Friday, December 28, 2012

"You, Your Family, and the Internet" Blog Tour

From the Publisher: How may Christians better understand the dangers and opportunities offered by the Internet? Written by an expert in the field, You, Your Family, and the Internet explains and illustrates what the technologies are and guides readers to draw on biblical principles such as self-control and accountability and apply them to the possible dangers at hand. It also encourages believers to make the best use of opportunities that arise from judicious use of the World Wide Web.

For more information about this book or to purchase, please click here.

About the Author: David Clark was born and brought up in a missionary family working in France. A Bible believing Christian since the age of 15, he is active in his local Evangelical and Reformed church in England, where he lives after spending a number of years in the USA. He has worked with computer technology for over 30 years, has a degree in Computer Science and Electronics, and carried out Postgraduate research into the uses of Artificial Intelligence in the design of silicon chips. He owns and runs a consultancy company that carries out technology related work for the UK and US governments. He has published a number of technical papers at various conferences, ranging from the use of Artificial Intelligence, to Risk Analysis. He has also served on the boards of Evangelical Times and Evangelical Press, as well as working in publishing in the Russian and Chinese languages.

My Take:

For this review, I am going to let my husband, the IT guy, give his take on the book.
As an IT professional, I know how dangerous and how useful the Internet can be.  As a father of a three-year-old, I tend to focus on the dangers and wonder how to protect her while still allowing her to use one of the most powerful tools in the history of mankind.  David Clark gives some excellent advice on how to find a good balance between caution and usefulness.
Many books that I have read about Internet safety tend to have two main problems.  The first is to focus almost (if not exclusively) on the dangers of the Internet.  And, to be fair, the Internet can be a very dangerous place.  But, this book also explains how powerful and useful the Internet is.  It was very refreshing to read a book about using technology that wasn’t all doom and gloom.

The second problem that most books about the Internet tend to have is that they offers solutions of extremes.  A common example is with online pornography.  Other books will extol the dangers and evils of online pornography and suggest that the solution to an addiction is to stop using the Internet.  Today, that just isn’t a practical solution.  And, if you doubt it, I challenge you to try to go an entire day without accessing the Internet.  I imagine some of you might be able to do it for a day, but can you do it for a week?  No web pages, no email, no Facebook, no Google, no Smartphones – no Internet just isn’t a practical solution in this day and age.  David Clark is aware enough to know that.  He explains the dangers found online and calmly suggests reasonable solutions of how to avoid them.
As a father and an IT professional who works on computers all day, I highly recommend this book.  It is a great read for people of all levels of computer knowledge and an eye opener for all. 

I will give You, Your Family, and the Internet … 4 BookWorms.
Thanks, honey! I agree with everything you said! J

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Sara,

    Tell you husband thanks for a great review!

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews

  2. Thanks! It feels like a peer review of the book! I am humbled and deeply grateful to hear from a fellow IT person.

    David Clark