"For all its criticism of technology—and there is a lot—the book is strongest as a practical resource for living faithfully in a digital world. Cyzewski guides Christians toward habits that cultivate spiritual growth and human flourishing."?
“What I love most about this book is that Ed Cyzewski is not presenting us with a litany of information and then requiring us to ditch our cell phones at the side of the road and leave our technological society behind. What he’s asking us to do is open our eyes. Open our eyes to what social media is doing to our young people. Open our eyes to what screens are doing to us. And remember—remember that true discipleship, true relationship, and true spiritual formation are found in the quiet places, the still places, the merciful places.”Shawn Smucker, author of Once We Were Strangers
“I am among the blip-sized generation who eagerly anticipated being assigned an email address ending in .edu—the key to the magical world of Facebook in the early 2000s. Social media has been a continual source of entertainment and education for me, and it wasn’t until 2016 that I began to question the amount of time I was spending on these sites—let alone why I was spending so much time on them. Ed Cyzewski (whom, ironically, I met through Facebook) has been an invaluably wise guide as I’ve started down the path of being intentional in my engagement with social media. Reconnect is a deeply practical, beautifully written invitation to consider anew how best to cultivate a life of connection to God and neighbor.”Megan Westra, pastor and author of Born Again and Again
“Ed Cyzewski winsomely demonstrates how our uncritical use and overuse of digital media malforms us. In his beautiful description, it ‘blinds us to the brilliance of God.’ I, for one, don’t want to blind myself to God’s brilliance, to God’s life. Here, Cyzewski is the best kind of guide; he practices what he preaches. What’s more, he doesn’t leave us stranded by merely pointing out the wrong. He leads the way by practically showing us how to make things right with God, ourselves, and the world. This is all serious business—and this book is sorely needed in this moment—for the sake of our individual and collective soul!”Marlena Graves, author of The Way Up Is Down
“Ed Cyzewski is a deep soul, making sense of living in the modern world. In this book, he takes on the digital tsunami that has swamped our lives and the spiritual damage it creates. Thankfully, Ed guides us in the way out. He shows us how to remain rooted in what matters most, even when we must be clicking and swiping. His distinction between digital and spiritual formation alone is a game changer. Highly recommended.”Bradley Wright, professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut
“As an author and public speaker, I am constantly wondering how to engage with social media and the people around me in a healthier way. Ed Cyzewski’s book, which so wonderfully displays the kindness that he embodies every day, offers us an invitation to lean into our technological world while staying tethered to discipline and simplicity through soul work and contemplative spirituality. If you desire to engage with the world but don’t want to be constantly distracted by it, this is a beautiful book with important insights for all of us.”Kaitlin Curtice, author of Glory Happening