Book Review: Homeschool Mom's Bible
I recently received a copy of the NIV Homeschool Mom's Bible in exchange for a review. The devotional readings in and of themselves were very encouraging. They definitely touched upon topics that would be near and dear to homeschool moms' hearts. Each one started with a Bible verse, gave an anecdote/story, related the anecdote to one's daily life/homeschool journey, and then ended with a prayer. There were 365 dated readings--one for each day of the year. Additionally, a topical index at the back of the Bible pointed to specific subjects covered in the devotional readings. I was expecting something more from this Bible, though. I had anticipated a Bible that expertly integrated Bible verses on the corresponding page with the text of the related devotional, a Bible that used each individual book's introduction to specifically delve into topics related to homeschooling or raising children, and a Bible that even had little side notes related to homeschooling dispersed throughout the Biblical text. However, this Bible had none of those features. This Bible was basically a plain ol' Bible with devotional readings for every single day of the year randomly placed throughout it. While there is nothing wrong with a plain ol' Bible, I would expect a Bible with a specialty title to have a little bit more to it. Interestingly, the devotionals weren't even remotely related to anything in the book of the Bible where they were placed. There weren't even any study notes. The books of the Bible didn't even have introductions to them. An introduction to each book of the Bible would have been a great place to relate something from that book to the task of raising our children, being moms, enduring in this journey, or teaching our kids to grow in the fear and admonition of the Lord, but there was none of that. Additionally, I found the print very difficult to read: the font size seemed really small. The font size of the devotionals often seemed more difficult to read than the Bible itself. In all honesty, the devotionals would have worked better as simply a devotional book: not a Bible. The devotional readings were encouraging and should have been left as just devotional readings.
I had higher expectations for this Bible, and it didn't meet them. Unfortunately, I would have to give this 2 out of 5 stars. If this was just a devotional book and not a Bible per se, I would definitely recommend it to every single homeschool mom out there. The devotionals were well done.
Heartfelt Inspiration to Revive, Encourage, and Strengthen the Homeschooling Mom
If you’re on an airplane, you’re instructed, in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, to put on your own oxygen mask before helping your child. The reason? If you don’t have a supply of oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else.
The same is true for the rest of life: you can’t give what you don’t have. And as a homeschooling mom, you pour yourself out every day for the sake of your children. Yet how do you fill yourself up? Where do you get your spiritual oxygen? Now you can be filled and restored by the original Bible for homeschool moms---with a full year’s worth of encouraging daily devotions placed alongside the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible. These heartfelt, practical readings written by Janet Tatman, a former homeschooling mom, cover topics such as finding strength to keep motivated, avoiding burnout, staying focused and committed, navigating the needs of toddlers while educating siblings, managing schedules, delegating tasks and chores, setting boundaries, and most importantly, maintaining proper soul care while juggling educational and household responsibilities.
The words of these devotions will breathe life into your soul so that you can successfully run the race.
- 365 daily meditations with prayers written by Janet Tatman, a veteran homeschooling mother with more than 25 years of experience homeschooling
- The full text of the clear, accessible New International Version (NIV) translation
- Foreword from Vickie Farris, author, homeschool mom, and wife of Michael Farris, founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association
- Topical index
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