Review: How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids by Rachel Carman

Review: How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids by Rachel Carman

Wow, finally my 1st of many reviews for the TOS Homeschool Crew!  What a great way to start out my year of reviewing products.

Each review will start with “Sacha’s<25″ (my thoughts in 25 words or less)  This is will be my review in a nutshell, and it will hopefully entice you to keep reading.

Then I’ll include a short list of things I think are important in a product and how I rate the item.  I’ll end with a more in-depth review and conclude with all important information—the who, what, and where’s that you want and need to know!  I hope this makes it easy for you. Please let me know what you think about this layout!

OK, HERE WE GO WITH REVIEW #1:

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids by Rachel Carman

Sacha’s<25: A totally awesome, but quick, read for any new or seasoned mom looking for some real encouragement in raising your precious kiddos.

Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)

Is it worth my time? 9 Stars
Did it stretch my thinking? 9 Stars
Is it worth the money? 10 Stars
Is it useful to me? 10 Stars
Practicality- 10 Stars
Quality-10 Stars
Kid Rating-N/A

There are a million good things I (or my children) could spend my time on but is it a great thing?–GREAT THING!
How to Have a H.E.A.R.T for Your Kids was such an encouraging book to read, especially as we were just getting ready to start a new school year. To give you a bit of an idea on what is included in the book here is the table of contents:

Introduction: The Heart of the Matter……………………………………7

Chapter 1: H — Have a Heart for the Things of God………….31

Chapter 2: E — Enrich Your Marriage……………………………………..58

Chapter 3: A — Accept Your Kids………………………………………………88

Chapter 4: R — Release Them to God………………………………………116

Chapter 5: T — Teach Them the Truth…………………………………145

Epilogue: Heartfelt Encouragement…………………………………….179

Acknowledgments…………………………………………………………..193

I know that when I looked a the table of contents for the first time it was hard to know what I was really going to read about.  The author opens with a wonderful introduction that you don’t want to skip.  It really gave me a flavor of who she is and where she is coming from in writing the book.

I started to take notes on what I was reading shortly into the first chapter.  I LOVED what she said about intentional parenting.  Here is the paragraph from the book:

“‘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.” p 32

AMAZING! A-MAZ-ING!  If I could just remember and live life by this paragraph it would be wonderful.  How inspiring!  I think I am going to post that by my window where I do dishes and on my mirror in the bathroom.

There are so many great passages in this book — it really is a must read for your year!  Whether or not you are a homeschool mom, I think it is an important book for you!  It is so easy to get beaten up in the midst of the world’s ideas for our kids and families. This book helps to encourage you on your journey in raising your children, valuing your marriage and setting value to the things that really are important in life!

I loved that she included “hands-on” ideas of things we can do with our kids.  Many of her examples are straight from things that they are doing as a family — such as memorizing chunks, chapters and now books of Scripture as a family!  How cool is that?  What about asking your kids what God is teaching them recently?

One of the things I really liked about this book is its size.  The book fits just perfectly in a purse and is easy to hold and read.

To be honest, I haven’t read a book cover to cover in YEARS!  (OK, unless it was a book I had to read aloud to the kids for school)  This was the first one I have FINISHED!  It was that good to take my time and actually read it cover to cover.  I found myself actually a bit sad when I reached the last page.

This is straight from back of the book, as well as from Apologia’s website:

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, 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 God and hold tight to His mighty hand! As with so many things, the first step to having a 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.

About Rachel Carman:

She is a devoted wife, a homeschooling mother of seven children, and author of the Focus on the Family book SoundBites from Heaven: What God Wants Us to Hear When We Talk to Our Kids.

TO SUM IT UP:
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you read this book.  And actually buy it!  Yes, I said it, buy it.  It is that worth it!  I would suggest reading it at least once a year.

The Important Information:

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T for Your Kids

by Rachel Carmen

Published by:  Apologia/WholeHeart, a division of Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

Address:  1106 Meridian Plaza, STE 220, Anderson, IN 46016

ISBN: 978-1-935495-41-3

Order from: Apologia

Price: $13.00

Disclosure/Disclaimer:  I received the above product free of charge for review purposes.

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