Dr Bex Lewis

Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst  (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.

[BOOK REVIEW] Tim Chester, The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness, 2006

I picked this up whilst working as a caretaker/cleaner on an Oak Hall ski holiday in 2007. I was to give my testimony for the first time and was thinking around the tissues that were/are relevant at this time. Having taken redundancy, I was looking forward to some idle time, alongside some de-cluttering to really think things through. By April I wasn’t sure I was getting anywhere fast, the to-do list was as long (if…

[BOOK REVIEW] Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?, 2002

(p14) Author Stephen Brown notes that a veterinarian can learn a lot about a dog owner he has never met just by observing the dog. What does the world learn about God by watching his followers on earth? Trace the roots of grace, or charis in Greek, and you will find a verb that means ‘I rejoice, I am glad’. In my experience, rejoicing and glamour are the first images that come to mind when…

Book Review: I Dare You by Joyce Meyer

I was in New Zealand. I was in Queenstown - capital of adventure activities. But I've tried skydiving, tried white water-rafting, tried canyoning, and I'm looking for something else to tap the adrenalin button. Bunge- jumping's too expensive ... so I'm wandering around looking for inspiration when I wander into the Christian bookshop. (Christianity seems to be a lot more 'acceptable' over there - Christian radio even playing on the 'secular' bus). Decided I wanted…

Book Review: Playing God by Tony Watkins

"As advances in technology push back the boundaries of the possible, are we losing sight of the question of whether it is right to do everything that science makes possible? From (premature) birth to (endlessly delayed) death, more and more decisions have to be made. How can Christians find a way through the moral minefield that new technology presents, and how can we talk about these things in a way that helps, rather than browbeats,…

Book Review: Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend (1992)

I bought this book in 2006, read the book cover-to-cover, and have since encountered many people who have found it helpful. Written from an openly Christian perspective, this book investigates 'the God-given gift of boundaries', aiming to allow us to take responsibility and ownership for our lives - allowing us not just to survive, but to thrive. We can't take responsibility for the behaviour of others, but we can prayerfully (and practically) take responsibility for…