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My final product review for the year with the TOS Crew is another AMAZING resource from Apologia called Read For The Heart by Sarah Clarkson. It is a "book about books" and I am pleased to tell you about it. I am sure you will find it as valuable as I do.

Who Is Apologia: As I have written about before, Apologia Educational Ministries was started in 1996 and supports homeschooling families by publishing excellent creation-based science curriculum (apologia.com). Over the years, they have grown tremendously and have added additional resources through Apologia Press, Apologia Academy, Apologia World, Apologia Live, & Apologia Missions

According to their website:

"Apologia Ministries exists to give the home-schooled student a scientific education
that will help him or her make a reasoned defense of the Christian Faith."

This is based on:

"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts,
always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you
to give an account for the hope that is in you..."
1 Peter 3:15

What Is Read For The Heart? This book was written to help guide parents and students towards wholesome books for the whole family.

The author, Sarah Clarkson, is a writer and blogger and "is a wonderful example of what can happen when you raise a child on whole, living books. Not only does she love to read, but she beautifully conveys this passion through her writing," (Tina Farewell). Throughout the book, Sarah offers insights to her own life, which encourages and inspires us.

Through Read For The Heart, Sarah describes, in depth, the different types of books from picture books to poetry, giving examples of each and suggestions to read. She has taken the time that we would spend in the library or online, researching for just the right book and compiled this incredible book. There are over 1000 stories recommended within the different categories, along with a "how to" guide for using her book.

You can see the table of contents and read a sample chapter through Apologia's website.

What We Thought: If you can't tell, I LOVE this book. For years I have struggled to try and find the "right" book for my children. Whether is was literature for a book report, a character building piece, or a morally sound, historically accurate piece. I have almost stopped going to the library because there are just so many books that are not what we're looking for and it takes so much time to figure out that we're looking in the wrong section. Read For The Heart has offered me a great place to start. All chapters are applicable to our family and, though we are past the picture book level in school, my children still enjoy reading them. So even this level is helpful for us.  I enjoy the quotes that she has placed at the beginning of each chapter. They are all very fitting.

How To Purchase: You can purchase this book from Apologia's website for just $17.00! That is an incredibly low price for the value you will be getting.

I know that you will have as much respect for the effort Sarah Clarkson put into this book as I do and I am confident that you will love Read For The Heart.

And remember: I received this product free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew with sole purpose to provide an honest review after using the product. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
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