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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736973670
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 716,759
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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Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
alaskabookgirl More than 1 year ago
As my children are out of elementary school, I find myself not finding Christian mom books as useful to my growth as a mom as many are geared at moms of younger children. I love that Shiny Things is a book for all moms to remember to be attentive to the lives we are leading. The authors don't judge the reader, but come aside to let us know they too struggle. I found the book is great for reading a chapter a day or to read and discuss with friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will meet you right where you are at! If you’re looking for a book that is relatable, encouraging, and challenging...look no further! I personally know the authors and it has been my utmost pleasure to read their hearts. They don’t act like they have it all together or are perfect. They’re honest and heartfelt and compassionate. This is a wonderful book to do as a group study, or on your own!
aw_alaska More than 1 year ago
Have you ever thought that God made a mistake when He made you a mom to those beautiful, amazing creatures that roam your home and eat all your food? Well I have, and I know God doesn’t make mistakes and I know He created me to have purpose in my life. Mothering my kids in such a way that brings glory to God can be challenging when we have things in our lives that will fight to make themselves priority over our higher purpose. The authors of this book poured their hearts and souls into helping us remember that we are called to be mothers of purpose and the message within these pages challenges us to think about the things that are holding us back or distracting us from being that purposeful momma. You cannot read this book and come away from it unchanged and if you ask me, isn’t that beautiful? Don’t we wanna be mommas that allow God to mold our hearts and souls to be more like Him and look at our children through His eyes? I know I do and this book helped me re-center and re-organize my priorities and I know you will feel His presence as you digest each page, even if you have to read this book in a closet with tiny fingers pressing under the door and a bag of cookies you convinced the kids doesn’t exist.
Paige Stovall More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had a mom brain, ever wondered if your the only one that has to hide in the bathroom to get away for 5 minutes. This book will help all moms and women with the struggle that we face of wanting to do it all and be it all. I feel like I am one of the authors friends and we are sharing a cup of coffee. The advice is practical and easy to use and the support is amazing. Not only that they have an amazing podcast too and the authors are moms, just like us. This is a must read.
A_Schrader77 More than 1 year ago
Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions is both timely and timeless. The authors take the reader on a journey, helping her unpack the reality of distraction and invite her to recalibrate her priorities. The book is filled with relatable mama-tales, real-life lessons and tangible take-always. Best of all, the authors continuously point the reader back to Jesus. You will finish this book with a refreshed resolve to take back your time and spend it on what truly matters.
M_Hammar More than 1 year ago
Are you a mama distracted by the daily-ness of all the things? You're not alone! I absolutely love how this book defines what I've sort of known...that distractions are yes, a real thing. But Amanda and Anne-Renee put words to WHY this happens and help us understand that they're not all bad. It's what we do in each moment, how we choose, and where we focus that makes all the difference. I'm thankful for this book and their hearts of encouragement. We're all in this mama thing together -- let's talk about what's not working, and stand together to get beyond the shiny things. Thank you, Amanda and Anne-Renee!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book written with in the trenches wisdom and biblical truth is fantastic for any mom who suffers from distractions. Written with bite sized chapters for the busy woman who wants practical ways to be intentional with the life she is living! This book should definitely be on your must read for 2019!
BevW88 More than 1 year ago
I received an early copy of this book from the publisher to review. I am so glad and thankful that I was able to! I was crying within the first few pages of the book, it really caught my heart! There were other parts that I laughed, but overall so many pages that I related to! Amanda and Anne-Renee co-wrote this book and it flowed so well that it really could have been seen as one person writing. They focus on the distractions we as mothers face and we know there are so many! The focus is to get back to God, get back to the Scriptures, and be captivated by the things that really matter. I would definitely read this book again and pass it on!