I’ve always been one to believe (or at least wish) that I could learn from others mistakes or that I might be blessed by embracing the how’s and why’s of another’s success. As a parent of many children, multiple ages, I look at the lives of my finished (using this word lightly, knowing we’re not done until we die) older ones; note their struggles or difficulties and wonder what I can do differently to help the younger ones avoid the same pitfalls. I find extra strength in Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him (the devil) because of the blood of The Lamb (Jesus Christ) and because of the word of their testimony…”
Sarah Clarkson, is a former homeschool student. She is now an adult author and blogger. She has written Read for the Heart, published by Apologia Press; found under Resources for Parents. It is a wonderful resource for every home school. An outstanding book about – books. But, more importantly to me, it is a resounding testimony; the how’s and why’s of another’s success, because Sarah is, in part, her parent’s success. They raised her on good, whole, living books. She shares vibrant memories of times spent together, reading aloud. She has a passion for reading and for sharing the wonder of
“whole books for wholehearted families,” through her writing. She has a beautiful voice and I hope it will be heard by countless hearts.
384 pages – cover to cover. Read for the Heart answers the questions: What should my children read? and at what age? It is a book I will refer to, time and again, which makes it, in my opinion, a valuable $17.00 investment.
Sarah coaxes, teaches, prompts and suggests ways to begin, to have a “Life by Books.” She gives a clear “Roadmap for Using This Book.” Then, she entices with Titles, Authors, Illustrators, Descriptions and more…
- Picture Books
- The Golden Age of Classics
- Children’s Fiction
- Fairy Tales and Fantasy
- History and Biography
- Spiritual Reading for Children
- Music, Art and Nature
There are more than 25 pages of Appendices: Caldecott Medalists, Newbery Medalists, Historical Fiction by G.A. Henty, Landmark History Books, The Trailblazer Series, and A Few of My Favorite Things, such as:
Favorite Read-Alouds for the Whole Family
The Gold Thread by Norman Macleod
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Favorites for Girls
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Favorites for Boys
The Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery (read by Nadia May)
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Focus on the Family Radio Theatre)
Sarah Clarkson writes, “As I have considered the many wonderful reasons to read, a steady progression of scenes from my childhood has come to my mind, each one a poignant portrait of a reading life. One by one, these scenes remind me of the reasons I read: for a wakened heart, a strong mind, and a steadfast soul. This book will help you discover how great stories can form the lives of your children – how books can be powerful companions and teachers that will spur your children’s hearts and minds to life.”
Contact Sarah – email – firstname.lastname@example.org
or her blog – Thoroughlyalive.com
phone – 888.524.4724
or write – Apologia Educational Ministries
1106 Meridian Plaza Suite 220
Anderson, IN 46016 US
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