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 person too.
I tend to do a lot of things, and get caught up in analyzing all the things, and often wind up getting overwhelmed. The past several months have been even more overwhelming than usual. But something Sarah wrote in this book stopped me in my overwhelmed tracks and completely changed my viewpoint about my days.
“Bring your basket.”
Sarah points out that often in homeschooling (and parenting, and life) we feel overwhelmed like the disciples faced with 5,000 people who needed feeding and only a few loaves and fish to get the job done. We feel like we can’t possibly do this with the resources we have. And we’re right as were they. We aren’t making it up, life is hard. But whatever we are facing, we can bring our basket–whatever skills, abilities, and time we have–and trust God for the rest.
This visual helps me so much. I have the phrase written on my desk and in my goal sheets. I remind myself to bring my basket several times a day. It really changes my perspective and reminds me to pray over more things.
Teaching From Rest is full of things like that. I had several tabs to make a note on almost every page. I can see re-reading this book again and again. If you read Sarah’s blog, some of it will feel familiar to you, but it’s more than enough new and expanded content to be well worth it.
If you homeschool, I think you really, truly, and immediately ought to read this book. If you don’t homeschool but tend towards bustle and overwhelm as a parent in general, I think you’d get a lot out of it too. It’s an excellent read for any time of year, but particularly helpful in the New Year/fresh start season.
As a side note, I have the hard copy version of the book, which is revised and expanded from the original e-book.
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