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!!> PDF / Epub ✅ Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age ❤ Author Tony Reinke – Vejega.info We live in an increasingly visual culture As a pastor, I hear the relentless sound of a postmodern drumbeat The average person cannot sit through a forty five minute sermon, I m told Yet that same person will sit in a dark room for nearly four hours and watch Lord of the Rings I am convinced that the aversion to listening to a sermon hasto do with affections than ability That is, we are drawn to what we love And we are increasingly captivated by the visual screens, televisions, v We live in an increasingly visual culture As a pastor, I hear the relentless sound of a postmodern drumbeat The average person cannot sit through a forty five minute sermon, I m told Yet that same person will sit in a dark room for nearly four hours and watch Lord of the Rings I am convinced that the aversion to listening to a sermon hasto do with affections than ability That is, we are drawn to what we love And we are increasingly captivated by the visual screens, televisions, video games and an endless array of visual stimuli A visual smorgasbord surrounds us and offers a rich ar ray of pleasures and satisfaction But do these visual delights or spectacles come with a hefty price tag Tony Reinke examines the visual dilemma in his new book, Competing Spectacles A spectacle is anything that garners attention from the eye, be it good or evil Reinke is chiefly concerned with answering one question In this ecosystem of digital pictures and fabricated sights and viral moments competing for our attention, how do we spiritually thrive Anyone who thinks that Reinke is over reacting should etch this statement on their minds and tape it to their televisions The spectacle s goal is to make spectators and to keep them spectating.Taken from this perspective, most would agree that the goal to keep spectators spectating is succeeding Our visual world is sucking people in and it appears that turning back is not an option The net result is a people who appear satisfied but are dying on the inside Briefly, Reinke diagnoses the problem of spectacles and challenges readers to be aware of the ever present tension Indeed, the spectacles in the world lure unsuspecting eyes and promise a full array of benefits, yet in the final analysis, is found wanting On the other hand, the supreme Spectacle offers eternal joy and pleasure Ps 16 11 But the author goes further He argues that the supreme Spectacle iscomprehensive and enchanting than we ever dreamed The local church is where we go to find the Lord s Table and baptism and the preaching of the Word, where those re peated spectacles call us again and again for a response of worship and repentance and joy The Challenge of Competing SpectaclesNo one can point a judgmental finger at Reinke for he steers clear from all brands of legalism He urges evangelical eyes to be disciplined and discerning Each of us must reckon with this radical eschatological promise of Christ in our personal media diets The challenge is to reject the profane and to develop personal disciplines to resist the impulse to fill our lives with vain spectacles The most urgent and penetrating aspect of this book concerns those who are bored with Christ and his gospel, a problem that appears to be an epidemic in this media saturated generation In the digital age, writes the author, monotony with Christ is the chief warning signal to alert us that the spectacles of this world are suffocating our hearts from the supreme Spectacle of the universe, Reinke adds Over time, spectacles taken in unwisely will make our hearts cold, sluggish, and dull to unseen eternal delights Soul boredom is a great threat, and when our souls become bored, we make peace with sin.Reinke takes a page out of the C.S Lewis playbook The worst trade in the universe is playing in the shallow pools of the world s spectacles instead of diving deep for the treasures of eternal worth So, while Lewis s mud pies attract the masses, most people turn a cold should to the offer of a holiday at the sea Competing Spectacles Treasuring Christ in the Media Age is a timely book that is thought provoking and deeply challenging Reinke s diagnosis and description of the visual dilemma is clear and sobering The prescription he offers is convicting and compelling The prescription for this visual tug o war is nothing less than being satisfied with all that God is for us in Christ Jesus The author concludes The Christian s battle in this media age can be won only by the expulsive power of a superior Spectacle Christ is our safety and our guide in the age of competing spectacles, the age of social media He is our only hope in life and death, in the age to come, and in this media age Competing Spectacles is a stunning book that will open many eyes My prayer is that as the Spirit of God educates people through Reinke s excellent work that they would, in turn, exalt the superior Spectacle, our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ Then and only then will the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review Reinke s primary concern of this age is boredom with Christ a valid concern to be sure He discusses humans as creatures hard wired with the desire to look upon spectacles of glory, the greatest of which is the cross of Christ The first section details our era s unique challenges as a culture saturated with images and spectacles which compete for the chief commodity human attention This isn t new think Roman obsession with blood sport and theater , but it is ramped up by new technologies Reinke s primary concern of this age is boredom with Christ a valid concern to be sure He discusses humans as creatures hard wired with the desire to look upon spectacles of glory, the greatest of which is the cross of Christ The first section details our era s unique challenges as a culture saturated with images and spectacles which compete for the chief commodity human attention This isn t new think Roman obsession with blood sport and theater , but it is ramped up by new technologies Later, a few chapters deal with Christ s death and its effect on those who look upon it, followed by Reinke s thoughts on how Christians should think through their relationship with spectacles These seemed wise and carefully stated The ideas in this book were well articulated and useful for self reflection I ll walk away with a heightened awareness of the impact spectacles have on the soul and a greater focus on the most important spectacle well worth the time of reading Awesome cover too Seth Godin Neil Postman John Piper I m so thankful for this Christ saturated book I pray it ll be used to wake us from our media stupor to behold the greatest Spectacle. This was a compelling read Let s dive into the review Note I both read and listened to this book I read the first half of the hard copy book, and then listened to the whole book from ChristianAudio My review will discuss both versions THE GOOD From the very first pages, Reinke lays out the purpose of his book This book is a theology of visual culture, a culture that increasingly closing in around us And Reinke delivers on this in spades The book is divided into two main parts 1 our This was a compelling read Let s dive into the review Note I both read and listened to this book I read the first half of the hard copy book, and then listened to the whole book from ChristianAudio My review will discuss both versions THE GOOD From the very first pages, Reinke lays out the purpose of his book This book is a theology of visual culture, a culture that increasingly closing in around us And Reinke delivers on this in spades The book is divided into two main parts 1 our culture s spectacle problem and 2 how Jesus is the great and true spectacle For those who have read Reinke s other book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, the first half of the book should be a tad familiar, but Reinke delves deep into our visual culture In fact, it would be wrong to call this book a sequel to12Ways or even a successor to it Rather, this book is a prequel to12Ways, with12Ways then focusing on phones itself This book is a very condensed survey of current media and trends and our response to it, hence a theology of visual culture There are so many good chapters in this book The chapters on porn, image, and war violence were especially gripping in the first part But the second half Tony heralds It s not often I get to use the word herald because in our church culture heralding isn t typically done It sthan preaching or teaching It s closer to imparting something than teaching something Reinke isn t as concerned with nuances on tech philosophy He wants you to see Christ He does this with such a passion that I feel if he could he would put his own eyes in ours so we could behold what he sees in Christ There s a passion, an infectious exuberance in this second part and it is wonderful.This really shows in the audiobook First let me say, you re welcome When I reviewed12Ways, I mentioned about the audiobook version There were only two things I really missed The first is that I wished Reinke did the narration for the audiobook The man they used gets a little monotone and in a number, stat, and technology filled book, we need ahuman emotional voice Not a robotic one.From some tweets back and forth, it looks like I among others convinced him This time, Reinke himself narrates the book image error Reinke has a wonderful voice His voice at the beginning of the book is good, but he really opens up with emotion, laughter, and a lighter tone in the second half As I already said, it s infectious Once I reached this section, I just had to finish the book without stopping.I really appreciated the tone and substance of the book I think this might be Reinke s best written book His poetic form at certain points seem to be a clear influence from his work at Desiring God and with John Piper It is beautifully written Side note my new favorite word is dramaturgy THE CHALLENGES I have only two challenges I experienced while reading the book.1 The structure of the book.I feel I will be in the majority opinion on this, but for reading the hard copy version of this book, the layout and formatting decisions were hugely distracting for me Reinke has admitted that he tried a different book structure than typical non fiction books, however I don t think it quite works In my opinion, this might be because it s hard to place what kind of book this is In the beginning, Reinke admits that this book is meant to be a companion guide to those going through a media detox That helped me determine what the book was trying to be a devotional of sorts In short, I believe there are differences in reading expectation when reading a book and reading a devotional I know it might feel like I m nit picking, but the format really bugged me In fact, it s a big reason I chose to start over and listen to the audiobook Upon listening though, I realized the format really works for the audiobook The short chapters playlike short audio only YouTube clips This helps create a momentum as it feels like you re accomplishing something when reading Side note I just finished a chapter in another book that was 300 pages 9hrs long, so the momentum in this was welcome.And all this talking about the audio of the book brings me to the second challenge.2 Too limited of a scopeIn the middle of the book, Reinke makes a comment about how this culture and the church have some fundamental differences since they are captivated by visual spectacles while the church is fuel by faith,which comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God This is a huge point which is never developed Reinke purposely focuses on visual spectacles and the spectacle of Christ in the imagination of the Christian mind But Reinke and scripture is right, our religion is hugely text driven and auditory and there are absolutely auditory spectacles in our world culture that we must battle engage with It s one of those things that once he brings it up, you realize how missing the subject has been and continues to be upon reading I understand the limited scope, but I felt it should have includedon the auditory side Those two things aside, I found this book evenhelpful than12Ways I can t endorse this book highly enough Take your time in reading it and read it often P.S Much love for ChristianAudio for producing a quality audiobook and having Reinke read it I hope this continues as a trend with non fiction Christian authors and their audiobooks. Great book Here are five of my takeaways Great book Here are five of my takeaways In Competing Spectacles , Reinke gives us a much needed reminder that what we behold transforms us And in our modern, digital world, we re constantly being sold a product that will ultimately pale in comparison to the riches we can experience in Jesus Christ This book is a rare combination of theologically rich, immediately practical, and culturally savvy Generally, if Reinke writes it, I read it, and this book is a prime example of why. Thirty Years After Neil Postman S Amusing Ourselves To Death, This Book Takes The Impact Analysis Of Modern Media To A New Level John Piper, Founder And Teacher, DesiringGodWhat Images Should I Feed My Eyes We Often Leave This Question Unanswered Because We Don T Ask It Maybe We Don T Want To Ask It But Viral Videos, Digital Images, And Other Spectacles Surround Us In Every Direction Competing For Our Time, Our Attention, Our Lust, And Our Money So We Let Our Lazy Eyes Feed On Whatever Comes Our Way As A Result, We Never Stop To Consider The Consequences Of Our Visual Diet On Our Habits, Desires, And LongingsJournalist Tony Reinke Asked These Hard Questions Himself Critiquing His Own Habits And Now Invites Us Along To See What He Discovered As He Investigated The Possibilities And The Pitfalls Of Our Image Centered World In The End, He Shares The Beauty Of A Greater Spectacle Capable Of Centering Our Souls, Filling Our Hearts, And Stabilizing Our Gaze In This Age Of The Digital Spectacle Tremendous. The human heart bends toward what the eye sees Tony ReinkeSo worth the read for Christians in this cultural moment This is kind of like if James K A Smith focused on digital media, mixed with a Cal Newport book if Newport was a gospel loving evangelical Great blend of good insightful, challenging, and encouraging. Very convinctingVeryStill digesting it

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