Chris Shook is as technology-dependent as most. If she accidentally leaves the house without her cell phone, she’ll turn around to get it rather than spend a few hours feeling naked without it.

She and her husband, pastor Kerry Shook, founded one of Houston’s most tech-savvy congregations, Woodlands Church, where members can tweet questions during services, interact on their own social networking site and even attend worship services at its “digital campus” online.

On Wednesday, though, they’re asking the church’s 17,000-plus attendees to do the unthinkable: turn off their laptops, iPods and cell phones, and take a break from technology.

They’re calling it a National Facebook Fast. For a whole day, the Shooks want people to swap digital communication for face time with family and friends.

“We love our technology … but it’s not going to help our relationships,” Chris Shook said. “It’s good for our networks and finding old friends. It’s not good for sustaining deep and rich relationships over time.”

The Shook family — including four Millennial-generation kids ages 15 to 21 – shuts down once a week to focus on quality time with each other. It’s a part of their philosophy to be more deliberate about relationship-building, as described in their newly released book Love at Last Sight (WaterBrook Multnomah; $19.99).

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