SNEAK PEEK OF MY NEXT BOOK

Here it is–first glimpse of the cover (not finalized) for my next book.   What do you think?  Does it draw you in?  Intrigue you?  I definitely value your feedback and comments.

Thanks to the book, I’ve fallen silent on this site recently.  It is tough to generate blog posts when you’re already pouring so many words into a new project.    So I’ve taken the long view–investing in my upcoming book for Brazos Press rather than the shifts of Oscar season.

I have been quite energized by the research I’ve been doing over the past year, reading as much as possible in the arena of technology and theology.   And I am grateful for and delighted by the insights coming my way.   The biggest challenge–fusing all the elements into a cohesive whole.   The finished manuscript was due last month, but I am still trying to wrap up the introduction and conclusion.     Look for iGods later this year.

About Craig Detweiler

Craig Detweiler is Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture at Pepperdine University. He is a filmmaker, author, and cultural commentator who has been featured on CNN, Fox News, NPR, ABC's Nightline and in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He blogs as "Doc Hollywood" for Patheos.com.

  • http://www.theologicalvacillation.wordpress.com Adam Metz

    Hey Craig, excited to see this from you and Brazos. I preached a sermon series to start the year studying Ecclesiastes and the meaninglessness of things – we spend a week talking about technology. It was exciting to see just how impacting and far-reaching technology is. Something cool we did was ask everyone what they found to be the most incredible invention/discovery – some of my favorites: the microwave, the camera, GPS, and the cell phone.
    Perhaps a concluding comment about the meaninglessness of technology and the impossibility to fill the G0d-shaped hole? The writer of Ecclesiastes doesn’t pontificate on cell phones, laptops, and i pads, but he does acknowledge that he “built houses for [himself] and planted vineyards . . . made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them . . . made reservoirs of water groves of flourishing trees . . . acquired men and women singers, and a harem as well . . . ” I don’ think it’s too hard to argue that he was the techie of his day . . . and yet, “everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” A great statement, in my opinion, towards the ever-changing world of technology. Looking forward to checking this out! . . . and hopefully, you will be having some sports and theology reading coming your way soon ;-)

    • craigdetweiler

      Thanks for the insightful response, Adam. Glad to know you had a fruitful discussion and series in your context. Ecclesiastes is a great connection point/a timeless touchstone. I look forward to reading whatever you may have to send my way!

  • Jill Smith

    Craig, the parents of youth at my church are lost in the morass of social media and don’t know how to react to the things their children can do electronically. Does this book have any practical ways parents can navigate the i world, or does this book look to the theological implications of this new media saavy culture?

    • craigdetweiler

      Thanks for the response, Jill. I’m definitely writing in response to the confusion and fear and disorientation many of us feel about the digital age. And I am trying to craft a theological framework that gives us some handles on a slippery situation. Your question is a great reminder to make the book as practical as possible for people who are still trying to get some bearings on these devices. As a parent myself, I live with the tensions every single day.

      • La Shawn

        I look forward to your thoughts Craig. As Jill stated my wife and I deal with this daily. It becomes more and more difficult to figure out what is and isn’t acceptable. It seems that kids are figuring out new ways to digest media and it’s always a chore to stay on top without coming off as intrusive.

        Best to you and the family buddy

        La Shawn

        • craigdetweiler

          Thanks for the encouragement, La Shawn.

  • Taylor Bowen

    I like the cover – and want to read the book (also as a parent of kids with devices implanted in their hands). Keep me posted

    • craigdetweiler

      Much appreciation, Taylor. I’ll let you know when it is about to be published…(probably October or November)

  • Carl

    Hi Craig, I like the cover…i’d buy it having seen the cover…
    I’m interested by the previous post…seems that addressing matters related to boundaries (on the parental side) are important…There are ways to postpone entrance into some media and it is swimming against the current, yet doable.

    • craigdetweiler

      People may think that since I live and work in Hollywood, that I am for all media, all the time. But we definitely monitor and restrict our kids’ media use. When got our daughter a phone, it only had texting ability. So a more modest entry into the electronic kingdom…

  • http://growingindevotion.com Rory Brannum

    I’m looking forward to reading your new book, Craig. I find technology to be a blessing and a distraction in my own spiritual life. I’d be interested to know if people would say that technology makes it easier to know God. With all that we have at our fingertips in the form of resources and connectivity, are we experiencing a deeper walk with God, or have we just become more efficient in running the other way? Can’t wait to read your findings.

    • craigdetweiler

      Core questions you’re raising, Rory. Definitely issues I intend to address in detail. In fact, these strike me as some of the biggest and most relevant things to consider given the ubiquity (or mobiquity!) of our devices.

  • penny hunter

    Vicky Beeching is brilliant on this topic.

    • craigdetweiler

      Thank you for the recommendation, Penny. There is not enough thoughtful reflection on such a pervasive reality. So I will definitely look into Vicky’s writing…


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