Lori's a veteran homeschooler of two daughters. She's faced the same homeschooling challenges and frustrations as her readers, and she knows that yellow bus won't do her readers any good. The transparency in her writing tells me she knows what it feels like to be desperate for that escape, and she understands the guilt that accompanies that desire. She's been there and found a way out. Now, she's come to find us in our lowest places and guide us to the place of joy we all long for, that place where laughter and love effervesce from every corner of our homes.
Creatively, Lori shares insights that point her readers back to the heart of homeschooling. She knows that simply reading a good story isn't enough, so she provides thought-provoking application questions to take us deeper. Then, being true to her homeschooling roots, she gives her readers an assignment: a practical action step that allows us to put feet to our faith. Just in case her readers are in one of those life seasons where there isn't even time to shower (she's been there, too!) and that devotion is the only piece of quiet time they can manage, she ends with a prayer.
With each devotion Lori's readers feel a little weight lift. Day by day, she reminds us that we aren't traveling this journey alone. God is the One writing the stories of our children's lives, and He has given us the sheer privilege of discipling them. That privilege feels like a burden when we try to accomplish it in our own strength. As one who has walked in those cumbersome shoes, Lori gently refocuses her readers' attention on Jesus, our Refuge and our Strength. Joy in the Journey will refresh your spirit and breathe new life into your homeschooling expedition.
- Janey G., an 11+ year homeschooler of four children