I first "discovered" Sally and Clay when I used their book, Educating the WholeHearted Child, as a guidebook in the early days of my homeschooling journey.
I listened to one of Sally's tape series over and over until I had practically memorized her wisdom. The first time I listened to it, I had taken a very young Christopher to the playground and I felt like I was listening to an old friend chatting over tea while I pushed him on the swing and let him play in the sand.
Later, I started reading Sally's books and receiving her ministry letters. I enjoyed how open and honest Sally was in her books for I knew she had gained wisdom the hard way... life. I know in the movie Shadowlands, there is the famous Lewis quote that "we read to know we are not alone". However, I had never felt like an author could read my mind before. My feelings were later echoed by Stephanie when she began to read Sally's books... how the things their family enjoyed were so similar to us!
Here is another woman who finds herself driving to a cafe or coffee shop in the morning with her Bible, pen, and paper (or journal)... savoring a hot drink and perhaps a sweet morning snack. She has moved almost as often as I have but since some of her moves have been "across the pond and back", she takes the endurance award there.
Life has not been easy for the Clarkson's... they are not perfect people and I know she wouldn't want you to think they are perfect... she is honest about that in her books... but they work together as a family through trials and tribulations to minister as God has called them... to the homeschooling community... and to Moms around the world.
One of the joys that has come through the access the Internet has given me is to become a friend of Sally's and to get to know her better. We are twins separated at birth... despite not having the same birthday. Fraternal twins... she's a blond and my hair used to be naturally black. If life does not permit us tea time together in this world... I get dibs on a hundred years of tea and conversation in Eternity!
You will love The Mom Walk, even if you do not homeschool. This is taken from the back of the book... you will:
- Discover the gift of sacrifice
- Cultivate a heart for the Word
- Embrace your very own home-based ministry
- Set spiritual goals for yourself and your children
- Nurture fellowship and support other mothers
And... the CD series she sent... it is the CD version of that tape I practically wore out listening to all those years ago. Mom's will enjoy it even if their kids go to public or private schools. It would also be perfect for those considering homeschooling.
The title is: WholeHearted Child Home Educating Workshop; Educating the WholeHearted Child and it's message contains:
- Shaping Your Child's Heart to Live for God
- Strengthening Your Child's Mind to Learn for God
- Living and Learning Together at Home
- Enjoying Homeschooling As a Way of Life
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post between now and Saturday at 5:00 EST. Maybe a little later if I can't get to the computer quickly. Would you do me a favor, would you spread the word on this one? I'd love for even more people to have an opportunity to know about Sally's books and teaching CD's.
If you do let others know, just leave an additional comment on this post and you will be entered to win more than once! You don't even have to put it on a blog, if you don't want... I'll take your word for it that you let at least one other person know about this give away.
And... thank you to Sally for going along with my request for the book and CD to offer to you all. She didn't have any idea I was going to make such a big production out of it. :)