By His Grace

It is back to school time!! And I am going to do something a little different on my blog this week to kick off back to school. This week I would like to review and giveaway a copy of a book by Jamie C. Martin.

Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time  


The back cover of the book expresses my exact sentiments,

“A love of books. A love of reading. A love of the world.”

Anyone who knows our family very well knows that we love books! When I first started homeschooling, my husband Peter said, “I will never tell you no to books.” Well, that is a very dangerous thing to say a homeschool mom! Within a couple of years of homeschooling, we quickly ran out of room on our bookshelves and began building our closets out to house the vast library we were building. My homeschooling philosophy is taught your child to read well, teach them to love books, and then they can teach themselves anything!

Another thing that I am passionate about is raising globally minded kids. As a part of my children’s homeschool program, we join the World Affairs Council here in Houston. Their number one goal, as stated on their website is, “Connect students to global leaders of our time, and provide them the opportunity to become culturally sensitive, globally competent citizens.” My children have learned so much through the World Affairs Council. Through their programs, my boys have learned a lot about world cultures, and have had the opportunity to sit down with several world leaders, like Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and many others. For more information about the Council, visit

Condi and Jacob

Jacob Phillip pictured with Condoleezza Rice.

IMG_5119Jacob Phillip pictured with Robert Gates.


Jacob Phillip and Ian Phillip at a World Affairs Council event with Wesley Clark.

Another activity that is a special part of our homeschooling is Model United Nations. According to Wikipedia, “Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations.”


Jacob Phillip pictured at Colleyville MUN.

Now you know that we love books, and raising globally minded kids is important to our family, I want you to know that I wish that I would have had a copy of, Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, when my kids were younger. I love the heart of Jamie C. Martin and her beautiful family!

I highly recommend this book. The book is beautifully broken into two parts. Part One: Falling in Love with the World and Part Two: Read the World. In part one, Jamie shares her personal story of building a global family, and then gives practical examples of how you can introduce your children to the world. It concludes with the power of story, and lessons that we can learn from stories.

Part two is a book list of lists! Jamie shows you how to share the world with your children one book at a time. She does a beautiful job of categorizing her book by geographic region. Then each chapter is broken down further into age ranges. There is something in this book for children of all ages. Jamie includes books geared toward kids of all ages. There is a section for 4-6, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12-year-olds.

One of my favorite parts included in each chapter is a section entitled global perspective, which is a collection of quotes from various people answering the question:

How do you give your children the world in your home?

What a great question! How do you give your children the world in your home? I encourage you to add Give your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time to your home library and begin this school year by exploring the world from the comfort of your home. Please leave a comment below answering the question, How do you give your children the world in your home?

For a chance to win a copy of this fantastic book for yourself, follow the link below.
Book giveaway (Raffle begins at midnight tonight and runs through 8/15)

A special thank you to The Blog About Network, The Blythe Daniel Agency and publishers for providing a copy of this book for review and one to giveaway.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you give your children the world in your home?


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