Book Review: Teaching From Rest

Book Title:  Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace

Author:  Sarah Mackenzie                                                                              

Genre: Homeschooling; Education

Pages:  89

Publisher: Classical Academic Press  (

Why Did I Choose It?  I saw the advertisements for the book last year and,honestly,  the concept of rest pulled me in!  Rest?  What IS that?  I had a feeling it wasn't about sleeping until noon or handing out lessons from my bedside, but I found the title appealing and had to find out for myself what it was all about!

A Bit From The Back Cover: Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home.  Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety.  In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (schole) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her children.

Review:  This book is amazing! Seriously-  I think this book has helped me in my homeschooling process more than any other book I've read.  In the Book, Teaching From Rest, Sarah gives real practical advice on how to simplify our days and our 'curriculum' to a point that allows us to accept our limitations, trust in God to make the miracles happen, and teach from a true state of rest (note:  Rest is NOT a state of ease ).   Sarah covers a variety of ways to achieve our end goal including prayer, morning time, lightening the load (and how to do that), understanding the  limitations of published resources, simplifying the schedule and much much more!  This is a book I firmly intend on reading each and every year through the rest of my homeschool years.  It will have a permanent place by my bedside for those moments I'll need a few moments of  review and 'pep talk' from Sarah! 

I hope to write more posts soon on Teaching From Rest.  In the meantime, I just finished planning for an upcoming book study I am conducting on Facebook.  It starts THIS FRIDAY!!!  (May 20, 2016)Don't panic- if you don't have the book, buy it now... Friday we are only going over the introduction, so if you're not in the group yet, join and catch up when you get the book!  The rest begins Monday.  The schedule for reading is on the Facebook page:

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Fellow homeschoolers, let me know what you think of this book! And feel free to list other recommendations for my other readers!

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Teaching From Rest

  1. Rachel

    I just picked this book up at the library yesterday 🙂 We are graduating our oldest next year 😀 But I also see myself needing more *rest* in the process of teaching K-12th next year. Thanks for the review 🙂

  2. Janice M. Biscoe

    Looking forward to this group. I have the book and so far, very interesting considering the public school background my life was invested in for many years. Will be interesting to compare and contrast certain elements of style! (No pun intended)!!!

    1. orthodoxmom3

      I'm glad you will be joining us! I often compare my years in the public school when I read books on homeschooling and what I do now with my own kids compared to what I had to do in the public schools. In most cases, it's quite a contrast. I'm so thrilled to have so many in the group (117 as I write this) to get a wide variety of thoughts, opinions and shared experiences to learn from!

      1. Janice M. Biscoe

        This will be so exciting. I feel like the "public school" person on here!!!! In fact, I think I am!

      2. Janice M. Biscoe

        This will be interesting with differing view points. I truly have always believed we needed 2 different forms of education - public and private such as Religious schools and private academies. We really didn't know about home schooling until about 20 years ago and then watched it grow. It's good to have the balance. My concerns are with the 'teachers' who do homeschooling. I feel they should have certain qualifications to handle the subjects but that is my opinion. Should be lively!

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