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In the book of Philippians we are told to be anxious over nothing, and yet we are anxious over everything. We worry that our students will be "behind," that they won't score well on the SAT, get into a good college, or read enough of the Great Books. Our souls are restless, anxiously wondering if something else out there might be just a little bit better- if maybe there isIn the book of Philippians we are told to be anxious over nothing, and yet we are anxious over everything. We worry that our students will be "behind," that they won't score well on the SAT, get into a good college, or read enough of the Great Books. Our souls are restless, anxiously wondering if something else out there might be just a little bit better- if maybe there is another way or another curriculum that might prove to be superior to what we are doing now. God doesn't call us to this work and then turn away to tend to other, more important matters. He promises to stay with us. He assures us that if we rely on Him alone, then He will provide all that we need. What that means on a practical level is that we have to stop fretting over every little detail. We need to stop comparing. We've got to drop the self-inflated view that we are the be-all-end-all of whether the education we are offering our students is going to be as successful as we hope it is. After all, our job is not to be successful- success itself is entirely beside the point. It's faithfulness that He wants. Teaching from Rest offers inspiration, insight, and practical help for the homeschooling mom. Take a deep breath homeschooling mama; He's got this. What others are saying about the book: "In Teaching from Rest, Sarah beautifully reminds us that we will never be able to give our children the 'perfect' education. Instead of crumbling under the weight of our attempts to do so, we can let the burdens fall off our tired backs." -Jamie Martin, editor of and author of Mindset for Moms and Steady Days "Teaching from Restis the book equivalent of a warm cup of tea. It will fill even the most frantic, overwhelmed homeschooling mom with a deep sense of peace." -Jennifer Fulwiler, author of Something Other than God "You need this ebook. In it is wisdom that takes my breath away. It's both spiritual and practical--truly one of those rare, life-changing messages that no mother should miss." - Elizabeth Foss, author of Small Steps for Catholic Moms Visit to download the corresponding journal and audio companion....

Title : Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace
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Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace Reviews

  • Sara
    2018-12-11 15:38

    Teaching From Rest is a powerfully good little book. Slim, engaging and spiritually uplifting, it is a fast read but a paradigm shifting text. Teaching From Rest is a bridge book. For those who are immersed in Classical approaches to homeschooling, TFR lays out the spiritual principles of relationship and the true vocation of homeschooling. For those of us who are utilizing some kind of organized unschooling (like TJEd), it gives us the permission to use more structure and more require than we previously felt was appropriate but secretly knew was needed. TFR gives the Classical or Charlotte Mason homeschooler the scriptural and philosophical justification needed to abandon "rigorous" curriculum in favor of teaching diligence instead that undergirds a true love of learning. TFR gives the unschooler permission to call their young learners into accountability on the necessary routines that foster true, deep and higher level learning. I abandoned Charlotte Mason and Classical approaches to learning when my very little children were suffocating under the rigor. As Sarah reminds us, the word rigor should not be used in homeschooling. Rigor means - stiff, dull, dead. The rigor of many modern approaches to Classical and Charlotte Mason style approaches left me feeling like education was dead and medicinal instead of life giving and inspiring. I have spent a couple of years in Thomas Jefferson Education and it was passionately inspiring for everyone in our family. The focus on my study has translated into inspired learning in my kids. The focus on studying ideas instead of curriculum has led us into a great deal of higher level thinking about age old ideas. There is no denying that an inspiration based approach awakens the mind and feeds it a feast. The trouble with TJEd for me has been that no matter how faithfully I apply the ingredients, I cannot inspire moral fortitude. The more that we have studied, the more self centered and entitled my children have become. The more that I have embraced "family work" instead of chores, the more selfish and sloppy my kids have become because they are certain that someone else will pick up the slack. The more that I have made learning optional for my very young learners, the more I have seen them become self righteous about which challenges they will and will not attempt to meet. The 7 Keys of Great Instruction from TJEd are solid but they do not work they way that I have interpreted that they need to be applied. "Inspire, Not Require" and "Structure Time, Not Content" do work in some contexts but first the foundation of core learning must be in place. Teaching From Rest has give me the opportunity to look at my day differently. I know now that we need Classical mornings and TJEd afternoons. We need mornings spent on individual excellence in chores and a cheerful spirit in math before we can go on science rabbit trails in the Kidschool afternoons. I am still developing my ideas about how to walk all of this out but I am extraordinarily grateful to see a text advocate for the implementation of a Classical and Charlotte Mason approach that is married to a relational and interest based mindset. Someone in TJEd said to me many moons ago, "I inspire more than I require." I wish that I could remember who so that I could credit them because I think that that is exactly it. I am thrilled to read such a gentle, life giving and beautiful text about cheering my son on through 20 minutes of math everyday. The requirement is not that we finish whatever lesson or textbook I have planned. The requirement is that I bring my most engaged self to his 20 minutes of math discovery. We are doing math and reading every day - but we are going to do it in a personal and gentle way. Thank you, Sarah, for helping me see that both styles can come to a middle point that borrows the best of each.

  • Katherine
    2018-11-16 15:50

    How could a person not love Sarah Mackenzie? I certainly count myself among those who do greatly appreciate everything she has brought to the homeschooling conversation. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is a great antidote to discouragement for the homeschooling mama. In many ways, she is a true godsend.However. There is much about this book that troubles me. Sarah (I feel like I know her personally; I've heard her speak so much!) takes care in this book (and particularly in its update from its e-book form, I believe) to state that teaching from rest does not mean just giving up on the difficult work aspect of homeschooling. This is well and good, but references to not worrying about being a couple of years behind in math and to not letting attention to detail in schoolwork get in the way of relationship seem to belie the notion that diligent study is what's being discussed here. I've seen how this thinking is filtering into the homeschooling vernacular. The idea that there is a thin line between classical education and unschooling is a new one and one that I don't appreciate.A home education is something to be undertaken by a parent with a full understanding of how much self-sacrifice will be involved. It is not just a little and it comes in ways that one might not have expected. The richness of the classical tradition in education is so palpable and enticing that if a classically homeschooling mother loves learning at all, she may quickly find herself greatly desiring to share what she is learning with others. (This is made obvious by the fact that SO MANY homeschoolers are blogging, running podcasts, taking on speaking engagements, etc.) I am not immune to the desire to share and discuss all of things I am learning through the educational journey of homeschooling and I love being able to enjoy the above-mentioned podcasts and blogs for these reasons. It is fun, fun stuff.Ms. Mackenzie talks about her propensity to take on too much, to multitask the heck out of every minute of every day, and I can see that this is true. The glaring contradiction here, though, is that all the podcasting and blogging and everything else is not brought under the microscope. Homeschooling, done well, is a life of discipline - there are many things that simply can't fit on the schedule if true attention to education is to be undertaken. It pains me to say it because I love Sarah Mackenzie's contributions so much, but: shouldn't we finish the math book or the grammar lesson and then just not blog so much about it? Shouldn't we show our children that mastery of a subject (or even finishing a textbook on it!) is important? Shouldn't we lead them into discipline by being disciplined ourselves in what we have undertaken? If we have placed ourselves in a position to take sole responsibility for our children's educations, shouldn't we then be single-minded in our pursuit of giving them that education?

  • ladydusk
    2018-11-14 19:37 have, perhaps, gushed too much about Sarah Mackenzie's book Teaching from Rest. I've quoted it a number of times: twice before on Wednesdays with Words (To Those Ends, Surrender ... Take On), just this past Monday on my Daybook, and you can't forget Instagram where I snapped a pic of the page I was on because it was just what I needed to hear in that moment on Tuesday. (also, not the first IG thing of Sarah ... book, casting classes from the Read Aloud Revival site, and an us-ie at the Cinci convention)Just to be clear, I think Sarah is awesome.And I think she deserves all the accolades she gets.I told my friend Heather that I think Sarah is great at the quotable quip; she is clear and concise yet provides a mental picture that stimulates your thinking to hang the quote upon. The pithy is strong with her.Teaching from Rest strikes that wonderful balance between reliance upon God for everything while maintaining man's responsibility for continuing to work. One of the key themes in the book is that, as teachers, we ought to know who we are - in Christ, our desires, our gifts, our abilities, our deficiencies - so that we can put them to work in an appropriate way.In Christ: we are His. He loves us, he equips us, he asks us to bring the things he himself has provided so he can do work through and for us.Our desires, gifts, abilities are those things he provides; he has given us exactly what we need for the end He has determined: His own glory from us and our children.He knows our deficiencies and gives us the means to change, to grow - He gives the sanctification.This quote speaks to that. Know thyself ... use virtues to overcome sin, but don't let your vices make excuses to sin.Virtues and Vices: We can grow or we can wallow. Our choice.I would unreservedly recommend Teaching from Rest to any Christian homeschooler - Protestant or Catholic, Mackenzie is herself Roman Catholic. She has many wise things to teach and a facility with language that is engaging, encouraging, and energizing. Five Stars.

  • S.D. Smith
    2018-11-20 20:23

    Sarah Mackenzie is winsome and wise, a real ally for teachers in the trenches. Teaching From Rest is profoundly helpful for home educators at any stage. It's been a blast of light in our family, and a rich resource for our homeschooling community.

  • Julie
    2018-11-19 21:33

    *Update ~ I just read this for the second time. I started reading it again as soon as I finished it. It is that good. Reading a little bit from it each day makes a huge difference in my homeschooling and mothering. 3/3/16Wow. This is simply one of the very best books I have ever read. It has already changed my life. I read it slowly, over 2 full months, savoring it, applying to my life - allowing time for the concepts to sink into my consciousness and become part of me. And I am truly sad to have come to the end. Reading it has brought so much light, peace, and joy into my days as a mother and homeschooling teacher. I think I will start right back at the beginning and savor reading it again, so I can continue to bask in it's light & love. I recommend this book to all mothers, and even to those who aren't mothers, as the principles that it contains can be applied to all aspects of life. It teaches how to "rest in the Lord" which is truly life changing.

  • Jami Balmet
    2018-11-22 16:34

    An absolute must read for all homeschool moms! I listened to it on audible and it was a great book to listen through as I frantically work through my to-do list! Sarah, thank you for the reminder to be homeschooling (and doing everything else we do) in the Lord! A great encouragement and one I’ll go back to often!

  • Courtney Clark
    2018-12-03 19:46

    It was a quick, uplifting read. And full of practical advice. Unfortunately not anything you wouldn't get by reading the authors (free) blog, or for that matter any homeschooling forum worth beans. I mean, are there really any people out there that DONT already know you don't have to do every subject every day? Or that if a lesson takes 20 minutes and you have three toddlers in the house you should go ahead and plan for 30? Three stars if you are someone completely new to homeschooling, you may find it useful though not earth shattering. Anyone with a few years of experience, or plugged into a local or online community gets two stars. You can probably skip it, you know all this. And if you are already plugged into the Circe crowd one star, this is a watering down of everything you love.

  • Kimberly Harris
    2018-12-05 18:52

    This is a gem of a book! Although short, it speaks straight to the heart of our homeschooling stress. Sarah does a wonderful job balancing the error of not giving a good education because we are too relaxed or over-stressing about cramming in as much as we can. I loved a lot of her practical advice too, such as her concept of looping. Even little tidbits like her sample day were helpful. This will be especially helpful for those who are already grounded in knowing that homeschooling is the path of education they want to take, and for those with students pre-high school.

  • Jill
    2018-12-12 19:22

    Update: read second edition September 7, 2015. My review is confirmed on a second reading. A very good book for anyone who loves and cares for children, no matter where they are educated. Admittedly homeschoolers will benefit much more from her examples and suggestions, though the principles are universal.*******************1st read September 16, 2014.Reading the book is far better than reading any review, mine included. Reviews tell you what that person thought about that book; but since we all approach a book from different backgrounds and experiences our individual responses will differ greatly.This isn't just a book for those who homeschool. This is a beautiful book for those who live life with children in the home or not. For those who seek to live with less rushing and regret and with more rejuvenation and rest. So I'm not going to pontificate about this book (much), I just want to share a few tantalizing and inspiring quotes from the book that were balm to my heart. "Do we really think we need the perfect math curriculum? The best line-up of books we can find? We think God needs that to work through us? Because I'm pretty sure if we just offer up our simple best and do it without fretting or becoming anxious over many things, then God can bless that a thousandfold. And I believe He will." "We offer ourselves to God, we introduce our children to beauty and goodness and Truth, and we get out of the way.""There is no prize for the mama who checks the most boxes on her to-do be efficient is to achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. But relationships don't flourish or grow that way. Relationships need time, spent lavishly. Homeschooling is all about relationships, and relationships just aren't efficient.""It doesn't really matter how far in the book we get. What matters is what happens in the mind and heart of our student, and for that matter - in ourselves."I promise these are much better in context, built on the premise of each preceding chapter of that in which they appear. And there are so many more wonderful perspective adjusting ideas. I did have one disagreement with her, but it was only a matter of word definition. Near the end of the book she says, "So cease striving." This seems to be a current popular phrase among Christian women I've encountered recently. However, I disagree. Quite strongly - depending on the definition. In the USA "striving" seems to be equated with anger, struggling and hardship, with fruitless, vain, difficult effort that is for our glory and not God's. BUT! Language changes (try NPR's TED Radio hour on "Spoken and Unspoken" May 1, 2014 if you don't believe me). The definition I employ, and prefer, is in UK dictionaries (Oxford Dictionary of English, for one): "make great efforts to achieve or obtain something."Sometimes making a great effort means wearing yourself out, sometimes it means controlling the urge to jump in and do it all, to "be still and know [He] is God" and that your job is to submit. Sometimes that takes the most and highest effort we have.And for that, I will strive.It's a short book, one I read in spurts so as to ponder on each point and act on suggestions. I loved this book. I absolutely loved it.

  • Havebooks Willread
    2018-11-24 14:28

    I loved this book. I think the author should maybe send me a commission as I have recommended it to so many people--I know 11 have purchased it so far for sure. :) It has been SUCH an encouragement to me in my homeschooling this season, and I'm expecting this title to appear on my list of "favorite books read in 2015". I have 8-9 friends coming over next Monday evening to discuss this with me. I'm hoping it is a blessing to them as well--you know how different books hit people differently, and we are all in different seasons and such, but it was such a blessing to me that I am actually getting ready to read through it again and will be journaling my way through it.So, why has it been such a blessing? 1) The author keeps it real. This homeschooling journey is difficult, we are not enough in our own strength, and she validates and commiserates with the challenges without whining about them. 2) She points time and time again to the Lord as the source of our strength, as the one who is the author and finisher of our faith--and us--and our children. She offers many words of wisdom, both philosophically and practically. 3) It's only 80 pages! There's no fluff, she just says what needs to be said. 4) She offers practical suggestions that are changing my school year. We are about 8 weeks into our year, and frankly, I had just been surviving each day, desperately trying to juggle all my plates without any falling and crashing to the floor. I have been collapsing into bed each night, absolutely exhausted--and worse, weary--and feeling like I didn't do it well. These last couple of weeks, however, I have been implementing some of her suggestions and I have been ENJOYING my children.

  • Cathy aka The Attached Mama
    2018-12-15 21:42

    This is one of the single most inspiring homeschool books I have ever read. I have an ENTJ personality type...which makes doing anything "from rest" a huge challenge for me. Often I think if I only try harder, do more, plan more effectively, print out more checklists, or wake up earlier, I will FINALLY have it together and reach a place of rest and peace. But trying harder is not the solution. The truth is I will always be inadequate. I will never be enough on my own. I have to rely on something bigger than myself or else I will always fail. Reading this book at the beginning of last year helped me to have one of the best homeschooling years ever. HOWEVER, I have found that without frequent reminders, I will quickly slip back into my old ways. So I have made a resolution to re-read this book every summer before I start the next school year.

  • Hilary Forrest
    2018-11-27 14:49

    I absolutely loved this book. I read the paperback (kindle) version of this that is updated. In this season of life I have found myself in the position of unexpectedly homeschooling my children again. This book has a fresh look at teaching from a place of restfulness-pursuing beauty and virtue but not at the expense of our children and getting through the list of curriculum. There were other areas of life I felt like this book could apply to as well. It should be a book to reread occasionally to get refocused and centered again.

  • Sherry Elmer
    2018-11-18 19:30

    Many things Sarah Mackenzie writes here are not new, but this little (81 pages) book is filled with important reminders and packed with gems of wisdom the homeschool parent needs to hold on to. Many times I was brought to tears by the encouragement provided to keep on with what I am doing, and to press on to do it a little better. I would recommend this book not only to homeschooling parents, but to any parent who desires a richer, more peaceful home life.

  • Laura
    2018-12-15 21:25

    I loved this book. I highly recommend reading this if you teach, homeschool or even need encouragement as a parent as you raise your children. It was a powerful rejuvenation for my soul as a homeschooling mom. I will be rereading this at least on a yearly basis. Short and to the point- It will challenge, convict, encourage and inspire you. Do yourself a favor and read this book if it sounds like something you are interested in. You will be blessed.

  • Timber
    2018-12-03 20:51

    This is one of those rare books that spoke to my soul. I highlighted things on practically every page! This book is a gem. I intend to read it every year to keep me on track homeschooling from rest.

  • Casey
    2018-11-16 21:46

    Helpful, practical, and encouraging! Great reminders and tips for focusing on what really matters in the daily grind of homeschooling.

  • Alison
    2018-11-15 20:51

    This book was soooo good and sooo encouraging! I really needed to hear it!

  • momma.hailey
    2018-12-15 21:36

    This book completely surprised me. Normally I don't care much for books written by those in the trenches of motherhood/homeschool, like myself, but rather prefer books on the subject from those who have already lived through the experience. That being said I enjoyed every page. It was encouraging and sincere. There were numerous life applications that I will actually use. Lastly, I appreciated the length and organization of the book, which made it easy to read as a busy home educating mother. Bravo! I see a re-read in the future.

  • Karen
    2018-11-14 14:48

    Wonderful book and I already want to read it again. Having Ben read it next though. Great advice and the author spoke the words that I have felt on this journey. Brilliant!..krb 1/30/16Read this book again before going to the GHC in Ontario and going to one of her sessions. Such a fantastic book! A must read....krb 6/20/17

  • Kara
    2018-11-16 16:26

    I agree with others that this is a good read for homeschooling moms, especially those who feel they are standing on their tiptoes at the edge of burnout. It's a quick read and one I think would be good to reread every year because of the gentle but important reminders within.

  • Erin Moore
    2018-11-23 13:49

    What a wonderful little book! I read the first edition when it was first released a few years ago, and can confidently say that it was greatly improved with the second edition! This is one I will reread annually and recommend to all of my homeschooling friends. Thanks Sarah!!

  • Keren Threlfall
    2018-12-10 19:26

    What an incredible resource to a homeschooling parent at any point in their journey. Sarah's words were life-giving and hope-filled, but also empowering and encouraging to not allow complacency in our efforts. My highlighter tip is now gray from excessive use in this book. :)

  • Ashley
    2018-12-02 18:45

    Short and full of stuff I'm sure I've heard of before- but exactly what I needed to hear right now.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-30 18:39

    the ONE Book I wish I had read when I started my homeschooling journey in the late '90's- if you homeschool and /or value the rhythms of home life, this is for you.

  • Lori
    2018-12-02 15:43

    A book I want to read once a year. So thankful for the encouragement to seek Christ and all that is true, good and beautiful in our school days.

  • Cami
    2018-12-14 15:30

    This is a fantastic study of mothering and education and God's trust in us. I love the Latin roots that add to our understanding. I love her use of the word "rest," especially as I too have studied God's rest in terms of observing the Sabbath day, and I love the idea of entering into His rest daily and teaching/parenting/going about our day from that state of peace. "Peace comes from recognizing that our real task is to wake up each day and get our marching orders from God" (page 4)."Rest is trusting that God's got this, even if I'm a mess" (page 4)."He asks us to live excellently--that is to live in simple, obedient faith and trust... He's in charge of the results" (page 10).I need to type up some of her words as my daily affirmations: "live excellently" and "smile a lot" and "interruptions are part of the plan" and "be who you are!" and "today, do less. Do it well" and "unshakeable peace" and "rest looks like stewardship" and "bring your basket... that's all He needs." My children are children of God; treat them so. What can we learn together today?There are so many great concepts pulled together in this book. I need to review this periodically to remember where my heart and head should be as we progress in homeschooling. I fully believe in all that Sarah wrote and am glad God put it on her heart to write this book.

  • Jenny Mullin
    2018-12-09 19:48

    This is a great book for homeschoolers who are just starting out or who can't get the public school model out of their head and who find themselves constantly stressed and yelling at their children! Since my oldest is now in college and my youngest is in the 9th grade, I have, fortunately, come to most of the same conclusions as she did over the years. However, I wish I had read the book when I was in the midst of my first year of homeschooling back when I was incredibly stressed about getting through the curriculum, creating elaborate history projects, and desiring to "prove" myself by making sure my kids were intellectually superior (wink). The only part of the book that I do not agree with is her emphasis on writing. I have found that writing, especially for boys, is usually easier as they become older (perhaps 6th grade.) Of course, they should learn the mechanics of writing and be required to write informally, but formal writing should be held off until older. Although she doesn't mention writing formally or informally, she says that writing should be done every day, which, I'm sure, will lead to many tears in many households.I would definitely recommend this book to new homeschoolers or homeschoolers who need encouragement.

  • Callie
    2018-12-01 20:46

    I so enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend it to any homeschooling moms! In this book, Sarah McKenzie encourages moms to keep the big picture in mind as we approach homeschooling.I listened to this on audio, in two long spurts, and I remember in the first half (listened to a month ago), she addresses that "curriculum" is not the books we pick but the entire goal of education, and she challenges us to focus on what that goal really is.The second half had more practical suggestions about keeping our homeschools peaceful instead of chaotic - again, by keeping our relationships with our kids and the end goal in mind. She addresses how that can look day-to-day and I found it really helpful and encouraging. I've been listening to the Read-Aloud Revival podcast for a while, and was excited to discover that Sarah McKenzie reads the audio of this book too! Since I listened to the audio I didn't get to soak in as much as I wanted or highlight different passages, so I will definitely be reading my hard copy of this book again in the future!

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2018-11-18 13:47

    I am no great fan of Sarah Mackenzie, but she is very popular among Catholic homeschoolers, so I felt it was a good idea to read this book so I'd know what people are talking about when they discuss it. While the idea of teaching from a place of rest (in God) is a valuable concept to understand, it is not really original to Mackenzie so I didn't feel that I needed to read this book to appreciate what that was about. I did find some small bits of wisdom here and there, but they were no more in-depth than the advice one receives from a Facebook group filled with moms. Personally, I don't think I would write a book on homeschooling until I was finished educating my kids and had years of experience to back up my arguments. I also found myself becoming annoyed by all the self-promotion (and promotion of the work of a select few friends) within the text of the book. I find that those who are really experts on a given topic don't have to go to that kind of trouble to market themselves; when you have something substantial to say, it usually markets itself. Either way, this book is fine but not in any way essential.

  • Lora
    2018-11-19 13:28

    Beautiful Reminder of VocationI can't like this book enough. The emphasis on the work of God in our children, striving for excellence, but not losing the focus on the people before me and the need to be gentle with them and not view them as tasks is always a good reminder.