About The Book

The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community is a book about THREE things:

1. Community.

2. How Facebook is changing the way we do community.

3. How we should respond to these changes.

Full of humor, research, and compelling stories, The Church of Facebook will help you better understand how to respond well to the social networking revolution.


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What people are saying about Jesse Rice and The Church of Facebook:

Jesse has a great mind and a wonderful voice. The Church of Facebook will help all of us understand community in deeper and better ways.

John Ortberg, Best-selling author and pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church


Through rich and compelling narrative, research, and examples, Jesse Rice educates us about the Higher Power behind virtual communities like Facebook and inspires us to become better people in this new era of human connectedness.

Clara Shih, creator of Faceconnector and author of the best-selling book The Facebook Era


Without understanding how technology is reshaping community and relationships we will not be effective leaders. Jesse raises excellent observations and provides hopeful ways to respond without cheapening what biblical community really is.”

Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church


Jesse Rice’s poignant thoughts on social networking come as a respected and thoughtful peer and not as someone who simply signed up for an account in an effort to research his next book. In The Church of Facebook, Jesse Rice leads a much-needed conversation on virtual and actual community with wit, wisdom, and brilliant insight!

Josh Shipp, television host and author of The Teen’s Guide to World Domination


The Church of Facebook addresses the timely issue of how current technology is shaping the nature and quality of our relationships. By integrating the best of social psychology research with understated theological reflection, Jesse Rice guides us through this conversation in a way that is intensely readable, provocative, and engaging. With astute analysis and self-effacing wit, Rice gently helps us explore what it might mean to make a life in the way of Jesus amidst the complexity and newness of the online social-networking phenomenon.

Mark Scandrette, cofounder of ReIMAGINE! and author of Soul Graffiti


Weaving together the rigor of science, the wisdom of religion and the insights of psychology, Jesse Rice presents an intentional,mindful, and authentic way of using Facebook. I hope that everyone involved in this virtual community reads the book!

Shauna L. Shapiro, associate professor, Santa Clara University and coauthor of The Arts and Science of Mindfulness


The marriage of the two words church and Facebook seems akin to the collision between an immovable object and an unstoppable force, yet Jesse Rice skillfully navigates the potentially dangerous meeting. The Church of Facebook isn’t just another anecdotal piece in the already busy and frenzied waters of social media and spirituality but adds a layer of discerning critique that can thankfully be applied to nearly all software applications and services on the Web today. The technological landscape in which we engage daily is changing whether we like it or not, and its effect and impact on us is extremely significant. Jesse discusses the obvious implications, elucidates those lesser (but no less important), and wades deep into the conversation.

John Saddington, senior editor of ChurchCrunch.com


As someone who constantly studies the ways Facebook is changing our lives and work, I can personally attest to the many benefits it and other new communication tools offer. However, as with any new technology, we must learn to wield it wisely and use it in lifegiving ways. As part of an increasingly hyperconnected generation, it can be tempting to lose sight of the type of connection our souls truly desire. Jesse lovingly and prophetically reminds us that we were made for deep relationships, and that we must be mindful to engage with others on Facebook (and in every situation) with intentionality, humility, authenticity, and love. I’m very thankful Jesse wrote this book, and would recommend it enthusiastically to all.

Justin Smith, founder of Inside Facebook and author of the best-selling Facebook Marketing Bible


I have been waiting for years for Jesse to write this book. He is uniquely qualified and brings an insightful, humorous, and deep look at the issues of connection, community, the church, and the twenty-first century. Drawing from a wealth of eclectic sources, Jesse keeps the reader strongly engaged as he looks at the pervasive forces of humanity and technology and weaves together a powerful regenerative hope. I have already reread this book twice and have given copies away to many people. I hope you will too.

Nancy Ortberg, author of Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey Through Tattoos, Tofu, and Pronouns


Jesse Rice takes his readers on a journey through the ever-shifting landscape of virtual community with fresh insight and warm candor. But Facebook junkies and critics alike, beware: The Church of Facebook will also shed light on what may be keeping you from the kind of relationships your heart most desires.”

Scott Scruggs, teaching pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

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