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Book Review: The Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions—Amanda Bacon & Anne-Renee Gumley

We, as women or mothers, sometimes go through life feeling as if what we do goes unnoticed. The everyday mundane chores, laundry, paying bills, taking care of our family do not seem significant in comparison to other things.  The truth is that all the day in and day out tasks are what God has called us to do. God has given us these routine tasks because he has confidence that we are perfect for the task. He notices each and every little task. God wants us to become more like a Proverbs 31 woman.

We need to not worry about materialistic things or what everyone else thinks and is doing, but first, think about what God would think. Each day is a new day to decide to put our distractions aside and focus on the purposes, tasks, and people God wants us to focus on. Sometimes in life, we are so focused on our distractions (emails, texts, Facebook, television) that we forget why we are here and what God has planned for us. We have all heard the saying “stop and smell the roses”. This saying rings loud and clear. If we would slow down, put aside our distractions, and really listen, we would see our purpose in life and what the real shiny things in our lives are.

Comment below and tell us how you handle your distractions. What are your tips for staying focused on the important “shiny things” in your life?

Contributed by Carrie


Bacon, A., & Gumley, A. (2001). Shiny Things: Mothering on Purpose in a World of Distractions. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.

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