Monday, December 1, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions by Aaron Tabor, MD

Synopsis:
Based on the major themes found on the most active Facebook page in history, JESUS DAILY is a 365-day interactive devotional that goes beyond even the fan page to create a deeper experience and cultural movement that celebrates your redemption in Christ. JESUS DAILY presents a devotional thought but also challenges you to respond to each daily reflection using a variety of social media tools.  
JESUS DAILY is a worldwide revolution in how you can connect, share, and worship the Father personally and with other believers.
Details:

Published October 21st 2014 by FaithWords

Available: Amazon | The Book Depository (affiliate links)



My Review:

With so much media coverage of social media influences gone wrong, some in the Christian community find themselves boycotting those outlets for various reasons. The internet in general and social media specifically can be very addictive and an easy outlet to vent frustrations and negativity. This devotional book is a guide for those who want to use social media for a higher purpose - connecting to others to share the gospel, bring encouragement, and learn more about the Bible.

There is a different theme for each month, and each day contains a short but thought-provoking devotional based on a scripture. In this regard, it is much like the classic devotionals that we enjoy, but the daily interaction suggested each day is what sets this one apart. Every day brings an opportunity to connect to others online in some meaningful, positive way. Sometimes that is telling a personal story via a social media outlet, other days it involves engaging others on Facebook with intriguing questions, or even occasionally taking a break from the internet altogether.

This devotional is great for anyone looking to reflect on a scripture each day and find a practical way to apply that online. While nothing can substitute for face-to-face engagement with those around us, this can help us redeem our time online for something useful in the kingdom of God. I found that the daily interactions helped me to think of different topics for my personal blog where I typically share my thoughts of various verses of scripture. I also plan to implement some of the ideas provided to use social media to physically bring people together for different events, such as prayer and worship.

In New Testament times, the Roman roads, unparalleled at that point, were used by missionaries carrying the gospel across the Roman Empire. I liked the point brought up in the introduction that the internet is the Roman Road of our time, providing us with an extraordinary way of sharing our faith and witness across geographic boundaries. 

As Christians we are called to be in but not of the world. The world is ultimately looking for something different and something genuine. For Christians, our online life is a facet of our personal story and should reflect the reality of the truth by being ... different. This book is a great way to begin to reach others in this way.

Source: Thanks to @FaithWords for providing a copy of this book and a T-shirt in exchange for a fair review as well as giveaway copies.

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