I am going to be honest, when I saw the review form for How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids by Rachael Carman, I did not sign up for it. I really didn't think I needed to read this book. BUT God, in all His wisdom must have felt that I needed it because I ended up being one of the reviewers.
The very day that I received the book I sat down to check it out, and 49 pages later I finally put it down. It was around that time that I said "Thank you Lord for sending this book my way." Even though I didn't think this was a book for me, it very much was!! If time would have permitted I would have read the whole book right then and there.
I had never heard of Rachael Carman before, but once I started reading her book I knew that I liked her. She writes in such a way that really draws you in, like I said I didn't want to put the book down. Besides this was some good stuff I was reading! I was very impressed with her complete openness, how she shared her struggles and her true feelings.
It was a few weeks after I started Rachael's book that I learned who she was. Rachael and her husband, Davis, are the family that purchased Apologia (you know, the science company that is now much more than a science company). I learned this one afternoon while having lunch with Rachael and a few other wonderful ladies from Apologia. I also learned about how Rachael had a tremendous heart for moms, especially those of the homeschooling variety.
Ok, now back to the book. H.E.A.R.T. is actually an acronym that stands for:
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 truth
I loved hearing Rachael's story and how she had NO plans of homeschooling her kids. Several years, 7 kids and a homeschool resource company later, we see that it obviously was God's plan! It really is an inspirational story.
Rachael is very honest about how she was excited to send her kids off on the yellow school bus, so she could have me time. When that didn't work out she and her husband decided they would try homeschooling, but Rachael was adamant that it was only for one year. Don't you just love how God's ways are not our ways. : )
I just really felt that this book was a breath of fresh air for me. It was something that I didn't even know I needed until I read it. The Holy Spirit convicted me on several things and really just opened my eyes to some major areas that are lacking here at the LSG House.
I especially loved the Accept your Kids and Release them to God chapters. They were both very good and encouraging to me. It was a joy to hear the wisdom that the Lord has given Rachael and that she is now passing on to other moms.
How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. would be a wonderful read for new moms as well as veterans, homeschoolers or not. I think that no matter what season of motherhood you are in, you would appreciate the wisdom and encouragement that Rachael has to share.
You can actually read a sample chapter of the book online before you buy it.
You can purchase a copy of the How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. book by Rachael Carman directly through Apologia for $13.00.
I received How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are mine and I was not compensated in any way from the TOS Crew or Apologia Press.