This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 14th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

TOS Review ~ How to Have a H.E.A.R.T for your Kids

I am happy to say that I am starting off my 2nd year on TOS Review Crew with a bang!  Now that we have power back from Hurricane Irene and things are starting to get back to normal I am excited to share my first review with you from Apologia.  I was given a little gem called How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for your Kids by Rachael Carmen. This little 5x7 gem of a book came into my life just in the nick of time as we where just about to start our new school year.  It's compact size makes it easy to to transport for those on the go life moments.  The primary message is summed up on the back cover. 

How well do you really know your kids? What has God shown you about who they are and who they will become? He has sent these children into your home at this specific time for His glorious purposes. Indeed, you have been invited on the adventure of a lifetime, God and hold tight to His mighty hand! As with so many things, the first step to having a journey on which you will see walls fall, seas parted, and giants slain. You don’t need special skills or training for this journey—you need only to seek  heart for your children is knowing your heavenly Father. As you seek daily to share His heart for your children, keep this inspirational book close at hand.

It is a great read and I was impressed right from the get go with the introduction.  I especially loved the way Rachael used an acrostic to get the H.E.A.R.T. message across.  Each letter has its own chapter and without it the book would be lacking. 

H ~ Have a Heart for the Things of God
E ~ Enrich your Marriage
A ~ Accept your Kids
R ~ Release Them to God
T ~ Teach them the Truth

With a highlighter in hand I marked up my book and made notes in the margins on all the little insights that Rachael Carmen packed into the book.  One of my favorite passages from the book was on page 32 and goes like this:

“‘Intentional parenting"means that we are thoughful and purposeful in our actions and words.  As intentional parents we do not react, but we respond.  We do not panic; we pray.  We do not give sermons; we give scripture. And we are prepared to do so through our own pursuit of God, for His glory and by His grace.  By seeking God first, we are going before our families, paving the way for our kids.  We are clearing a path through the undergrowth that is everyday life and showing our children how to put Him first in all things.”

Wow, Amazing!!!  What a great quote to strive for as we go about our daily lives and raising our children.  It definitely gives me something to think about each and every day.

I highly recommend this book, hands down.  You don't have to be a homeschool mom to benefit from the insights in this book.  I recommend you order this book for yourself and one for your best friend, yeah, it's that good!!!

Product: How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. For Your Kids by Rachael Carmen

Price: $13.00

Company: Published by Apologia Press

Ages: Written for parents for encouragement

Available for Purchase: Apologia Online Store

Check out my other reviews of Apologia products, Who is God? , Good Morning, God, and Read for the Heart.

I am a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2011-2012 Crew and as such received a copy of How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. For Your Kids from Apologia, in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.
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