Cascade Books sent me a cover design of my forthcoming book TheoMedia: The Media of God and the Digital Age. The design is not finalized but the image above offers a sneak peak.
Look, I could really use your help: I am not that great at marketing as a writer, so I really need some grassroots support for getting the word out on the book. Sharing blog posts like this one would help! And please do feel free to ask questions or make suggestions.
In this post, I am including the endorsements from the back cover (I am so honored by these gracious words). I will include a blurb about the book soon, as well as the table of contents. Stay tuned… and if you have any ideas for how I can spread the word, let me know!
“The church has been unsure about how to discern God’s presence in the new media deluge. Andrew Byers’ work gives us much-needed language to draw on: from Scripture, tradition, and a savvy and nuanced wisdom about these media. This book should have existed long before. It is the definitive word on the church and digital technology.”
Jason Byassee, Fellow in Theology and Leadership at Duke Divinity School, and Senior Pastor, Boone UMC.
“Andrew Byers has put new wine, a culturally savvy reflection on the church’s engagement with modern media technology, into an old wine skin: biblical theology…. If the medium is the message, then the church needs the guidance Byers gives as it seeks to fulfill its vocation as God’s new media for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ in a spiritually distracted, culturally noisy world.”
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“In this arresting book, Andy Byers has brought together three things: the reality of living in a media-saturated culture, the priority of Scripture as a presentation of God’s mighty acts and deeds, and Jesus Christ, the consummate TheoMedium, who holds them both together. A book of wisdom for today’s—and tomorrow’s—Christian.”
Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
What do the voice of God and the voice of Siri have in common? Andy Byers answers this question by retelling the biblical story with fresh and vivid detail, carefully pointing out the rich and varied ways God used media in each chapter. With his unique blend of compassionate pastoral care and insightful but accessible scholarship, Byers offers us a theologically rich vision of the proper place of media in the life of the church.
John Dyer, Executive Director of Communication and Educational Technology, Dallas Theological Seminary and Author, From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology