I am so excited to announce that Sarah’s ebook, Teaching from Rest is available today! I had the privilege to edit and proofread the book for her, so I had an excuse to go over it slowly, carefully, and multiple times.
I must say, if you read one book on homeschooling this summer, this book should be it. Sarah is honest and real, yet also enthusiastic and inspiring. She’s been into the classical homeschool scene for fewer years than I, yet she’s gone straight to the core and internalized it. This is the real deal. If you like CiRCE but it’s too ethereal and vague, Teaching from Rest puts legs, feet, and energy into the core of what CiRCE has been talking about for years. Sarah gets it and Sarah communicates it heart-to-heart right where we as homeschooling mothers are.
“Teaching from a state of rest” is a phrase Andrew Kern has tossed around, and Sarah nails the concept:
He [Kern] didn’t mean, teach your calm children in a calm manner on a calm afternoon. He didn’t even mean teach on a full night’s sleep (thank goodness). He meant that we ought to enter into God’s rest and then serve Him wholeheartedly- not out of anxiety, but out of love and trust.
It is a book about trusting God while being faithful where He has called us.
We can’t really rest in God’s care until we trust that He will indeed care for us. And that means I can’t teach from rest unless I trust Him with my kids’ education, too. I am not meant to take on this task of teaching and raising my children in my own strength, and neither are you. We are, however, meant to recognize every facet of our day as coming from the hand of God. It all passes through His fingers first, and he uses it to make sure that we lean hard on Him.
And, lest any of my readers are concerned because Sarah is Catholic, let me assure you as a dedicated Calvinist that this book is solid in the basics and sticks with fundamental truths: God is in control, we can trust Him, we need to keep our eyes on Him, and His grace is sufficient. We all agree with those statements, and that’s all we need for Christian rest. Sarah’s life for the last year and a half has been drenched in the truth of God’s grace, and it is evident and spoken truly within this book. It is a book for Christian mothers, whatever church you attend. In fact, I really think it would be an encouragement to all mothers, even if you do not carry the extra burden of the complete education of your children – as mothers, we still deeply feel that responsibility of raising them. Sarah will speak words of refreshment and encouragement to you right where you are, because she’s right there, too.
In addition to the book, Sarah also recorded four podcasts that are each insightful and encouraging. She talked to Cindy Rollins, Brandy Vencel, Christopher Perrin, and Andrew Kern and we get to listen in. What each of those people has to say is worth listening to, and then add on top Sarah’s infectious enthusiasm, and these are honestly some of the best homeschool audios I’ve ever listened to, and I listen to all that I can get my headphones on. I’d even go so far as to say that Andrew Kern gets practical! Definitely worth the money (after all, Sarah put a lot of time and energy into producing them) and the time.
Best of all, I get to give away a free bundle: an ebook and a set of the audios (with a companion journal) to one of my readers!
To enter, simply leave a comment and tell me what your biggest obstacle to peace and calm is in a typical homeschool day. You can earn 3 extra entries by sharing this post on Facebook. Just leave a second comment telling me that you did so. :)
I will pick and announce a winner Monday morning. And then, hurry and get your copy because this week only, Sarah is offering 25% off everything, no discount code required.