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Book details
  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Christian Living / Social Issues
  • Language:English
  • Pages:138
  • eBook ISBN:9780615650562

Cloud Culture

Walking the Walk & Typing the Talk: Christian Living in the Social Media World

by Chuck Giacinto and Bryce Conlan

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Tackling uncharted territory by addressing the Christian’s role in the timely subject of social media, Cloud Culture co-authors Chuck Giacinto and Bryce Conlan provide a hearty balance of Biblically grounded principles and practical anecdotes, combined with a sense of humor, challenging readers to see the unlimited potential afforded them by social media to impact their world .
A Revolution is at Hand Sometimes the most ingenious ideas are birthed out of a “happy accident,” and in the case of co-writers Chuck Giacinto and Bryce Conlan, penning a book about the spiritual ramifications of socially networking certainly fell under that umbrella. The two long time acquaintances may have lived seemingly divergent lives before tag teaming on this collaboration (with the Illinois-based Giacinto serving as a worship pastor, music producer, husband and father of three and the Connecticut-bred/Chicago-transplanted Conlan working with his video production company Big Swell Media, servicing a slew of celebrities, authors and politicians along the way), but their paths always crossed at an annual worship conference in the Windy City. With Giacinto serving on the worship team and Conlan managing conference media, the pair constantly immersed themselves in spiritually-centered conversations spanning virtually every aspect of the arts and pop culture at large. Yet one of the most frequent talking points the pair frequently descended upon was the idea of social networking, particularly how Christians should respond to the booming trend and it’s possibilities. In fact, Conlan challenged Giacinto with “you should write a book,” to which he replied “ok, but only if you’ll help me.” And the rest, as they say, is history. While it would’ve been easy for the writing partners to have simply listed the do’s and don’ts of social media or how to use it as a means of evangelism in their ensuring book Cloud Culture, the authors are tackling uncharted territory with a hearty balance of their signature sense of humor, practical anecdotes and Biblically-grounded principles. The results find Giacinto and Conlan exploring this technological marvel and new generation of communication that undoubtedly makes up a major portion of our lives with a unified goal to help believers understand how it fits into their daily walk with the Lord and how it can be a mechanism to serve others. The pair have also penned the briskly-paced book in such a way that leaves room for the Holy Spirit to work in the reader’s life, bring change where change is needed, create endless opportunities, and explore how to apply the deeper motivations of the heart to our digital lives. After one intriguing glance, it’s apparent that Giacinto and Conlan truly live up to the daunting task, and in the process, have equipped their flock with the tools to walk the walk and type the talk.
About the author
Chuck Giacinto - Pastor and musician, husband and father of three, Chuck resides with his family in Streator, IL. The Illinois State University graduate not only holds a degree in Graphic Design but also subsequently earned his Doctorate in Pastoral Theology. As a songwriter and musician, he has penned songs with Grammy and BMI Award winners, and has performed alongside many multi-Platinum artists. In 2006, following time spent in China where he and wife Lynette adopted their youngest daughter, the couple formed Adoptive Music, a record label specializing in adoption-themed music. Today, Chuck serves as a staff Pastor and Worship Leader at Grace Community Church in Streator, IL, the ministry his parents founded over 30 years ago. Bryce Conlan - Growing up on the heels of globe trotting parents, Bryce had visited more than 30 countries before age 16. After graduating hight school Bryce made his way to Chicago where he pursued a degree in Audio Engineering; which to his surprise was far more engineering than audio. In 2008 Bryce began work on what would later become Big Swell Media- a full service media production company located in Chicago. Bryce loves being in front of crowds and eagerly pursues every opportunity to teach on the gospel of grace, the finished work of the cross and healthy marriages. He lives in Chicago with his wife Dana. Cloud Culture is his first book but is looking forward to subsequent titles.