FROM THE BACK COVER…
“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.”
Do you struggle with Internet addiction? Do your kids only see the back of your head or hear “just a minute” too often? Could you comfortably turn off your smartphone for any length of time?
Frustrated with the hold the Internet had on her, Keri Mae completely deleted her growing blog to seek focus and find peace of an undistracted life, one where she could be PRESENT with family, friends, and a life lived outside of the screen. What follows is her painful and playful journey.
PRESENT will challenge you to examine the incessant call of technology, Internet and social media on your life. PRESENT will inspire you to action, arranging your days to achieve balance in a technological world with the people you love most.
“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, speaker and pastor; 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; President, Media Talk 101; writer, producer, and co-director of the award-winning documentary Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture
“Through the pages of this book, 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, wife and mother; blogger, TheWelcomeHome.net
“Present by Keri Mae Lamar is 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 (which is now on my bucket list) 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, wife and mother, blogger, GenerationCedar.com
Listen to the complete interview showcased in the video that my husband conducted with me about the book.
Books are available for bulk discount if you are interested in sharing them with a small group of friends. After hosting and guiding small groups for more than 20 years, I can wholeheartedly testify to the blessing of meeting with others, sharing the same material, and discussing it over food and drink with them. You’ll laugh, you’ll ponder, you’ll hold one another accountable, and you’ll be…you know…present with one another. Contact us if you are interested in a bulk discount.
You can take the book with you on your eReader, as well! AVAILABLE NOW.
The audiobook is so fun! My husband, Tom, professionally produced this, and it’s full of fun sound effects that you of course can’t get in the book. There is a bonus segment at the end with Tom and I sharing, podcast style, what it was like to record and produce this, PLUS a fun interview with the now famous Brenda. Yes, that Brenda, the one that dared to look into my clothes closet. AVAILABLE NOW. Find it on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes… AND right here in our STORE (only place stereo where you can get the stereo version).
Would you like to hear a sample, first?
Would you like to REALLY get serious about thinking about and planning and implementing a MORE Present life? Walk with me through the same kinds of questions that I asked myself throughout this journey, and make your own lists and plans and dates to keep. This Journal is excellent for the heart work that needs to be done to make real change happen. The pages feel very nice under the pen (I’m such a paper snob!) and Tom uploaded some of my own doodles into it. You can, of course, get bulk discounts by contacting us. AVAILABLE NOW.
Here is a sample of what it looks like:
And here are some sample pages for free, to try them out: SAMPLE PAGES
If you have your own journal already, you might just want the questions, without the lines. That’s available, too. AVAILABLE NOW.
Thank you again for your wonderful support and I pray this message will be a blessing not only to your one precious life, but to the lives of the ones you love, too.