Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Liked: whose approval are you living for?

https://www.amazon.com/Liked-Whose-Approval-Are-Living/dp/0718087232/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484794795&sr=1-1&keywords=liked+kari+kampakisLiked:Whose approval are you living for? by Kari Kampakis sounds like a book for teen girls that’s about using social media responsibly but it is so much more than that. Kampakis guides the reader to go to the root of how and why we interact online. Are we longing for attention? Love? Approval? She tackles different scenarios with Biblically based answers. It isn’t easy being a teenager nowadays where the pressure to present a perfect life to the world makes them feel like a fraud, where the number of “likes” determines their self-worth, and where a moment of poor judgment is recorded forever. Kampakis gives practical advice on navigating the online world, which can be horribly unforgiving, and asks her readers to dig deeper, to the truth of who they are, and why they are here, with a series of reflection questions at the end of each chapter. She reminds them continually that God loves them dearly, passionately, wholly, and to strive for Godly relationships at all times. I highly recommend this book for all teenagers (and grownups too – we suffer from some of the same problems in the quest to be liked online). This book is organized so that it’s suitable for use in teen youth groups. I will be giving a copy to our own. Thanks to HarperCollins BookLook for providing me with a review copy. Crossposted to Amazon. 

5 comments:

Mirka Breen said...

Took me many years to realize whose approval I was seeking. In this age of "likes" this is a book that should be read.

ClaudineGueh@CarryUsOffBooks said...

What an important question. Not just for teens, but also for well-seasoned veteran teens like us.

Vijaya said...

Mirka, it wasn't until my kids started comparing # of likes on their pictures that I realized that I knew so little about the online world. FB changed that for me. It's been an education. I think this is a good book for adults too.

Claudine, I love that you think of yourself as a veteran teen. I think a part of me is stuck in toddlerhood and the other as a teenager.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Sounds like a very timely book. Thanks for featuring it here, Vijaya!

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