My oldest son will be graduating from our homeschool in a few weeks. This thought makes me feel tremendous pride as well as a bit of fear. My son has become a godly young man who has a strong faith and foundation in godly principles. And yet, his life is about to change drastically.
No longer will he be sitting under my teaching, learning concepts that have been fully vetted by me. He will be exposed to other teachers whose philosophies don’t necessarily line up with my own. He will ponder ideas that may run counter to what we’ve been teaching him his whole life. And he will make big decisions that will impact his entire life.
Actually, he has been slowly being introduced more and more to different teachers, philosophies, and ideas throughout his high school years as he has taken more online classes and has studied many subjects without me.
But that will only increase as he leaves our homeschool behind and ventures out on completely new paths. Many of which will be filled with obstacles that might cause him to question his faith.
The Importance of Inspiring Our Students
As our students approach graduation, it’s easy to second-guess ourselves more than ever.
Did I pray hard enough and often enough for my child?
Have I prepared him for what he will face?
Will he succeed?
As a Christian, I believe that one of the most important aspects of success for my child is his spiritual condition. I want to do everything in my power to help my son to have a strong, vital relationship with God that will withstand whatever tests are thrown at him in this life.
One of my goals is to help him fill his mind with examples of godly Christian role models who have gone before him. And as part of my approach, I am giving my son the book Eternity through the Rearview Mirror: How Simple Faith Changes Everything—Seventeen Extraordinary Lives by Annette Hubbell as a graduation gift.
What’s So Special About this Book?
Eternity through the Rearview Mirror is a great graduation gift idea. I was compensated for my time in writing this review. But as always, I’m sharing my honest opinion with you. The author has filled this book with the words and the lives of seventeen world changers who all publicly acknowledged God as the source of their accomplishments.
Their lives will both inspire and motivate our students as they set out to run their own races. The Christian role models in this book give us the reminder that with God, anything is possible.
Many of these names will be familiar to our students but some of them are a bit less well-known:
Gladys Aylward — J. S. Bach — Mary McLeod Bethune — Amy Carmichael — George Washington Carver — Johnny Cash — Elizabeth Fry — Galileo Galilei — C. S. Lewis — Abraham Lincoln — Aimee Semple McPherson — John Newton — Harriet Beecher Stowe — Corrie ten Boom — Sojourner Truth — Harriet Tubman — Louie Zamperini
Eternity through the Rearview Mirror is not just a regular set of biographies. Reading this book is like having an actual conversation with each person! Annette has written the accounts in first-person and she includes many of their actual words. She has a way of bringing each story to life with the sights and sounds of what that person actually encountered during his or her life and how they overcame many obstacles to fulfill their purpose and to change the world for the better.
Even if your kids happen to be familiar with each of these people, the material is written in such a fresh way that they will learn plenty of new lessons about them from reading this book.
And it’s also inspirational! The book ends with a call to action for the reader to become World Changer Number Eighteen. I love that because it’s always good to not only learn about what others have done but to walk away from a book with a desire to be all that God wants you to be.
Anyone who loves a good story will enjoy this book although the reading level and content are geared more for older students or adults.
Purchasing This Book + A Giveaway
To get your copy, you may visit Annette Hubbell’s website directly, where you will receive FREE shipping, or purchase it on Amazon. And right now, the author is also graciously giving away 10 copies of her book for FREE. Simply enter below!
Another Great Book by Annette Hubbell
Annette’s first book, A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-Sized Pieces, is another great resource for homeschool families. The short devotional passages are meant to be read over the dinner table and are designed to take two minutes or less.
These Scripture readings are a great way to get the conversation rolling with our kids. And the grace notes help us to apply these timeless truths to our lives as well. Good stuff!