Our brains are being rewired daily.
What does that mean for our souls?
- You struggle to pray, to read the Scriptures, to be still and know that God is God.
- Our technology has greatly improved much of our lives, but in the process our capacity to live soulful lives is at risk.
Will our digital habits permanently hinder our intimacy with Christ?
About the Book
Brain scientists are aware of the change technology has on our mind, but the solutions aren’t found in science: They’re found in the ancient practices of the faith. Tricia McCary Rhodes guides us through a practical reintroduction to the classic disciplines of Scripture reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Not just as technologies to aid our faith, but also as tools to keep us focused and mindful in an increasingly disorienting digital age.
Tricia McCary Rhodes has served in ministry for over 35 years and is the author of several books, including The Soul at Rest, Sacred Chaos, and Contemplating the Cross. She and her husband founded New Hope Church in San Diego. She is currently an adjunct professor of practical theology at Fuller Seminary. Keep up to date with Tricia at her Soul At Rest blog.
“Can you hear God amidst the cacophony of cyber-static that surrounds you?”
“The only way to effectively override unhealthy patterns of behavior is to establish new habits of life.”
“Tricia Rhodes’ The Wired Soul is a beautifully written book for digital immigrants, natives and second-generation net-surfers. She uses the four movements of Lectio Divina to invite the reader to unplug, slow down, single task and begin to override unhealthy behavioral habits and settle into a leisurely, transformative relationship with God.“
Executive Director, Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center, Westmont College, author of Apprenticeship with Jesus
“Technology is like a present: it can be either a gift or bait. Here is a book mature in wisdom and rich in interactive resources to help us discern what augmentations enhance life and what amputations drain away the blood and reduce the soul to stubs of ones and zeros.”
Best-selling author, professor (Drew University, George Fox University, Tabor College) and founder of preachthestory.com
“Like so many others, I long for a more contemplative life. I know it’s in my best interest. Yet my desire and my experience, born out of my choices, don’t often seem to be on the friendliest of terms. Rhodes offers a practical (yes!), fascinating and insightful set of explanations, encouragement, and tools. This is a useful book, very much worth digesting.”
Partner, The Youth Carter, author of A Parents Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains
“The Wired Soul helped me identify the ways in which being chronically ‘connected’ interferes with my connection to the One who matters most. Without condemnation, Rhodes’ personal noticings, appeal to neuro-research and doable spiritual practices challenge and equip readers to reconnect, or connect for the first time, to our Source. Rhodes’ prophetic analysis of the modern challenge we all face and her wise life-giving prescription are good gifts to the Church.”
Author of Not Who I Imagined
“Human beings are made in the image of a God who is spiritually balanced in a hyper-connected world. With a smartphone in one hand and the field of cognitive neuroscience in the other, Tricia Rhodes helps the digitally distracted find their spiritual equilibrium again.”
John Van Sloten
Author of The Day Metallica Came to Church
“Thank you, Tricia, for lovingly inviting us to take the sugar-filled pacifier called technology out of our mouths before it completely rots our roots and destroys our ability to chew, savor and swallow what our souls genuinely crave much more than our hyper-tech-saturated culture compels us to consume. Your masterful modernization of ancient spiritual practices will undoubtedly transform a digital revolution into a soulful renewal for all of your readers. Thanks for helping us fulfill our joyful destiny of an intimate walk with Jesus.”
Founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and author of Becoming a Healthy Church