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The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet
By Brandon Vogt
What People Are Saying
"This book demonstrates how New Media is already impacting the Church and outlines many practical steps for dioceses, parishes, and individual Catholics to embrace it more broadly....Everyone involved in Communications and Evangelization ministries for the Church should read it."
"My expectation is that this book will give the Church courage and wisdom to embrace New Media as one of the premier gifts of God to evangelists of our day."
"From the Holy Father to the recently baptized, Catholics are increasingly using New Media to share and explain our faith and to strengthen the relationships that unite us to the Lord and to each other in the Church.
By bringing together the powerful testimony and practical insights of those who are successfully using New Media in a variety of ways, The Church and New Media provides a valuable guide for others who want to explore how these contemporary and still-growing technological tools can serve the mission of the Church."
"From the quill to the printing press to the modern app, the Church has faced the challenge of preaching the Word of God in a way that each generation will hear it. The Church and New Media offers an insightful contribution to the way in which the Church passes on the Gospel message in the age of new social communication.
This book helps us understand both the potential and the challenges of blogging, tweeting and all the multiple forms of the new communications. I am pleased to recommend this very useful guide for individuals, parishes and diocesan workers who seek to use the new media to proclaim the Gospel and pass on the faith."
"The Church and New Media is the best kind of reading: timely, vivid and rich in valuable information. For anyone seeking to understand and use today's new technologies in advancing the Catholic faith, this book is an unsurpassed resource."
"Brandon Vogt's book The Church and New Media is a wonderful guide to the emerging presence of American Catholic voices in the digital arena. The book is not primarily an instruction manual telling us how to use new media; more significantly, it shows us what can be done.
By allowing a number of the pioneers to tell their stories, he introduces us to the richness and the range of these voices. The variety of experiences is fascinating: some write from a very personal perspective, others represent institutions and communities; but they have all grasped the potential of new media to allow us to share the Good News of God's love for all.
By showcasing some proven initiatives, it invites us to reflect on how we can witness to our faith in the new 'public square' that is being created by social media. We can learn from the expertise of those who are already actively ensuring that the Church is present in this 'new continent' but, perhaps more importantly, we can take heart from their enthusiasm and be encouraged by the fruitfulness of their labor."