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When You Rise Up: A Covenantal Approach to Homeschooling Paperback – September 30, 2004
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"Sproul Jr. conveys both the necessity and the purpose of homeschooling for the Christian family in an amiable and captivating manner, that readers will be startled to discover the foundations of secular education crumbling in their hearts. I highly recommend this book to all who are considering the awesome call of homeschooling, or those who have forgotten why they started." --James McDonald, Homeschooling Today
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I was impressed with Dr. Sproul's humble, cogent manner of argumentation. It is very apparent, not only from the illustrations he uses but also from what I have heard about him, that he LIVES what he teaches. If you desire to learn about the Scriptural commands of parental training, read this book. Agree or disagree with him, this is an excellent summary.
Furthermore, Dr. Sproul is not content to make a simple, half-hearted statement about the value of home education. He rejects pragmatism and all forms of unbiblical reasoning by forcing the issue: "By what standard?" His answer: Scripture alone. Dr. Sproul successfully shows the importance of teaching children with a lifestyle-based methodology geared to instill multigenerational, covenantal faithfulness. His views are decidedly reformed, even -- dare I say -- Van Tillian, which adds to the appeal in my mind.
In short: This book does not merely summarize the growing "home schooling movement." It seeks to praise the good, critique the questionable, redirect the wayward, motivate the weary, and instill vision within the faithful. For his efforts, I highly commend Dr. Sproul.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to homeschool their children.
An argument is made connecting the Paideia of Deuteronomy 6:1-9 to the commands in the New Testament (as per) to "train our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). Not stopping there, a beautiful picture is painted of The Great Conversation. That is, parents are to explain God to their children on an ongoing daily basis. Finally, we are encouraged to pass these values along transgenerationally. A must read for the "why" of homeschooling.
What I do not appreciate is how simplistic Mr. Sproul Jr. can be when it comes to the "how" of homeschooling. I understand that this is not the main focus of his book. Certainly he is more interested in telling us why it is important. However, I cannot sit back and accept ideas like the only textbook you really need is a Bible. He says things along these lines over and over and over again, making his point that we need to be teaching our children the Faith and that this must be their primary curricula from which all others stem. And yet, he downplays all other subjects as though they were an aside.
We are commanded by God to value the life of the mind and to love Him with all of our minds. One way, perhaps even the primary way we do this is by learning and not only about the Lord. The "how" is more than a conversation. Yes, school is all of life. He makes this big case for that and then stuffs in a line or two here and there that his kids do learn math and receive "formal" schooling.
I guess my biggest problem is the writing style. Sproul rambles, like he's having a conversation with himself. I think this leads to a lack of clarity and makes his book difficult to follow.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a great book! If you homeschool and need encouragement or if you are considering homeschooling but aren't sure if it's right for you or if you can do it, read this book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karin Olson
I love this book- I gave it only four stars because I found it a bit slow at the beginning, making a case for homeschooling which I think is important and helpful, just not what I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Momofboys
I can't recommend this book enough! By having my children with me all day, we naturally fall into conversations about everything around us. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MamaHomeschooler
Did not enjoy this book. Poorly made arguments that assume the only way to parent is to homeschool. Poorly written. Very lacking on Biblical support.Published 9 months ago by Laura Hawkins
Clear, Biblical reasoning for a covenantal approach. He reminds parents to know the why of education before trying to understand how and what should be taught.Published 23 months ago by Ruth Edens
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book that will inspire you to keep homeschooling if you are in a bit of a rut. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by W. Boytim
I was struggling through a tough year of homeschool with my 3rd grade son. I was ready to throw in the towel, feeling angry, sad, and defeated. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by D. Atticks
The author's ramblings are incoherent and rambling at best. He jumps from unfounded to unfounded point without reason. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Reformed