Wednesday, September 28, 2011

From the Garden to the City by John Dyer

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From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology by John Dyer

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2011

Number of pages- 192

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, list price $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-2668-1

Is technology good or bad?  What role does technology play in the Bible?  These questions and more will be answered by John Dyer

In From the Garden to the City, John Dyer has used Bible verses and quotes from experts in their fields.  You will learn from this text how we need to use the technology for God, so it doesn’t enslave us.

John Dyer has both personal and professional experience with technology as the director of Web Development at Dallas Theological Seminary.  He has published articles in Collide Magazine and Christianity Today.  John Dyer also has a blog called,  This is his first book.

Excerpt from the book!


John Dyer

My thoughts-

I have really enjoyed reading this book.  I have several blogs, cell phone and a television in the house.  My husband and children also enjoy the technology we have, so as a family we need to notice how technology affects our relationship to God.

I have learned a lot from this book about how God has always provided us technology.  Some of that technology has given clothing for Adam and Eve, knowledge for building the ark, and tools for making Jesus’ cross.

My favorite part of the book is the last chapter, “Recommendations,” where I learned the five steps on how to best use technology.

  • Valuation- Use Scripture to evaluate technology and ourselves to find the strengths and weaknesses
  • Experimentation- Try using or not using different kinds of technology
  • Limitation- Know our boundaries with technology, so we can still live our Christian values and lives
  • Togetherness- Make sure we make time to see others face to face without technology
  • Cultivation- Help those who work with technology to do it for Christianity

I would highly recommend From the Garden to the City to everyone so we can learn to view technology from God’s point of view, through scripture, and apply it in our lives.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received From the Garden to the City by John Dyer for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


  1. Thanks for taking time to read and review the book. I really do hope it's helpful to you and your (blogging) family :)

  2. Thanks for taking time to read and review my book. I hope those five steps you listed are useful to you!