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Review – The Church of Facebook; Jesse Rice

I found this a compelling and straightforward read.  The title could prove misleading as the book is not about the Church per se but it is about community and connectivity.  It explores the issues created by our ‘always on’ world and the implications for the way we relate and the way we live out faith.

An aside to trade readers, it’s good to see Kingsway Books re-emerging, badged as DC Cook.

Even if you are not on Facebook yourself, you should read this book for fascination value, if nothing else! Facebook is a true social phenomenon with a simply massive worldwide user base. I use Facebook frequently and my own experience confirms that it really has proved a revolution in terms of my personal Interaction with others.

So if you too are into Facebook you should read this book. It’s a stimulating discussion of the main issues raised by social networking, written from a Christian perspective. You will recognise yourself, your online habits and the significant questions posed about, to and by most other users. For example, there is a useful section on what it means to be a Facebook ‘friend’.

I particularly enjoyed the well researched cameos about the London Millennium Bridge ‘sway’ and the Hubble Space Telescope ‘repairs’, but I won’t spoil it for you!

There is a very real warning concerning online friendships; these represent a connection; yes but true community; no.  For those who like me are finding that their time and ‘real’ relationships are being impacted by hyper-connectivity, there is practical help here for the handling of Facebook overload!  

Would I recommend this book? Yes, absolutely. Right, that’s it, let’s get back online!

The Church of Facebook

Jesse Rice

2009     232pp

David C Cook

ISBN 978-1-4347-6534-5

Note – This book was provided FOC by Clem Jackson, Editor of Christian Marketplace magazine for the purpose of writing this review. Further details can be found at http://www.christianmarketplace.org.uk. You can download a free copy of the digital version of the magazine from the website.

  1. March 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Amazing, Eddie – I started reading this book this evening! Remarkable timing. Found it very hard to put down — but y’know, needed to get back online…

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