I’m still working on my “Norsk Cloak” for my knitting project. This is really becoming a marathon project, but I’m still, still enjoying it. I can’t wait to wear this. I still haven’t figured out what knitting project will come after this, so I’m in no hurry to finish this by any deadline. I want the pattern ready to publish this Fall, so that leaves me a bit of time. I have a feeling, though, that time will go faster than I anticipate.
Ingrid is still taking ages to fall asleep. She still climbs out of bed and runs around like a madman whenever we turn our back. It’s really been good for my reading, as I continue to be forced to sit and wait with her to drift off. During nap time I bring Lord of the Rings with me, and in the evening when it’s much darker, I have read an ebook from my iPhone that I’ve been drooling over for awhile. It’s called Teaching from Rest and can I say this author is inside my head? As you know, I’ve been writing a bit on our calling to rest and our design for rest. This author wrote everything I wish I had written. I just have nothing more to add to what she has said. I feel like anything more I write on the topic of rest would just plagiarize this. So just read this.
I think that homeschooling can be so work intensive. Therefore, it drifts into the “works based” side of faith. The problem is, we cannot be dependent on our works, and if we continue to depend on our works, we will continue to live in discouragement and exhaustion.
Are you exhausted?
Then this book is for you. It talks about teaching, mothering, homeschooling, from a state of rest. Even when no one will let you rest. This is not written from an idealistic, rose-colored-glasses standpoint of the author, as she wrote it when she had 6 little kids, the youngest 3 being under the age of 2. (Her youngest are twins.) Her understanding of the impossibility of our job is deep…so deep.
This book has been balm for my soul. It’s the gospel for homeschooling moms. How do we achieve rest when God has called us to a job that leaves no room for that? Sarah is Catholic, and I’m Lutheran, but there is an unmistakable unity in her message: God is enough. I could shout “Amen!” to every page of this book.
You’ll have to read it to find out. I wrote the author, and gushed how much I’m moved by her book, and she offered to give a copy away to one of you readers. So if you want this “full package” ebook, which comes with an audio companion with some conversations with some really smart people, and a printable companion journal, just sign up below. There are a few ways to sign up. You can visit and “like” either Sarah or my Facebook pages (or both). You can sign up for email notifications on this blog (the invent your own option), or you can simply leave a comment to this post. You can do one or all. The giveaway will run until next Tuesday night at midnight. Sarah will email the winner the links to download her amazing book. If you already follow Sarah or myself of Facebook, or are already on the email list, you still get credit for that.
I’ve also become an affiliate with Sarah, so if you don’t win, or just want the book right now, you can click to her book through this site and Sarah will give me a portion of that sale. If you are remotely interested, check it out. (Sorry about the unaligned placement of the blog to the right. My OCD is being driven mad right now about that but I’m finally starting up a blog migration. It will all get fixed in due time.)