Present: How one woman pulled the plug on distraction to connect with Real Life.

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“If I were angry or happy or sad or lonely, the response was always the same: turn to this ether promise of comfort and assurance.” Keri Mae Lamar confesses the hold the Internet had on her, and how deleting her growing blog gave her opportunity to examine the incessant call of media. What follows is her story in attempting to cultivate a present life, from selling the treadmill to eating roosters and more. PRESENT will challenge your habits and inspire you to arrange—or rearrange—your life to achieve balance in a technological world with the people you love most.

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Keri Mae Lamar is a Christian woman, wife, mother of eight, artist and herbalist. She writes, speaks, blogs and podcasts on a wide variety of subjects at A Happy Home Media to help her readers and listeners cultivate a deliberate life so that distractions don’t rob them of what really matters to them. She also consults with individuals to coach them towards wellness. She and her husband, Tom, live in the Pacific Northwest, and have eight children (two with Down syndrome) worth being present for.

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"Keri Mae's confessions of trying to stay present and attentive, grateful and hope-filled, are lively, witty, and just plain fun. She helpfully diagnoses pressing and distracting temptations of our day and spells out her humble experiments in living life more abundantly. She inspires my resolve to choose the good life."
--Arthur Boers, pastor and award-winning author of six books, including, Living Into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions; Associate Professor and R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary.

"Keri's story is refreshing as she gives a candid and vulnerable account of her journey from a life of digital comatose to an awakening and rediscovery of the deep satisfaction of being present with the people around you. She blows the lid off a lonely craze that fosters vicarious living and superficial connections that are a mile wide and laptop deep. This book is not just for blogging moms but anyone who might have lost sight of what is truly important in relationships with family, and community, and with God."
--Phillip Telfer, pastor and producer of Captivated; president of Media Talk 101

"...Keri candidly relates her painful and humbling experience being tangled in the web of the online world and the surprising, unquenchable desire for media presence. Her story is at once revealing and instructive--the resulting fruit of her trials highlight the value and importance of being undistracted, available, and deeply Present here and now. This book may help you identify the source and spotlight where you've gotten derailed in your life and relationships and will offer you the encouragement and tools you need to be Present."
--Pamela Spurling, blogger; The Welcome Home

"...a gift of beauty and grace...Her elegant passages and gentle voice had me leaning in with a quiet spirit and soul so that I could listen closely, glean wisdom, and be refreshed. Reading Present was almost like having a conversation with Lamar over tea...and as I evaluated my own habits her words never made me feel scolded or put down. She didn't finger point but instead left me feeling reflective and nurtured while making decisions on how I can be more present in my own life. A beautiful book."
--Elizabeth Byler Younts, author; The Promise of Sunrise Series.

"Keri's raw honesty and poignant portrayal of her own journey to a simpler, more purposeful life in a technology- driven society is riveting. Few books have moved me as much to ponder what life really is and how I'm living it. She challenges me to reject falling for the pseudo-reality on my screen and make room to embrace real life more completely, ultimately transforming my relationships and myself. The health of our generation depends on taking seriously the admonition Keri offers in a non-condemning, powerfully- beautiful style."
--Kelly Crawford, blogger; Generation Cedar

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