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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (August 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875527116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527116
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Seems to be the "implication."
John6:44
God gives children to families as a trust, a stewardship, and expects us to raise them up to love Him & do His will.
Mrs. Johnson
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to homeschool their children.
J. Leone

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Hayden on April 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book sat on my shelf for a few months before I finally decided to read it last night. I had heard great things from people in my church and from friends abroad; further, I had met Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. last November at an event in San Antonio. This was the time, I reckoned, to explore his views on the growing practice of home education.

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.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Truth reader on August 27, 2004
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R.C. Sproul, Jr. reminded me of WHY I am homeschooling. I want children who are a little more like their Heavenly Father every day. The great lightbulb for me as I read the book was that this can be achieved by talking to my children (Deut. 6). It's so simple, but so urgent! I know I have read a great book when, with every turn of the page, I am convinced that I need to put down that book to read my Bible...alone or with my children.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Leone on January 20, 2005
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What a breath of fresh air this book was. Addressing the foundational reasons for homeschooling your child, it cuts right to the quick of the matter and dispatches the foolish and ungodly with Biblical accuracy. 'Why education?' is a question that many, unfortunately, do not ask themselves before sending their malleable children into the hands of the enemies of the Cross for 40 hours per week. This book answers that critical question.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to homeschool their children.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Johnson on March 11, 2008
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I really appreciated the perspective in this book. I've read many books on homeschooling, and am familiar with many of the "arguments," pro & con. What I liked about this book was the idea of seeing homeschooling as a responsibility given to us by God, and as such, we don't need to defend it according to wordly standards. For example, if someone argues against homeschooling because they believe the children cannot be as well educated at home, homeschool proponents immediately cite the cases where homeschooled children have gone on to ivy league colleges and become "successful," according to worldly standards. The author reminds us that our first goal as Christian homeschoolers is to teach our children to love God & others, and the rest is secondary to that. If we do that, we will be successful. The point is, our standards and goals are not the same as the world's. The author also opened my eyes to the many untruths I was believing about education simply because I was educated by the state school system. We do not need to model our homeschool after the failing public school model...we don't have to do "school at home." It's pretty obvious to most Americans that the current public education system is lacking, at best, and failing miserably, at worst, so why try to emulate it, or whitewash it by taking out the "bad" stuff, and adding a Bible course? Again, our goal isn't the same as their goal. We teach our children history because it is God's story...we teach them science because it opens their eyes to the world God created, & thus to the God who created it. God gives children to families as a trust, a stewardship, and expects us to raise them up to love Him & do His will.Read more ›
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J on June 23, 2006
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RC Sproul Jr. makes a compelling argument as to why Christian parents should homeschool their children. His primary text is Deuteronomy 6 where God commands His people to teach His Law to their children. Certainly the best place to teach, train, and raise godly children is in the home. Parents aren't competing with "the world" and children aren't confused by the two drastically different approaches to the way they see things and the way they are called to live. I totally buy that.

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.
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