Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting
How to Make Family Time Richer, Not Busier
When Eryn Lynum was given a jar of 936 pennies (one penny for each week of her son's life from birth to age 18), it was a tangible reminder of how fast kids grow up. We only have so much time to teach them, to make memories, and to love them while they are at home. Through very personal stories and hard-earned wisdom, Eryn shows us that while we can't control time, we can slow it down by living each day intentionally.
As you remove one penny from the jar every week, you'll discover how to prioritize what really matters--things like making your home richer in laughter, teaching family values in everyday moments, and showing God's love and grace with every opportunity. Your kids will see how simple choices, like putting the cell phone down and going on a family hike, will make all the difference. Together, you will stretch time to its fullest potential.
"For every mom who feels spent, finished, bankrupt by bedtime. Eryn reminds us with humor, honesty, and relatable experience that what you spent in time, patience, energy, memories, and do-overs was worth every penny. Literally."--Lisa-Jo Baker, Publishers Weekly bestselling author of Never Unfriended, Surprised by Motherhood, and We Saved You a Seat
Eryn Lynum lives in northern Colorado with her husband and three boys, where they spend their time hiking, camping, and exploring the Rocky Mountains. She loves to travel and share at conferences, churches, and writers' groups. Her work and passion is to come alongside authors and help them spread the message God has laid on their hearts. But every opportunity she gets, she is out exploring God's creation with her family.
"For every mom who feels spent, finished, bankrupt by bedtime. Eryn reminds us with humor, honesty, and relatable experience that what you spent in time, patience, energy, memories, and do-overs was worth every penny. Literally."
Lisa-Jo Baker, Publishers Weekly bestselling author of Never Unfriended, Surprised by Motherhood, and We Saved You a Seat
"Every single month I find myself asking, "Where did the time go?" And don't even get me started on holidays and milestones and new school years. It seems like no matter how hard I try to hold on to it, time slips through my fingers as my children grow up with increasing speed. If I let it, both accepting this reality or trying to change it can be overwhelming as a parent who desires to be intentional, to make a difference, to steward well the children God has given me. Thankfully, 936 Pennies by Eryn Lynum is a resource any parent can use to replace confusion and chaos with purpose and value. If you are tired of looking back and wondering where the time has gone, this book will help you capture the moments God has given your family and make the most of your time together."
Mary Carver, coauthor of Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts
"Timeless, biblical truths combined with artfully crafted personal stories kept me engaged and desirous of learning more from this young mother, who is determined to use the time God gives her with her children wisely."
Donna Keith, author of the children's book I Love You All the Same
"What a beautiful and tangible reminder that each day with our children is a gift. It's very easy these days to squander our pennies. We're spending too much time texting, posting, and emailing, and so are our kids. 936 Pennies will help you reclaim your days to invest in what really matters."
Arlene Pellicane, speaker and author of Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life and coauthor of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
"As a mother of two adult daughters, I thought to myself while reading 936 Pennies, Where was this book while I was raising my girls? I love the heart of Eryn as she took the charge from her pastor to intentionally build into her children's lives. And now, as the reader, you will reap the rewards of her obedience to savor the moments we are given, with practical tips and honest struggles."
Jessie Seneca, speaker and author of Raising Girls Diaper to Diamond
"936 Pennies reminds us time is a priceless but not limitless gift. Eryn Lynum invites the reader to join her quest to be intentional in the way time is spent while raising children. Her words are tender and her message is compelling. This book is a parenting treasure."
Lori Wildenberg, licensed parent and family educator, speaker, author of four parenting books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home