Sunday, October 11, 2020

Book Review: Awaking Wonder by Sally Clarkson

About The Book:

Sally, what is your secret?

For years, parents worldwide have asked beloved author Sally Clarkson how she and her husband have ignited a love for learning and a deep faith in their children. They want to know how the Clarksons launched their children to live such vibrant, flourishing lives as adults.

Awaking Wonder is Sally's answer to those questions. This book is thirty-six years in the making and provides a deep dive into Sally's most profound legacy: nurturing and guiding her four children into a wonder-filled life. Her story will inspire and encourage you toward what is possible in raising your own children.

Children are one of the greatest treasures of every generation. Parents long to provide a life in which they can flourish in body, soul, and mind. Yet in today's culture, many feel they are floundering as they nurture their children.

If you are idealistic and hopeful about the process of raising your children to be healthy and vibrant, you will find encouragement through the Clarksons' story. If you feel exhausted, ill-equipped, confused, or unsupported in your journey as a parent, you will find relief through the countless ideas and practical applications in this book.

Awaking Wonder will inspire you, delight you, provide laughter, and bring tears through the heartfelt stories of four lively children and the wondrous life they grew up in together.

Journey with Sally toward:
• cultivating wonder all around you, alongside your children
• understanding how to invigorate and open your children's hearts and minds to the grand design, beauty, and goodness scattered throughout the universe
• laying a foundation for spiritual formation and a robust faith in God
• nurturing your children to live into their capacity in intellect, faith, and relationships

If you long for a holistic, creative, spiritually foundational approach to parenting and education, this is the book you've been waiting for.

The companion guide, The Awaking Wonder Experience, will help you apply Sally's principles in practical, life-changing ways.

Read an excerpt on the publisher's website.

My Thoughts:

Awaking Wonder stands as the best nonfiction book I have read in 2020. Sally Clarkson’s heart for encouraging parents to embrace wonder resonates on every page of the book. She offers fascinating insights into her personal journey as she presents her case for the importance of cultivating wonder. She challenges parents to strive for ideals and model attributes they want their children to emulate. Yet, she balances ideals with real life realities such as household chores and family conflicts. Near the end, she discusses openly what she would have done differently.

Reading Awaking Wonder felt like sitting down with a wise, beloved mentor. I felt affirmed in my choice to homeschool. Certain suggestions and ideals inspired me to strive for excellence. Most importantly, the author’s encouragement infused me with excitement and joy to continue our homeschooling journey.

I recommend Awaking Wonder: Opening Your Child’s Heart to the Beauty of Learning by Sally Clarkson to all homeschooling parents. Though the concepts of the book can be applied by all parents, the heart of this book is centered on homeschool-style education.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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