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Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction

4.77  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Protect your time. Prioritize relationships. Restore your spirit.

Technology teaches us to crave the hum and buzz of activity and the dopamine hit of notifications. Yet social media and technology have shortened our attention spans, disrupted our connections with others, and even muddled our spirituality.

In Reconnect, contemplative author and retreat leader Ed Cyzewski in
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Herald Press
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Shawn Smucker
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the book for our time, a thoughtful consideration of technology and how it is impacting our spiritual journey. Highly recommend.
Faith Hough
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever glanced at the clock on your smartphone after what seemed like a few seconds of idle browsing, only to realize you'd wasted the last half hour of your life on social media? Have you then slammed the phone down in disgust, berating yourself for not having the willpower to stick to your resolutions about phone use?

Yeah, me too.

With the rapid changes brought to our world over the last several weeks with COVID-19, I starting turning to my phone more and more. What new changes were ther
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I’ve read my share of books on the effects of social media and smartphone technology by authors Ed mentions (Turkle, Newport). I’ve also read my share of spiritual formation books. What I admire about this book is the way that it brings together these two discussion in a way that is thoughtful, challenging, and helpful.

Reading this book, I was forced to reexamine many of my habits and practices. Ed does a great job of offering a rationale for a more contemplative life while also offering encoura
Dan Salerno
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ed Cyzewski’s book RECONNECT: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction has a simple premise.

“Our digital devices and social media apps are limiting our ability to concentrate, to have conversations, to eat dinner with our families or friends, and to practice spirituality because they distract us, eat up valuable time, and train us to crave stimulation, affirmation, and passive amusement.”

As one who deeply appreciates spiritual formation and practices Christian meditation (Centering Prayer
Traci Rhoades
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every writer has their favorite writing book. I assume it's true of other crafts as well. As I made my way through this book, I kept thinking it should be as necessary as any book on the craft of writing. For we live in an age where we must write online to one degree or another. We should study how to do it well.

Ed did a good amount of research for this book. I deeply appreciated his conclusions about how church life and spiritual practices differ widely from our social media presence. They must
Simonne Braden
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"If your goal is to step out of the chaos of digital distraction and to then ground yourself in your identity as a child of God, then your habits can help you get there." - Ed Cyzewski

In an age that is dominated by a myriad of digital devices, 24/7 breaking news, and the never-ending social media scroll, this book is a gentle reminder that our digital lives often come with a spiritual cost. This book has loads of theory from fellow Christ followers and professionals - as well as practical things
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't like the idea of limiting my online presence. Or I didn't until online presence was all I had. In a time when we're relying on our digital devices more than ever, Ed Cyzewski has given us a way to reclaim how we spend our time for the good of our souls. I wouldn't have picked up this book five years ago because I would have assumed the author was judging me and telling me what to do. That's not what this book is about. It's about learning why the apps we love are so hard to quit and what ...more
Stacy Brookman
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is certainly eye-opening and actionable. I honestly thought I was "OK" at handling digital distraction. The amazing information, the tips, and flat-out diligent research built into this book make it a fascinating read. It's not depressing (although the tactics that companies use to reel us in are shocking). In fact, it gives me hope. I love the "Invitation to reconnect" at the end of each chapter which give us practical and simple ways we can reconnect our lives. I've shared this with ...more
Heather Caliri
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gentle, hopeful and joyful reminder that God's presence can meet us right in the middle of our distracted, polarized society.
Often, I avoid self-help books, especially Christian ones. Too often, they mostly serve to remind me of all the ways I'm falling short. And don't even get me started on the 'reflection' questions at the ends of chapters. I always pretend they aren't there.
So I was surprised, in a book about digital distractions, to feel like someone was coming alongside me with encourage
Cara Meredith
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this Ed’s best book yet, but it was just the book I needed to read in this media-saturated moment.
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reconnect : spiritual restoration from digital distraction by Ed Cyzewski is an excellent book for our time. The premise of this book is by limiting our time spent on social media we are able to immerse ourselves in life giving ways through spiritual disciplines and more time spent with our families. These spiritual disciplines ease our anxiety and anger at the world we cannot control and open up the possibilities of encouraging each other and being of service to those with whom we have actual r ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you’ll want to earmark and underline. I read it on my kindle and I’m looking forward to getting a physical copy of the book.

The premise is simple enough - our digital lives are detrimental to the health of our soul. Our spiritual formation is being sold out in the attention economy. It’s not new news, but it’s still sobering.

I appreciated how the author spent a large portion of the book debunking the myth that technology is amoral. At one time this was probably t
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
As I was reading this book at a time when social media was going bonkers, Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction was an excellent, thought-provoking book. Cyzewski begins the book by emphasizing the many ways in which social media and technology is addicting and how much it has come to control our lives by digital formation. This section is very well-researched and even includes some excellent insights on the importance of media literacy. Reading this section was quite convict ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
• Wise
• Approachable
• Entertaining
• Vital for wellbeing in today's connected and frenzied world

Companies spend massive amounts of time, money on exploiting us and creating digital addictions.
Changes in how media is consumed and how mental health issues have spiked. (studies/research)
We have to create boundaries and spiritually healthy practices.

How we are digitally formed impacts how we are spiritually formed.

Lots of practical helps. Reflection questions, how-tos, starter guides.

Great as a
Marlena Proper-graves
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ed's new book 'Reconnect' is so helpful and well-researched and convicting. I have talked about it with my oldest daughter. Ed is an example to me in this. It is a gift of grace for our souls to be saved in this day. ...more
Katherine Pershey
Review forthcoming in the Christian Century.
Laura Langley
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ed Cyzewski's book, Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction is a wake-up call for followers of Jesus to take an honest look at how screens affect their lives and more importantly, their faith. Cyzewkski shows readers how screens can hinder spiritual growth and keep them from experiencing the abundant life Jesus promised. Using a combination of Scriptures, personal experiences, and well-researched and reliable statistics, he builds his case for how to disconnect from technology ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book about a month ago. I gave it five stars from my gut because I couldn't put it down and was driven to make changes right away. However, I purposely decided to wait several weeks before writing a review so I could answer this question: Does Reconnect have sticking power when it comes to changing the way we deal with digital distractions?

Yes. Definitely yes. Let's just say that since reading Reconnect, I've literally forgotten to check Facebook on some days. That might not sound li
Ashley  Brooks
I'm a big fan of Ed Cyzewski's work and I can't seem to stop learning about the detrimental effects of social media and always-present technology, so it's no surprise that this book was a home run for me.

Cyzewski spends the first few chapters laying out the basics of how social media affects our brains, can damage our relationships, etc. Unfortunately, I found this to be quite repetitive since I've already read plenty on the topic. But the second half of the book really stands out from others.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Reconnect' has something very important to say: our digital devices and social media apps are affecting our spiritual growth. Ed calls this 'digital formation': our attention, habits, spiritual state, priorities, and relationships with others are being shaped through our use of digital technology. This digital formation can have negative effects on our spiritual growth if we fail to reflect carefully on how to manage our digital lives.

There are now many books on the effects of digital technolo
Melanie Springer Mock
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cyzewski challenges me to reconsider my use of technology, how I engage on social media, and why that might be moving me away from any kind of grounded spiritual life. He does this without shaming the reader, and I felt convicted enough after reading his book to be more aware of my interactions with social media, swearing for the zillionth time to give up Facebook altogether.
Nicole T.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This thoughtful, well-researched, and practical book is what is needed for our time of digital over-saturation. In God's perfect timing, this book released when our online connections with the outside world during the pandemic were online. And this book helped me become more aware of the way digital distractions are designed to keep us addicted to screens, and how this impacts our spiritual growth.

Cyzewski doesn't just convict the reader with these truths, but gives insightful ways we can discon
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Ed Cyzewski is a work-at-home dad, freelance writer north of Nashville, and author of several books on Christianity and writing. Ed is the author of Pray, Write, Grow, Unfollowers: Unlikely Lessons on Faith from the Doubters of Jesus, and the Christian Survival Guide.

Ed blogs professionally for businesses, edits books for commercial and independent authors, and coaches authors on the publishing pr

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