Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions

Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions

Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions

Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions


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Focusing on What Really Matters

"It's one thing to clear a piece of land, move the rocks, rake the soil, and protect it with a fence. It's another to bring it to life with berry-bearing bushes, exuberant tubers, vigorous vegetables, and many-splendored flowers. It's that second thing that Arthur Boers has done; he's taken a theory and made it fruitful."
--Albert Borgmann, University of Montana

"For many years now, [Arthur Boers] has embraced Borgmann's passion for living a generous life. . . . This book is his personal witness to the practices that develop into a life of wealth, of generous abundance."
--Eugene H. Peterson, Regent College (from the foreword)

"Arthur Boers has written an insightful, wise, and practical book for people who are feeling exhausted, bored, fragmented, or simply lost in a world of unending busyness and distraction. It is a gift for all of us who want to focus our lives on the places, people, and practices that deeply matter and that give honor to God."
--Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School

"I've been waiting for someone to write this important book. Herein Arthur Boers alerts us to the astonishingly overlooked 'quiet desperation' afflicting our lives through the incessant distractions offered by our technological age. And he offers us practices that make space for grace and beauty and focus, which is to say, practices that create the sort of wealth that is the true longing of humankind."
--Lee C. Camp, author of Who Is My Enemy? and host of

"This is an essential book for people of faith who don't want to drown in a culture of distraction. If you read it in a group, it will generate lively discussion. If you read it with your family, it will change the way you live together. And if you read it alone, it will produce some serious soul searching. This book is a life raft in a sea of words."
--Lillian Daniel, coauthor of This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441236296
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 250
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Arthur Boers (DMin, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor and R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. He served as a pastor for sixteen years and is the award-winning author of numerous articles and six books, including The Way Is Made by Walking and The Rhythm of God's Grace. He speaks regularly at churches, conferences, and retreats.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Eugene H. Peterson
Part 1: Focus Matters
1. Stumbling into Focus
2. Awe and Inspiration
3. Focal Connectedness
4. Focal Centering and Orienting Power
Part 2: Losing Our Focus
5. Going on the ALERT
6. Attenuated Attention and Systemic Distraction
7. Eliminating Limits and Endangering Taboos
8. Eroding Engagement
9. Remote Relationships
10. Taxed Time
11. Sundering Space
Part 3: Finding Our Focus
12. Finding and Funding Focal Fundamentals

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