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My Tech-Wise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices

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It's time to take our power back

We can barely imagine our lives without technology. Tech gives us tools to connect with our friends, listen to our music, document our lives, share our opinions, and keep up with what's going on in the world. Yet it also tempts us to procrastinate, avoid honest conversations, compare ourselves with others, and filter our reality. Sometimes,
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Baker Books (first published November 2020)
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Josh Sieders
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
As a followup to the amazing Tech-Wise family, I was eager to read this. That little red book has helped me think about technology from a biblical perspective and integrated thinking with practice. It was not prescriptive as in "you must do this and can't do that" but gave a picture of how one family approached tech with their "ten commitments". As we entered the teen years with our oldest daughter recently, this has been at the heart of many discussions on technology in our home.

The sequel shed
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My boyfriend and I have talked about how we want to handle technology in our future. Because of our conversations, I realized how I've fallen into a lot of bad tech habits. I grew up in a tech-wise family, but I've let a lot of the habits of my younger years slide.
While this book is for a younger audience (and I would recommend it mostly for teens and young adults) it still was a great refresher on being tech-wise.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a young mother, I spent a lot of years reading books on parenting. I am now a parent of teens and a preteen. When I talk to young moms now, I tell them that the Crouch books should be at the top of their lists. This was so good.
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I'd give this a 3.5 and mostly because I'd rather read Tech Wise Family. Amy piggybacks on A LOT of her Dad's ideas but how she's made them her own and how it looks in the life of a college student. This would be a great read for a teen or twenty-something. I have a few of those, so hoping to get them to read her book this summer. :) ...more
Jake Moertl
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
With the digital age here to stay, the author brings an honest presentation of how we must be “tech wise”. Filled with ways to be intentional with media and how to extract its benefits while not becoming consumed by tech.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I expect to read with my kids before they will get a first cell phone. I appreciate that while apps can get dated quickly, the book is framed on principles that will not. There are a lot of good conversations this book can kindle and that’s exactly what we will do with it. (Also, while it’s targeted to a younger audience, I know I need constant reminders about the better, bigger picture I want to aim for because my own use of technology needs to be called out. This book does tha ...more
Rebecca Brenner Graham
Jan 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
boring & unoriginal, and those are 2 separate complaints. boring bc it was neither gripping nor well-written. unoriginal because DIGITAL MINIMALISM is this & so much more. so many good books re: social media & technology that this book didn't contribute value. sure it's co-written by gen-z, but her worldview is Christian-centric, privileged, & generally not insightful. I'm at a loss for why the reviews were positive. further, the narrator was even worse! ...more
Lydia Anvar
Oct 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Bringing back the reviews! I give this a solid 3.5 stars rounding down, and that's mostly because as a self-reflective, 26 year-old, I was not the intended audience for this book (and that's okay). This was definitely written more for the age of my students, and I think they could certainly benefit from this! The epistolary structure was...interesting. I appreciate Andy's tidbits, but I think the fact that they were addressed to Amy rather than the reader made them seem more distant.

Amy not only
Aug 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a great and gentle book aimed at teens (and their parents) with very pratical tips and stories about navigating this world of technology. How do you want to handle technology wisely in your home? That is the question they are exploring, mainly by sharing how they have done that in their own life. It gives great ideas and I highly recommend this as a family read aloud, an assigned read for your emerging teen, or as a fast easy read for a parent who wants quick ideas on defining the use of te ...more
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
While reading this book with my phone turned on next to me, I found myself doing exactly what Crouch was expressing. I did stop reading to delete a spam email and ended up getting distracted by other apps. She has such a talent for writing; I felt like I was in her mind the whole time. The letters from her dad were so sweet and ultimately brought attention to the fact that this book is about people, not technology. The data visualizations were also great and nicely designed.
Mark Vanderwerf
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like The Tech Wise Family, this book is about wisdom more than technology. As a high school teacher I plan to read this book with many of my students as together we learned to live more wisely.
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very good and though provoking. Hit harder than I thought it would, and definitely makes you think on what you spend your time with the most.

Recommended ages 11 & up (or whatever age you are if you use electronics and can read).
Kathi Reeder
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read _The Tech-Wise Family_ a few years back and found it to be extremely helpful and wise. Here’s a book by Crouch’s daughter written for teens. I will definitely be having my son read it soon.
Jan 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Read this as a preread for my daughter, great information and research information provided. Highly recommend for parents and tweens and teenagers to use, especially if you have a cell phone and access to the Internet.
Amy Crawford
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has the incredible privilege of mentoring and counseling youth, I get to be privvy to thoughts and confessions that are rarely spoken to other adults.

A year ago, I was sitting with a group of teens and I asked them the question: How would your life be different if you didn't have a cell phone? The first responses were expected - "ugh, I'd be so bored", "gross, how would I even survive?" But after that initial round came some surprising vulnerability: "I'd do better in school". "I
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I was not the target audience, but I will read anything Andy Crouch puts his name on.

If you’re an adult reader, read via The Tech-Wise Family instead. Even if you don’t have children, as I don’t, the principles he lays out there have been so applicable and we’ve enacted many of them.

Even so, I enjoyed reading a book from the perspective of a twenty year old. Her voice is so fresh, and I realized we very rarely read books from anyone in their teens or early twenties. For good reason, I’d much rat
J Ebsworth
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy Crouch provides a unique reflection on what it was like growing up within a ‘Tech-Wise Family’. Amy’s thoughtful and frequently vulnerable reflections offer much wisdom and insight – underscored by her father, Andy’s profound responses to her reflections. (Andy Crouch wrote the 'Tech Wise Family'.) One of the great strengths of both books is the sheer humanity and integrity the shines through.

There is plenty on offer here for people of all ages: whether young people beginning to move into ad
Ellen Choi
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: millennials to gen alpha
Amy Crouch's voice is bright and refreshing, conveying a genuine and caring persona who humbly shares personal experiences, interspersed with intriguing charts from social research. As a millennial I'm poised to cringe at lectures about tech-use, but this book didn't read that way at all. I initially approached My Tech-Wise Life as an aunt and as a youth group leader, but found it thought-provoking for myself as well. Navigating the millennial adolescence of AIM, Xanga, Myspace, and Facebook, it ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! As a young person growing up in the age of tech, I have heard my fair share of lectures (like those that Amy aptly describes) from teachers, media, and other adults dictating how I should to use technology. Too often, these lessons were smothered by my rebellious young spirit or failed to align with my actual life experiences.

Amy's book is different. She offers advices about growing up with tech as a young person growing up with tech herself. Her lessons are based in practical
Krista Boan
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a treat!! I was expecting this to be a helpful resource for my 12 year old daughter, who doesn't yet have social media--and could use a word of encouragement from someone further down the road she's traveling. But what I wasn't expecting was how Amy's perspective gave ME so much life and refreshment. Her vulnerability is so life-giving, her perspective refreshing, her practical suggestions helpful, and her tone so winsome and welcoming.

Midway through, I asked my daughter if she agreed....
Hannah-rose Russell
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
“We don’t need to live a life of 24/7 focus. We simply need to stop slouching into the easy posture of distraction. It might feel fine, but it’ll leave us sore.” ~ Amy Crouch

Have you ever looked at your phone's screen time? It can be shocking to see how many hours we actually spend looking at our devices. What's worse is the amount of time we spend scrolling when we have more pressing tasks to be done. If you're anything like me, you try to be disciplined, but social media's easy accessibility
Matthew Ross
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tech wise is the way to be.

I was intrigued by the title and concept of this book as a pastor that works with children and youth i know full well the reality of tech in the lives of kids today. Also, watching parents use technology more and more I want to be able to speak into their lives and give them something practical that they can use.

While I was hoping for more practical advice to pass along to those that I come in contact with I was happy that there were some suggestions but overall the
Joseph Reigle
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book, and I feel so warm and joyful afterward, two emotions I didn't expect while reading a book on the pitfalls of our tech-consumed life. But this book really isn't about the danger of tech. Amy and Andy do such a great job emphasizing that this book is really about trying to foster a healthy, balanced, flourishing life. To do that in our age takes quite a bit of prudence and creativity around our use of tech. Amy offers many insightful and simple suggestions. I've ...more
Carley Eschliman
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read with both personal and data-driven suggestions for maintaining a healthy relationship with tech!

This book takes a unique approach to tech use. Unlike many other writers in this space, Amy doesn’t attempt to make a claim that tech is “good” or “bad.” Rather, this book focuses on our *relationship* to technology. Through her approachable anecdotes and meaningful data, Amy delves into tech’s role in our connection with others, our relationship to truth, and even our capacity for experi
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Not another book on the evils of technology! The focus of this book is not on eliminating tech but rather making tech work for you instead of controlling you. My Tech Wise Life, written by Amy Crouch, shares her story of what it was like living in the home of "Tech Wise" author Andy Crouch. Sharing the culture of her home, family and relationships over isolation, Amy also gives practical tips and ideas on how to become better with social media and electronics. Great read for teens and adults. It ...more
Andrea Wolloff
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Tech-Wise Life is smart and thoughtful response to the effects of technology on our daily lives. Amy Crouch candidly shares about growing up with boundaries placed on technology and the challenge of building healthy boundaries in adulthood. While the book's audience is young adult readers, the lessons can apply to any generation. As a parent of elementary school aged children, the book gave me a glimpse into how technology may affect them as they grow up with devices so accessible. This book ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Overall a good book for young people. I would hand this out as a youth pastor to get a conversation going, however, this is not a theological or really even a “Christian” book in my opinion. It’s a look at technology and how to avoid its pitfalls by a teenager. She’s winsome. Helpful at times. Sometimes it lacks Christian depth or Christian worldview, but overall I think it will be one that can be given out and will be helpful to families. Also, I liked the style of the father/daughter kind of b ...more
Angie Shoemaker
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in one sitting. It’s written by a teenager primarily for teens and young adults, but I found it has wisdom for us older tech users as well. I’m asking myself, “Do I live with a posture of distraction? Have I numbed myself to wonder? Am I robbing myself of life’s richness by using technology to avoid boredom?”

I hope that my husband and teens will read this book, too, and that we will be able to have meaningful conversations about its concepts.
Brandon Rathbun
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the follow up of Andy’s book, “tech wise family”.
Amy is only 19 (at writing)! I could only tell because of her current analogies of college! Her writing skills seems above her age!
It is better in pair with her father’s book but I think this book would stand on its own.
It could be a good catalyst for conversations about tech with college students.
While some of the graphs were hard to read The barna stats in the book were insightful
Ronald J. Pauleus
Wow, this was such a gooooood book. I enjoyed it so much and was challeneged greatly. I am going to put these principles into action. I am going to create a tech-wise challenge and use it to change my life. We live in a world with people whose life is dominated by tech and I want my life to be different.

"A life without focus is a grim one."

"Technology isn’t a bad thing it’s a tool that can be used well, yet like work, it easily creeps more into our lives than we’d like."

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Amy Crouch is a student at Cornell University studying linguistics, English, and anything else she can fit into her schedule. She loves to cook, climb mountains, and chat about books.

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