Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus | Srini Pillay, HBR
“In keeping with recent research, both focus and unfocus are vital. The brain operates optimally when it toggles between focus and unfocus, allowing you to develop resilience, enhance creativity, and make better decisions too.”
The Best Discoveries Begin as Problems: How to Read Proverbs | John Piper, Desiring God
Why would a book that aims to impart insight for wise living (Proverbs 1:2–3) put contradictory instructions back-to-back? I can think of at least seven reasons.
The Kids Are Not Okay—and Neither Is America | Collin Hansen, TGC
A review of Senator Ben Sasse’s new book The Vanishing American Adult. And Alex Chediak offers his own take in Sen. Ben Sasse’s The Vanishing American Adult Offers Timely Solutions.
Do we really need another book about entitled millennials? Or about the helicopter parents who raise these precious darlings? Senator Ben Sasse’s The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis — and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance exceeds expectations. It challenges both parents and our culture, offering compelling and timely solutions.
Andy Crouch on How to Become a Tech-Wise Family | Collin Hansen, TGC
“In order to survive and even thrive in our information age, Andy Crouch believes the church must become more like a family, and the family must become more like a church. His new book, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, explains how wise, discerning handling of new-media technology will cultivate wisdom and courage. The home, he says, must limit technology in order to delight in God, neighbor, family, and nature. The church, he says, will not enjoy authentic community unless it disciples Christians in countercultural living when it comes to our TVs, video games, and smartphones.”
I Took a Week Off from Social Media (and Survived) | Brandon D. Smith, Patheos
“…after that week off, I decided to keep my social media accounts, hoping to absorb the good and reject the bad that comes along with them. But in the week I spent almost entirely away from them, I counted the cost of a life with almost no social media engagement, and I was richer for it. And if you asked my family, friends, and people I do offline life with, they’d agree.”
Fast from Food, Not Facebook | Tim Challies
I’m almost convinced by Tim’s argument here:
“…we are to fast from food for this simple reason: Food is something we need, not merely something we want. You may want to use Facebook, but you need to eat food. Thus, in fasting you are withholding from yourself something you need (food) in order to pursue something you need even more (communion with God).”
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry | Lamar Hardwick, CT Pastors
“On Monday, December 22, 2014, I walked into the office of my therapist. I sat down on her couch with my wife by my side. I took a long deep breath and slowly exhaled, waiting for answers to my 36-year-long question. She grabbed her clip board, glanced over the assessments we had completed in weeks prior, looked me in the eye, and uttered three words that changed my life: ‘autism spectrum disorder.’ While the diagnosis didn’t change who I was, it did change my understanding of who I had been. In many ways, I have spent the years since that diagnosis learning myself all over again.”
The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon ($1.99)
Drawn By The Father by James R. White ($2.99)
Judges For You (God’s Word For You) by Timothy Keller ($2.99)