A Review of “The Gospel According to Facebook” By Bruce Joffe

When I received a review copy of this book I was a bit skeptical about what I would find.  Would it be another rant against social media?  Would it be a liberal attack on conservative Christians.  I got a small picture from the books description, but really did not know what to expect until I delved into its pages.  But I think one of the quotes in the last section of the book, a collection of inspirational and thought provoking quotes, defines the aim of this book:

Some believe that it is only Great Power that can hold evil in check.  But that is not what I have found.   I found that it is the small things.  Every day deeds by Ordinary Folk That keeps the Darkness at Bay. – Galdalf (JRR Tolkien)

This book is a motivation to do those little things that keep evil at bay.  It is a call to community and  an encouragement to keep pressing forward, to keep learning, to keep growing.

This book is an excellent take on how social media can be used to further the gospel and advance the Kingdom of God.  That being said there will be much that my conservative friends will disagree with, but they should read this book nonetheless.  It is a book that stretched our imaginations and finds an inclusiveness in the gospel that many of us have forgot.  The author sprinkles the story of his own faith journey with messages and meaning found on the internet.  This book shows where the judgment of Christians can often go awry.   I cannot say that I agree with everything I read in these pages, but I can say I am better, have learned a great deal, and have broadened my horizons by reading it.

The author has started what has evolved into an online community of believers called Shalom Spiritual Community, on facebook.  He relates how his journey led to starting this group when he could find no church in which he encountered God and could live out his values.  The original intent was to use the group to springboard into a local fellowship in his community, but it exploded into a multicultural multinational fellowship that echoed the values of inclusion and grace.  I would recommend that people not only check out this book, but examine this spiritual community as well.

In closing this review I want to share one more quote from the inspirational section of the book that should encourage everyone to pick up this book.  You may disagree with some of the author’s ideas or conclusions, but you will be challenged and grow in your understanding of grace and God.

I’m not where I need to be, but, thank God, I’m not where I used to be.

You can find the book at:  http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-According-Facebook-Social-Media-ebook/dp/B00I9KPPJE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392331193&sr=1-1&keywords=bruce+joffe


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