In Online with God, Laurie Knowlton addresses many of the issues that arise when using the Internet. Her devotions give advice on how to handle online predators, gossip, cyber bullying, and spam broadcasts. She uses the voice of a middle school girl to accomplish this. Online with God is structured to resemble this girl’s personal blog. It begins with a verse for the day before launching into a story that young readers can identify with. Each devotional concludes with an inspirational piece followed by a prayer.
1 Timothy 4:12 says “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (NIV). Knowlton’s lesson to her young readers is that regardless of their age, what they do and what they say, even in a blog, impacts people for the better or the worse.
We should all strive to be better examples for the Lord, and Knowlton offers a daily sample of what we can do to be more Christ-like and shine in our dark world. I would recommend this book to any tween girl who texts, uses IM, or chats online. – Christa Mullen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Put God on Your Buddy List. Finding God in the universe of computers and cell phones isn’t as easy as googling his name, but he’s there all the same. And what girl wouldn’t want him with her as she tries to make her way through a galaxy of emails, text messages, IMs, chat rooms—and middle school relationships? Written as a girl’s personal blog to God, Online with God teaches you how to stay safe while using today’s technology. This ninety-day devotional contains relevant Scripture verses, tips on making safe choices, and prayers for all the confusing times in your life. As you read it, you’ll realize that God listens when you blog as well as when you pray. After all, he’s the Lord of the universe—including cyberspace.