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Living Into Focus: What People Are Saying
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Living Into Focus
Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions
By Arthur Boers
"For many years now, [Arthur Boers] has embraced [Albert] 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)
"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
"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, research professor of theology, ecology, and rural life, 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 TokensShow.com
"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 and author of Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony
"[Boers] offers a needed antidote to the way of life he maintains has hijacked our humanity: technology addiction. . . . He defines the distraction of technology as low-threshold activity (or better, non-activity) that diminishes humans and breaks down connectedness to people and one's sense of place. . . . The commitment to reverse this fragmentation is what he calls 'eccentric faithfulness': stay connected to those in our families and communities face to face, heart to heart. That takes 'focal practices' that demand more but render intangible returns—the ballast of authentic belonging. . . . The book is lengthy and tightly written, and makes demands of the reader for patience. But that, one presumes, is precisely the point."