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Awaking Wonder by Sally Clarkson


Excite your children's imagination and ignite their desire to learn! Help them build a firm foundation for interacting with the world and recognizing the presence of the Creator. Clarkson shares the principles she used to successfully raise four creative, faith-filled kids. She'll help you gain confidence in your parental role as you watch your youngsters blossom. 224 pages, hardcover from Bethany.

Meet Sally Clarkson - the beloved author of multiple bestselling books, including Own Your Life, The Lifegiving Home with her daughter Sarah, Desperate with Sarah Mae, and Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through Whole Heart Ministries and Mom Heart conferences. Sally also encourages many through her website,, and on her popular podcast, At Home With Sally.

My Thoughts:

We have home-schooled for 20 years, and for a while now, I have been struggling with my ideas, over the general, run of the mill ways school is done. This book was a breath of fresh air for a weary soul. I was enthralled with this book. It was such an encouragement to my heart. Sally is a great writer and her views, though possibly different from some, have proven that doing things the way everyone else is doing them may not be the right answer.  

Sally gives wonderful tips on rearing children and educating them, while encouraging each parent to evaluate their current situation and circumstances when choosing a plan for their child's education. This book is not a step by step approach, instead it is about awaking wonder in the hearts of our children and giving them a desire to learn that will last a lifetime. 

I was so blessed by Sally's honest words. I was also convicted, because too many times I have allowed others to bombard me with opinions and make me feel as if the way I feel called to educate my children is not good enough. I then get discouraged and succumb to the peer pressure of doing it the "right" way, when there is no right way, there is only the way that God leads each family that suits them best. 

Thank you Sally for your words of wisdom, your advice, sharing your failures and successes, and encouraging my heart. Thank you Bethany House for publishing this book and providing a free copy for my reading privilege. I was not asked or required to review this book positively.  But I was so blessed, I even purchased a copy for a friend who is just beginning their homeschooling journey, in hopes that this book will provide insight and encouragement for them to be themselves in their learning journey.  


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