School is Where the Home is : A Devotional I can get into

I don’t read devotionals. I have difficulty with commitment. I have never finished a Hello Mornings session, despite joining two of them. I can’t even stick to using the same day planner for an entire year. I’ve been given devotionals before and I either manage to remember for a few days or I tried to read it all at once and never manage to really get anything from it because I read too fast. My poor YouVersion app is constantly being recalculated to catch me up because I forget to read.

When the opportunity was presented to me, to review School is Where the Home is: 180 Devotions for Parents by Anita Mellott, I hesitated…. and prayed. Anita is this amazing woman, facing so many challenges,  and I wanted so much to get to know about her and her family. I was intrigued by the reviews of the book and wanted to share it with all of you; but I was worried I would let everyone down by not finishing in time.

I felt nudged to go for it. Right after I said yes, our lives turned upside down. When the book arrived, I put it in my black tote that sits by my chair. I had time right?

I had time. Last week we started school {again}, a week late, and my list of deadlines that have been missed just kept getting longer. I pulled out my book. Starting late is better than not starting at all right?

I am so very blessed by this book. I am only day ten. Already, it has blessed me.

The reading for the day is short – very short. My reading time is limited and “short and sweet” works well for me.

The “digging deeper” question {that part that makes a devotional a devotional} is simple and is a question that you can take with you throughout the day and ponder. Sometimes it’s a great conversation starter for me and the Mister.

The devotionals are split up into eight different topics:

  • A Faith of Their Own
  • And a Child Will Lead Them
  • Gifts We Give Our Children
  • Homeschool Basics
  • Homeschool Foundations
  • Homeschool and Family
  • Homeschool and You
  • Spiritual Vitamins

They don’t rotate through the topics in order. Sometimes you get three new topics in a row and then the same one for a day or two. For me, this added a genuine feeling that she was following God’s will in writing her book rather than following a set outline of what should go next. It makes it feel more organic to me.

I already feel that once this year is over and the book has been read in full, it will be left out to be referenced later. The index in the back is sorted by topic with page numbers for each devotional under that category. I love this! Next year, when I’m struggling with school and family, I’ll know exactly where to go for that gently hug and encouragement.

Day 6, “Don’t I Do Anything Right?”, was hard to read. It’s been a sore subject around here lately. Followed closely by Day 8, “Credibility”. Yes, those were my toes being stepped on. My husband’s toes as well. Anita has used her years of homeschooling experience and compassionate heart to provide parents with the small daily nudges they need to guide them towards a more Godly family. There have been no grand revelations so far – no strange interpretations of God’s Word. Just simple reminders of things I already knew, but tend to forget in this busy life. Things such as God’s constant provision, the importance of prayer, and the power of attitude.

Thanks to iHomeschool Network  and Judson Press I get to offer a copy of Anita’s book to one of my readers!

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I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. I have received no other compensation. Some links in this post may be affiliate links. This giveaway is open to American residents age 18 and over only.

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  • DaLynn McCoy Reply

    Hi and thanks for the giveaway! I have read devotionals before, but most of my reading has been like yours. It took real commitment and a set aside time for prayer and devotion in order to get those readings done, and when I finished my last one this summer I’ve had a hard time finding or getting into anything else. Honestly, my prayer time has kind of gone out the window again, and I need something to help with getting it back. Looks like this would be a great fit! Can’t wait!!

  • DaLynn McCoy Reply

    The verse that comes to the front of my mind is “Train a child in the way they should go and when they are older they will not part from it.” While it’s obvious that this is talking about training a child to follow the Lord, I think it’s important to also note that it says “they way THEY should go.” In addition to following the Lord, it’s important that we also recognize the strengths each child has, help them to recognize them as well, help them to grow those strengths (as well as their weaknesses), and help point them in a life direction where they will be successful and happy.

  • Bytesofmemory Reply

    I do read them.. but a lot like you.. I don’t always finish them! This one sounds like it would be a perfect fit for me!

  • Bytesofmemory Reply

    My verses definitely go through phases.. right now its “Be kind to one another,” Ephesians 4:32

  • Michele Mom of 9 Reply

    I frequently read devotional books…and I would love to read this book. We’ve been homeschooling since 1998, and frankly, I’m ready to quit. The discouragement has me so bowed down that I don’t want to do it anymore. This year I have kids in 11th, 9th, 6th, and 3rd grades, with twin kindergartners that never do anything because Mommy has no time to work with them.

  • Jessica Fjbkjbjkn Reply

    I try to. I have a commitment issue like you.

  • andrea halstead Reply

    This book sounds amazing! I would love to read it!

  • andrea halstead Reply

    My favorite homeschool/parenting bible verse . . . . I can’t think of one off the top of my head but usually it is whatever verse I am dealing with personally at the time. It always seems that if I need to change our school or parenting issues it all comes back to me and my relationship with the LORD.

  • BlessedCP Reply

    Devotional books often distract me and I focus more on the story than the word of God. However, I do love My Utmost for His Highest and Daily Light. I think this type of devotional would be encouraging because it is speaking to a LARGE, but specific area of my life and identity.

  • BlessedCP Reply

    Do not walk in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of scoffers.
    More than any other “reason” for homeschooling that verse depicts to me the very ideology of the public schools. Who do they scoff the most? Christians. What do they support? Sin: abortion, Planned Parenthood, Same Sex Marriage and promiscuity.

  • chrissy l Reply

    This book sounds amazing!
    Christina L

  • chrissy l Reply

    I am really looking forward to a devotional about homeschooling

  • Teisha Priest Reply

    I do occasionally read devotional books. I find some of them too full of “pat answers” to be very helpful though! This one looks interesting.

  • Kelly Reply

    I’m like you-I get started and something interrupts me and I never get back to it. I did start looking for a HS’ing devotional a couple of years ago though, so I’m eager to check this one out!

  • Kelly Reply

    I have Philipians 4:8 as my email signature because we tried to memorize and apply it in our lives. I still don’t have it memorized!

  • Julie Reply

    Yes, I enjoy reading devotionals because I can find time to fit them in each day.

  • Teresa R. Reply

    I feel totally lost in this “new world” called homeschooling. It can be sometimes overwhelming and I’m not sure if I’m doing things right. I would sure like to get a copy of this devotional for some much-needed inspiration.

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