I read this book a while ago, just didn’t get a chance to write this review. I was busy – hang on a sec – sorry just updating my status on Facebook. Well, I just didn’t get to it. This saddens me as it was a very thought provoking book and my review will not do it justice due to the lack of freshness in my mind. Tim Challies, for a Canadian, does a deft job at analyzing the immense changes that have been wrought by technology in the last few years. It is especially poignant considering his prominence as a blogger. I consider myself a thinker; however this book really awakened me to the impact that screens (computer, phone, iPad, etc.) have on my life: how I learn, communicate, my attention span, etc. Until reading this book my thoughts on such things revolved around the concept that technology was just one more thing vying for my attention. I failed to see that the dawning digital era is not just an incremental change, but a sizable shift in how humans are interacting, both with each other and with knowledge in general.
As someone who is intertwined with the tech world, Challies excellently analyzes both the positive and negative impacts of digital media. Surprisingly, it seems his conclusion is one that leans more toward warning and caution. These things can be positive, but the potential for the negative is prevalent. I really appreciated that his examination was done through the filter of a Christian worldview. The statistics that he presents can be startling and the ramifications should be inherently informative for those who are seeking to live a Christ-like life. The one draw-back to the book is that it is not the most fluid read. It is better read in smaller doses rather than marathon sessions. But, I guess this would be expected of one who is best know for his pithy blogs. A highly recommended book for all who love the Lord and seek to do so on all fronts of their life.
Since John recently read and reviewed this book here, I won’t go into too much detail.
I’ve always enjoyed missionary biographies. These books challenge and encourage my own walk with Christ, remind me of the global call of the great commission (Mt. 28:19-20), and make me examine my life to see whether or not I believe what God says I should believe about life, death, eternity, and the worth of Jesus. Most of these books detail the exploits of missionaries from long ago, but in this book David Sitton tells his story of God’s faithfulness in our time in areas like Papua New Guinea and Mexico. As such, the challenge to missions seems even more real and tangible.
I appreciate David’s life and desire to show that Jesus is worth any sacrifice. I also appreciate David’s desire to help raise up and train young men and women to forsake everything to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth.
Read the book and be challenged and encouraged!
If you have never considered the possibility that God loves you and may have a wonderful plan for your death, perhaps you should (pg. 201).
You can check out the ministry David started here: http://toeverytribe.com/
In a very real sense I was raised by the movies in which Vic Armstrong has spent his life making. My childhood heroes were the likes of Indiana Jones, James Bond, Conan, and Superman – all of which were brought to life by Mr. Armstrong.
The title is no over exaggeration as Vic Armstrong has literally either performed or coordinated the stunts on virtually every well known action film of the last 4 plus decades and continues to do so.
This was a quick and fun read as Armstrong recounts behind the scenes stories, stunt inventions, his views on computer generated effects, near death stunt accidents, deadly stunt accidents, and the eccentric personalities he has had the pleasure of rubbing shoulders with (the chapter on Stanley Kubrick was bizarrely hilarious).
I read this while I was also reading Reckless Abandon by David Sitton. I couldn’t help notice the sad contrast between the two author’s biographies. Vic Armstrong has spent his life working with the idols of this world. He has traveled the globe, had adventures, risked his life, and received much public recognition for his pioneering work.
David Sitton on the other hand also traveled the globe, had adventures, and risked his life not for the sake of movies, but for the sake of the Glory of the Eternal God. Vic Armstrong has been honored at the Acadamy Awards. David Sitton is living for a much greater reward – one that is measured in souls and the joy of the King of all.
Wise Blood is one of those books that gets English teachers tingly all over. It’s a book full of imagery, and metaphors, and symbolism, and foreshadowing, and parallels… you name it. But, like any good book your English teacher tried to get you to read, you probably won’t understand or see most any of those things on your own – or at least this was my experience. For this reason, I’m looking forward to our monthly Apologia book discussion tomorrow night to discuss and unpack these things which, to my underdeveloped mind, I can sense that they are all there under the surface just waiting to blossom for my understanding and appreciation… we’ll see. In the meantime, I have been left to scratch my head and often say to myself (and others), “I don’t get it.”
Wise Blood is novel which follows the character Hazel Motes as he tries hard to reject the God of the Bible and flee his own conscience through a pursuit of sin and blasphemy of God. After serving in the war (probably the Korean war or WWII), Hazel Motes has lost his faith in God… or rather, Hazel Motes seems to be trying hard to lose his faith in God – yet he seems to remain a tormented soul, who is ultimately unsatisfied by his pursuit of nihilism.
Along his journey, all sorts of interesting characters with their own disfunction’s and bizarre personalities impose on Motes and his quest. Each one having their own literary symbols and functions I’m sure (but can’t quite place them yet).
Perhaps tomorrow after our discussion I’ll update my review with some of the keen literary and philosophical insights… but I’ll probably just let you read Ron Coia’s review since he is an english teacher, since he also happens to be the one selected this book and who will lead the discussion.
In the meantime, I found this little nugget out there on someone else’s blog in which the Sadie, the blog author, put together a wish list with Wise Blood a part of it: ”I want to own this book so I can read it every year and maybe when I’m 60 I’ll get the whole thing.” – Good luck Sadie, I doubt you’ll get there.