936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting

936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting

by Eryn Lynum
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936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting by Eryn Lynum

Make the Most of Your Time with Your Children

On the day of their baby dedication, Eryn and her husband were given a jar of 936 pennies. The jar contained a penny for every week they would raise their child until graduation, and they were instructed to remove one penny each Sunday as a reminder, placing it into another jar as an investment.

At some point every parent realizes time is moving swiftly, and they ask themselves, How am I investing in my child? Through personal stories and biblical examples, 936 Pennies will help you discover how to capture time and use it to its fullest potential, replacing guilt and regrets with freedom. Meanwhile, your kids will see how simple choices, like putting the cell phone down and going on a family hike, will make all the difference. Together you will stretch time and make it richer.

Craft a family legacy in tune with God's heartbeat as you capture a new vision for your children and learn the best ways to spend your pennies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219788
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 465,312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Eryn Lynum lives in northern Colorado with her husband and three boys, where they spend their time hiking, camping, and exploring the Rocky Mountains. She loves to travel and share at conferences, churches, and writers' groups. Her work and passion is to come alongside authors and help them spread the message God has laid on their hearts. But every opportunity she gets, she is out exploring God's creation with her family.

Table of Contents

1 Counting Time

The Jar 15

First Pennies 19

Uprooted and Overhauled 24

2 Amplifying Time

Insatiable Cravings 31

Nature's Classroom 36

Strawberry Juice 41

Amongst the Waiting 47

Laugh Lines 52

3 Slowing Time

We'll Trade Our Whole Life Away 61

Boredom Blocks 66

Derailed 71

A Hot Cup of Resentment 75

The Plan That Changed Everything 79

Chamomile Tea 84

Tire Swings 89

4 Speaking of Time

Callous Words 97

This Is Who You Are 103

"We've Got This" 109

5 Standing the Test of Time

Depleted 115

"How Did We Do It?" 119

Chisel 124

6 A Perspective on Time

Out of Control 131

The Shattered Jar 138

Their Stones Matter 142

Resting Secure 147

Unwavering Faithfulness 152

7 Navigating Time

Desperate for Answers 159

"Was This the Right Move?" 165

Not-So-Expert Advice 171

Promised Land 178

8 Preserving Time

Stones and Gems 187

Chapters 190

From Humdrum to Holy 193

Cemeteries and Stream Beds 197

The Gift of Their Own Stories 201

Handing Over a Legacy 206

9 Buying Back Time

Reclaiming 205 Pennies 213

What's in Your Child's Hands? 219

Resetting Our Default 223

10 Timeless

"Be Brave, Little One" 231

Supermoons and Small Love 236

The Full Jar 240

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

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936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I’d never given much thought to the actual number of weeks my children would be with me. As a mom of three boys in under three years, I felt like I had all the time in the world especially in those early days that seemed SO long. This book has been such a blessing to me. It reminds us that although we’re not promised those 936 weeks, the days, weeks and years will pass by quickly. The book suggests setting up “penny jars” as a visual of passing time starting off with an empty jar for a new baby and a second jar of 936 pennies representing those precious weeks ahead. Each week, you move a penny (invest a penny) from one jar to the other. Eryn Lynum encourages parents to intentionally invest in our children daily in a myriad of simple, practical ways. This book stresses the importance of allowing ourselves serious grace when we don’t get this parenting thing just right while gently nudging us to actively engage with our children. It offers ideas for meaningful, intentional investment in a judgement free zone and weaves perfect Bible verses throughout the book to encourage the reader. Highly recommend to parents with kids from 0-18. It has truly changed the way I parent.
Anonymous 4 months ago
936 Pennies is a beautifully written book about being intentional with our parenting. It is full of applicable advice as well as powerful illustrations that encourage and inspire parents to make the most of the time we have with our children. The author invites parents in and encourages them in their journey instead of leaving the readers feeling judged or falling short. I, personally, love the way it's organized into small sections that make it easy to read a few pages at a time. This is most definitely a parent friendly format. I love the premise behind this book so much that I have been buying copies and making penny jars and giving it as a gift for every new parent in my life. I have also started following the author, Eryn Lynum, online and I love how she conducts online book groups, blogs, and speaking events. It proves the content of this book is her passion and not just a gimmick, as many parenting books tend to feel. It is clear in the book that Eryn has younger kids, I've heard some people claim this is a drawback, but the truths are applicable to all ages and it also leaves room to expectantly wait for another book. I highly recommend this book.
kdwoodmansee 6 months ago
This book really challenged my thoughts on parenting and gave me the encouragement to make some changes to how I interact with my girls. The author, Eryn Lynum, was given a jar of 936 pennies on the day of their baby dedication at church. Each of the 936 pennies represents one week out of the 18 years that child will hopefully live in their home. Each week, she would take one penny out as a reminder to use that time wisely. The purpose of the book, 936 Pennies, was to help parents see how to invest the time a child lives in your home in an intentional way so that when they leave the home, they are prepared to live their lives according to the god-honoring example set during each of those weeks. Eryn presents realistic and practical ways of "investing" those pennies in a child. From spending more time outdoors and less in front of a screen to relying on God when fears in parenting threaten to overwhelm us. Through stories with her own children she shares insight into the ups and downs of parenting. As I mentioned before, many parts of this book really challenged me. I know I'm not always intentional with my time. I give into my laziness and selfishness and don't take advantage of enough opportunities to spend quality time with my children. I've recently found myself saying yes to my kids more often when they ask me to play with them because I know that is time I'll never get back. This book was a great reminder of the blessing my kids are in my life, and I would strongly recommend it to any parent. The main issue I had with this book was how child-centered it made the family. And while she mentions the need for Jesus in parenting, she still sometimes makes it sound like how your child turns out completely relies on your parenting. What a terrifying thought! She wouldn't say that, I don't think, but she could have made it more clear in some cases. In spite of that, I highlighted many parts of the book, and I look forward to seeing how I transform my parenting through the principles I learned. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
MrsBishop 7 months ago
This book is a must. It brought to light the fact that I only have about 936 weeks of parenting before I send my son out into the world. And though the days can be long, these weeks feel so short. Especially when I see them as a round number. 936 weeks- that’s it? Eryn had the same realization, and she decided that she needed to be intentional about the short amount of weeks that she got to pour into her children, and she has helped me to see where I need to make some changes in my parenting in the process. Parenting is hard. SO much harder than I imagined it could be. Sometimes I’m left emotionally and physically exhausted, overwhelmed, and anxious. Eryn says, “I believe that one of the devil’s strongest strategies against parents is to uproot their peace, to leave them confused, hurt, fearful, and overwhelmed.” I could not agree more! I never thought about it being a spiritual attack- the emotional rollercoaster we take on as a parent. The fears, doubts, the judgement. Maybe they’re all to make us question whether or not HE is good. And all of that bad stuff can take over and make us miss out on all of the wonderful, great stuff about motherhood. Postpartum anxiety stole so much of my joy when my son was a newborn. I feel like the pennies for those weeks were wasted. So, now more than ever- I want to spend these remaining 614 weeks that I have left enjoying, instilling goodness, and spending attentive time with my son. So less time on social media. More time curled up together reading. Less tv time, more board games. Lots more chasing each other outside, and answering his seemingly endless amount of questions. Because I only have 12 years left until he’s an adult and time keeps slipping through my fingers. This book was so inspiring, and has probably changed our lives. Seeing how little time I have left has motivated me to spend that time wisely. Because one day my house will be clean, I’ll have endless amounts of free time on my hands, and it will all seem too quiet. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are my own.*
Anonymous 8 months ago
I really enjoyed reading Eryn Lynum’s new book 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting. Despite a busy schedule, I found myself truly enjoying Lynum’s conversational and personal way of describing what intentional parenting feels like and looks like to her. Describing a gift she received of 936 pennies that were meant to track the time she spent with her son between birth and 18 years, Lynum describes the feelings of trepidation and anticipation that came with the gift and the charge to spend those pennies well. I appreciated the short chapters that allowed me to savor her thoughts and experiences in short bites. I loved her personal and forthcoming honesty as she shared hard and happy experiences about her mothering. I appreciated her focus on learning to slow down and savor the unexpected yet sweet experiences that our families share as we focus on relationships and remembering what matters most to us. I especially liked her sharing the idea of a peace plan, a way to discerning how to best use our time and energy to live a peace filled life. I loved reading Lynum’s well written, thought-provoking book. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of 936 Pennies by Eryn Lynum for my candid review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Poignant, practical and powerful. Weaving scriptural truths into her parenting experience, Eryn’s story will encourage and challenge you to live a life of holy intention. Intentional parenting not only brings joy, but helps brings into focus God’s purposes to raise up a generation that know and love him. Every chapter is infused with inspiration to change one thing at a time so that the priceless and fleeting gift of childhood turns into treasured memories; inspiring the next generation to follow the Lord. I promise you’ll never look at parenting or grand-parenting the same again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eryn Lynum blends real life and good intentions into relatable and doable. This book is compelling to read with stories from her own experiences. "If I was going to find peace, then I was going to need to come to peace with my season of motherhood," she writes. I love this honesty in guiding moms toward calm during the chaotic stages of child raising. 936 Pennies would make a great gift of encouragement for any mother. -Sylvia
Grace Kelley More than 1 year ago
Eryn weaves together thoughtful stories from her own parenting journey, honest convictions she's come to about how to love our children with greater purpose and intention, and sweet Biblical truth for a well rounded parenting book that leaves your feeling empowered and encouraged to spend the time well. So many parenting books I feel are hard to read because they leave you with a sense of overwhelming guilt, but Eryn's honesty about her own struggles and her stories of God's blessing in the midst of her obedience, leave you feeling empowered to keep moving forward to spend those pennies well, to the best of your own God given ability. And in a culture of more and more pressures being put on parents to "DO" wtih their kids, Eryn comes in with a breath of fresh air encouraging us towards "less doing, more being" (82, 936 Pennies) and reminds us that "Time, after all, has a way of bringing beautiful moments right to us as we practice the art of paying attention."(63, 936 Pennies) If you want to breathe the life back into your parenting; if you want permission to take a breath from the hurry and just enjoy this season with your children, believe me you will be blessed by this book.
Shirley Muraca More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book by and amazing author. It will truly open your your eyes to the bright side of motherhood. I am in love with the idea of 936 pennies. What an amazing way to remember the very short time we have to influence our children and for them to influence us. This book is a MUST read!
Christy_S More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, encouraging books for parents of young children. Eryn tells stories from her own life to demonstrate the importance of being intentional with the short 936 weeks we are given (and even those weeks are not guaranteed) from our child’s birth until their eighteenth birthday. The chapters are short, which is great for busy moms and dads who don’t have a lot of time. I have a bunch of passages marked for further reflection. This book has been challenging me to spend more time outdoors with my kids, to foster a spirit of encouragement in our family, and to put technology in its proper place in our home. I hope she will revisit this topic when her children are older, as I always like to hear the experiences of parents whose children are grown and can now look back and share the wisdom they’ve gleaned. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.