100 Book Challenge, Non-fiction

Book #1: Teaching from Rest

I admit, I’m going for the easy win on the first book of my 100 book challenge.  This book is less than 100 pages long and started out as an e-book that eventually had enough demand to print.  Baby steps, right?

I’m a homeschooling mom, so it’s no surprise that you’ll see some of the books I read show up in that category, but I did find lots of parallels to motherhood and life in general in it.  Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie is a beautiful reminder of how much easier mothering/homeschooling/life is when you are at peace and have a restful mind.  She writes about simplifying life, how to have a vision of your environment and what you want your children to say about their growing up experiences.

It’s written from a Catholic viewpoint, but I found very little that didn’t apply to me as a non-Catholic Christian.  “Faithfulness is showing up every day to do the work He has called us to do” Mackenzie writes.  “Whether or not things turn out in the end as I’m hoping they will…is not actually within my span of control.  It’s not my assigned task.  He isn’t asking me to succeed on the world’s terms.  He’s asking me to faithfully do the work.” pg. 8-9.  This was just what I needed to read at the beginning of a new year with heavy thoughts of what my children need on my mind.

Mackenzie quotes Andrew Kern later with this little nugget of wisdom.  Feel free to substitute parenting for teaching, because it totally applies:

“The most important thing every teacher should understand is that teaching is the art of being imitated.  If you want a student to perceive a truth, you have to embody it.  That’s what teaching is.  When you teach, whether you intend to or not, you are saying to your students, ‘imitate me’.  Make yourself worthy of imitation.”

In all, a little gem that I wish I actually owned so I could write all over it and dog-ear the pages.

The author also hosts a podcast, Read Aloud Revival, that happens to be delightful.  I love her mission of getting families to read aloud more and can recommend her book lists and Read Aloud challenges.  Super fun.

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars


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