(If you say, “Last but not least,” is there a corresponding “First, but not — ?”) I’m glad to say that this first review is appropriately first. Since I seem to be beset with cliches, I should say next, “First things first,” which could be a paraphrase of Matthew 6:33, come to think of it. (“Seek ye first…” — can you finish the quote?)
I’m glad to have read How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids before starting off this school year. Reading the book is having a heart-to-heart talk with the author, Rachael Carman, owner (with her husband) of Apologia Ministries and Apologia Press. She starts out by giving her background story, which helps you to get to know where she’s coming from, and why she wrote this book. The remaining chapters spell out the acronym found in the title: Each letter stands for a concept, a part in a whole, where the aim is not only getting to know your children better, but to love them as the Lord would have you. To be precise:
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
Through a series of anecdotes and exhortations, she gently leads you through each topic. Appropriately, she starts with your own relationship with God, then moves the focus to your relationship with your husband, before talking about you and your children. It’s important to have that foundation in place! If you’re not “right with God” then nothing is going to be right in your life, for starters.
I often found myself nodding as I read along, encouraged and challenged by turns. I have to warn you, there were places where I was reduced to tears, where I was brought to a place where I could see my shortcomings, where I’d stumbled, or been lazy or careless and needed to gird up my loins, in a manner of speaking, and get to work. In some ways, this little book (it really is little, only 5″ x 7″ in dimension, and 205 pages) is easy to read, and in others it’s not. It is well worth the effort, however, and I encourage you to make the investment. I’m sure you’ll find it to be time well spent.
How well do you really know your kids? You just might be surprised.
How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids is available in hardcover format from Apologia Press for $13. Click on the link to read a summary of the book, see the Table of Contents and a sample chapter, or order the book.
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Disclaimer: Apologia Press provided our family with a free copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was provided.