School is Where the Home is {Book Review}

Grab your cup of coffee.  I have a most amazing, simple, wonderful homeschooling devotion book to tell you about called School is Where the Home is.  I received this book about a month ago to read.  Intended to be read in a 180 days, I read it in about 5 days-minus looking up all the scripture.  Everything that I needed in those 5 days was in that devotions book.  The book spoke to my heart, and brought tears to my eyes and humbly brought me back to the reality that our Lord never gives us what we can not handle.  He never gives us what we don’t need in our lives to grow, to be strengthened, and to face Him in ways we were not able to before.

The Devotion Book is written by Anita Mellott.  She wrote “The idea for this book sparked four years ago.  I grabbed minutes here and there, but for the most part, it remained an idea.”

After my high-risk pregnancy and the birth of our second child, a whisper in the heart grew to a crescendo: “write to encourage others.”

And Anita has done that successfully with her book School is where the Home is. She has written encouragement in such a simple easy way to encourage others.  The book and devotions flow easy.  The book is categorized into 8 parts.

  • A Faith of Their Own
  • And a Child Will Lead Them
  • Gifts We Give Our Children
  • Homeschool Basic
  • Homeschool Foundations
  • Homeschool and Family
  • Homeschool and You
  • Spiritual Vitamins
 I still find that after I read the book I am picking it up and just opening it up and reading, having it apply to something that I just went through.  A few quotes for her book that stuck with me are:
pg. 23  “Homeschooling also brings me face-to-face to with my shortcomings-my impatience and my tendency to get caught up in schedules and activities, and my proclivity to compare myself with other homeschool parents.”   This one is hard for me.  It was like she spoke not just to me but of me.
 pg. 59  Anita’s dad speaking to her…”I miss seeing you with your Bible every day.  It’s your guide through life.  Don’t neglect it.”   Can’t you hear every parent saying that….and every child giving that “halfhearted nod” like yes, I know dad.
pg. 107 “You know what? It’s okay to be different.”  Sigh.  Well yes of course!  I have four beautiful children.  Two are biracial.  Three are adopted.  All four are mine.  Our family is just different.  And it is okay.

A little about Anita…

Anita has ankylosing spondylitis — a long-term, painful disease for which there is no cure.  She is a homeschooling mom.  Read more about her story over at Classic Housewife. I know how hard it is to homeschool with pain from headaches….I can’t imagine living and homeschooling with ankylosing spondylitis.  But yet she has found through God’s grace a way to bless us through her words of faith and encouragement.

Where to contact her?

Her Blog:


Anita’s Twitter 

How to get her Devotion Book?

Good News! You can win a free copy!!

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You can also support this promotion of Anita’s book by visiting these sites to read the reviews and enter the giveaways.

iHomeschool Network is proud to support Anita, her fabulous book, and these book reviews. As an expression of that support, iHN is paying to ship the winners’ books to them.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of School Is Where the Home Is from Judson Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.





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  1. I need to be reminded that God is the “principal” of our school!

  2. I need this book because I do not have a lot of people to encourage me in my homeschooling. It would be refreshing to have spiritual encouragement for my effort.

  3. I need to be able to remind myself why I’m homeschooling and stay motivated.

  4. I really need the perspective that this book offers. Anita is such an encouragement!

  5. Dawn Kilgore says:

    I need to be able to remind myself why I’m homeschooling and stay motivated. This i difficult yer.

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