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208 pages
Jun 2011
Judson Press

School Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents

by Anita Mellott

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We have all had those days when everything in our homeschool goes wrong: our daughter doesn’t understand her math, our son can’t grasp the English lesson, and the toddler wants everybody’s attention all day long. We feel like such failures. What if we’re ruining our children’s future? Anita Mellott offers advice and inspiration for both the good days and the bad days in School is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents.

Writing in a warm, friendly style much like her articles in Homeschool Enrichment where she is a regular columnist, Mellott shares the ups and downs from her eight years of homeschooling along with Scripture to inspire. Each devotional falls into one of eight themes: Home Basics, Homeschool and You, Homeschool and Family, Gifts We Give Our Children, And a Child Will Lead Them, Spiritual Vitamins, and Faith of Their Own.

The devotionals follow a traditional devotional style with a verse for the day, an anecdote and application, and a question or suggestion for the reader to dig deeper. Some of the anecdotes hearken back to Mellott’s upbringing in India, most are from her homeschooling experience, and a few contributions come from homeschooling friends. Sometimes Mellott offers suggestions, such as dealing with stress or helpful resources for a given situation. The devotionals are both practical and inspirational. She draws on a variety of Scripture passages, from Genesis 1:1-2 through Revelation 21:4-5.

Michael P. Farris, chairman of Home School Legal Defense Association, writes the foreword. The book also includes an index based on the themes.

I do not usually read devotional books, but I enjoyed School is Where the Home Is. On several days her theme hit my need for the day. I could relate to most of the anecdotes from my own twenty-plus years of homeschooling. Mellott’a application of Scripture was good with no verses stretched beyond their real meanings. I recommend this book, especially for parents who have not homeschooled long and for those who do not have a support group or nearby friends who homeschool. – Debbie W. Wilson,

Book Jacket:

An estimated 2 million children are homeschooled in the United States. This is a devotional for those dedicated parents.

Mellott’s 180 anecdotal devotionals explore specific homeschooling issues and present biblical truths to guide parents through challenging times. Themes include:

  • Homeschool Basics—fundamentals such as obedience to the call, prioritizing, decision-making
  • Homeschool and You—how homeschooling affects the primary educator (and vice versa)
  • Homeschool and Family—juggling parenting, marriage, education, and domestic life
  • Gifts We Give Our Children—intangible gifts, from a godly heritage to freedom to pursue their dreams
  • And A Child Will Lead them—discovering life and faith though our child’s eyes
  • Spiritual Vitamins: inspiration for Christian life, addressing fear, faith, prayer, and more
  • Faith of Their Own—intentional discipleship that nurtures children in their own faith

School Is Where the Home Is presents a unique blend of the practical and inspirational for today’s homeschooling parents.