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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581349130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581349139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like most women today, I struggle with feelings of 'too much to do and too little time to do it'! My friend Carolyn Mahaney, along with her daughters, offers practical, biblical advice to help us plan, evaluate, strategize, and make wise choices concerning our time and priorities. As a godly mentor, Carolyn takes us by the hand, points us to God's Word, shares out of her own life experience, and shows us how to apply God's timeless truths to the contemporary challenges we face as women."
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

"'We can actually do all that God has called us to do . . . and we can do it in a peaceful, joyful manner and get sufficient rest beside.' When I read that, a light flashed on in my soul. Of course! I knew that! Once again Carolyn, Nicole, Kristin, and Janelle have created a book that's fun to read and filled with truth that resonates because it's biblical and practical and manageable."
Noël Piper, Author, Treasuring God in Our Traditions, Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God; Wife, Mother, Grandmother

"Shopping for Time offers a glimpse into the delightful Mahaney household. This book offers no simplistic solutions to the perils of superwoman syndrome. Instead, it deliberately leads women to the bedrock of biblical priorities and then suggests real-life methods by which to apply them."
Mary K. Mohler, Director, Seminary Wives Institute; Wife of R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Having spent over thirty years as a pastor's wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences. She is the author of Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk, Shopping for Time and True Beauty. She blogs with her daughters at www.girltalkhome.com, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

Nicole Whitacre is a wife and mother of four. She is the coauthor of Girl Talk, Shopping for Time, and True Beauty, and blogs with her mom and sisters at www.girltalkhome.com, a blog about biblical womanhood.

KRISTIN CHESEMORE is the daughter of C. J. and Carolyn Mahaney. With her sisters and mother she runs the popular blog girltalk, covering a wide range of topics related to biblical womanhood.

JANELLE BRADSHAW is the daughter of C. J. and Carolyn Mahaney. With her sisters and mother she runs the popular blog girltalk, covering a wide range of topics related to biblical womanhood.


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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins VINE VOICE on August 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Unhappy with the direction life seems to be taking you? The almighty to-do list rules many lives and many women are miserable because they just do not know how they are going to get it all done. Regardless of your present life season, all women can relate to feelings of not being able to get it all done. One can find dozens of time management books full of good advice for maximizing one's time. So, what makes Shopping for Time different from all the others? These women have learned "from God's Word that it is possible to deal with life's demands without becoming overwhelmed, miserable, and exhausted. We can surmount the numerous responsibilities that threaten to wear us down. More than that, we can actually do all that God has called us to do...A fantastic claim, we know. But it's true. We can accomplish everything God has ordained for us to do in this life. (Hint: It's probably not half of what's on your to-do list.) And we can do it in a peaceful, joyful manner and get sufficient rest besides."

The Mahaney women invite you to pull a chair up to Carolyn's kitchen table for their weekly Q & A. The Feta cheese and French fries will be flying as will some valuable wisdom and encouragement for whatever season of life you find yourself in today.

Every woman knows that a good day of shopping begins with proper planning. Women spend time searching out coupons and special sales, making lists of what to buy and who to buy for, noting which stores to shop and which ones to avoid, marking the days for the biggest sales, memorizing which seasons certain items are on sale, and most women who love to shop know exactly which racks have the biggest mark-downs. They know exactly where to go and when so that they do not waste any time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Blakey on April 4, 2008
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Carolyn Mahaney is one of my favorite authors. What I enjoy so much about her books is how consistently loyal she is to the Biblical text and how personal and practical she responds to those passages in her writing. Her two other books-Feminine Appeal, a book about Titus 2 and Girl Talk, a book for moms and daughters about Biblical womanhood-have been instrumental in my personal growth and ministry.

So, when I saw this book pop up on my Amazon suggested products page I was excited, especially because Caroyln wrote it with her three grown daughters who all contribute to the GirlTalk blog. I didn't want to even waste time waiting for it to come in the mail so that same week I visited the local Christian bookstore and bought it and after reading this review, I hope that is what you will do too!

Shopping for Time helped me think through my days and how I spend my time and I easily saw how I need to readjust a few priorities, step-it-up in some areas and completely overhaul others. I know that I don't always manage the time God has given me with the intensity and purpose that I ought to, so as I read this book I began to see that even though I thought, "I'm doing my best" managing my time, I really wasn't.

What I enjoyed most about this book were the five practical tips to help me evaluate and accomplish the things that God has called me to do as a Christian woman. Too often we are harried, frazzled and overwhelmed as we run around trying to get done all that we think we need to do each day. This book is not a "system" or 5-step plan to life success. It is simply the disciplines the Mahaney women have exercised over the years that have greatly maximized their usefulness for the Lord.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tennessee Reader on November 6, 2009
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This book is a quick, pleasant, easy read. However, the information offered is nothing new and oversimplified. Other Christian authors, Vicky Courtney and Joanna Weaver for example, have written books on similar subjects that cover the topic more in depth and more practically. Also, I was fortunate enough to download the Kindle version for free. If I had paid for my Kindle version, I would have been very upset. The number of typographical errors and repeated text errors was very annoying (the worst in any Kindle book I have downloaded yet).
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Calming Tea on September 4, 2009
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...the book fell a little short of 12.00 for me. If it had been about 5.00 I would have said it was worth your money and time. Luckily I borrowed mine from a friend. My main issue, as with many Sovereign Grace books, is that there seems to be a focus on a formula of so much time in the Word, at a particular time of day. I strove to get up early for years, with two small children and only ended up exhausted, miserable, with depression and anxiety problems increasing. I let go of my "formula" and began to practice studying God's Word when my kids were taking naps, or playing, and my life completely changed. Also, every time I set my timer to get up a little early, I wake up my husband in the process. Don't they wake up their husbands too? And my husband is a heavy sleeper. I am not saying that you shouldn't strive to be with God before you start your day. But to make getting up before your family, a central protocol that is supposedly necessary to implement their suggestions, didn't work for me. I have found that if I start my day with prayer, and a few minutes devotional while my children are snuggling and my husband is showering, is sufficient to set my heart on Him. Then I do the serious longer prayer and study when they are playing outside or, if your children are younger, napping.
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