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#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World | Craig Groeschel
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We all love the benefits of technology and social media, but even with the incredible upsides, many of us suspect there are unintended negative consequences that are beyond our control. Weve lost perspective, even perhaps ourselves. In this relevant and life-changing new book, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of LifeChurch.tv Craig Groeschel encourages readers who are hungry to regain control over their lives and put Christ first again. He walks them though biblical values that all Christ followers know are essential, but are even more important for the maxed out, selfie-centered world we live in. The more you compare, the less satisfied you are. The more we interact online, the more we crave face to face intimacy, but the harder it is to have. The more filtered our lives become, the harder it is to be authentic. The more information about the pain in the world were exposed to the more difficult it is to care. Its time to refresh and rediscover our understanding for todays world the biblical principles that life with Christ brings: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, rest and more. Groeschel taps some of the most up to date studies on the effects of social media on our emotions and our friendships, and shows us through real-life illustrations how we struggle and how we can overcome our struggles with Jesus life-changing gospel message. With helpful appendices like the 10 Commandments of Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Faith, a challenge to go on Technology Fasts, and Creating Safeguards for Your #Struggles, youll find #Struggles to be just the guide to bring balance and real-life engagement to your everyday living.
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MidnightBookGirl You will get through this! I don't know if I should pray for snow or not? 1 pt either way though! 2w
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I have to say, I miss litsy a lot since I haven‘t been on as much lately. I decided to take on an extremely difficult new job... which is mostly consuming me WHOLE at the moment. As in “manage the potassium level so the heart doesn‘t throw an arrhythmia and lead to cardiac arrest” that type of difficult job!! 😶I miss my Litsyfam and reading in general, but I‘ve just been a bit overwhelmed 😥 hope to return whenever I can 😪

ljuliel Sorry things are so hectic right now. Will the job be like this permanently, or will it improve ? Try not to stress. We‘re all holding down the fort for you. 1mo
HOTPock3tt @ljuliel It‘ll likely get better once I become more used to it ☺️ and thank you!! ❤️ litsy definitely doesn‘t need me lol 🤣 but I do miss a lot of my friends from litsy... (edited) 1mo
Alfoster Litsy hugs to you!❤️❤️ 1mo
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HOTPock3tt @Alfoster Thank you!! ❤️❤️hugs right back! ☺️ 1mo
Clwojick Congratulations on the new job. But make sure to take care of yourself! Sending calming and positive vibes your way. ♥️ 1mo
Schnoebs Miss you too!!! We all get busy in life and it‘s understandable. Also, Gallowglass is the greatest of all cinnamon rolls 😭😭😭 1mo
sprainedbrain Ughhh. Hang in there, friend! I hope the job starts to reward you and stops stressing you really soon! ❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Clwojick Thanks soo much!! ❤️ I have to try to remember that. I‘m planning to take the next couple days to try and do a few things for myself. Thanks for all the positive vibes!! ☺️ 1mo
Trashcanman I hope it gets easier, and kinder 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Schnoebs girl!! I feel like you handled it better. ❤️You were doing grad school and work!! My hat is off to you!! 😱 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Schnoebs btw is it really? A kind of cinnamon roll if so I have to freaking try it omg!!! 😱He was so sweet to Diana! And such a great character in general!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Schnoebs 😭😭 thanks but it took way too much out of me and now I‘m just stuck in limbo while trying to get a job in my field while being in a long distance relationship. I‘m done adulting. I want to return my adulting card and just keep my library card. 1mo
Schnoebs More as a cinnamon roll character. Not an actual one 😂😂😂 1mo
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain thanks Jenni!! ❤️people have told me it takes a few months to get there... To a point where it‘s not so stressful. I hope they‘re right 😅 lol (edited) 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Trashcanman thank you so much! ❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Schnoebs I know that‘s right! I‘ll return my adulting card along with you!! 😪 like “I never wanted this card to begin with” lol!! But that is a LOT!! I hope things get better for you too! ❤️ 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Schnoebs I am too literal for my own good!! Lol😂😂😂 1mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Good luck! Try really hard to get an adequate amount of sleep - it really does make everything much more bearable. I still sometimes get overwhelmed by work and I‘ve been at it for some years - hope things get easier! Like Hogwarts, Litsy is always here to welcome you... 1mo
Ddzmini Awe hope it becomes easier for you 🙏 1mo
HOTPock3tt @thegirlwiththelibrarybag thank you!! ❤️Litsy feels as much like home in my heart as Hogwarts does!! 😃 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Ddzmini Thank you!! ❤️ hopefully it will once I‘ve been there a couple of months 🙏 1mo
Ddzmini Yea it the learning at the beginning but after you get the hang of it ... you got this 🙌🏽 1mo
Cinfhen Awwww; I‘ve missed you. I‘m so sorry work is eating your soul....stay strong💪🏼 your Litsy family is cheering you on and will be here waiting to welcome you back. 1mo
julesG I've missed you. Glad you are not gone forever. I hope work gets easier soon so you can be with us again. Stay strong. 😘 1mo
Texreader Oooh I have missed you! Hope the job is at least rewarding! My work has been overwhelming for some time now. I guess I‘m “fortunate” for my chronic insomnia which gives me lots of Litsy time! I sure hope it settles down for you. Please check in once in a while. 1mo
wordslinger42 I'm so sorry work has been so stressful 😔 I'll be praying things get better soon and you can find some comfort and peace in reading 💜 1mo
Chrissyreadit Hugs! I hope it eases up soon! Remember to take care of and be kind to yourself! Even in small bite sized pieces! 1mo
LauraBeth Sorry to hear that you‘ve been overwhelmed - hopefully things will settle down soon. I took a few months off from Litsy when my personal life was overwhelming - and I know you miss it - but take care of you! Hugs 🤗 1mo
Librarybelle Hugs! 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope you can return soon! Hope the new job gets easier! 1mo
HOTPock3tt @Ddzmini @Cinfhen @julesG @Texreader @wordslinger42 @Chrissyreadit @LauraBeth @Librarybelle @DaveGreen7777 thanks to everyone who posted!! ❤️for the encouragement and very kind words!! ☺️#LitsyFamily (edited) 1mo
BookNAround Goodness! I hope the job stress eases up. We miss you here too and will be glad to see you back when you can. 1mo
HOTPock3tt @BookNAround thank you!! ❤️I hope so too!! Hopefully in a few months I‘ll be more used to it. And I‘ll be in and out here at litsy since I have been listening to audiobooks mostly in the car on the way to work just to ease my mind a bit lol (edited) 1mo
JoScho Hang in there sweet friend. There is always a learning curve with a new job. You will get the hang of it and it will become second nature. I miss you too. Sending you lots of love and luck 😘 1mo
HOTPock3tt Thank you soo much Jody you are such a sweetheart!! ♥️ hopefully I will get the hang of it 😅lol! Sending lots of love right back 😘 @JoScho 1mo
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I am having A TIME lately! I keep reading books that are leaving me disappointed and not because I want more. This is making me feel gun shy trying to pick up my next book.

The struggle is real. 😥

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I need some motivation this week! With this weather, I don‘t want to go outside. My goal is to run at least a mile 3 times a week. I‘ve done 1 so far ?

With this rain and the cold! Who wants to go outside when it‘s 40°!! I should run today and Thursday because I have field hockey on Wednesday. But I‘m on the struggle bus!


4thhouseontheleft It's tough when weather interferes! 7mo
nu-bibliophile I hate it when the weather doesn't allow me and Chance to go outside too 7mo
wanderinglynn Weather, like work, always gets in the way. So, what can you do indoors that‘s the equivalent of running a mile? Maybe a HIIT workout with mountain climbers & burpees? Is running on a treadmill an option? Can you do stairs? Walk 1 mile around Costco, Target, or the mall? What other ideas do you have Team #BFC? 7mo
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minkyb The weather has been ridiculous. I feel ya! 7mo
Clwojick I tend to walk my apartment hallways, or go wander Walmart (or the library) when the weather is bad. Do you have a gym nearby that allows daily passes? I can buy one time “trial” passes at mine for $10. I normally try to make an afternoon of it though, if I have to pay (edited) 7mo
Laughterhp @wanderinglynn and @Clwojick So I work from home and tend to never leave the house to go anywhere. I don‘t have a gym anywhere near me or a membership. I have about 10 stairs in my house. I wish I had a treadmill. What is a HIIT workout? I‘ll have to look that up! 7mo
Clwojick Definitely check out YouTube! Pop sugar has some great workouts. You can choose by the time limit or the type of workout. Heads up that HIIT workouts are WAYYYYYY harder then they look. So start easy. HIIT is High intensity interval training. 7mo
Laughterhp @Clwojick I just looked at the workouts! Yes! They definitely look exhausting and more work than just running! 😂 7mo
TheSpineView I so like walking outside better. My vote is a walk in the mall, especially if there is some stairs involved. 7mo
Kaye Well, I‘ll use a suggestion that no one else has. Wear a coat , take an umbrella and hoof it. If you don‘t have a gym, don‘t like going to stores to walk, don‘t have stairs , then walk outside. Dress warm. I guarantee you‘ll be peeling off some clothes before you get home. Our weather has been off and on too. Some days nice, others, like today are grey and cold , with small minutes of sun. You can do it. Get your coat and shoes. I‘ll race you. (edited) 7mo
Laughterhp Haha thanks @Kaye ! I did actually try to go outside and it‘s not so much rain as mist.. so it was miserable! I ran up the street and turned right around and came home!! I found a workout online that is equivalent to running a mile!! 7mo
Kaye Glad you found a solution. I was going to challenge you to a WALK. I can‘t challenge anyone to a race, unless there‘s someone doing this that‘s older and more RICKETY than I am. I‘ll challenge them because we‘ll be on more even ground. You‘re probably half my age so I won‘t try to race you. 7mo
saguarosally I confess, that‘s my favorite workout weather. Not too cold, but the heat doesn‘t get in the way either. It‘s only raining 9 out of 10 days after all. 😁 7mo
Caterina Good job finding an alternative! I hope the weather cooperates soon! 7mo
BookwormAHN Nice job finding an alternative 👏🏻 7mo
BarbaraJean Glad you found an alternative online! Whatever you can do to get back at it! You got this. 👍🏼 7mo
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The struggle is real this morning. I don‘t know which book to start first!


Avanders Girls Made of Snow and Glass... I can't wait to get to my copy!!! 2y
Eggs Girls made of snow and glass!! That title ❤️ 2y
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I am so distracted by my #SummerSolsticeBookExchange gifts! I have commitments! Half finished books, group and buddy reads, reading challenges... But these two are going, "Look at us, we're so short, you'll be done in no time, then you can get back to your 500+ page books." This made Wives and Daughters yell "Sizeist!" while Kindred is sullenly sizing the others up. From my bookshelves come shouts of "We were here first" and "Get in line!"

RachelO 😂😂😂😂Sorry! (So not sorry 😘) But yeah, these books are just so demanding! And talkative 🤣! Mine are just giving me That Look 👀 2y
Leniverse @RachelO That look can be really loud! 😂 I feel like a crazy book lady. But if people can talk to plants, I can talk to books! 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin 😂You've got a lot on the go! Good thing the weekend is just around the corner... and these two books look short enough to be squeezed in. 😉 2y
Leniverse @PurpleyPumpkin Yes, I think I need to set up a reward system for myself. 😂 2y
PurpleyPumpkin Yes!👍🏽 2y
Zelma 😂 this greatly amused me this morning. (And made me give a side eye to my shelves in case any on mine get out of line.) 2y
Smangela Hahaha I love this :) 2y
readinginthedark 😂So much truth! 2y
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I'm in a reading funk. Nothing is drawing me in. Send help!

gibblr I feel you! That was all Nov and Dec for me. 3y
tysephine That was like all last year for me. Hope you kick the slump soon! 3y
Notafraidofwords Take a break, step back. Usually helps me. 3y
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WhatDeeReads Comics are good for me when I'm in a funk. Giant Days is my favorite. Or Goldie Vance. You can get both through Hoopla if your library has access. 3y
Reviewsbylola Ughhhhh I'm so sorry that's the worst. I usually do what @Notafraidofwords suggests. 3y
Megabooks Sometimes re-reading an old favorite helps me. 3y
TheLibrarian I'm in the same boat. Hoping you get out of yours soon! 3y
ohyeahthatgirl Rough! Watching a good TV show and trying some short stories usually kicks me out of a funk. 3y
BookNerdBritt I agree with @Ebooksandcooks - nothing like comfort food in book form :) 3y
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