If influencers have power over us, who are you allowing to influence you?
In an online world obsessed with follows and likes, it’s important to consider what you’re really searching for. When you follow someone, it’s typically because you want to be like them or live like they do–but who have you placed as your role models?
In Who Are You Following? bestselling author and social media personality Sadie Robertson Huff dives deep into exploring who we are allowing to influence our daily thoughts and actions. With an excellent grasp of scriptural truths, using current research, surveys, and personal and biblical stories, Sadie draws on her own experience as a social media influencer and addresses topics such as
- how to go from being liked to being truly loved
- our true motives for fame
- being seen from the outside versus being known
- comparing ourselves to others
- questioning why did I post that?!
- how to respond to cancel culture
- wondering does God still love me?
This book is perfect for young Christians wondering how they can live a vibrant, bold, and uncompromising life of faith in God by following the Messiah–the ultimate influencer. Discover the love, purpose, and fulfillment that is found only in Jesus.
What I Thought
I liked this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book about the influence of social media considering that my daily routine includes working on building my own following, as well as checking out what my online friends are getting up to. But reading Who Are You Following? makes me more a little more aware of the detriment of paying too much attention to social platforms. I liked that the author, Sadie Robertson Huff, hails the many benefits of social media but also plays that against the weight of the many more disadvantages. Then, of course, she links the act of following others, to Christians following the example of Jesus.
The companion guided journal is BEAUTIFUL but also very profound. The journal’s 9 chapters mirror the divisions in the text and focuses on how each individual will answer each question, like What are you sharing and why? and Why do you want to be famous? One of its initial activities asks that the reader peruse the list of people they follow regularly, looking for triggers that they may not yet be aware of, like tracking mood to compare with when they view certain influencers’ posts. While I think every reader’s focus will be different, prompting varying reactions to these questions, I assume this journal will prompt even the most casual reader to think about how they interact online, how useful social media is to their individual lives and what they hope to get in return for the time invested in the platforms. And of course while you’re contemplating these big questions, the gorgeous photos are great to look at and the pages very doodle-friendly.
I like that each section ends with encouragement and a prayer, an acknowledgment that permanent change is made possible through divine help.
I remember the game Follow The Leader that I played when I was a child and even then, I would compare myself to the other kids, wondering, Am I making the motion the right way? It’s natural to compare ourselves and I think this is the kind of book that we should all read to remind ourselves to practice temperance, even with the time and attention we give to unknown influencers.
- Title: Who Are You Following?
- Author: Sadie Robertson Huff
- Format: Hardcover
- Pages: 207
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
- Publication Date:
Note: I received a complimentary copy of both Who Are You Following? and the Guided Journal from the publishers in order to complete this review. I was not otherwise compensated and the above reflects my honest opinion about the books.
About The Author
Sadie Robertson Huff is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, influencer, and founder of Live Original. Communicating as a sister and friend, Sadie is on a mission to reach the world with the message of Christ. The host of the popular podcast Whoa, That’s Good, which launched in 2018, she continues to top charts and minister to millions of listeners as she engages with current leaders, asking them to answer one question: “What is the best advice you have ever been given?” Live Original, Sadie’s blog, features encouraging and transparent messages from her and her closest friends, and she is also founder of the online community and app LO Sister, which are designed to cultivate sisterhood through Bible studies and workshops. Sadie, her husband, Christian, and their daughter reside in Louisiana.