School Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Homeschooling Parents
Today, Anita will be leading Planting Mustard Seeds….the link is at the bottom of the post. I pray you are encouraged by Anita’s words this week, as she is my week-long guest writer!
By Anita Mellott
If I’ve learned anything as a homeschooling mom over the years, it’s that homeschooling parents are not super heroes. We’re ordinary people seeking to obey God’s extraordinary call on our lives. Whether we’re new to homeschooling or veteran homeschoolers, encouragement goes a long way on this exciting journey that sometimes has challenges. That realization sparked the idea for this book.
School Is Where the Home Is presents a unique blend of the practical and inspirational for today’s homeschooling parents. Most of the devotionals are anecdotal, delving into a biblical principle, with a “digging deeper” thought-provoking section or a practical resource.
Each devotional is categorized under a theme:
* Homeschool Basics—fundamentals such as obedience to the call, prioritizing, decision-making
* Homeschool and You—how homeschooling affects the primary educator (and vice versa)
* Homeschool and Family—juggling parenting, marriage, education, and domestic life
* Gifts We Give Our Children—intangible gifts, from a godly heritage to freedom to pursue their dreams
* And A Child Will Lead them—discovering life and faith though our child’s eyes
* Spiritual Vitamins: inspiration for Christian life, addressing fear, faith, prayer, and more
* Faith of Their Own—intentional discipleship that nurtures children in their own faith
The book is available for pre-order and will release on June 15, 2011 in all major bookstores and on-line. For sample devotions, daily encouragement and more details about the book launch and exciting give aways of homeschooling and family resources, please visit the Facebook page for School Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents and click “like.”
“Like all good books of encouragement, Anita’s draws out spiritual lessons from the everyday events that arise in the process of homeschooling. We all can identify with these stories. Accordingly, we can all benefit from the spiritual insights and encouragements she draws out of each episode. The lessons are written with a light touch but are able to connect each of us with that which is truly profound.” —from the foreword by Dr. Michael Farris, Chairman, Homeschool Legal Defense Association
“The devotions found in School Is Where the Home Is are exactly what my homeschool days need! Anita opens the door to her home and heart to share soul-stirring wisdom for how God can transform your homeschool journey into all that the Lord longs for it to be—both for you and your children. Whether you’re new to homeschooling or a veteran, these devotions will lighten your load, brighten your mood, and heighten your awareness that God is with you every step of the way.” —Amy Wallace, author of the Defenders of Hope series and homeschool mom of three, navigating high school, middle school, and elementary school with a smile—most days
“With clarity and sincerity, Anita Mellott leads the reader through a series of short readings and reflections which become more than just a time of devotion, but spark powerful and relevant thoughts on how we can be the best parent we can. Her heart as a mother, her dedication as a wife, and her years of experience combine in humility and insight. Not your typical collection of daily devotions, School Is Where the Home Is offers any parent a simple contemplation on the things that really matter.” —Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing
“In Anita Mellott’s book, we get a glimpse of God’s provision, wisdom, encouragement, and love all wrapped up in a daily devotional that is sure to encourage the heart of every homeschool mom who reads it. Anita encourages readers to listen for God’s gentle whisper and to see the Lord in every aspect of homeschooling–from child training to math lessons. You’ll be blessed and encouraged in your homeschool journey by the wisdom that is found in the pages of this unique book. —Heidi St. John, thebusyhomeschoolmom and FirstClassHomeschool.org
“I was excited when given the opportunity to read Anita Mellott’s debut book, School Is Where the Home Is. I’ve known Anita for several years, and she speaks from a heart that deeply loves God and His Word. As a former homeschool mom of seventeen years, I’ve seen my share of devotionals, but this one is set apart in its richness. It’s filled with insights, wisdom, and encouragement.” —Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author of When the Soul Mends
“As a homeschool mom, Anita Mellott understands the everyday struggles and triumphs of homeschooling families. She knows the unique issues they face because she’s been there. I look forward to seeing her share more of her writing with the Christian homeschooling community.” — Jonathan Lewis, Editor, Homeschool Enrichment
Today is the day I join with Jennifer Janes to plant Mustard Seeds….encouraging others to memorize/meditate scripture. This week, I am dedicating my blog to Anita….she is an amazing Mom and writer, encouraging Homeschool Moms via her book, blog and at some amazing encouragement meetings she leads for our homeschool group. Please link up, leave a comment about scripture you are memorizing/meditating….we would love to have you join us!
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