Sunday, April 17, 2011

Homeschooling From a Biblical Worldview - Book Review/Giveaway

Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview
Israel Wayne
ISBN 0-615-11365-6

Wisdom's Gate
P.O. Box 374
Covert, MI 49043

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of meeting Israel Wayne, the author of Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview.  This is one of the most scripture-filled (NIV), passionate books about homeschooling using a Biblical worldview I've read.  Let me share a bit about the book to persuade you to go find a copy.

Mr. Wayne starts his Introduction by pointing out how discipleship of young children is not happening in modern American churches.  In his book Israel reminds us that being sheltered from evil influences, being given a love of learning and the ability to reason, an emphasis on Godly character, consistent discipline, a modeled example of holy living, the call of God on our lives, training in a Biblical worldview, a freedom from peer pressure and a love of truth are all important parts of parenting and teaching our children to "know the God of their fathers".   This book is, as he says, "a unique reflection on an educational philosophy that has undergirded my (Israel's) upbringing." 

After 25+ years of homeschooling, and over fifteen years of publishing the Home School Digest, this book is an attempt at giving the reader a new perspective on parenting and homeschooling.  Take a look at what you'll find . . .

Chapters in this 159 page paperback book include:

1.     Keeping an Eternal Perspective
  • Why Are We Homeschooling?
  • The Obedience Factor
  • The Biblical Mandate
  • A Response to God, Not a Reaction to Public School
  • God Wants the Hearts of Parents
  • The Parents Eternal Key
  • God Wants to Train and Equip Children
  • The Student's Eternal Key
  • God Wants to Use Us!
  • Traditional Learning Methods Can Be Modified

2.     A Biblical Education
  • The Purpose of Education (Secular/Humanist, Marxist/Leninist, Capitalistic, Christian)
  • The Controversy (Christian Worldview, Modernism, Post-Modernism)
  • The Immoral Basis of Government Schooling
  • A Christian Education
  • The Teaching Method
  • Researching and Learning by Doing
  • Emphasizing Character Building

3.     The Importance of Reason
  • How the Liberals Operate
  • We Need to Equip Our Children
  • 12 Basic Rules/Guidelines for Rational Thinking

4.     Teaching the Core Subjects (History, Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, Philosophy, Literature)

5.     Counter Culture (High Culture, Folk Culture, Popular Culture, A Culture of Despair)

6.     Multiculturalism
  • A View From the Left
  • Eurocentrism
  • Valid Multicultural Arguments
  • The Value of Human Life
  • Christian Education
  • National Sovereignty
  • A Biblical Model

7.     Parents' Rights  (Rights, Privileges, Responsibilities for Individuals, Families, The Church, Parent's Rights, Abuse of Authority)

8.     Socialization or Socialism

9.     Developing a Family Ministry

10.     Common Excuses to Keep From Homeschooling (Money, Qualifications, Resources, Inadequate Education, Time, Children as "salt and light", Sports and Extra-curricular Activities, College)

Complete, well-reasoned, scriptural and convicting are only a few of the ways to describe this gem!

I have to admit that this book takes a while to read because there is so much to take in.  If you are concerned about presenting your children with a Biblical Worldview while teaching them about academic subjects and life you should definitely read this!!

In addition, if you'd like to know more about the author click here to see an interview by (purchase information is included also) or click here to visit Israel's website.

You can also click here to go to his Facebook page.

Because this is soooo good I want to share it with one of my readers.  For a chance to win this book:

1.  Leave me a comment telling me why you're interested in this book 
2.  For a second chance, visit Israel's Facebook page and "like" him.
3.  For another chance, visit the Wisdom's Gate site at and mention which of their products looks interesting.
4.  For 5 more chances, blog about this review and giveaway and send me the link.

Drawing will be April 20th.  Good luck all.  Blessings!


Terri said...

I am interested in reading this book. My boys are at high school level and I need a little encouragement to keep at homeschooling.

Tina - mom of 7 said...

I think this book would be an encouragement to have. Tina from the TOS Crew tinab (at) dbtina (dot) com

Patriots of the Republic Academy said...

I would like to read this because this is a subject that is very important to me, and I like Israel's writing.

Lisa said...

I would like to win this because I know it will be good. And I was fortunate enough to meet Skeet Savage last week.

Lisa said...

I think An Ecouraging Word looks good, I have never subscribed to it. I have ordered Homeschool Digest off and on over the years.

The Singleton Family said...

Thanks Israel for offering your book as a gift. I'd like to read it to better help me form my defense when drilled with WHY am I homeschooling. It happens so often by people who are misinformed and eager to attack.

The Ratcliffe Gang said...

I'd be interested in this book... I have been homeschooling 12 years, and am faving 12 more... it's hard to think that after this long I'm only half way there! :o) Encouragement is vital on a long journey!

Pleasantly Peavey said...

just a note - this book was not provided by Israel, I am offering a copy of it. Suspect he would have though. Blessings to all who enter.

Briana said...

I'm interested in the book because I would like to make the Bible the center of our homeschool instead of a subject.

Briana said...

I like the looks of Proverbs for Parenting by Wisdom's Gate Ministries.

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