“What Falls from the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds,” by Esther Emery

I recently had the chance to read What Falls from the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds, by Esther Emery. This nonfiction book was published on December 13, 2016 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all – until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Something had to be done.

What Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet – 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives – in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long.

Ultimately, Esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace – and the God who created it – she has been searching for all along.

What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. For all the ways the Internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.

My Verdict:

This book is beautiful. Emery describes an autobiographical account of how she unplugged for a year in order to straighten out a life that had become increasingly unfocused and chaotic, and on the way, she rediscovered the Christian faith she had abandoned when she was young. Although I am currently a believer (so not necessarily looking to “rediscover” my faith), this book was so motivating to me. While reading it, I took a social media break, and while not as extreme  as Emery’s complete unplugging, it did indeed bring peace to my life! I thought it was interesting that the author’s bio says that she now “lives with her husband and three children off the grid in a yurt, tending to three acres in the foothills of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains.” While I don’t think I’m headed for a yurt, I do think that our society has strayed too far into the realm of technology, and it would benefit us all to take a break like this every once in a while. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has felt a nudging sense that he or she needs to unplug for a while – as well as anyone just interested in a good autobiography! It’s a really engaging read!

If you’d like to check out What Falls From the Sky it is currently on sale for $12.99 for the Kindle version right now. If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $14.01. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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