The Tech-Wise Family

Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place

Making good choices about technology is more than just using internet filters and limiting “screen time.” It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media, rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. And it’s definitely not just about the kids. We need to ask deeper questions: Who do we want to be as a family? How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? This book is for anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions, and wants to reclaim real life in a world of devices. With original research from Barna Group.

A vision for family life and faith and character so compelling and inspiring that it made me weep, made me reconsider many aspects of our home, made me profoundly thankful for this beautiful and important book.

— Shauna Niequist, author of Present over Perfect and Bread & Wine

If you aren't sure how to put technology in its 'proper place' in your home, Andy will guide you and challenge your thinking.

— Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker; lead pastor, National Community Church

Andy's message and model have strengthened our commitment to use technology to unite—and not divide—our family.

— Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute; coauthor of Growing Young

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Strong and Weak

Embracing a Life of Love, Risk & True Flourishing

Two common temptations lure us away from abundant living—withdrawing into safety or grasping for power. True flourishing travels down an unexpected path: being both strong and weak. We see this unlikely mixture in the best leaders—people who use their authority for the benefit of others, while also showing extraordinary willingness to face and embrace suffering. We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to hunger, ridicule, torture and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be combined in every human life and community. Only when they come together do we find the flourishing for which we were made.

This book is going to have a profound impact on our world. It's built on a clear, deep, life-changing insight that opens up vast possibilities for human flourishing. Classic, elegant and utterly illuminating.

— John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, author of Soul Keeping

An intellectually insightful, socially relevant and prophetically passionate book that shows us how to multiply our power to create a world where people from every tribe and nation can flourish and reach their full God-given potential. I love it!

— Brenda Salter McNeil, Seattle Pacific University, author of Roadmap to Reconciliation

One of the most anticipated books among thoughtful and widely aware Christian readers. It certainly will be one of our Best Books of 2016.

— Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Books

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We are not meant to be eternal cruise-ship passengers. We are meant for more than leisure. This is true for our own sake, but it is also true because we are still responsible for a world gone wrong.

Strong and Weak, p. 81

Like the electric current that runs, with the rarest of interruptions, through my home, power is a fundamental feature of life. And as with electricity, those who have the most unfettered access to power are the ones who are likely to think about it the least—unless and until it suddenly disappears or violently appears.

Playing God, p. 16

The devices we carry to bed to make us feel connected and safe actually prevent us from trusting in the One who knows our needs and who alone can protect us through the dangers and sorrows of any night.

The Tech-Wise Family, p. 118

What we truly admire in human beings is not authority alone or vulnerability alone—we seek both together.

Strong and Weak, p. 47

Creativity is not something just for “creatives”—we all have given being to some sentence the world had never heard before, and may never hear again. In all likelihood, unless we are stuck in a dull job and have dull friends, we have done so this very day. Where did that sentence come from? It was potentially present in the grammar and vocabulary of our language; it may well bear a resemblance to words we and others have thought and said before; but it did not exist before, and it does now. Had we not spoken it, it would have gone unsaid.

Culture Making, p. 104

Playing God

Redeeming the Gift of Power

Power corrupts—as we’ve seen time and time again. People too often abuse their power and play god in the lives of others. Shady politicians, corrupt executives and ego-filled media stars have made us suspicious of those who wield influence and authority. They too often breed injustice by participating in what the Bible calls idolatry. Yet power is also the means by which we bring life, create possibilities, offer hope and make human flourishing possible. This is “playing god” as it is meant to be. If we are to do God’s work—fight injustice, bring peace, create beauty and allow the image of God to thrive in those around us—how are we to do these things if not by power?

Perhaps no question with such urgent life-and-death consequences is more poorly understood among Christians in our era than the stewardship of power; but gloriously, in Playing God, Andy Crouch provides the clarity we need in this once-in-a-generation work of sweeping theological and sociological depth. It is fresh, rigorous, profoundly helpful and a delight to read.

—Gary A. Haugen, President and CEO, International Justice Mission

Once again, Andy Crouch cuts to the heart of the matter by challenging us to take seriously the One whose image we bear. Playing God is a clear and compelling call for Christians to steward the kind of power that enables flourishing.

— Gabe Lyons, coauthor of UnChristian

Andy Crouch presents an essential treatise on one of the most important yet undiscussed topics for the promotion of justice in American Christianity--the issue of power. The work of God's justice in the world requires an understanding of the dynamics of power. Crouch shines the light of Scripture on what could be a divisive topic. Playing God should spark this long overdue conversation.

—Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism

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Culture Making

Recovering Our Creative Calling

It is not enough to condemn culture. Nor is it sufficient merely to critique culture or to copy culture. Most of the time, we just consume culture. But the only way to change culture is to create culture. For too long, Christians have had an insufficient view of culture and have waged misguided “culture wars.” But we must reclaim the cultural mandate to be the creative cultivators that God designed us to be. Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating cultural artifacts as well as in making sense of the world around us. By making chairs and omelets, languages and laws, we participate in the good work of culture making.

Are Christians to be countercultural? Or protect ourselves from 'the culture'? Or be 'in' culture but not 'of' it? In this bracing, super-smart book, Andy Crouch changes the terms of the conversation, calling Christians to make culture. I am hard-pressed to think of something that twenty-first-century American Christians need to read more.

—Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School

"Then Andy Crouch wrote a book called Culture Making / And I knew I had to make a slight change"

—Lecrae, "Non-Fiction"

I’m loving your book. Parts of it are making me jump out of my skin. Molting, I think it’s called.

—Alf, composer and musician living in New York City

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Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch makes connections between culture, creativity, and Christian faith. His two most recent books—2017's The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016's Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.

Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing—and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction."

From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

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Karam Forum

Los Angeles, California

4–5 January 2018

Delaware County Christian School

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

25 January 2018

First Presbyterian Church

Moorestown, New Jersey

26 January 2018

CCCU International Forum

Grapevine, Texas

31 January–2 February 2018

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Culture Care Summit

Pasadena, California

10–11 February 2018

Holston Conference Convocation

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

20–21 February 2018

Jubilee

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

23–25 February 2018

The Village Church

Flower Mound, Texas

20 April 2018

Holland Christian Schools

Holland, Michigan

30 April–2 May 2018

Holy Friendship Summit

Bristol, Tennessee

18–19 May 2018

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee

20 September 2018

Hutchmoot

Nashville, Tennessee

4–7 October 2018