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 a 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
Links Mentioned on the Podcast:
The Homeschool Experiment– Charity’s website where you can purchase her book
Amazon– Another place to purchase her book
Family Man Ministries – publisher of The Homeschool Experiment
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, 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 every day 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, 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.