What if you're living in the wrong reality?Doesn't everyone want the good life these days? Our shopping mall world offers us a never-ending array of pleasures to explore. Consumerism promises us a vision of heaven on earth-a reality that's hyper-real. We've all experienced hyperreality: a candy so 'grape-ey' it doesn't taste like grapes any more; a model's photo so manipulWhat if you're living in the wrong reality?Doesn't everyone want the good life these days? Our shopping mall world offers us a never-ending array of pleasures to explore. Consumerism promises us a vision of heaven on earth-a reality that's hyper-real. We've all experienced hyperreality: a candy so 'grape-ey' it doesn't taste like grapes any more; a model's photo so manipulated that it doesn't even look like her; a theme park version of life that tells us we can have something better than the real thing. But what if this reality is not all that it's cracked up to be? Admit it, we've been ripped off by our culture and its version of reality that leaves us lonely, bored, and trapped. But what's the alternative?In The Trouble With Paris, pastor Mark Sayers shows us how the lifestyles of most young adults (19-35) actually work against a life of meaning and happiness to sabotage their faith. Sayers shows how a fresh understanding of God's intention for our world is the true path to happiness, fulfillment, and meaning....
|Title||:||The Trouble With Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises|
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The Trouble With Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises Reviews
This book is an eye-opener. I learned a lot by reading it.I knew how the advertisers work because I am a Marketing graduate, but what I found out in this book surprised me.We really live in a world where a person's ability/achievement is more important than his character.Mark Sayers provided a refreshing view on how we can maintain our hold of God's reality while battling with the culture of hyperreality.Everyone should read this book; especially the young adults.When you're done, you'll have a new perspective about your life, your relationships, and all the things that you do.This book will remind you that you have a chance to begin again, with a clean slate in a world full of possiblities.
Mark Sayer’s book The Trouble with Paris examines the way Modern Consumerism has been exalted to the “New Religion”. Sayers shows that corporate America has erected plastic Idols that manipulate consumers to always want more, and more, and even more of that plastic stuff. “Human beings are used and discarded like Styrofoam boxes that held junk food.”* When we worship made things instead of our LORD we are left with a hyper-reality. This hyper-reality is a vacuum that leaves worshipers empty. “Reality is not considered an impediment to desire.”** Corporate America has a vested interest in keeping us unhappy so they can cure this pain by supplying us with endless happy meals with a toy included inside. Joy is easier to maintain when we stop comparing ourselves with the Joneses. When Mr. Jones buys a new Corvette, or moves to the better part of town; he leaves us with our broken down car, and our adequate house we feel a sense of shame that we are not making enough. The American Debt traders say, “Don’t worry be happy, and buy this new Chevrolet; if you don’t you’ll regret your life forever!” The market also attempts to terrorize us with too many choices, just look down the aisle for Spaghetti sauce. What is the best one? There are way too many to compare, how do we make a decision without that feeling of guilt? We could stand there for thirty minutes, in order to make a good decision. Death is the spotlight that the creed of hyper-reality is fraudulent and a heretical religion. More money cannot conquer the effects of gravity and the ultimate end from this world. But we can control our expectations. The goodMark Sayers brings an important thesis to the Mass Market Christian. Maybe this book will be a step in rethinking their lives and the choices they make.The badThe book stumbles in some of its Theological Presuppositions. I am not sure that Sayers has a firm grasp on the triune god; it seemed that he made Jesus a separate entity from God. This is a classical heretical misstep.The Conclusion“Christian Lite” book that will sharpen our focus on our relationship to Consumer America. *Hedges, Chris. "American Psychosis." Adbusters (2010). Print.**Ibid.
If I could tell people to put one book on their summer reading list, this book would be it. Seriously, you can look for the bargain edition on Amazon for $6 right now. Sayers discusses the way that our airbrushed, social media obsessed culture has pulled us into great tension. On the one hand, we know we live in an imperfect reality, but on the other hand, we desperately want to edit our lives for perfection, assuming that the mundane and even the awful events of life are not moments to live through and learn from but are instead blights to be avoided. The point Sayers made most memorably is his comparison of hypereality to other folk religions. He points out that modern Christians claim allegiance to God, but in reality, many of their decisions and time are devoted instead to striving after and maintaining the hypereal world. Though not an in-depth academic book, this is a book I could read again for new insight because it's packed with astute cultural observations.
Wow. Really, really good book. I'm surprised I did not hear about it... I basically stumbled upon it and was truly impressed by what this guy had to say. The only reason it does not get 5 stars is because it does get a little bogged down in the middle. But I think Sayers is on to something that more people should be thinking and talking about. Highly, highly recommend this one.
Really enjoyed this book. the author, Mark Sayers, writes with a refreshing voice. His analysis of current culture is crisp, and his analysis of the current state of affairs in the church is thought provoking. I found nuggets in every chapter.
Everyone needs to read this. It has such good insight into today's culture and not only how it affecting Christians and our spiritual lives, but young people as a whole that have grown up in this technological society that lives off of the idea of hyperreality.
As with a lot of Christian lit, book brings up a couple of good points and puts a name to real life issues but still generalizes too much to be applicable, IMO.
a great book for those who work with young people on a day-to-day basis and live from a Christian spirit
Fantastic book. I gleaned so much from this book about the concept of hyperconsumerism and how it affects my emotional and spiritual well-being. I highly recommend it!
This is a great book and I am half way through really enjoying