Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Home Discipleship- Book review and giveaway!

You all know by now that I love a good book.  I do not pass up many chances to review them for that reason.  Someday I will need my own library to house all the books we have collected through the years.  Because of space limits and moving frequently,  we try to keep only the ones we love.  Home Discipleship is one of those books!

I "met" author Kimberly Williams through a Christian Bloggers group and loved what I read about her. I think that she and I could become heart friends if we lived closer.  You know, those friends that you just connect with- shared faith, shared values, same ideas.  Just love her.

And her book?  Amazing.  Let me tell you a little about it.

Home Discipleship: Much More Than ABC's and 123's is about homeschooling, but it is about so much more.  In 12 chapters Kimberly walks you through what Home Discipleship looks like and how to implement it in your life.  Her premise is that even before we can successfully homeschool our children, our jobs must be to first disciple our children.  The process, covered in each chapter includes discipline, teaching them to know and follow God, setting goals, tailoring teaching to each individual child, and learning to deal with the opposition when it comes (and it WILL come).

Each chapter is filled with scripture and words of wisdom.  But my favorite part?  Each chapter ends with a practical application section.  In that party Kimberly has questions to ponder, things to talk about as a family, things to discuss as a husband and wife team,  scripture to study and meditate on and questions to think through on your own..  Think of it as a mini study guide.   Perfect for not only your own personal time, but also a great companion tool for a book study with a group of friends.

So did I like it?
Yes!  And then some.  As a homeschooling mom that has many requirements of the state to fulfill to legally homeschool my children, it is easy to get caught up in the details of a checklist and forget what truly matters.  Yes, education is important but as Kimberly says, "to know God and to learn of Him is the  best education we will ever give our children." page 34.  I can teach my kids math, science and grammar until the cows come home, but if they do not know and love God, what is the point?  It was perfect timing to have someone challenge me to remember the reason I school my children in the first place and to make sure my day is in line with those reasons.  The world may tell us it has all of the answers, but it does not.  God does.  When I follow His will then everything else, including my children's education, will line up correctly.

I would love to share every quote that I highlighted in the book, but then Kimberly would have to hang me by my heels. ;)  But let me share just one more-

Oh friends, sometimes even the good things in life will bog us down if we are not careful.  Life has many things to offer.  May we carefully choose what we fill our time with and our children's lives with.  May we disciple them to choose wisely as well.

Kimberly has graciously offered to give two of our readers a copy of her book Home Discipleship- Much More Than ABC's and 123's.  Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to enter.  I assure you that you will be blessed by this book!

You can also order Home Discipleship for $11.95.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kimberly Williams is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mother, and most importantly a disciple of Jesus Christ.  She is the author of Living Out the Word, a series of expository ladies Bible study books. Kimberly contributes to various homeschooling magazines and blogsThe Williams family has been homeschooling since 2000. She shares in her newest book, Home Discipleship, that homeschooling is about much more than ABC’s and 123’s.  She would love to hear from you at www.homediscipleship.net or on her blog at www.untilthedaydawn.wordpress.com.


  1. I am in a fiction obsession at the moment, and am currently reading "Tiger Lily" by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

  2. I'm about to start Julie Cantrell's "When Mountains Move." :)

  3. Planned Purity by Jennie Bishop

  4. I'm reading "Real Life Discipleship" by Jim Putman

  5. Exciting! This book has been on my "book wish list" for awhile now. But anyhoo, I am currently trying to read, Spiritual Mothering by Susan Hunt. I know it should be How to Make Great Conversationalist! But at least I'm trying to read something!! Jennifer

  6. I'm reading Entebbe by Iddo Netanyahu right now - great book. Would love to win this book, Michele! It looks fantastic. :)

  7. Washington's Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade

  8. I am reading déjà dead. I know, but I love murder mystery. I read these when I travel. Yes that means I am going out of town.

  9. I am reading Desperate, hope for the mom who needs to breath. It is by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. I need these kind of books to get through the day. I have 7 children under 11, homeschooling and not much support with family. Thoroughly enjoying it. Helps immensely to get through the day.

  10. I don't know yet what book I am reading. I just finished the Ruby Ring.

  11. I'm reading Fun Loving You by Ted Cunningham.

  12. The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

  13. OK, ladies, I am feeling a little behind in reading! Other than Mere Christianity, I have not heard of any of these books! Despite the fact that I just finished two this week, in the middle of two and have a plie a mile high in my bedroom! Thanks for sharing!

  14. This looks like a wonderful, must-read book. Discipleship is at the top of my list of priorities right now.

    I'm currently reading How to Blog for Profit (without Selling your Soul).

    1. Now this one I have heard about. Keep meaning to get it but then it slips back down my list. Too many books, not enough time!

  15. Looks like a great book/resource to have!! Checking into this.


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