Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions

Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions


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What and who should get the best of us?
And why is it so enticing to choose lesser things instead of lasting things?
As moms we know the magnetic pull to steer away from what’s important and choose what feels irresistible in the moment. In Shiny Things, Amanda Bacon and Anne-Renee Gumley bring to light the distractions moms face every day.
Honoring God and loving our families are our highest priority, but sometimes we need help keeping them there. For all of us who find ourselves caught in the cycle of distraction but are looking for a way out, Shiny Things will help us:

  • identify the threat of distractions so we can learn to live with intention
  • resist the pull to be interrupted by non-essentials and focus on God and our priority people
  • purpose to live free from distraction with hearts turned Godward in all we do

It’s never too late to take hold of what’s most important. Today’s a great day to start.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736973670
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,171,084
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Amanda Bacon lives in North Carolina with her husband, Jeremy, and their eight children. She works for Proverbs 31 Ministries and loves encouraging women with biblical truth and authenticity. When she isn’t driving carpool or feeding people, you can find her writing, reading, or wandering outdoors.
Anne-Renee Gumley
and her husband, Andrew, live in Alaska, with their two children and a bunny. Her days are a messy mix of work, motherhood, and ministry, with time reserved for bike rides, breakfast foods, and bonfires. She loves words—especially the mom related ones.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 The Pull

1 Don't Blame It on the Shiny Things 16

2 What It Costs 22

3 A Million Different Directions 25

4 What If 30

Part 2 Right Things, Wrong Times

5 Rescuing Our Own Lives 38

6 The Givers and Their Guilt 43

7 It's Ah Good 47

8 What Kind of Yes Is It, Anyway? 51

Part 3 The Important and Everything Else

9 What I Want Most 58

10 A Long Stay in Temporary Land 63

11 That Elusive Fine Line 69

12 We're All Seeking Something 73

Part 4 All the People, All the Things

13 Too Busy for the Essentials 82

14 Too Busy to Love 86

15 Distracted by Everyone and Everything 90

16 When Comparison Is a Good Thing 96

Part 5 Not Yets and Daydreams

17 Our Regular Life Is Just So Much 104

18 Untimely Desires 108

19 What the Daydreams Won't Tell You 112

20 The Uncomfortable Wait 118

Part 6 When Life Takes a Turn

21 Looking Up Long Enough to See 128

22 Your Devastation Is Not a Distraction 131

23 Living in a Pain-Shaped Reality 136

24 You Don't Hear Me Saying Yes, Please to Stress 140

Part 7 The Daily Derailing

25 Brain Held Hostage 146

26 Saying Welcome with Your Life 151

27 That Dirty Word-Self-Control 156

28 When I Pile My Plate with Worry 161

Part 8 Overcoming the Just Don't Wannas

29 When We Want It to Be All Their Fault 168

30 Procrastinating Like It's My Job 173

31 The Art of Avoidance 177

32 Contentment and the Plain-Jane Everyday 181

Part 9 The Me I Want to Be

33 Who I Am When the WiFi Goes 183

34 The Regret of Lost Time 193

35 I Don't Want to Be a Tripping Hazard 200

36 Listing It Is Easier Than Living It 204

Part 10 Beyond Shiny

37 Making Them Feel Different 212

38 This Moment Right Here 218

39 Changing Our Tune 222

40 Redeeming and Reclaiming 228

The Undistracted Mom Manifesto 232

A Note from the Authors 233

Notes 235

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