cover image 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

Tony Reinke. Crossway, $14.99 trade paper (224p) ISBN 978-1-4335-5243-4

Reinke (Newton on the Christian Life), staff writer and researcher for, presents an informative primer on the effects of technology on Christian smartphone users. Reinke offers Christian readers 12 dynamic chapters specifically laying out the ways smartphones change people from the inside out. The author contends that if you own a smartphone, it is highly likely that you have abused it, as smartphone users check in online an average of once every 4.3 minutes. Reinke uses his apt research skills to point out the problematic issues of idolatrous smart phone usage and then guides readers to think critically about their own habits of engaging others. He recalls a time when he was immersed in something on his own smartphone when he should have been engaging his family and itemizes the problems that began with that moment of distraction. The author delves into such topics as addiction to distraction, craving immediate approval, losing literacy, becoming what one “likes,” feeling lonely, and being harsh with one another. Reinke’s work is smart, efficient, and effective, laying out the insidious problems that pocket computers can bring into everyday life. [em](May) [/em]