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Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

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In the book of Philippians we are told to be anxious over nothing, and yet we are anxious over everything. We worry that our students will be "behind," that they won't score well on the SAT, get into a good college, or read enough of the Great Books. Our souls are restless, anxiously wondering if something else out there might be just a little bit better- if maybe there is ...more
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Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Teaching From Rest is a powerfully good little book. Slim, engaging and spiritually uplifting, it is a fast read but a paradigm shifting text.

Teaching From Rest is a bridge book. For those who are immersed in Classical approaches to homeschooling, TFR lays out the spiritual principles of relationship and the true vocation of homeschooling. For those of us who are utilizing some kind of organized unschooling (like TJEd), it gives us the permission to use more structure and more require than we p
How could a person not love Sarah Mackenzie? I certainly count myself among those who do greatly appreciate everything she has brought to the homeschooling conversation. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is a great antidote to discouragement for the homeschooling mama. In many ways, she is a true godsend.

However. There is much about this book that troubles me. Sarah (I feel like I know her personally; I've heard her speak so much!) takes care in this book (and particularly in its update from
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have, perhaps, gushed too much about Sarah Mackenzie's book Teaching from Rest.

I've quoted it a number of times: twice before on Wednesdays with Words (To Those Ends, Surrender ... Take On), just this past Monday on my Daybook, and you can't forget Instagram where I snapped a pic of the page I was on because it was just what I needed to hear in that moment on Tuesday. (also, not the first IG thing of Sarah ... book, casting classes from the Read Aloud R
*Update ~ I just read this for the second time. I started reading it again as soon as I finished it. It is that good. Reading a little bit from it each day makes a huge difference in my homeschooling and mothering. 3/3/16

Wow. This is simply one of the very best books I have ever read. It has already changed my life. I read it slowly, over 2 full months, savoring it, applying to my life - allowing time for the concepts to sink into my consciousness and become part of me. And I am truly sad to hav
S.D. Smith
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Mackenzie is winsome and wise, a real ally for teachers in the trenches. Teaching From Rest is profoundly helpful for home educators at any stage. It's been a blast of light in our family, and a rich resource for our homeschooling community.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Mackenzie's book is cool water that quenches, invigorates, soothes and satisfies.

This is not a nuts and bolts how-to-homeschool book.
It distills the wisdom of subtraction.

At 85 pages, it is short.
Gulp it, sip it, swallow it, live it.
Darlene Nichols
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The perfect book to help direct my focus as we embark on our homeschool journey. Perhaps the greatest challenge taken from this book is to do less, and do it well.
Jami Balmet
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: homeschooling
An absolute must read for all homeschool moms! I listened to it on audible and it was a great book to listen through as I frantically work through my to-do list! Sarah, thank you for the reminder to be homeschooling (and doing everything else we do) in the Lord! A great encouragement and one I’ll go back to often!
Courtney Clark
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: homeschooling, 2016
It was a quick, uplifting read. And full of practical advice. Unfortunately not anything you wouldn't get by reading the authors (free) blog, or for that matter any homeschooling forum worth beans. I mean, are there really any people out there that DONT already know you don't have to do every subject every day? Or that if a lesson takes 20 minutes and you have three toddlers in the house you should go ahead and plan for 30?

Three stars if you are someone completely new to homeschooling, you may
Sherry Elmer
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
Many things Sarah Mackenzie writes here are not new, but this little (81 pages) book is filled with important reminders and packed with gems of wisdom the homeschool parent needs to hold on to. Many times I was brought to tears by the encouragement provided to keep on with what I am doing, and to press on to do it a little better. I would recommend this book not only to homeschooling parents, but to any parent who desires a richer, more peaceful home life.
Hilary Forrest
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I read the paperback (kindle) version of this that is updated. In this season of life I have found myself in the position of unexpectedly homeschooling my children again. This book has a fresh look at teaching from a place of restfulness-pursuing beauty and virtue but not at the expense of our children and getting through the list of curriculum. There were other areas of life I felt like this book could apply to as well. It should be a book to reread occasionally to ...more
Kimberly Harris
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a gem of a book! Although short, it speaks straight to the heart of our homeschooling stress. Sarah does a wonderful job balancing the error of not giving a good education because we are too relaxed or over-stressing about cramming in as much as we can.

I loved a lot of her practical advice too, such as her concept of looping. Even little tidbits like her sample day were helpful.

This will be especially helpful for those who are already grounded in knowing that homeschooling is the path
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet, encouraging read! I am drawn to a lot of her philosophy of homeschooling and was encouraged to continue and enhance the path we are on. :)
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this 10 stars.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Update: read second edition September 7, 2015. My review is confirmed on a second reading. A very good book for anyone who loves and cares for children, no matter where they are educated. Admittedly homeschoolers will benefit much more from her examples and suggestions, though the principles are universal.

1st read September 16, 2014.

Reading the book is far better than reading any review, mine included. Reviews tell you what that person thought about that book; but since we all
Havebooks Willread
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Havebooks by: Jennifer
I loved this book. I think the author should maybe send me a commission as I have recommended it to so many people--I know 11 have purchased it so far for sure. :) It has been SUCH an encouragement to me in my homeschooling this season, and I'm expecting this title to appear on my list of "favorite books read in 2015". I have 8-9 friends coming over next Monday evening to discuss this with me. I'm hoping it is a blessing to them as well--you know how different books hit people differently, and w ...more
Cathy aka The Attached Mama
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the single most inspiring homeschool books I have ever read. I have an ENTJ personality type...which makes doing anything "from rest" a huge challenge for me. Often I think if I only try harder, do more, plan more effectively, print out more checklists, or wake up earlier, I will FINALLY have it together and reach a place of rest and peace. But trying harder is not the solution. The truth is I will always be inadequate. I will never be enough on my own. I have to rely on something ...more
2nd reading - August 2018

This is my absolute favorite book on homeschooling...probably because it is so much more than just a book about homeschooling. It's a book about cultivating deep relationships with our children and guiding them towards what's good, beautiful and true, and doing all of this ONLY through the strength given to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. I'm so thankful for the profound wisdom in this little book!
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I highly recommend reading this if you teach, homeschool or even need encouragement as a parent as you raise your children. It was a powerful rejuvenation for my soul as a homeschooling mom. I will be rereading this at least on a yearly basis. Short and to the point- It will challenge, convict, encourage and inspire you. Do yourself a favor and read this book if it sounds like something you are interested in. You will be blessed.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those rare books that spoke to my soul. I highlighted things on practically every page! This book is a gem. I intend to read it every year to keep me on track homeschooling from rest.
Sara Larson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in a season right now where I need rest and balance and have no idea what that looks like to be diligent and faithful but also take care of myself. This book was very encouraging from a home education position, but even more as a mother. She encourages you to trust Jesus and look to be faithful in the areas he cares about and let go of the others. She has many encouraging quotes and practical ways to rest. I'd recommend it to any mama!
Helpful, practical, and encouraging! Great reminders and tips for focusing on what really matters in the daily grind of homeschooling.
Alison Morquecho
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book was soooo good and sooo encouraging! I really needed to hear it!
Catherine Gillespie
I have had Sarah Mackenzie’s Teaching From Rest on my wish list ever since it came out, and this Christmas I received a copy. Y’all, I read a lot of books. I don’t want to own most of them. But I am so, so glad to own a copy of this one.

Teaching From Rest is ostensibly about how to homeschool with peace, but it’s also about how to do life with peace. Homeschooling is a major part of my life, but it’s not the sum total, and I found so many pieces of this book helpful to me as a parent and as a pe
Jenny Mullin
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for homeschoolers who are just starting out or who can't get the public school model out of their head and who find themselves constantly stressed and yelling at their children! Since my oldest is now in college and my youngest is in the 9th grade, I have, fortunately, come to most of the same conclusions as she did over the years. However, I wish I had read the book when I was in the midst of my first year of homeschooling back when I was incredibly stressed about getting t ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I am no great fan of Sarah Mackenzie, but she is very popular among Catholic homeschoolers, so I felt it was a good idea to read this book so I'd know what people are talking about when they discuss it. While the idea of teaching from a place of rest (in God) is a valuable concept to understand, it is not really original to Mackenzie so I didn't feel that I needed to read this book to appreciate what that was about. I did find some small bits of wisdom here and there, but they were no more in-de ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an encouraging read! The length and format reads more like a compilation of blog posts than a book, however the content merits 5 stars.
Katie Bliss
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books I will remember as giving me hope and peace in the middle of the anxieties and stress of homeschooling. It's a reminder to take it one day at a time and focus on each child however they need you regardless of timelines and checklists. It brought me back to the reason I homeschool in the first place: I can educate them with love and truth because I care more about their eternal souls than any other institution ever could or would. And this doesn't equal having to comple ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
This book completely surprised me. Normally I don't care much for books written by those in the trenches of motherhood/homeschool, like myself, but rather prefer books on the subject from those who have already lived through the experience. That being said I enjoyed every page. It was encouraging and sincere. There were numerous life applications that I will actually use. Lastly, I appreciated the length and organization of the book, which made it easy to read as a busy home educating mother. Br ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mom
Wonderful book and I already want to read it again. Having Ben read it next though. Great advice and the author spoke the words that I have felt on this journey. Brilliant!..krb 1/30/16

Read this book again before going to the GHC in Ontario and going to one of her sessions. Such a fantastic book! A must read....krb 6/20/17
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Sarah Mackenzie is the author of The Read-Aloud Family: Make Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids, and the bestselling book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace.

On the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival podcast, she helps families all over the world make meaningful and lasting connections with their kids through books.

She lives in the Northwest with her
“It doesn't really matter if we have the most beautiful, carefully thought-out plan if there aren't enough hours in the day to get to it. Look, if God expected you to get 36 hours worth of work done in a day, he would have given you 36 hours to do it. If you have more to do than time to do it in, the simple fact is this: some of what you are doing isn't on His agenda for you.” 7 likes
“It is so exhausting- sometimes even demoralizing- to realize that our work in raising up and teaching our children is never really done. But we must remember that we were never intended to finish it.” 7 likes
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