Classical Academic Press is excited to partner with Sarah Mackenzie from Amongst Lovely Things to bring you the first printed copy of her book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace, with foreword by Dr. Christopher Perrin. This new and revised edition contains 35% new content.
Those who have made the decision to homeschool have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them with an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (scholé) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her children.
The Teaching from Rest Companion Journal is available as a printable PDF file to help you start digging in to how you can make the principles in this book come to life in your home. The Teaching from Rest Audio Companion is a collection of conversations between Sarah and the educators and mentors she most admires. Be inspired by the people who inspired Sarah! The audio companion is delivered as a set of 4 MP3 files.
What People Are Saying About Teaching from Rest
“Teaching from Rest is a quarterly read for me because that’s how often I need a shot in the arm—not just for spearheading my kids’ education, but for parenting. This book does just that. Sarah reminds me that I’m made to do this job of sharing the journey with my children, pointing the way as I forge my own path of learning. Her words are balm in a desert that taunts us with a need to be perfect at all times. Teaching from Rest reminds me to take care of myself so that I can pour out that needed passion from true, inward authenticity.”
—Tsh Oxenreider, author of Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World and founder of theArtofSimple.net
“Reading Teaching from Rest was truly transformational to our entire homeschool year! I’d been feeling weary and burnt out as a homeschool mom and Sarah’s words breathed life into my tired bones and fresh inspiration into our days. The benefits and blessings we’ve reaped in our home since implementing Morning Time have been amazing. It’s so wonderful to be starting the homeschool day with anticipation instead of dread and to have my kids eager to learn and begging for more. Thank you, thank you, Sarah! We are eternally grateful to you!”
—Crystal Paine, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and founder of moneysavingmom.com
“In Teaching from Rest, Sarah beautifully reminds us that we will never be able to give our children the ‘perfect’ education. Instead of crumbling under the weight of our attempts to do so, we can let the burdens fall off our tired backs.”
—Jamie Martin, simplehomeschool.net, author of Give Your Child the World
“Restful teaching is elusive to any mama, much less us type-A types. Teaching from Rest is the reminder I need that I am not in control, nor should I be. If I put my trust in [God] and lean not unto mine own understanding, everything is going to be all right. That is why this one is required reading at least once a year.”
—Pam Barnhill, edsnapshots.com, author of Plan Your Year
“As a mom who has graduated two daughters from our homeschool, I can say with confidence that living the kind of homeschooling—the kind of resting in God—that Sarah discusses has paid off enormously in our home. Teaching from Rest is an encouraging, humble, honest, and gentle book. It is a gem.”
—Karen Edmisten, karenedmisten.com, author of Deathbed Conversions, After Miscarriage, The Rosary, and Through the Year with Mary
“Teaching from Rest will fill even the most frantic, overwhelmed homeschooling mom with a deep sense of peace.”
—Jennifer Fulwiler, conversiondiary.com, author of Something Other than God
“In this book, Sarah helps us breathe deeply, focus on the children we have in front of us, and plunge back into our calling with renewed vision and passion. Teaching from Rest is about letting go of our anxiety without giving up on diligence. Yes, we can do it!”
—Mystie Winckler, simplyconvivial.com, author of Paperless Home Organization
“Sarah Mackenzie is winsome and wise, a real ally for teachers in the trenches. Teaching from Rest is profoundly helpful for home educators at any stage. It’s been a blast of light in our family, and a rich resource for our homeschooling community.”
—S.D. Smith, author of The Green Ember and The Black Star of Kingston
“This book offered me both spiritual and practical inspiration and the reminder that God’s definition of success is not completion of a particular curriculum, but rather, faithfulness to what He’s called me to.”
—Trina Holden, trinaholden.com, author of Your Real Food Journey
Sarah Mackenzie created the Read-Aloud Revival podcast on a whim. This fateful decision resulted in a highly rated show that, three years later, has over two million downloads and reaches tens of thousands of listeners with each episode.
For over three years, Sarah has been interviewing leaders, authors, and experts in the read-aloud movement, connecting them with families all over the world who desire to help their kids fall in love with books.
Sarah lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband, Andrew, where they homeschool their six kids (including identical twin boys). She considers it her high calling to make sure her kids are well-stocked in the best books she can find.