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Years ago, my oldest daughter Ashley and I were invited to attend a luncheon in Baltimore, hosted by our good friends at Apologia. At that luncheon, we brainstormed with others in the homeschooling community about ways to reach out to homeschool moms in a positive and encouraging way. It was at this event that I met Rachael Carman for the first time. You can read her bio below; but trust me when I say that this lady is the real deal! She’s genuine and real and not afraid to talk about the less-than-perfect aspects of her life as a mom and as a homeschooler. She’s in the trenches with the rest of us!
We brought home all sorts of goodies from that meeting, but one of my favorites was a book by Rachael entitled Soundbites from Heaven. I thought it was just the neatest concept for a book – taking phrases that we mothers speak to our children and turning them around into phrases that God speaks to us. I still have that book on my bookshelf. When I heard that the book was being reimagined, rewritten, and republished, I was so excited to see the finished product. Now, I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share it with you!
About the Book
“I remember the day you were born.”
“Turn down the music!” “You make me smile.”
“Hold my hand.” “This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”
You’ve probably said something similar to your kids, but have you really listened to what you’re saying? The truth is, your Father in heaven wants to tell you many of these same things!
Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children. (She has seven!) But these insightful, heartwarming readings will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, boo-boo fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn to recognize and appreciate God’s instructions for your life, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.
Rachael Carman had it going on—or so she thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And she encourages you to do the same!
In her books How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? and How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, Rachael challenges mothers to surrender their will and draw closer to their heavenly Father. She invites moms to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as Rachael speaks of her struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you, and her humor will put you at ease.
Rachael is not only a respected author but is also a sought-after speaker. She has spoken across the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
She has been married to her husband, Davis, since 1986. Together, their life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. They have seven kids with whom they love to laugh. Rachael enjoys playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. She and Davis are the owners of Apologia Educational Ministries.
Heidi Says . . .
I know, I know, you should never judge a book by its cover, right? Well, those words are often easier said than done. And, with the new name and cover design, this book is just so much more fun than the old Soundbites from Heaven version! It’s bright and colorful and comes in a nice hardback design that is a small enough size to fit into your purse so you can take it on the go!
Each “chapter” is short enough to read in five minutes. So, you WILL want to take it with you for those times when you’re sitting in the car waiting for the kids at lessons, etc. Or, like me, you might want to keep it on your nightstand as a sweet and simple way to calm your heart at bedtime and end your day with thoughts of God and what He wants to say to you.
Each little chapter in this book is based on those familiar phrases that we moms use often – things like “It’s time to get up!”, “Hold my hand”, “Answer me when I call you”, and “Pay attention.” In each one, you’ll read a personal reflection from Rachael’s life and how she’s found herself using these very phrases with her own children. Then, you’ll read how that same phrase could just as easily be used by God, as He’s talking to you. What does he want you to hear and learn?
At the end of each chapter, there are bullet points under the heading “A Moment of Introspection.” I love these because they make me think about my life and what I might need to do to change or make things better, both as a parent and as a child of God.
Since that meeting in Baltimore, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Rachael on several different occasions. I love hanging out with her because, despite the fact that she’s a “big name” in the homeschooling community, she’s a mom just like me. And, she’s fun to be around. She can get silly and laugh with the best of us.
If you are looking for a book to encourage you, both as a parent and as a Christian, I’d highly encourage picking up this one. It would also make a gift for any mom in your life. It’s an encouraging book and one you can turn to over and over again in the years to come.
You can learn more about Rachael by visiting her blog. If you’d like to order the book, it’s currently available through Apologia for $11.05 (which is 15% off the cover price). While you’re visiting their store, I’d encourage you to check out the other books from Apologia Press. They’ve got many great resources for encouraging moms, along with some great books for teens in the area of worldview, etc. I’ve seen and read many of these books and can attest to their quality content!
Be sure to watch for her at your local homeschool convention – you won’t want to miss her dynamic speaking! And follow Real Refreshment Retreats on the following social media channels to keep up with Rachael, her book, and the latest in Apologia events for women.
***This post made possible by Rachael Carman and Apologia.***