I love that someone came out with a Bible for homeschool Moms, however, it really needs to be offered in an additional translation, not just KJV. Many people now use the KJV for study, but not for daily reading. There are a myriad of devotionals out there geared towards the homeschool mom, so I can read any one of those alongside my regular Bible study/reading out of my NKJV or ESV Bibles; either of these is reader-friendly.
I gave a copy of this Bible both to my own Mom, as well as to another homeschool Mom in our church. Both of them were very excited to receive them.
Although this is not directly related to the study Bible itself, I wanted to start out by saying that I absolutely loved the cover of this Bible. It is colorful, creative and appealing. And I know, I know, you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I can honestly say that I especially liked the cover to this Bible.
Now, moving on to the content of the Bible, itself. Inside the pages of this Bible is 365 daily devotionals for encouraging homeschool moms. I found that the devotions were easy to find and to use. Also, the devotions themselves are both practical and applicable. One morning my Mom came to me with a smile and told me how perfect what she had read in it that morning was for what she had been feeling and thinking through before.
The one aspect of this Bible that I did not care for was that the words of Christ were not in red, which I normally do prefer. However, this is true for many study Bibles, and in all actuality is not that significant of a detail.
Overall I would say that this study Bible could be either a helpful resource for yourself, or a wonderful gift for another woman in your life. I would like to note, also, that this Bible does come in the NIV as well, if you would prefer that translation.
Note: I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.
I love this devotional Bible. Absolutely. Without a smidgen of a doubt. This is not a study Bible. It's a devotional Bible that caters to the specific needs of a homeschooling mother. Whether you have one child in your homeroom or twenty, there's sure to be a devotional that will touch your heart.
I was excited when I got the chance to review this because it was from a veteran homeschooling mother's point of view. I was hoping this devotional would encourage me as a homeschooling mother and I admit. I was a bit concerned that the author would go on and on and on about how her days are always perfect, her children all graduated at fifteen and are now either doctors or lawyers, and if I only applied her simple three-hundred-step-plan, my days could be perfect just like hers.
Gag, right? Not trying to be ugly here, but there are actually homeschooling parents that come off that way. "Ooh, my Greg is such a wonderful blah blah blah and he's always so perfect blah blah blah, and he's so smart he was doing long-division in his crib in his head blah blah blah..." and before the mother even has finished her run-on sentence about her genius boy-child Greg, (who you notice is currently picking his nose) you've already carefully planned your escape and vow never to return. Ever.
Or, what about those parents that pridefully tell you that they never, ever, ever lose their temper or raise their voices to their children? Um, okay. Thanks for that 'inspirational' drivel that has no quality to it ~ because let's be frank here, shall we? You spend 24 hours 7 days a week with your children and see if you don't raise your voice even once. Yeah. Right. Good luck with that. If you can manage it, personally I don't want to hear it. Because I'm not going to believe you.
This devotional was fabulous. Not once did I hear how perfect the author's children were. In fact, she talked about the days where she felt like an utter failure (ding ding ding! Thank you, I needed that!) and wondered if she had made a mistake in deciding to homeschool. When I read that particular devotion, I was ecstatic. I believe the exact words that came out of my mouth were "Praise God, there's more that feel the same way I do!" and then when I read her words encouraging others to continue and pray through those doubts, I could have hugged her. Twice. I would have even given her my chocolate bar. Yeah. The one I have hidden from my children for when I desperately need a pick me up because my day has been so rough.
This author admits to having difficult days. She admits she's not perfect. She admits that her children aren't perfect, and she also admits that Satan desires to take away the joy and blessing of homeschooling and will attack you in any way he can. You will doubt ~ but she reminds you that you can (and should) pray when those days happen. You will feel like a failure, and unfortunately, there's more than a million people that will tell you that you are (I think they all live nearby me) ~ but she reminds you that you weren't the one who called you to pick up this particular burden, but God is. And that He will help you through each step of the way.
I saw one other reviewer mention that this didn't have to be a Bible, that it could have just been a devotional book. And she's entitled to her opinion. I don't share it. Having the Bible right there next to those heartfelt devotions makes this even more precious. Where, if there was a verse she mentioned, I could turn right to it without having to grab another Bible, makes this devotional so much better and one that I will hang onto and cherish for a long time.
I highly recommend this Bible to those homeschooling parents that admit they struggle. That feel they're letting their children down; that they must be doing something wrong because Jo-Schmo down the road doesn't have these problems in their homeschool. For those who are looking for encouragement from a real person who is honest and candid about what she's been through.
*My thanks to the publisher who provided this Bible in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required it be positive, and if the author had been one of those 'I'm so perfect and my kids are too' homeschooling parents, it wouldn't have been positive. Just saying.*