• Awaking Wonder

  • Opening Your Child's Heart to the Beauty of Learning
  • By: Sally Clarkson
  • Narrated by: Sally Clarkson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (179 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a parent, you want to send your children into the world with healthy minds and vibrant faith. You want to develop a strong foundation for them. But in our fast-paced, outcome-based, technologically driven society, it's easy to lose sight of the innocence, potential, and uniqueness of each child. Childlike wonder can become lost in the fog of formulas that view children through the distorting lens of social expectations. 

Awaking Wonder helps parents unearth the hidden potential of their child's imagination, learning capacity, and ability to engage authentically with the world. 

Best-selling author Sally Clarkson will help you reach your child's heart of wonder through the principles that guided her in raising four children, all of whom made it into adulthood with a vibrant faith intact and are now flourishing in creative, high-performing professions. Listen to this book to:

  • gain confidence in your role as a God-designed guide and teacher for your children 
  • help your children awaken to the wonder all around them 
  • develop healthy minds that can stand up against societal norms, providing them with a life-giving education and a love for learning
©2020 Sally Clarkson (P)2020 eChristian

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One of her best!

I have read many of Sally‘s books over the years since I began my homeschooling journey. This is by far my favorite one yet! I think this should be required reading for anyone who is thinking of homeschooling their children. Thank you Sally!

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so inspirational and insightful

I really found her story of how they raised thier children in the faith and love of God. using literature to inspire creativity and letting each child grow and develop at thier own pace and overcome what main stream would consider a defect in one of her children. I liver her honesty in talking about her struggles and pitfalls as well overcoming those.

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Oh Sally! She’s done it again...

If you’ve not been introduced to Sally before you are in for a treat. This book has been so encouraging and helpful for me - not having a Christian example of being a mother and not a clear picture of how, what, where to create wonder, but a great desire to do so. I love getting a clearer picture into their life and home: what it looks like to inspire and create an atmosphere of wonder. Primarily this book is scripturally grounded and Sally gives great insight and wisdom on how to create a wonder filled home that follows Jesus.

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Narrator is NOT GOOD

As of now this book has 54 ratings and all are 5 star. I wonder what book they listened to? Maybe this book actually is really good, but I can’t get past the narrator. There is something off about her reading and her apparent disinterest (it’s the author! She should be the MOST interested in this book!). Her sentences all end with voice inflections- it’s REALLY hard to listen to. I actually am considering purchasing the physical book because it started off pretty good before she began droning on and on and on. Maybe the book actually is a five star read- but I will never know based on this audio version because I am giving up. I can’t do 5.5 more hours of this narrator.

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Great Content But Distracting Narration

I've only recently discovered the Clarkson family and all their books. They are great--truly inspirational. This audiobook is not for me, but I plan to purchase a hardcopy to read the old fashioned way. I'm not sure if the narrator (the author herself) or the audio producers are to blame, but it is a real shame. I wanted to leave a review just to inform your decision on what version of this book to purchase.

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Encouragement for even seasoned homeschool mothers

I don’t know if I’d consider myself seasoned: I’m in my 5th year of homeschooling. I’ve recently hit a wall of discouragement, having thrown our regular curriculum somewhat to the side, except for math, and focused so much more on reading fantastic tales. I think it’s important to note that in my 11 years of parenting, I have resisted reading Sally Clarkson out of an overwhelming sense of inadequacy every time I catch a whiff of her flowery writing style— what a fool I’ve been to have stayed away!
What a Holy Spirit moment to have begun this book in the season of life I’m in, and to have it be THIS book of all of Sally’s books. I am so grateful for it.

Awaking Wonder was a balm to my home educator soul, and a balm to my mothering heart to hear the things which stirred me and my husband in the very first place to consider educating our children at home. What a boost and a happy retreat this book has been, especially to hear Sally’s own voice.
Thank you Sally, for this book. And now to discover the rest of your writing! -C. Svellinger

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Proof in the Pudding

There is such power in a testimony. I so honor the forerunners, the pioneers of Home Education. These families experienced tremendous opposition and more as they stepped out into a long forgotten art. This book brought me affirmation of my own ideals and hopes, as well as inspired me beyond! Sally is like the mama we all desire to give us that "you got this!" pep talk. She so gently encourages the heart to press on...one foot in front of the other. She pours out so much wisdom. You just HAVE to read/listen to this book!

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This is a wonderful and inspiring book!

Loved it! It was delightfully filled with jewels that Mrs. Clarkson gives away daily in her podcast. Being well organized Awaking Wonder inspires me to continue some practices in our home while offering practical advice on how to add visionary ideals into our days.

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Loved this Book

This book has given me the confidence to homeschool the way I believe God has designed it. I appreciate everything Sally said! My only critique is that I wish she would have said it faster 😆 I had to turn the speed up because she speaks very soft and very slow 😆 besides that excellent!!!

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every homeschooling mom needs to read this!

such great encouragement!! first Sally Clarkson book and I'm hooked! will definitely be reading more of her work!

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  • Ex-Ordinary Life
  • 08-26-20

For parents and teachers alike

I am thoroughly enjoying reading 'Awaking Wonder'. This is a fantastic book to read, whether you're a parent or a teacher. I love how Sally reminds the reader that children are born with the innate desire to wonder, to imagine, to be creative and to learn. They do not need the pressure of testing and of sitting still and quietly. What really challenged me was how Sally described parenting children being like Jesus walking with and teaching his disciples. While I like to think I'm a fairly gentle parent, it challenged me to ask Jesus to continuously help me with my parenting... to be gentle, kind, patient and always loving. Children so deserve it. Thank you, Sally, for writing this book. What a blessing it has been to me and I'm sure many others.

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  • Chris Skinner
  • 04-04-22

Give it a go.

My husband says the authors reading style is how a physiatrist talks, at first it kind of threw me.... but it's so relaxing to listen to if your busy doing something at the same time. I enjoy how easy it is to picture her scenarios and my children listen along with me whilst we are painting or having breakfast. I love her mindset and I would recommend giving it a go.

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  • 01-26-21

A beautiful gift to any parent

As a new homeschooling mum, this book was a gift of encouragement. Thank you. I know I'll be listening to it many times