Saturday, October 22, 2011

Educating the Wholehearted Child

Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson, Third Edition
Published by Apologia Wholeheart, an imprint of Apologia Press
Table of Contents
Sample Chapter

I LOVE BOOKS! I have found that sometimes a book comes along a time before you need it and afterwards, you feel like it prepared you for what was to come. Sometimes a book comes along right when you are in the thick of something and helps or encourages you while you are going through that. Every once in a while, you find a book that you wish you would have had way back when…10, 15, 20 years ago. Educating the Wholehearted Child is one of those books for me. Written in an easy to read format, this book is JAM PACKED with so many wonderful nuggets of truth, blessing and encouragement. I do warn you though…it may take a LONG while to actually digest this book. 334 pages of the text with resources behind that, this is not a book to knock through in a few days.

Broken down into the sections of Home, Learning, Methods, Living, The Challenge and Resources, chapter titles include:
The Christian Home -- Learning to be at Home with Christ
Home Nurture--Shepherding your Child’s Spirit to Long for God
Home Discipleship-- Shaping your Child’s Heart to Live for God
The WholeHearted Learning Model-- Living and Learning Together at Home
The WholeHearted Learning Child--Understanding your Child
Discipleship Studies Methods-- The Study of the Bible
Family--Keeping the Vision Alive
Structure--Keeping the Family Together
The Challenge--Keeping Faith in the Family
I told you this book was power packed. Many of you may have already read this book…it was written in 1994, but the copy I received to review is an extensively revised and EXPANDED edition…so you might want to consider getting the new copy and reading it again.

I just want you all to know up front…I LOVE THIS BOOK! It really spoke to my heart and encouraged me to keep on with what we have been convinced is right for our family. One quote I love from Educating the Wholehearted Child, “ Rather than being the discovery of something new, we saw homeschooling as the recovery of something old--the recovery of the biblical home as God had designed it to be His primary institution for spreading His righteousness from one generation to the next.” Another great quote talking about the process of searching the Scriptures to find your reason for homeschooling and life afterwards, “ At this point, it is no longer an opinion, but an issue of conviction, obedience, and faith. Good arguments alone will not carry you very far as a home educator. When you’re up to your eyeballs with children, housework, home business, activities, responsibilities, bills, broken appliances, car problems, and you-don’t-know-the-troubles-I’ve-seen circumstances, those nicely reasoned arguments will ring pretty hollow. When you’re pushed to the limits, only a tested and seasoned faith will take you beyond.” Can I get a HUGE AMEN…talk about hitting me where I am RIGHT NOW…Page after page after page of great writing to bless and encourage and instruct homeschooling families.

“Whether you are a first-time homeschooler or a long-term veteran, this comprehensive guide will equip and empower you for your journey of faith as a family.”
I think this book will be a valuable resource to home educators in many various stages on the journey, but I think this will be an especially wonderful book for the new home educating family, those who don’t know what to do, where to go, etc. I think this book will help them lay a very strong foundation grounded in God’s Word, rather than various educational theories, the plethora of curriculum available, what this or that family does or uses. I think this is a very important book that will help you see the vision for home education.

See What my crew mates thought of Educating the Wholehearted Child Here

Disclaimer: I received this item for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation. All the opinions expressed are my own.

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