Thursday, August 22, 2013

NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible

Homeschool Mom BibleNIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible
By Janet Tatman
Published at Zondervan

About the Bible

Heartfelt Inspiration to Revive, Encourage, and Strengthen the Homeschooling Mom

If you’re on an airplane, you’re instructed, in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, to put on your own oxygen mask before helping your child. The reason? If you don’t have a supply of oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else.

The same is true for the rest of life: you can’t give what you don’t have. And as a homeschooling mom, you pour yourself out every day for the sake of your children. Yet how do you fill yourself up? Where do you get your spiritual oxygen? Now you can be filled and restored by the original Bible for homeschool moms---with a full year’s worth of encouraging daily devotions placed alongside the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible. These heartfelt, practical readings written by Janet Tatman, a former homeschooling mom, cover topics such as finding strength to keep motivated, avoiding burnout, staying focused and committed, navigating the needs of toddlers while educating siblings, managing schedules, delegating tasks and chores, setting boundaries, and most importantly, maintaining proper soul care while juggling educational and household responsibilities.

The words of these devotions will breathe life into your soul so that you can successfully run the race.


  • 365 daily meditations with prayers written by Janet Tatman, a veteran homeschooling mother with more than 25 years of experience homeschooling
  • The full text of the clear, accessible New International Version (NIV) translation
  • Foreword from Vickie Farris, author, homeschool mom, and wife of Michael Farris, founder of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association
  • Topical index

My Thoughts

I stumbled on this title a couple of months ago.  I knew it was coming and  I was very interested as I am an homeschooler and I find it important to get encourage on my journey.   However, I didn’t think it was a good time for me to get another Bible (because let’s admit it, I think I have plenty of Bibles around the house).   But I was planning to put this title on my wish list for Christmas this year.    That’s when I saw it available for review.    How could I pass this especially with the new school year coming?    I knew that it would be beneficial for me to read the devotions on a daily basis starting right away.   So I requested it…

… and it arrived about a week later – just in time with our homeschool starting!    Since it arrived, I pick it up each day and read the devotions, ponder on how my homeschool journey is similar or different than the author’s and pray the prayer found at the bottom of the page.   So far, I got reminded of the importance to pray for my kids’ future spouses, the importance of sleep so that I am more patient during the days, how to avoid worrying too much about our homeschool, the importance to walk closely with God on a daily basis, and the importance of letting go of my kids in proper time.   I am certain that more words of wisdom will touch me personally as I continue reading these devotions during the rest of the year and in 2014.  

The devotions are found throughout the Bible and each of them has a date at the top of the page.  So it’s easy to start this Bible anytime during the year.   You will also find at the end of the Bible a Topical Index which can help you find devotions on a specific theme – for example on the topic of Discipline you will find nineteen devotions.    So it’s possible to use it on a daily basis or when a specific topic is more interesting for you.  Keep in mind that this Bible is not a study Bible and you won’t have a multitude of notes at the bottom of the pages.   It’s perfect to daily read the Bible and to do the devotions found in it.

My only disappointment is that I wish there would be more color on the devotion pages (date, title, prayer, design around the page) – something in the purple or hot pink.   I find it’s a little bit dry as there isn’t color through the pages.    I find that seeing color would lift my spirit at the same time… Also what I didn’t know before requesting this Bible to review is that Alpha Omega Publications has partner with Zondervan in order to produce it.   The devotions found in this Bible have been taken from the AOP’s Daily Focus devotions sent via emails.  But again, that’s my preference and that doesn’t mean that others would like that.

Having said that, I find it essential as a homeschool mom to have readings that will encourage me, lift me up when I am down, and relate to another mom who also homeschools.    This Bible does all this and it’s a breath of fresh air every time I open it up in the morning.   If you know someone who homeschool – whether a wife, sister, daughter, friend, or acquaintance – please consider blessing her with this Bible.   It will be a great book to revive, encourage, and strengthen this homeschool mom.

The NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible is available for purchase at your favourite bookstore, even and

Hardcover Edition


Leather Bound Edition


Kindle Edition


Disclaimer: Thanks to Zondervan for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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