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Educating the WholeHearted Child -- Third Edition Paperback – June 15, 2011
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About the Author
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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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.
Though the book is written as an ongoing work, I see it as a reference book for me to refer to often.
Shamefully, I like so many well meaning parents turned our children over to other people and other institutions to educate them; we and our children were robbed of great joy, great blessings and great responsibility.
Mr. Clarkson encouraged me to not dwell on the past but to look forward and work hard in the short time I have left with my teenage daughter.
Educating the WholeHearted Child is nearly 400 pages, about 100 pages bigger than my dog-eared, highlighted, often borrowed copy of the 2nd edition. This extensively revised third edition will help you build a solid biblical foundation for educating and nurturing your children's hearts, minds, and souls. The book is divided into 4 sections (Home, Methods, Learning, and Living), sudivided into 18 chapters.
From recommendations for getting started homeschooling to Biblical parenting and discipleship to discovering the learning styles of your students (and everything in between), the Clarksons' have covered it all and then some. Whether you are considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or have been homeschooling for years, you will find encouragement, inspiration, and a plethera of information in this "handbook for Christian home education".
The Clarksons have whole-heartedly educated 4 children, who are now grown and serving God. They must be on to something.