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Home Discipleship: Much More Than ABC's and 123's Paperback – July 19, 2013
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Kimberly Williams is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mother, author, and most importantly a disciple of Jesus Christ. Living in NW Arkansas with her husband and three precious children, her career is her family. Kimberly has contributed to various homeschooling magazines and enjoys freelance writing on Christian topics such as marriage and parenting. Her passion for writing has one purpose, to point others to Jesus Christ. Kimberly is the author of Living Out the Word, a series of expository ladies Bible studies through the books of the Bible. In addition to writing, Kimberly also enjoys speaking to women and encouraging them in their daily walk with the Lord. She points them to God’s Word and challenges them to be a true help meet to their husbands and loving mothers to their children. She uses practical application, storytelling, laughter, and most importantly, the Word of God. In her spare time, Kimberly loves to read, play the piano, and write songs and poetry. She would love to hear from you at www.homediscipleship.net or on her blog at www.untilthedaydawn.wordpress.com
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Personalized and heartfelt, this book explains how "bringing up a child in the way he should go" should be the life-long commitment and pursuit of every parent. By their own example and God's grace, they should seek to educate their children in spirit and in truth. And author Kimberly Williams offers some great encouraging advice for us to practice.
This book is easy to read and shares wisdom on the Biblical mandate for families, what the structure of the home should look like, and how to handle the practicalities, the individualities, even the opposition you may face from time to time. The author reveals methods and tools that worked for their family and other methods that did not. Readers will also find at the end of every chapter some great provoking questions, fun and helpful teaching ideas, and further Scripture passages to study.
What I enjoyed most about this book is how it applied to my life even though my husband and I don't have any children yet. We were both homeschooled and have always planned on homeschooling our children someday, but this book really convicted me that home education is really a matter of the heart. To teach them well, we need to be living in the Word right now and breathing in His graces on a daily basis. Every Mom and Dad need to be grounded first. Whether you're a teacher yet or not, there's always more you can be taught. I praise the Lord that He is still working on us and I can't wait until the day my babies are born and the two of us are blessed to share with them what the Lord has taught us.
Thank you, Kimberly for writing this book and sharing it with me. I will certainly be spreading the good word about Home Discipleship to my friends and family. I encourage you, my readers, to save a spot on your bookshelf for this one as well. I have no doubt your family will be blessed by it too. :)
The first thing that stood out to me in this book was a paragraph found in the introduction:
"Home Discipleship is written exclusively for Christian parents who understand and accept the Word of God as the final authority in all things, including those that relate to the family, home, and education of their children. It is written for those who truly believe that the Bible is our all sufficient rule of faith and practice. It is written for parents who want more for their children than what the world offers. And it is written for those who feel a higher calling in the education of their children, a calling that goes above and beyond the educational standards of today’s society.”
I’m sure I am not the only parent who wants MORE for our children than what the world has to offer. Having an ivy league education with a big bucks job is not what makes a person successful. It’s the heart and character that makes a person successful. ~ "We do not want them simply “dealing” with the “real” world. We want them to overcome it!”
Home Discipleship is a book of encouragement. Kimberly shares what the Bible says regarding the teaching and discipling of our children. Teaching our children at home is NOT just about academics. We are raising our future generations and they need to be discipled in a way that will bring honour and glory to God. One thing that picked my heart-strings, is the thought of my child rebelling against what he is taught. While I know there is a possibility he could choose to walk away from what we are teaching him because of his human nature, it is our job to continue discipling him until he is grown while praying he does not stray. ~"Discipleship is a real sacrifice; it is more than giving children an education and it is more than teaching good moral. The discipleship process is pouring our lives into another person.”
Kimberly Williams writes in such a way, it is like reading a letter from a dear friend. Encouragement on each page from a friend who is in the same trenches of discipling children as you.
That was over 10 years ago, and none of my children have ever set foot in a public school, despite the fact that we have often lived in award-winning school districts. My focus has shifted drastically. We definitely still work on ABC's and 123's, but as Kimberly addresses with clarity and kindness in her book, teaching my children to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength is by far the most important priority in our school.
This book is a call to recognize that training our children in Godliness is not something we just do at certain times of the day or week. Every moment of every day, during every subject in school, and during "free" time, we have a calling to direct our children to the truth of the Bible and to encourage a real relationship with the God of the Bible.
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Infused with scripture, this book is encouraging!!!