How to Have a H.E.A.R.T for your kids review & giveaway



This newest book written by Rachael Carman and published by Apologia Press brought me to a place where I thought I already was....having a HEART for my kids, but made me realize that I fall waaaaay short in so many ways!

This book showed me that it is more than just having that "mother's love" for them.  As the chapters outline I need to:

Have  a heart for God
Enrich  your marriage
Accept     your     kids
Release  them to God
Teach them the truth

Have a heart for God?  Sure, I have that.  He is my Lord and Savior, what more is there?  Oh, so much more....
Having a heart for God requires self-discipline..building, working on a relationship with Him, DAILY!  

Enrich my marriage?  Well, let's just say that I pray my children do a much better job in this area than I have done....I've shown them what NOT to do!

Accept my kids?  I've always known they were gifts from God, just sometimes I wasn't/aren't thankful for that particular gift, at that particular moment...I'm sure you know what I mean ;)

Release them to God?  Hahahaha....gotta admit, I've been forced to do this.  Once they start leaving home and there is no more control...who else am I going to release them to?

Teach them the truth?  Well, I always thought I did...come to find out I wasn't as good a teacher as I thought I was.  Somehow I guess I thought they should just know certain things.

There is no secret formula, no outline, acronym or analogy that will produce God-fearing/loving/honoring children. .... BUT as a parent we are commanded to teach them.
I believe it boils down to this:
Teach them to love God, show them that love and live it....then love others.

*disclaimer:  any "good" that my children are, is only because God has their heart!  It was nothing that I did or didn't do...
Thank you, Jesus for taking my "attempts" and making beautiful treasures!

Apologia is offering one of these books as a giveaway!  It is a good reminder of what is important.  To enter please follow this blog anyway you choose (GFC, Twitter, or networked blogs) and tell me why you'd like to win.  Please also leave an email contact 

Winner will be chosen via on April 26, 2011 and notified via email.  Please respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Apologia Press for my honest review.


  1. I would love to win! GFC follower. I'm a homeschooling mom of four kids ages 7mo. to 10 years. Any ideas or motivation I can get to be a better mother or wife and to glorify God I am willing to read. Thanks for the giveaway. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

  2. gfc follower
    love to win this book for my daughter-in-law...........It is so hard in these times to raise children she might enjoy reading this

  3. I follow on GFC and would love to win. As our children are getting older(late teens) we're realizing how hard it is to release them to God. I'm hoping this book could give us some insight on this subject.

  4. Follower on GFC. I would love to win. Our daughter is 2.5 and at this stage I find it so difficult sometimes to do anything but clean up meltdowns. lol I think this would be a great resource. :)

  5. I follow your blog via gfc I would love to win this for my daughter who has a very young family and could employ these tools in her family

  6. I would love to win!!! I am a GFC follower! I would love to read the book because we are just starting a family! We are expecting our first little boy in Sept!

  7. Im following this blog via GFC. Id like to win because as a new mom i want to be a good parent and well it seems that this book would help me out. thnaks for the giveaway opportunity.

  8. Following with GFC and Twitter. I love Apologia books! :)

  9. I follow u via gfc and networked blogs (I'm anne or annejk112233)

    I'd love to win it because I'm always looking for inspiration and reminders of how to improve myself:) annejk112233(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. GFC
    I'd like to win this for my sister in law who daily struggles with pressures of marriage, family, work, etc.
    deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com

  11. I would love to win, Im realy looking for ways to structure life around the Lord for our young boys, 2 under2, and future children.
    Im a gfc follower.

  12. I follow via GFC
    I would love to win because I love to read and this sounds like a book I would really like

  13. Although we are not really religious I felt it was important to introduce my children to God and teach them His role in life. They go to a Christian daycare where they are learning alot, but we would like to have a more active role in teaching.
    cleaningrhouse at yahoo dot com

  14. I follow via GFC and Networked Blogs. I'd like to win because I am always looking for inspiration and motivation. If I win, I will share!

  15. I follow on GFC. I am a SAHM to four kids. This sounds like a great book to help me be a better wife and mother.


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