Growing Young

  • Title: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place
  • Author: Andy Crouch
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Print Publication Date: 2017
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 221
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Families › Religious aspects--Christianity; Parenting › Religious aspects--Christianity; Technology › Religious aspects--Christianity
  • ISBNs: 9781493406555, 1493406558
  • Resource ID: LLS:9781493406555
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-06T20:50:58Z
Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch (MDiv, Boston University School of Theology) is executive editor of Christianity Today and the author of books such as Culture Making and Playing God. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of International Justice Mission's Institute for Biblical Justice. His writing has appeared in Time, the Wall Street Journal and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. Crouch served as executive producer for the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip, as well as the multi-year project This Is Our City, which featured documentary video, reporting and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities. He also sits on the editorial board for Books Culture and was editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly. He also spent ten years as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz and gospel, Crouch has led musical worship for congregations of five to twenty thousand. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.


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