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I recently was sent The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John to review from Real Life Press. Maybe you have heard St. John speak at a homeschooling conference, read one of her books or used one of her curriculums (from Real Life Press). If not let me share a little bit about her. Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989, together they have 7 children. She has been homeschooling for many years and is a well known homeschooling speaker at conferences.
What I received for this review:
The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance - E-Pub version
This book was sent to me in E-Pub version which I converted to read on my Kindle. It was easy to read on that format.
I want to share with you what I expected because I feel like it was way off on what this book was really about. I expected a book that talked mostly about the marriage bed. I don't know maybe that is where my mind naturally goes when I hear romance? I expected a book tell me to be more submissive and to put my husband's needs above my own... That wasn't what this book was about AT ALL!
What this book was really about:
This book was about romance. Truly loving your spouse and making the time to let them know. It was about timing. Making that conscience effort to put in the quality time. St. John tells about a beautiful love story - a real life one - that she watched unfold over the years. Her grandparents. She shares how her Grandad loved her Grandmother and still she thought she was beautiful after all the years together. How they cherished their time. I have to admit I cried reading about it. It was inspiring. I want to LOVE LIKE THAT and be LOVED LIKE THAT.
This book was open and honest. The author is truthful about how she had to purpose to be the woman her husband wanted to marry - all these years later. "That Girl" - she calls her. That was very convicting because marriage, motherhood and even homeschooling changes you. Time changes you. I started to think about the things we did as a couple when we were dating - how many are we still doing? One thing we did when we were dating is talk - A LOT. I'm happy to see that we still spend time doing that even after 15 years of marriage.
How does Homeschooling fit into Romance?
While the book didn't feel overly heavy with the homeschooling subject (and that topic could easily be any hobby, work or even just taking care of children - basically anything that takes up time in your day) - it was addressed. Homeschooling can easily become a god in our lives. We have to be careful that we keep it in it's place. It shouldn't be the only thing in our lives and it shouldn't over-shadow everyone, especially YOUR HUSBAND. That was the main point stressed in this book. I can see how that happens. While I've only been doing this a few years I can see that my thoughts are on it daily. Tomorrow's lessons, next year's curriculum, planning for conference - all good things in their correct time and space.
I enjoyed this book. It was thought provoking and I loved how Heidi St. John used scripture to make the points come home. Esther is a great example of a woman who knew how to pray and use patience when it came to marriage. It was a great reminder in this book. I liked how quick of a read this book was - part of that was all the humor mixed in. I felt like I could relate to the author and where she was in life. I felt like a friend was sitting with me over tea sharing her experience and encouraging me.
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