As the title suggests, "Stories for the Homeschool Heart: Heavenly Stories of Inspiration, Hope and Joy" is a compilation of stories by homeschoolers and friends of homeschoolers intended to bring support and encouragement to others traveling the homeschooling journey. Patti Maguire Armstrong and Theresa A. Thomas have done a commendable job putting together this treasure-trove of stories. Some of the featured writers include Armstrong and Thomas themselves as well as pro-life blogger and speaker Leticia Velasquez, Catholic Exchange editor Mary Kochan, author Nancy Carpentier Brown, creator of the Little Flower's Girls Club Rachel Watkins, and author Elizabeth Foss. Divided by topic, the stories discuss things such as being called to homeschool (for most of us it comes as a surprise. God really had to hit me over the head with a 2 x 4 to get me to do it), lessons learned, faith, prayers answered, and the fact that learning never ends.
The section that spoke to me most was "It's Not Always Easy." I think sometimes homeschoolers try so hard to put a positive spin on homeschooling (and there are many positive things) that we hesitate to acknowledge all the hard days that can come along with the territory. It can be comforting to know that others struggle and yet manage to keep going. In particular, the section "A Word from your Father" featuring encouraging Bible verses is so helpful it should be taped onto every homeschoolers wall or refrigerator for a pick-me-up on tough days.
The writers of these stories are all incredibly faith-filled people whose life journeys have led them to homeschooling, some for a season, some for many years. The only caveat I would offer to readers of this book is that the vast majority of stories are from people with large families.Read more ›
This book is excellent. I'm not much of a sentimentalist and usually avoid books that contain personal stories, but it's been a long time since I've read a good homeschool book so I went ahead and gave this one a try. I'm glad that I did because I've loved reading these stories. They've warmed my heart on days when I was grumpy, made me laugh when I needed a smile and so many of them offered just the spark that I needed to think differently about my own situation. One story even had me crying while waiting at doctor's office! These stories are heartfelt and inspirational, giving just the right encouragement to see the silver lining in everyday experiences. Definitely a great gift any mother would treasure.
This is the perfect book for anyone homeschooling now, or thinking about it. Or if they know someone who is doing either. Short, witty, inspirational and motivational pieces from the heart, these stories are uplifting and fun to read. The authors have captured the full range of why people homeschool and the sacrifices that people make to educate their own children. Up until the 19th century, people all over the world homeschooled their children, and with good reason, it promoted the values of faith and family. This book will inspire those thinking about homeschooling and give insight to those who "wonder" why people do it. Read it and give it as a gift to anyone who homsechools.
Do you need to be encouraged as a parent whether you homeschool or not? Are you looking for stories that inspire, give you hope, and joy? Do you want to be lifted up in mind and spirit when you sit down and read several short stories from several contributor's from all walks of life? Do you want to see how God's grace is sufficient even in the most difficult trials? Do you want to laugh, cry, be thankful, and smile all in one sitting as each short story gives you a glimpse into other's lives?
If you said "Yes" to any of these questions, then I highly recommend purchasing Stories for the Homeschool Heart! I can't say enough good things about this book! It is evident that Patti and Theresa, and all the amazing contributor's not only worked hard, but they spoke from their hearts to bless others with their stories. I bought 2 copies (so far) and I gave them away to homeschool friends that I know will be encouraged when they read this book.
I am amazed that the authors found the time and energy to publish this wonderful book, since Patti and Theresa are also very busy raising their beautiful, large families. As they have mentioned, this project was completed by God's grace, lots of prayers, and the unconditional love and support from their families.
I encourage all parents to find out more about this great book and purchase a copy for yourself or others. You will walk away from each story in the book with a new look on life and be inspired to continue on your faith and homeschool journeys.
Stories for the Homeschool Heart is a wonderful book of inspiration and encouragement for homeschool moms, for moms thinking about homeschooling, for homeschooling dads and for dads "just thinking about it". It is also a great gift for grandparents who support homeschooling or who "aren't so sure about it" and for anyone who supports the homeschooling family or who wants to learn more.
Stories for the Homeschool Heart helps homeschooling families to feel supported, inspired and built up in the Lord. It also helps those who are not so sure about homeschooling to see the beautiful benefits that it has for families. In a beautiful way it helps one to see how homeschooling truly is and can be a journey of faith that draws us closer to the Lord and closer to prayer as families.
This is a must have for all Christian homeschooling households and those who support them!