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Virtually Human: Flourishing in a Digital Age - Ed Brooks and Pete Nicholas

IVP ISBN 978-1-78359-7 174 pages £8.99

The authors of Virtually Human have produced a book that is accessible, well-researched, biblically based and carefully applied to everyday life.

The book takes up the challenges and opportunities of living in an increasingly digital age. Particularly welcome is the emphasis on being grateful to God for technology, and the encouragement to learn from him how we can use technology as a tool, rather than allowing ourselves to be controlled by the technology we encounter. 

Social media, time, sex and the pursuit of knowledge are used as examples of how digital technology can invade and shape our lives in ways that dehumanise us and use others. 

By contrast the authors provide help from scripture and Christian history to demonstrate how we can use technology as a servant, rather than allow it to become our master.

There probably is no area of life that is not affected in some way by new digital technologies. Whether we are a primary school child with a smartphone, a silver surfer or a technophobe, we need to learn how to navigate our way around the brave new world of technology.

This helpful little book is a great place to start.

John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle

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