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Educating the WholeHearted Child Paperback – June 15, 2011
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Sally and Clay Clarkson found homeschooling to be the natural expression of their desire to disciple their children for Christ. In 1994, they started WholeHeart Ministries to encourage and equip other Christian parents to raise wholehearted Christian children. They have written numerous popular books for parents, taught at dozens of parenting conferences across North America, and ministered internationally. Clay holds an M.Div with honors from Denver Seminary and is executive director of WholeHeart Ministries. Clay and Sally are blessed with four wholehearted children -- Sarah, Joel, Nathan, and Joy -- all homeschool graduates who are serving the Lord.
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This book is written from a very Christian perspective but it has such invaluable information that I really recommend it to anyone who thinks that children are fully persons in their own right. Take what you need and leave the rest.
They caution against mass media books and science fiction. My children read a lot of "quality" literature but they also enjoy the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Star Wars, and other things the Clarksons call "twaddle." They recommend Pilgrim's Progress which horrified me. That book, even the versions for children, present a distant and inaccessible God who leaves us to journey alone down a dangerous path with hidden dangers and numerous temptations that could permanently sidetrack us. It's the absolute wrong picture of the Christian journey for children.
Those are a few examples of what I saw as negatives in the book. There is so much that is good, though, and it far outweighs the bad. Their presentation of the mission of parenting is wonderful. Their suggestions on keeping joy in life and putting people over things can't be said enough. (Although the suggestion to hire a house cleaning service when mom is bogged down with homeschooling is always a little irritating. Not many families can fit that in their budget.)
If you aren't homeschooling or you want a shorter book, their newest book, "The Lifegiving Home" has many of the same themes and is also well worth reading.