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TOS Crew Review: "Read for the Heart: Whole Books for Wholehearted Families" by Sarah Clarkson

on May 27, 2011

Vendor Name: Apologia

Vendor Contact Information: Apologia Contact page

Name of Product: Read for the Heart: Whole Books For Wholehearted Families by Sarah Clarkson

Price of Product: $17.00

I love, love books and I love to read so when I got the chance to review Read for the Heart I jumped on it because I want to pass along my love of reading and books to my children.  No where can you step into a secret, locked garden or enter a plantation house better than opening a book and leaping into a new world.  It’s becoming harder and harder to find good books, great books, literature in this world as more and more children want the twaddle that so pervades book store shelves today.

My 9 year old enjoys reading and my 6 year old is beginning to enjoy it and my 4 year old loves me to read to him.  As you can see I’ve got readers and pre-readers who enjoy reading and being read to, even my older children enjoy being read to.  It’s been proven that even children who are teens can benefit from being read to.  I know it’s cliche but books truly do open up new worlds and with the right book with the right characters, plot and outcome you and your child can be transported to places you never knew or may never physically experience.

Read for the Heart covers many different areas in the literary world.  Beware!  If you like twaddle and want your children reading it then this book isn’t for you – this book has true literary value in that the books mentioned are on solid foundations with upright intentions.

  • Reading to Live
  • Reading Lost: The State of Literacy in America
  • Life by Book: How to Begin
  • A Roadmap to Using this Book
  • Picture Books
  • The Golden Age Classics
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Fairy Tales and Fantasy
  • History and Biography
  • Spiritual Reading for Children
  • Poetry
  • Music, Art, and Nature
  • Epilogue, Six Appendices, Endnotes, Index of Authors and Illustrators, Index of Titles

Reading of Sarah’s experiences with books and reading is very near and dear to me.  Not because I know her, but because I’m like her (and not just in name) I would read and still do at every chance.  I’d hide books in my school texts, and not books my peers were reading but things like Les Miserables, Gone With the Wind, and War and Peace.  When I read about how less than half the adult’s read literature or that less than one third of 13-year olds are daily readers, my heart aches.  How can one not read and at that, not read true literature – I had to struggle to learn to read and after many tutors I found a love of reading in 3rd grade – this means my children were younger than me when they began or begin reading!

Don’t get me wrong there is a time for twaddle and time for literature.  What will the world be like without The Secret Garden, G.A. Henty, Beatrix Potter and more?  I was excited that as I read Read for the Heart I more often than not had read or heard of the books and authors mentioned and even own these precious gems.  I’m saddened that my local library is getting rid of most of the classic literature because of political correctness.  This book will be going with me to the next used library book sale so that I can find quality literature for my children.

If you enjoy books and want to know what books are great for girls, great for boys or what works for a 9 year reading on a middle school level then grab a copy of Read for the Heart and delve into getting some great picks for your children.  Sarah’s love of reading the classics and of books and stories in general shines through in her book and may just inspire you to turn that extra bedroom, closet or hallway into a library fit for the King!

If you’d like to read more of what other homeschooling parents thought of Read for the Heart visit the TOS Review Crew Blog.

**This is a TOS Crew Review.  I was provided a copy of Read for the Heart from Apologia Press in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.


2 responses to “TOS Crew Review: "Read for the Heart: Whole Books for Wholehearted Families" by Sarah Clarkson

  1. Laraba Kendig says:

    Sounds like a great book! I like books on books, but so often I am more conservative than the authors of books on books.

    • Sarah says:

      Laraba, I am too however if you know anything about the Clarkson’s (big into the homeschooling arena) they also, from all appearances, are very conservative in what they allow their children to read and I think that is why this book is so great it’s written by a homeschool graduate who was brought up on true literature that you wouldn’t be afraid to be seen reading by the Lord! It’s wonderful to see a generation of homeschool graduates doing things that can help us along our journey and help in the homeschooling community as well. I’d let you borrow it but I think I’ll be using it a lot this summer with the Summer Reading Program at the libraries.
      God bless.

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