Book Review- The Church and New Media by Brandon Vogt

For the past 2,000 years, the Catholic Church has survived numerous attacks, slanders, conspiracies and persecutions.  It is considered to be “the Bride of Christ”, “the communion of God’s people” and “the pillar and foundation of truth”.  Besides having celestial protection, one of the aspects that makes this Church so great is that it is constantly evolving to better serve its people.

Brandon Vogt’s book, The Church and New Media, is a perfect example of how the Church evolves in its capacity to spread the Gospel message in the new age of communication.  Social media has become the foundation of the current generation, and Vogt’s book introduces readers not only to the new technologies, but to the the main players of those technologies.

For example, when introducing blog technology, he passes the baton to Mark Shea, famed Catholic apologist and writer, to better describe the do’s and don’ts of blogging.  When mentioning the online community, contributor Lisa Hendey goes into great detail as to how to foster them.  In each aspect of social media, Vogt consults with the masters of each domain to paint the best picture of the Christian’s role in online evangelization.

From social media beginners to tech savvy sages, this book is a must have for all Catholics who find themselves online on a regular basis.

Brandon Vogt’s 30 Second Book Review

Hey all,
I wanted to share with you a quick review of my book, School Spirit, from third-party reviewer, Brandon Vogt @ thinveil.net.  Thank you very much for this Brandon.  It is really appreciated.

This new devotional book by Timothy Burdick, School Sprit: A Profound Journey Through the Gospels for Teachers (Lulu, paperback, 181 pages) is not just for schoolteachers. The 180 Biblical reflections within would help anybody who teaches at home, church, the workplace, or in the community.

Burdick essentially journeys through the entire Gospel of Mark, gazing on certain passage through the lens of teaching. What he finds is pretty interesting. He sees in Jesus’ repetitive parables a model for driving points home—to deliver messages with a “tremendous whack” as Churchill would say. Burdick uses Peter’s denial of Christ to demonstrate the need for self-correction, to teach young people how to overcome their own mistakes.

School Spirit is self-published and does carry a couple of minor typesetting issues. Nevertheless any teacher would find much to meditate on. If you’re looking for an end-of-the-year gift for a teacher, catechist, or coach, this would be a great choice.

To view the review @ Brandon’s site, click here.

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