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

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Baker Books, Jan 1, 2012 - Religion - 226 pages
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In today's high-speed culture, there's a prevailing sense that we are busier than ever before and that the pace of life is too rushed. Most of us can relate to the feeling of having too much to do and not enough time for the people and things we value most. We feel fragmented, overwhelmed by busyness and the tyranny of gadgets.

Veteran pastor and teacher Arthur Boers offers a critical look at the isolating effects of modern life that have eroded the centralizing, focusing activities that people used to do together. He suggests ways to make our lives healthier and more rewarding by presenting specific individual and communal practices that help us focus on what really matters. These practices--such as shared meals, gardening, hospitality, walking, prayer, and reading aloud--bring our lives into focus and build community. The book includes questions for discernment and application and a foreword by Eugene H. Peterson.
 

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Arthur Boers is a college professor who in this volume challenges Christians to spend a little less time with technology. Although in some places he does mention that doing so provides more time for ... Read full review

Contents

Going on the Alert
67
Attenuated Attention and Systemic Distraction
79
Eliminating Limits and Endangering Taboos
95
Eroding Engagement
109
Remote Relationships
121
Taxed Time
137
Sundering Space
157
Finding and Funding Focal Fundamentals
177
Conclusion
203
Notes
209
Index
223
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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.

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