I had the pleasure of interviewing Charity Hawkins, author of The Homeschool Experiment. In this interview, we talked about:
- how she began her career as a writer
- what inspired her to write the book, The Homeschool Experiment, and why she decided to make it fictional
- how she developed the main character of her book
- tips for busy moms in balancing work life and homeschooling
- how her book is great for small group discussions or forming a book club with your girlfriends to encourage each other in the homeschool journey
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———-I received this book copy free of charge in exchange for an honest review- either positive or negative. I was not paid for this review, nor asked to give a positive review of this product. All opinions are mine and are honest. ———-
The Homeschool Experiment is by far the most realistic, fictional novel for the homeschooling community I’ve ever had the opportunity to read. In sort of a “Shopaholic” meets Christian homeschooling mom twist, I found this book both entertaining and substantially motivating.
Don’t expect a perfect, airbrushed account of home education in this no bars held back, a tell-all pictorial of the real deal.
I could completely relate to the main character, Julianne, in more ways than one. I turned the pages with anticipation of what happens next in her homeschooling mishaps. Eventually, Julianne finds her way and eases into a homeschooling mode that fits her family, but not without a journey filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and a final discovery of what homeschooling truly means for her.
I thought this book was both riveting and relaxing, and I was encouraged by the main character’s discovery of how much her faith affected her everyday life. Each time I picked up this book to continue reading, I was keenly aware of how much her faith in God, and thus mine, would help her through her homeschooling.
I think this book’s greatest asset is its combination of a fictional account with real-life practical suggestions, and homeschool helps at the end of the book. The author has also included a homeschool group study guide so that a discussion group could easily be formed with friends in a relaxed setting, a study group, a book club, or co-op. This is where the rubber meets the road: when homeschool moms can encourage and pray for one another as a result of the inspiration found in this book.
So, thumbs up! The Homeschool Experiment is entertaining, funny, practical, and encouraging.Grab a cup of tea or coffee, kick back and relax, and enjoy the read.
Thanks, Charity, for sharing your passion and purpose for writing this book!