Do you love your smartphone? Do you have a love/hate relationship with the device that seems to control so much of your life yet fits into your pocket? Have you ever wondered what it means to be a godly smartphone user?

I’m currently half way through a great book, ‘12 Ways Your Smartphone is Changing Your Life’ by Tony Reinke. Tony writes from a Christian perspective and looks at some of the questions I asked above. The book is designed for Christians who desire to be ‘smart’ in their phone usage however both the content and the research that supports the book makes it very readable for non Christians
also. I purchased the book because I found that I was starting to use my phone too much, not necessarily on Facebook (although that was part of my over-usage), but I even found myself sometimes refreshing my emails to see if I had received any in the past few minutes (seriously!) simply using my phone for no apparent reason.

Tony makes a strong case that the smart phone can be a great tool used for God’s glory, or it can be one of the biggest distractions from our walk with the Lord leading to selfishness, pride, and an unhelpful fixation with worldly things (Matthew 6:19).

The book is very readable and given our obsession with smart phones, I think it is a wise book for Christians to read. It is vital that we cultivate wise and healthy habits in this digital age and this book is a great help as we strive to do everything, including all that we do on our smartphones, for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Luke Peterson

Student Minister