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  • Series: 99 Ways
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307458369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307458360
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mack Thomas, father of five adult children, has written a score of children’s books, including bestsellers The First Step Bible and What Would Jesus Do? A winner of three ECPA Gold Medallions book awards, he lives in Oregon.

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Introduction

This book is really about more than getting the best deal on entertainment. Even if we could afford the most lavishly expensive diversions available, they’re less valuable–and ultimately
less satisfying–than the kinds of entertainment promoted in this book. So not only will you be getting something here for free…you’ll be getting the best for free.

In fact, the qualities, attitudes, mindsets, and skills that let us enjoy to the max any kind of entertainment are best learned in the kinds of activities you’ll be guided through in this book.

So, at root, this is more about learning to enjoy better all of life than about being entertained more economically. Though the dollar savings are no small matter. Based on a conservative
average expenditure of $7.50 per person for a paid entertainment event, this book will save a family of four about $3,000 annually.

If You’re Bored, You’re Boring
The foundational concept here is probably this: truly satisfying entertainment comes from an active attitude and approach, not passive. It’s about taking the lead to engage in what’s happening all around us, knowing there’ll always be something interesting and delightful about it.

In other words, you’re only as bored as you choose to be.

As our five children were growing up, my wife and I tried to teach them that if a person is bored, it’s because he himself is boring. It means he’s self-focused (instead of looking outward with attentiveness and a readiness to interact). Who could be more boring than someone sitting there, demanding to be entertained? It’s as if that person is chained in the prison of self.

So you may want to strike from your family’s vocabulary the phrase “I’m bored.” Replace it with an attitude that affirms, “There’s something enjoyable and interesting here, and I’m going
to find it.
” Build that into your family…and you’ll all be not only happier and more satisfied but also more free.

You’ll also be more ready for life’s realities that go beyond entertainment. Half a century ago, in a letter written to a mother, C. S. Lewis quoted eighteenth-century British author Samuel Johnson: “To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavor.” One reason to seek such happiness, Lewis said, is “to
prepare for being happy in our own real home hereafter.” May this book help increase the kind of happiness in your family that indeed nudges all of you toward heave and its lasting
joys.

More About the Author

"Mack Thomas" (pen name for Thomas Womack) lives near the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon. He and his wife, Rebecca, are the parents of five grown children. He works as a freelance editor and writer. Find out more at www.BookOx.com

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By Barbara Warren on August 19, 2009
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This book was full of surprises. Have you ever played Freeze Tag? How about Red Rover? Or Annie Over? I used to play them and they're a lot of fun, but I didn't think anyone today remembered them. What about board games? Do you plan family nights to play games together? Add a bowl of popcorn, and you have a very inexpensive night of fun. There's no better way to enjoy each other as a family, than to indulge in a rousing game of Scrabble. And there is even a list of books to read. Seven pages of them! So turn off the television, unplug the video games and get the family together for some quality time. This is a really neat little book and your family will love it. I guarantee it.
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In challenging times people want advice on how to overcome stress and find encouragement. 99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free offers up-to-date, reliable, succinct, and practical material at a price anyone can afford!
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