Wheaton, Illonios: Crossway, 2019
Competing Spectacles is a new book by Tony Reinke (author of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You and Newton on the Christian Life). In this book, Reinke seeks to help us see how we are being pulled to and fro, chasing experiences in the hope of finding something that will satisfy us. He shows how people love spectacles (something that grabs our attention for a time). It’s a part of how we are made.
But as long as we chase spectacles that the world presents to us – movies, shows, politics or the like – we will never be satisfied. Instead, God has already given us a spectacle that will truly satisfy – the spectacle of His Son. This book challenged me to consider what I seek after, even unconsciously – such as scrolling my phone or flicking channels. Reinke calls us to a high standard – not necessarily a monastic life, but a considered life. In short, a life of deliberate, diligent consideration of our Saviour as He has been ‘publicly portrayed as crucified’ before our very eyes (Gal 3:1). Let us glory in Him that we may be like Him.