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#Struggles by Craig Groeschel was the best book I read to close out 2015. I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I value it for the people I’ve met and connected with over the years and still keep in contact with now, but after reading this book, I’ve learned how important it is to disconnect.

#Struggles discusses how social media influences every area of our life, specifically, our relationship with God and each other. I’ve been connected to the internet since 2001 and have seen both the good and bad of being too connected. This book will force you to reevaluate your relationship with the internet and how it deeply affects you and those closest to you.

Since reading #Struggles, I’ve had to take a step back and look at my life and how I connect with people. It’s easy sometimes to sit behind a screen and feel connected but what it inevitably ends up doing is isolating you from the real world. Of course I don’t realize I’m doing it or maybe I do and I avoid it, but after reading #Struggles, I’ve learned to put down my devices, and deepen my relationship with God first and others second. I’ve had to access the areas in my life that are most important and I don’t think I would have realized those things had it not been for #Struggles.

Very rarely has a book impacted my life like this. If you have a stronger relationship with your cell phone and computer than you do with God, then this book is for you. If you struggle with sexual addictions, idolatry, and comparison, this book is for you. This book will convict you, challenge you, and at times humor you.

I highly recommend it.

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