A few years ago, Esther Emery was not a believer but she was burnt out. In a “desperate attempt for a reset,” she decided to take a year hiatus from technology. Surprisingly, her digital fast leads her into a profound experience with the Risen Christ and the faith she had previously rejected. Her book, “What Falls From the Sky: How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds,” chronicles this experience and argues for an approach to technology that makes space to encounter God anew.
Her message is especially relevant at this moment. Holy week is in full swing, and on Sunday those who call themselves “Christian” will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We Christians believe that the resurrection, among other things, allows humans to experience God in the here and now. But often obstacles arise in our lives that hamper our connection with God. Could technology be one of those obstacles?
Here, Emery and I discuss how she thinks about technology’s moral dimension and what she hopes to change about her readers’ lives.