Creating A Tech Sabbath Habit by Bryan Brooks {book review}

Has there ever been a moment in your life when you felt overwhelmed?  Short on time?  Too busy to think straight?  Me too!  Most of my days can feel like this:  two little ones, work, blog, laundry, cleaning, dinner, check email, and so on, and so on.

Have you ever made a list of what you do in a day?  There are so many activities that eat up our time.  What are your time wasters?   

Today I’m bringing you an amazing resource to help us remember to live our best life.  Bryan Brooks has written a book about how to handle the technology in our lives. 

I’ll admit that I’m using technology more now than ever. I began this blog almost six months ago and am still just getting started.  I’m getting used to the groove of blogging.  Working on promoting, bringing new content, making new friends, and learning the how to does eat up a lot of time. 

This book came to me at a great time because reading it provided me with a guideline for technology use. Just before I started reading this book I started to feel overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to keep a blog going.  A blog, which is not a paid position, but something that I enjoy. 

Bryan breaks down and tells us about how technology almost destroyed him.  Lack of sleep, no down time, and missing precious time with family were only a few of the issues that his technology use caused.    There are more and more technological items available to us now.  Even my oldest can use my Kindle, phone, and computer better than I can.  I strive to not allow too much technology in the boys lives.  I’ll start by being an example while using this book as my guide. 

I want you to know that I know Bryan personally through one of my old jobs.  He was my customer and I’m being completely honest when I say that he was my favorite customer!  He’s one of the most upbeat, friendly, and Godly men I know.  I can tell you that I would never have guessed any of this about him.  It’s true that what we hear, what we think we know, or what we see on social media might not be an accurate depiction of another person’s life.  I still almost can’t believe that it was him going through this war with technology.

One of the main things I loved about this book were the use of biblical references.  I love learning what the bible says about certain situations.  I also loved the tips he provided that can help us realize we may have an addiction to technology.  I will be honest, reading through that list of what to watch for, I pictured a few people I know.  A few of those things I’ve already started working on myself to prevent going down the same path. 

Bryan’s 52 week Tech Sabbath Habit plan is nothing short of amazing.  It walks us through week by week with a daily log of how much time we spent on technology.   It provides a chart to keep track of our technology use as well as great activities to do instead.  There are also encouraging thoughts for each week.  His encouraging thought from week 11 is one that I have written in my planner.  “The dreams of your future have no room for the devastations of your past.” 

Now that this review is complete, I’m planning to begin on my own journey of monitoring my technology use. 

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About the author:

Bryan S. Brooks
blogger. technology coach. author
 
Technology guru, dunkin donuts coffee lover, jazz music fan and small business owner, yep that’s Bryan. Bryan was born and raised in Northern CA. He is married to the most beautiful woman in the world, Karyn Brooks and is a Father of two amazing kids Shawn and Danielle Brooks.
 
Bryan runs two blogs, techsabbathhabit.com and bryansbrooks.com, where he discusses the risks of technology overload, the importance of taking a break from it regularly and teaches people how to create great technology habits. He has a deep passion to see every person that uses technology, live nothing less than an extraordinary lifestyle with it.
 
He continues to build his blog contribution partnerships with top-notch websites such as Kidzmatter.com, Church Tech Today (churchtechtoday.com), Church Leaders (churchleaders.com) and Faith Village (faithvillage.com). 
 
Besides Bryan’s blogs, he is also a published book author. His first book “Creating a Tech Sabbath Habit” was released in July 2011. In this book, he shares his own personal technology lifestyle transformation and takes you on a remarkable life changing, technology-transforming journey.
 
Bryan is currently the Director of Technology at his local church (The Father’s House. www.tfh.org in Northern CA).
 
To connect with Bryan:
email: [email protected]
Bryan Brooks on facebook
twitter.com/brookbr, twitter.com/techsabathhabit
Additional resources:
http://bryansbrooks.com/ - Main site
Publisher book listing
Amazon.com book listing
http://trifatherhood.com/2012/02/17/dont-miss-it/ - Website review
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Bryan has generously offered to provide a book to one of you!  Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! 
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2 Responses to “Creating A Tech Sabbath Habit by Bryan Brooks {book review}”

  • Auntie Em says:

    Brilliant! Finding one more linky, or one more new thing to learn could suck up our every waking moment! I’ve had to say…” Enough! ” several times!

    • Bryan Brooks says:

      Thanks for the comment Auntie Em. You are so right. Its all about finding the proper balance so we can live a healthy technology lifestyle. Have a great rest of your week!

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