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Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed [Paperback]

By Carolyn Mahaney (Author), Nicole Mahaney Whitacre (Author) & Kristin Chesemore (Author)
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SUBTITLE: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed. Miserable. Exhausted. These are often the words that women use to describe their high-demand lifestyles. How are women who are always on the go expected to cope with the demands of work, family, and ministry?

Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw, recognize the needs of Christian women today. Shopping for Time offers the solution to women who truly desire to glorify God with every use of their time.

These authors offer five tips to help ladies do it all without becoming overwhelmed: rise early, sit down, sit longer (occasionally), choose friends wisely, and take fifteen minutes. By weaving biblical principles of God?s Word into these keys, these authors give women practical advice on how to fulfill?and excel in?their daily responsibilities.

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Overwhelmed. Miserable. Exhausted. These are often the words that women use to describe their high-demand lifestyles. How are women who are always on the go expected to cope with the demands of work, family, and ministry?

Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw, recognize the needs of Christian women today. Shopping for Time offers the solution to women who truly desire to glorify God with every use of their time.

These authors offer five tips to help ladies do it all without becoming overwhelmed: rise early, sit down, sit longer (occasionally), choose friends wisely, and take fifteen minutes. By weaving biblical principles of God's Word into these keys, these authors give women practical advice on how to fulfill-and excel in-their daily responsibilities.

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 26, 2007
ISBN  1581349130  
ISBN13  9781581349139  

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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, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., have four children and 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, a blog about biblical womanhood.

C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

Carolyn Mahaney was born in 1955.

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Excellent Book  Jul 20, 2008
My copy of this book is almost worn out, I have passed it around many times. Everyone loves the perspective, and even though the 5am club is a bit hard to grasp for some, it really puts your day in perspective. Love this book and all the good info inside.
Shopping for time  Apr 5, 2008
I have so enjoyed this book... I have been a blog watcher of the Mahaney Ladies off and on for the past few years and I enjoy their open honest bibilical assessments. Sometimes they are hard to swallow (in my own sinfulness) but through prayer God has used many of their encouragements to convict and lead me to change. I just finished going through this book with the ladies from my church in our Titus 2 Tuesday meetings. What a time of challenging and practical application! I am excited to be reenvisioned to use the time God has given me... I whole heartedly endorse this book!
Shopping For Time  Apr 5, 2008
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 this site 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. Here is a glimpse at the 5 Time-Saving-Tips:

Tip #1-Rise early, they propose that you join the "5 AM Club" to reap benefits both for your spiritual life and the good of your family.

Tip #2-Sitting at Jesus' Feet, making reading and studying God's Word, prayer and meditation top priority.

Tip #3-Taking a Personal Retreat, a time to study God's Word, read pertinent books to where you are in life, devise solutions to some of our problem areas and make goals and plans that are thought out and Biblical for the upcoming months.

Tip #4-Consider People by evaluating relationships carefully. Do your friends sharpen you? Do you have a mentor and are you a mentor to someone? Are you reaching out to others by being a friend? Are you evangelizing those who need salvation?

Tip #5-Plan to Depend: being productive in daily life. One thing in this chapter that has really helped me is what they call the "15:4 rule." Fifteen minutes of planning in the morning, saves four hours of your day. When I read this chapter I started doing this the next morning and have found each day to be so productive because I wasn't wasting time trying to nail down what I needed to do next.

I hope reading these five ideas that you have some ideas about how you may need to change your schedule tomorrow! This book is simple, easy-to read and short, only 94 pages! What made this book so helpful is that it's not about teaching us how to perfectly execute our daily plans, but to make sure our heart is wholly God's, focused on Him and His priorities, relying on Him to accomplish each task and being intentional about living every day for His glory!
Shopping for Time  Mar 25, 2008
I recently finished the new book, Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed, by Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw. I've been reading their blog for a few years, and though I often find myself relating more specifically to the writing and experiences of one of the ladies more than the others, I love the unique styles, personalities, and perspectives of each one. They are daughters, sisters, (pastor's) wives, and mothers.... So, when I heard about this book, I was excited to read it, and learn from their combined wisdom and experience.

Regardless of the season in which you find yourself (single, newly married, mommyhood, empty nest, widowhood), these ladies realize that each one holds its own special challenges, and is full of demands on our time and energy. And, they understand that life is busy. But, they are able to offer wisdom and guidance through the overwhelming busyness because they view these demands (the real and the self-imposed) through the lens of Scripture. They start out by saying, "We can accomplish everything that God has ordained for us to do in this life....And we can do it in a peaceful, joyful manner and get sufficient rest besides." (pg. 13)

When I first got this book, I showed it to a friend. She looked a little skeptical as she read the title..."How to do it all? I don't know about that." Probably anticipating this reaction, the authors say, "These tips are not our attempt at Christian-coated time management principles. Rather they are biblical, life-tested practices we trust will encourage and assist you to bring glory to the Savior through every season of your life." (pg. 26) Using biblical principles as their foundation, alongside the wisdom of their individual experiences, they offer 5 tips to help women apply the words of Ephesians 5:15-16, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."

Rise Early: The subtitle of this chapter is "Joining the 5 a.m. Club." My first thought when I read that was, "Seriously?!" But, as I read, I became convinced. They offer this disclaimer, "the point of this chapter is not that really godly women get up at 5 a.m. Nowhere in the Bible will you find such a principle. Therefore, nowhere in this book do you we make that claim." (pg. 28). They also allow for the fact that "early" will look different for everyone. So, if 5 a.m. is not biblical, then why this chapter? "Hands down, the most important reason to rise early is to make meeting with God a priority. Secondarily, however, this practice has great potential to serve your family." (pg. 34) Rising early, whatever that may mean, allows us to give proper time and attention to our most important priorities - our relationship with God, and our relationship and service to our families.

Sit Still: This is the most important chapter in this book, and one of the best I read on the topic of personal devotions, or quiet times. Understanding that "we're doers, not sitters, by nature. We awake each morning, our minds whirling with all we want to accomplish that day. We bound off to complete these urgent tasks. But we must sit before we do. In order to effectively shop for time, we must first sit - sit at Jesus' feet." (pg. 40) We are encouraged to meet with the Lord, regularly, and consistently, in order to obtain guidance, wisdom, and peace from His Word for all that we must accomplish. Yes, life is busy. But, before anyone begins to think that their particular circumstance merits excuse in this area, the authors offer this admonition, "Please don't assume that because you're a mom with young children, it's fine for you to meet with God sporadically. All of us...need to choose the best portion along with Mary...." (pg. 45)

Sit and Plan: This chapter addresses the necessity of being careful how we walk (Eph. 5:15), by taking time out, and getting away, to prayerfully evaluate, and assess our priorities. "If we simply allow each new season to come along without charting a course, we could easily be sidetracked by urgent yet unimportant activities. We could wear ourselves out repeating the same mistakes and dealing with the same problems over and over. And we could potentially miss the truly significant opportunities each season has to offer." (pg. 52) They offer ideas for a personal retreat in order to plan for better effectiveness in areas that may be lacking, or needing improvement. While getting away may seem like the last thing an already-too-long to-do list will allow, "The pressures of life are, in fact, the very reason we need to sit and plan. (pg. 63)

Consider People: God's Word clearly shows us that, when it comes to relationships, our most important are those with our Lord, and our families. Because these ladies have dealt with these (important) relationships in other books (and on their blog!), this chapter deals specifically with friendships - both the kind that must be cultivated and maintained, as well as those that may need to be reevaluated, and possibly removed from our lives. They offer help in evaluating our current list of friends in light of Scripture.
- Do we have friends who will sharpen and mentor us? We should.
- Do we regularly reach out to those in need of friendship, or salvation? Or, would we rather stick with the familiar, even if that means making unwise choices in where, and with whom, we spend our time?
"We must prayerfully evaluate our relational priorities in the light of God's priorities." (pg. 69)

Plan to Depend: "By consulting this tip, we can make out good intentions a reality, avoid a solution-dispensing lifestyle, and avail ourselves of God's grace each and every day." (pg. 80) In this chapter, the authors suggest (or, rather, "highly recommend") developing a daily planning system. You will see as they share their personal planning styles, they are not suggesting a one-size-fits-all system. But, you may find one that you can closely relate to, and use to inspire your own system. "While a daily planning system and smart planning will enable us to make the best use of the time in the ordinary course of daily living, we know life doesn't always conform to our plans...So what do we do when life messes with our plans?" (pg. 85) Whether interruptions, busyness, trials, or just the ordinary routine of everyday life, we need to depend on God each and every moment - realizing that we are completely unable to handle even the most routine tasks apart from God's help and strength.

While some of their tips might seem a bit overwhelming (especially when you seriously consider "Joining the 5 AM Club"!!), they really are far from it. Each one offers biblical principles, personal experience, encouragement, and a welcome sense of humor, as these godly women help their readers understand the need for implementing biblical principles into the busyness of our everyday lives. They close with this reminder from Matthew Henry,

"It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day." (pg. 94)
Finding the best time  Feb 17, 2008
"There is no such thing as simply a busy month or a busy year. It's a busy life, pure and simple...[But] we can actually do all that God has called us to do" (p. 13).

Sound far-fetched? Absolutely it does - it did to me! I've read stacks of books, just trying to learn what my schedule should look like, what my to-do list should look like...and on and on. Shopping For Time has been one of the simplest, most concise, and clearest helps in this process. "We wouldn't dream of going to the grocery store without a shopping list, or buying a car without haggling over the sticker price, or purchasing new shoes without checking the price tag, but we throw away our time as if we had an endless supply" (17).

In a sweet, conversational style, the Mahaney girls paint with appropriately broad strokes a picture of a life that is joyfully submitted to God's to-do list. This short (under 100 pages) book clearly, helpfully, and gently offers five tips on how to "shop for time," and it recognizes some things that many other time management or "Godly woman" books barely touch on or miss altogether:

The authors explain that we need to rise early (remember, flexibility!), sit at Jesus' feet, plan, consider the spheres in which God has placed us, and humbly recognize our dependence on God to be productive. The main thing this book has going for it is flexibility. What's required to act wisely will look different across the spectrum of women who're reading the book. What works for one won't work for all in exactly the same way. There are different seasons in each life, and application of these principles will look different during each one. Managing time wisely for the glory of God isn't something that can be done haphazardly. Your effort will depend on how complicated your life is, but there will be effort. Motivated rightly, though, our lives can be fruitful and joyful expressions of our love for the Savior and delight in serving Him.

"In the end, our highest goal each day is not flawless execution of our plans or increased productivity. It's our relationship with God, walking in dependence upon Him throughout the day. ...This book will help you become a wise shopper of time in every season of your life, so when you pass from time into eternity, you can know the intense and indescribable joy of our Savior's pleasure and commendation" (90, 94).

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