Educating the WholeHearted Child -- A Giveaway for the Best Book Ever!

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ITJ Giveaway for the Best Book Ever! Ends July 6 (11:59pmMT). Entry rules below.

I am so excited to share our newest version of Educating the WholeHearted Child! When Clay and I were young and passionate about the new home education movement, he would research and write all day, and then in the wee hours of the night we would talk, evaluate, add, and give more to our ideals. That was where the 1994 first version of Educating the WholeHearted Child was given birth--in our ideals and hopes.

Now, however, after a lifetime of work--in our family, with our children, in the reality of living out our ideals--we come to you with the new Third Edition of this book that reflects the work of our lives. I am so honored to be married to a man who can put so much into words and pages. I know you will be blessed by this book. (Not the least bit prejudiced, am I?!) This is more than just a book on education; it is a book about life, and about bringing the life of Christ to reality in your home.

So, to celebrate the release of this long-labored Third Edition, are giving away three copies of the new Educating the WholeHearted Child. To enter this ITJ Giveaway you must use the entry form below. Only entries submitted using the form below will be entered into the drawing. But I asked Clay to offer some thoughts, so you have to read them first, and then you'll find the form. Here's Clay...


A lot happens in fifteen years. When we released the second edition of Educating the WholeHearted Child back in 1996, I thought I had said all I would need to say about our WholeHearted Learning model of home discipleship and education. The new third edition ofEducating, though, has obviously proved me wrong. It is an extensive revision and expansion, not just because content and references needed to be updated, but even more because God updated us as parents in the ensuing 1.5 decades.

More is not always better, but in the case of this book I am confident in saying this is a better book than I could write in 1996. Those 256 pages have grown to 384 pages, and many of the existing pages were rewritten or revised, but only because I had more to say by 2011. After seeing all four of our wholehearted children graduate from our home school and face their worlds as confident, mature, godly young men and women following Christ, the “rest of the story” needed to told. Whatever more could be said, my prayer is that this third edition will reach more wholehearted families than we can think or imagine.

Who should read Educating the WholeHearted Child? First of all, it is a fully Christian and biblical book, so it is for believers, and more specifically for Christian parents. This book was written primarily to help Christian homeschooling parents think about their home as a God-designed living and learning environment, and to think of home education as a relational process of discipleship, not just as an alternative method of education.

However, even if you don’t homeschool your children, this book will help you think biblically about God’s design for your home and family. As the author, I hope all Christian parents, whether millennial new-gen beginners or baby boomer old-gen veterans, will be encouraged and equipped by my book.

What’s in Educating the WholeHearted Child? Forgive the massive sentence, but here’s what you’ll find between the covers: hundreds of practical ideas, teaching methods, lifestyle suggestions, and product recommendations; dozens of scriptures, personal anecdotes, quotes, notes, and comments; dozens of "In Our Home" snapshots of Clarkson family living; a recommended "Family Favorites" reading list of whole and living books; a section of reproducible forms for planning and record-keeping; and much more.

The content of the books covers all the important areas of Christian home education: why to homeschool; home nurture; home discipleship; home eduction; schools of homeschooling models; our WholeHearted Learning model of homeschooling; over four dozen key subject areas of methods; understanding your child’s living and learning style (personality); how to organize; lifestyle encouragement and insights; and helpful resources.

If you want to know more about the book, or if you’re ready to order your own copy, click here to go right to the page in our Whole Heart Online Store. The retail price for the new volume is only $22.00, but for a limited time we are offering the book on our website at the 1994 first edition price of $18.00. Order your copy today! (If the link doesn’t work, go to and click the “Store” tab.)

Once we agreed to allow Apologia Press to publish the new edition, it took another two-and-a-half years to complete the rewrite and get it in print. It was like writing three books. If you’ve been patiently waiting for this new version, thank you, and we’re happy to say it is finally here. If this is the first time you’ve ever heard of Educating the WholeHearted Child, I hope you will give it a try. I think you’ll be encouraged and inspired as a Christian parent. We believe this book can help restore families to the wholehearted design that God intended for us to enjoy.

Wholehearted blessings,

Clay Clarkson



This ITJ Giveaway for three copies of Educating the WholeHearted Child has officially ended. A wholehearted "Thank you" to everyone who participated! You have done so much to help us get the word out about the new edition of this book. I was overwhelmed in a good way with the response--about 500 entry form submissions. Thank you for making this a great giveaway. Be watching for more as we fine-tune our giveaway contesting skills. Blessings! Sally


The drawing was completed July 7, 2011 at 5:16pm MT on and three winners were randomly selected: Melissa R. from North Pole, AK Jennifer H.  from Anaheim, CA Carrie L. from Fairbanks, AK

If you are a winner, you will receive an email from Whole Heart requesting a mailing address for your book.