A MUST Read for Homeschooling Parents: Teaching from Rest

This is the second time in a week that I've broken my sabbatical because I just needed a bigger audience to share with. I think it's fair to say that I can no longer legitimately claim to be on break. But I had to come back for Lena (thank you all so much for your support!)... and I needed to come back to share something else important with you...

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace

If you homeschool, then this may very well be an answer to one of your prayers. If you don't homeschool, I still recommend it if you have children. Sarah from Amongst Lovely Things has just launched this new book and you must read it (IMHO) before you do any academic planning for next year.
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

This is not the typical must-hype-this-because-she's-my-blogger-friend kind of mommy blog review. I like Sarah and would probably support whatever she wrote, but this book...

THIS book has the potential to save your homeschool.

That's a strong statement but I stand by it. Aside from faith and family, this is my passion, dear readers. I'm absolutely convinced that many of us are just doing the whole thing wrong and making ourselves insane and depressed for no good reason. We are allowing joy to seep out of gaping, confusing holes. Seriously, I lay awake at night writing mental books about this stuff. Sarah's book is one of those I wish I would have written... but I'm glad that I didn't because she nailed it.

Get the ebook. Get the companion that goes with the ebook. And take the time to linger over the words. If you skim, go back again and own the words. Study them. Above all, study yourself and your home. Increase your awareness of your strengths and limitations and beg God to transform you and your family into what He wants you to be.

I can't remember if I told Sarah this but... I felt this book coming. She says it was something of a surprise to her but I could just feel it bubbling up in her writing. She was like a woman who is showing all the signs of a first pregnancy and all the people know what's going on except her... Fruitful and life-giving and glowing! When she announced the book, I was excited but not at all surprised and I had quite a difficult time waiting for launch day. When she sent me an advance copy, I could have kissed my inbox I was so giddy.

I realize I sound a little excited. Please don't misunderstand it as hyperbolic sales pitch.  I mean it or I wouldn't write it. I see the struggles in the homeschool world and I know those struggles intimately. We need renewal. We need to examine what we are doing and dig deeper than we ever have as a community in pursuit of holiness and beauty and truth.

What I want you to understand about this book is that the ideas Sarah shares are fundamental to the success of home education in this culture. We can no longer do "school at home" in any old way and get away with it... because checking off boxes does not raise children and transform hearts. Homeschooling only brings true success insofar as those checked boxes translate into sanctified, joy-filled people. It's not primarily about academics and how many kids we can get into Harvard... it's about personhood and eternal life.

Teaching from Rest is a must for new homeschoolers because it nails the fundamentals that must be in place to keep the home a place of joy. The storms do always come and our homes will be buffeted. A rock solid foundation is priceless.

It is also a must for homeschooling veterans because it will bring us back to first principals. We never should have left them, you know, but life has a way of wearing us down, doesn't it?

And for those of you who think you can't homeschool because you are not good at fill-in-the-blank. Read the book. You might be surprised to find that you do have what it takes.

It's time to run toward joy and peace. It is possible. There is no need to stay in a place of panic, fear, or anxiety. It doesn't take Sarah long to help you rediscover your dream.

(If you want a purchase tip... buy the PDF version from Sarah's blog instead of the Kindle version on Amazon. Then email the PDF to your Kindle. The format of the PDF is so lovely you won't want to miss it. :)

I've been taking time every day this past week to walk away from the beautiful chaos in my home to read and journal with Teaching from Rest. I go outside and face my little blue lawn chair towards the woods and I think and write and pray for about 15-20 minutes. And it's been a really, really great week.

This has been a "baby year". A beautiful and good year for sure, but many of you homeschooling mamas know how hard a baby year is even in the midst of all that goodness. To have an exceptionally great week, in spite of sick children, a nasty head cold, a flooded basement, and the regular trials of life, is a pretty wonderful thing. Thanks, Sarah.

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

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Posted on May 25, 2014 and filed under "Teaching from Rest", "home education".