The 40-Day Social Media Fast
Exchange Your Online Distractions for Real-Life Devotion
Disconnect to reconnect with the One who matters most
Are you addicted to your phone? Do you find yourself engaging online but unengaged with the people right in front of you? Do you spend hours scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube videos? Have your devices become divisive--dividing you from family and friends and, most importantly, God?
Perhaps you need a screen sabbatical! The 40-Day Social Media Fast will help you unplug from screens in order to plug into your real life--with the help of a very real God.
Imagine forty days not hunched over your phone. Imagine forty days with your eyes lifted up. Imagine forty days with empty hands. Imagine forty days without seeing or hearing all those little notifications. Imagine taking a much-needed break from social media in order to get social with God and your loved ones again.
It's going to be #amazing. What are you waiting for?
"As you set aside this sacred time, get ready to hear from God and replenish your soul. You won't lose much by ignoring social media posts, but you have much to gain when you seek God!"--Arlene Pellicane, author of Screen Kids and Calm, Cool, and Connected
Wendy Speake is a trained actress, Bible teacher, speaker, and writer based in California. Author of The 40-Day Sugar Fast and coauthor of the popular parenting book Triggers, Wendy hosts her annual 40-Day Sugar Fast online at www.40daysugarfast.com. Learn more about Wendy and her books at www.wendyspeake.com.
"This is a book about much more than social media fasting. If you feel you have lost your way in a noisy world, this book will help you. If you feel overcome by your attachment to the numb of the scroll, in these pages you will find hope. God has a plan to meet with you--a fresh revelation He wants to speak into your soul. Of that, I am sure. While this fast might at first feel like a tremendous sacrifice on your part, it's really a huge gift from Him."
From the foreword by Lisa Whittle, bestselling author, speaker, podcast host, and ministry coach
"It's almost impossible to be still and hear the voice of God with the relentless hum of technology in the background. I love that this book invites us--in fact, gives us permission--to tune out social media and turn toward the Savior instead for forty days. As you set aside this sacred time, get ready to hear from God and replenish your soul. You won't lose much by ignoring social media posts, but you have much to gain when you seek God!"
Arlene Pellicane, speaker, podcaster, and author of Screen Kids and Calm, Cool, and Connected
"Our thoughts determine our beliefs, our beliefs determine our attitudes, and our attitudes determine our behaviors, so what we spend time thinking about impacts both how we feel and ultimately how we behave. A decade ago precious little time was spent on the internet; whereas today, social media profiles are growing exponentially and online surfing comprises more of our day than spending time gathered around the table for family meals. The 40-Day Social Media Fast is a challenge to all of us to turn from what our behavior proves is our first love (all things online) to the One who desires to be our first and only love. Wendy Speake helps us to see that in and of itself, social media (or food, or music, etc.) is not inherently bad, but when we turn to it to cope rather than to the God with all wisdom, we trade that which will last for eternity for the momentary gratification of a "like," a ping, a calorie, or a tune. If you've found yourself growing disenchanted with life, I'd recommend you read The 40-Day Social Media Fast, and intentionally and purposefully re-engage with the One who died to have a relationship with you."
Dr. Michelle Bengtson, board certified clinical neuropsychologist, national and international media resource for mental health and wellness, and award-winning author of Hope Prevails, the Hope Prevails Bible Study,
"It's hard for me to overstate how badly we need this book and how badly our families need this book. I long to go to Jesus more than my phone. I long for my children, one day, to go to Jesus more than their phones. We need help to keep technology in its rightful place, and this book is precisely the kind of help we need. Wendy is gracious and humble, and she speaks with authority and kindness. I've always wanted to take a social media break but couldn't get up enough nerve to do it alone. Thanks to this book, I'm not alone. Thank you, Wendy, for blazing the trail as we set the phones down and look to the One who gives true life."
Jessica Smartt, author of Memory-Making Mom
"If you are done being distracted and sucked dry by a scrolling device that doesn't really satisfy, you need The 40-Day Social Media Fast. Wendy helps us discover the joy of real-life devotion to the Lord, our family, our coworkers, and the amazing world around us that we so often miss because we're a generation that lives with eyes glued to our phones instead of eyes up to God and the people He's gifted us. There's a better way. Get ready for change!"
Becky Keife, author of No Better Mom for the Job
"Over ten years ago I never would have left home without my keys and purse. Today I make sure that more than anything, I never leave home without my phone. It's the first thing I check when I wake up, the last thing I look at before I go to sleep, and the one thing I glance at more times throughout the day than anything else. Although my smartphone has smart features that help me throughout my day, I find that my brain feels more crowded now than ever before. My neck aches from looking down, my eyes feel the strain of staring at a screen for much of the day, my shoulders are cinched up from the stress of it all, and my spirit . . . my spirit feels empty and drained. After reading The 40-Day Social Media Fast, I knew that although I can't completely remove technology and social media from life, I need to take a step away from it all and adjust how I get through each day. This is a wonderful book that reads easily but is abundant in rich content!"
Jenn McClure, @thebooknest.boxbus
40-Day Social Media Fast Testimonials
"The enemy takes advantage of not only the distraction social media offers but also the comparison it encourages. Thank you for sharing your heart and giving us tools to help us grow closer to the Lord!"--Christina S.
"One thing the fast taught me was that I was reaching for my phone instead of reaching out to God. It was so freeing to live my life for the past forty days, instead of reading about everyone else's lives!"--Angela D.
"These forty days have been fabulous. I realize that I need connection . . . with people somewhat, but especially with my Creator. It's been the most joyful, laughter-filled, life-giving time I think I've ever experienced! I will continue to fast from social media and only be present on my business page!"--Allison C.
"During the 40-Day Social Media Fast, my big focus was on increasing my prayer life. Specifically, I felt the Lord calling me to stop and actually pray in the moment with someone when they ask. I don't think it's a coincidence that during the fast one of my pastors (who knew nothing of my new goal) asked me to join the prayer team for alter calls! God is obviously at work, growing me and stretching me, which is both scary and exciting."--Susan C.
"I enjoyed this social media fast so much! The first four or five days I couldn't believe how many times I clicked on the Facebook button out of habit. As the days went on, I created a new habit. Bible study. Since then, I've been in the word daily. I'm praying more and feeling much more refreshed."--Kelli K.
"Jesus first!"--Shawnda R.
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