Finish #7 is a book that I read to my kids as part of our homeschooling curriculum. I’ve been homeschooling our three children for their entire school “career.” I hate that term, “career,” to describe the time spent learning. Going to school is not a career. You don’t get paid to go to school. Getting paid is sort of a defining characteristic of a career. Nonetheless, I’m constantly hearing kids and grown-ups using the term “career” to describe what is essentially the forced confinement of children and teens in a setting that is nothing at all like the real world. In the real world, you are not surrounded by like-aged folks all day long in a place where you have to raise your hand if you need to attend to normal bodily functions.
Anyway, all ranting on schools aside, homeschooling is what works for us. For several of the years that we’ve homeschooled, we’ve used Sonlight Curriculum. Often, the books are interesting and engaging. Occasionally, they aren’t. A Heart Strangely Warmed by Louise A. Vernon is one of those books that we did not find to be all that interesting or engaging.
The story follows a boy named Robert who meets John Wesley. (Who, if you were unaware, had a lot to do with the Methodist branch of Christianity.) I feel that the book could have been interesting. It started off well, then it seemed to become quite disjointed and fragmented, as if the author had become bored with her subject and just wanted to get it over with.
By the midpoint of the story, we were ready to get it over with as well. Sorry, Sonlight Curriculum, but this one was a fail. Thumbs down from us.