Amy and Andy Crouch – My Tech-Wise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices
Baker Books ISBN 978 0 8010 1867 1 200 pages Price £10.99
We might expect that a book about the use of technology by a dad and his college age daughter might produce more heat than light. We have all heard the conversations: “Why do you spend all of your time looking at a screen?” “Dad, you just don’t get it do you? I need to stay connected!”
Building on Andy Crouch’s book The Tech-Wise Family, this new book is a conversation between daughter and dad about the value of learning how to use technology as a tool rather than a master.
Amy writes eight chapters and Andy interacts with eight brief letters. This is a narrative of a young woman seeking to navigate her way with wisdom through a world dominated by the digital. It is a combination of her tech story, with its struggles, solid well-researched data, practical things to do, and good advice.
At first the book might strike the reader as presenting something of an idealised picture of the perfect family. Clearly not every family is like this and Amy writes as an exceptional 19-year-old, but one who has her feet on the grown and her finger on the pulse of the possibilities and limitations of digital technology.
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex