Done with school? Time to get educated!

One of the problems with being a full-time student is the lack of time available to read books.  Books that interest you.  So, if you are finished with school — graduated high school or university —  you finally have the time to do some reading!

A great place to start is The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer.  This book is actually just a book list.  Bauer lists five categories of books:  fiction, autobiography, history, drama, and poetry.  In each category, she lists several dozen ‘must read’ books in chronological order, so that you are learning history as you read through each of the lists.

For example, one of the books in the ‘fiction’ category is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe.  It is one of those books that every American should read.  Although I read this book seven or eight years ago, I can still feel the tension and pain that made an imprint on my heart by reading this fictional story . . . a work of fiction that was based completely on true stories. (The author’s family was active in the Underground Railroad of the 1860’s, and each aspect of this famous novel is entirely based on true events.) It has been said that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet, he said, “So, you are the lady who started the Civil War.”

After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree, then going on to earn a second Bachelor’s Degree at a Bible College, I gained my true education once I became a homeschooling mother!  🙂

15 years of homeschooling is where I became educated, and yes, Susan Wise Bauer’s book helped tremendously along that road.

There is so much to learn. I never want to stop learning. Books are the key. Educated teachers are of huge importance also, and have helped me so much. But, today, I just want to say a word in praise of books.

Books! Glorious books! Let’s all keep reading.

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below. The book I’m in right now is “The Science of Trust” by John Gottman, PhD.  And, oh my gosh, it is sooo good.

YouTube video of my personal testimony

Hey guys!  I am posting a YouTube video here that I made detailing my journey from death to life, and then from legalism to grace.  I hope that it brings glory to God and that people can see how amazing He is — He can save anyone!  Finally, the title credit goes to John Bunyan for his fantastic book “Pilgrim’s Progress” which I think is pretty great.

Blog posted on March 29, 2020

John Smith, the first American freedom-fighter

As part of my homeschooling category here at Mom For Freedom, I would like to add this short essay on John Smith, President of the Jamestown colony in the fifteenth century.

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In 2008, my children and I spent the month of September studying the story of survival at Jamestown, VA from 1603-1606. It was the first permanent English settlement and a large part of that success goes to John Smith. Because he was a ‘commoner’ he was looked down upon and undermined by snobbish gentlemen such as Wingfield and Ratcliffe who were chosen by the Virginia Company as Presidents before him.  Yet John Smith’s natural ability to lead and inspire the men led him to eventually be elected President of the Jamestown colony; his knowledge of the American Indians’ language and his diplomacy in dealing and trading with them being just one of his many amazing accomplishments.

As citizens of the United States in the twenty-first century, it is easy to get upset at the advances being made toward socialism, toward a federal government with more and more power, and a country of “free” people with less and less freedom.  What I would say to someone today who is feeling troubled is the same thing I said to my daughter back in 2008.  “Sometimes we elect Ratcliffe and Wingfield as President, but remember what John Smith did when they angered him so.  He relaxed his fists, calmed himself down, and decided to use his anger for better purposes. So, we likewise, should channel our anger toward fighting for freedom and for the principles we believe in.”

I see John Smith as the first great American Conservative and free-market capitalist. And, like him, we are not a people of rage; we are not motivated by anger and hate. We work hard; we do not sit around taking handouts; we believe in basic human dignity and therefore, we come out successful in the end.

 

September 28, 2018  5:56 PM