Must Have Books That Have Inspired My Homeschool Journey

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Wow, when I think back to when I first began homeschooling, I was just a scared mom without a clue about what I was getting myself into.

The first book that inspired me on my journey was the Bible. I sought the Word in my decision and it was my lifeline. It will always be the first book I turn to for advice.

Yet over the years, I have had some truly wonderful books come my way that have taught me, inspired me, and guided me. I’ve been encouraged through the pages of those books, learned along the way, and gained godly advice from them.

Here are my favorites:
Educating the WholeHearted Child — by Clay and Sally Clarkson

Oh, I am so thankful this gem came into my life. I had never even heard of it as a new homeschooling mom, but there it was on sale at, so on a whim, I bought it. Best.purchase.ever. I have read that book practically once a year, marked it up, and recommended it to so many friends. It is a must have.

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay



A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning

A Biblical Home Education: Building Your Homeschool on the Foundation of God’s Word


This book gave me the confidence to use the Bible as our main textbook last year. I am so grateful for the inspiration in this book, the wisdom, and the truth that pointed me to the most important things I wanted to teach in my homeschool.


What books have shaped your journey or guided you? Comment below! I’d love to hear!















Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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