Unfriend Yourself by Kyle Tennant @kh_tennant

Three days.

No Facebook.

No Twitter.

No social media.

Just time to detox, discern, and decide.

Take a three-day social media fast
with Unfriend Yourself and learn to examine your use of social media from
a Christian perspective. This book will guide you in evaluating your fast by asking
challenging questions such as:

What happens when I broadcast myself on
the Internet?Do I see a difference between my interactions on social media
and my interactions face-to-face?Do I rule my media, or do my media rule
me?

While reading Unfriend Yourselfyou will learn
to think critically, biblically, and practically about social media.
 Whether
you choose to leave the social media scene, engage in it less, or engage in it more
after your social media fast, your perspective on social media will never be the
same.

“Without throwing the baby out with the bathwater, Kyle challenges
the Christian to a God-honoring approach to social media involvement. Well researched
and thought through,
 Unfriend Yourself avoids the emotional arguments and
instead presents a provocative ‘must read’ for any students, young adults, and generations
beyond who want to be responsible in approaching social media from a biblical worldview.” 
 – Dr. Bob MacRae, Professor of Youth Ministry at Moody Bible Institute

Summary

We live in a culture that needs simple, straight-forward instructions – especially as it pertains to social media. And that is the type of message that Tennant provides his readers in this short book. Weighing in under 100 pages (97 pages total), Tennant breaks down his journey that started on account of a class experiment seeking to answer the question as to whether churches should make use of social media at all. Kyle systematically outlines his discussion with the three D’s of DETOX, DISCERN, and DECIDE. Tennant’s driving factor is that social media enables users to be sucked into the mindless internet world (in a way that TV used to do), a world that exists primarily to numb us to the difficulties or responsibilities of our day to day lives. If you have interest in how believers are to think through and make use of social media – than this may be just the short book you need to get your wheels turning.

My thoughts

Though Kyle did not know I was going to sit down to gather my thoughts on his book, Kyle is a friend of mine who I was able to meet as we journeyed together out at Wheaton College Graduate School. Tennant’s personality is much like I described this book – simple, straight-forward. He is mature in that he understands the importance of reflecting on life and learning when enough is enough. That quality may even speak to the briefness of this book – why spend more time saying what needs said any other way than to be abrupt?

My thoughts on the book are that it is a wonderful starting point for a conversation that the Church, and every single individual of Christ’s beautiful bride, must have with him/herself. I encourage you to pick up a copy of Tennant’s UNFRIEND YOURSELF.