11.04.2012

The Homeschool Experiment: A Review and a GIVEAWAY

As I've mentioned before, Being Made New is not a "review blog." That is, while I occasionally recommend particular resources, I don't do regular reviews. And I don't generally accept a free product in exchange for a review because I want my readers to have confidence that the opinions I do provide are unbiased and honest. Instead, when I choose to write a review, it's nearly always for a resource I discovered and purchased on my own and want to recommend. Such is the case today, with my review of a delightful book I found this past summer.


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Have you recently launched into the adventure of homeschooling? Are you a homeschool veteran who enjoys reading positive portrayals of your lifestyle choice? Or, on the other hand, are you looking for a great holiday gift for a friend or relative who homeschools? If so, I highly recommend The Homeschool Experiment: A Novel by Charity Hawkins.

Experiment is not a how-to book. And, as a young mom with very young children, the protagonist's specific situation won't match every reader's current season of life. Instead, this book is a fictionalized account of one new homeschool mom's first year "in the trenches." But, in its short chapters - which address everything from homeschool conventions to doubting family members and meltdowns (by both kids and mom!) - any real-life, Christian homeschool mom will find nuggets of truth, good ideas, and sage advice, along with encouragement to persevere in the worthy calling to educate one's own children. I'm in the process of reading it for the second time in six months, and I've gained valuable insight from every chapter both times. And all 24 women in my two book clubs using Experiment as its study guide for the year - whether newbies or women with years of experience - have found it equally as enjoyable.

The book's appendix contains study questions and memory verses that can be used for individual reflection or group discussion, as well as a list of recommended resources. And this is also just a good "fun read." The writing flows nicely - members of my book clubs and I have all found ourselves wanting to read several chapters in one sitting - and it's both amusing and touching. As a result, it's a very beneficial book on many levels.

And now - for one week only - you have the opportunity to win one of two giveaway copies that Charity Hawkins has generously offered to Being Made New. Simply use the Rafflecopter form below, entering through multiple categories if you'd like and on multiple days where applicable. Winners will be chosen early on November 11 and notified shortly thereafter.

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9 comments:

Stacie said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the info!

TigerofMu said...

I love the idea of this book!

Sara @ Embracing Destiny said...

I've read several reviews around the web and it's on my wishlist!

Amy M said...

I like reading about homeschooling, and it would be nice to read some fiction for once!

1blessedmamaof5 said...

I downloaded the first 3 chapters that were free and now would love to continue reading, it is funny and true to the heart, it made me cry since I can relate so much to it, can't wait to finish it :)

Marianasmamma said...

I read the first 3 chapters and really liked it. I loved the humor and the fact that the arguments are just plain real!!

Rachael and Nate said...

The relatable humor!

Robin said...

You said I would be blessed. I'll take you at your word and would like to read the book so I can recieve that blessing :)

Heather said...

It sounds like this book could be written about me! I'm in my first year homeschooling and have 5 very young children (ages 6 and under). Life is crazy around here and I can use all the encouragement I can get.

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