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

Apologia Press $13.00

If I've heard it once, I've heard it  a hundred times, "Kids should come with a manual!" How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. For Your Kids might not be *the* manual, but I'd say it comes pretty close. Rachel Carman  uses the acronym H.E.A.R.T. to upliftingly guide parents down this long and winding road (that is worth every step).

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

Rachel Carman has been happily married to her husband, Davis, since 1986. Ten years later, they began their homeschool journey with the first of their seven children, who now range in age from 5 to 18. She has been speaking and encouraging women's groups for over ten years and is also the author of SoundBites from Heaven, and together with her husband Davis owns Apologia.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book is a hardcover and I loved the inviting cover graphics. I was drawn to read it. From the Introduction, this book is funny, engaging, and thought provoking. Sharing examples from her own homeschool journey, Rachel draws the reader in, making you feel like you've known her all your life. I would love to see her in person, and attend one of her conferences!

Besides the Introduction, the book has five chapters, along with an epilogue and acknowledgements giving it a total of 205 pages. Normally, that would be an easy read for me, but such was not the case. I found myself rereading passage after passage, not because it was difficult to understand, but because it was so GOOD! The Lord spoke to me through the author's words and pointed out some areas that I need to work on so I can have the heart that God would have me to have for my children.  It has been said of Rachel, "It is her heart's deepest desire to become all God has planned for her to be for His kingdom's glory. She loves challenging other women to dare to desire the same thing - to live in reckless obedient faith."  She inspires me to want to live in reckless, obedient faith. That sounds so daring, doesn't it?

 A couple of my favorite "Wow! That's Good Stuff!" moments: In the introduction, the author wrote that, "God is so good to go before us, leading us to places we never intended to be, much less wanted to go." Sometimes I forget that He goes before me, preparing my way. How can I ever forget that, when it is He who is directing my path!?! Then, there is Chapter 3 -A. The entire chapter spoke to me. I especially loved it when she asked the question, "Could it be that you or I have given birth to an answer to prayer?" Like I said, GOOD STUFF!

If I have anything negative to say at all about the book, it would be that it quotes the NIV bible, rather than the KJV, but I had my bible handy and got in some extra bible study, so it all worked out! I would highly recommend this book. It was both a joy and a blessing for me to read.

HOW TO HAVE A H.E.A.R.T. FOR YOUR KIDS,  is published by and available through Apologia Press and can be purchased directly through their website HERE.

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Rebecca said...

Wasn't this just a fantastic book?! Love your review!! - Rebecca

Jennifer said...

I enjoyed learning from this, too.