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  E-journal May 26, 2011

Now Here! I Carved the Angel from the Marble

We're excited! We finally (after 5 years) came out with a sequel to I Saw the Angel in the Marble! It"s called I Carved the Angel from the Marble and focuses on the nuts and bolts of homeschooling and teaching the different subjects at home.

I Carved the Angel from Marble is a compilation of many of THE BEST OF 15 YEARS OF ELIJAH COMPANY  AND HOME SCHOOL MARKETPLACE ARTICLES. The articles were written over the course of many years. The articles first appeared in the Elijah Company catalogs or were sent to the over 20,000 families who subscribed to the Elijah Company or Home School Marketplace e-Newsletters.

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The Winchester Mystery House

by Ellyn Davis

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In San Jose, CA there is a very unique structure called The Winchester Mystery House. It's a huge, sprawling house with stairways leading nowhere (some of which have steps only two inches high), rooms placed at odd angles, columns built upside down, and passages with secret doors. Visitors are advised not to wander off from their tour group because the house is laid out in such a confusing way that wandering tourists can get lost for hours.

The story goes that in the 1884 Sarah Winchester, a wealthy widow suffering from the loss of her child and her husband, was told by a medium that the death of her loved ones was due to evil spirits and Sarah could avoid their same fate if she started building a house and worked nonstop on it. As long as construction of the house never ceased, her life was not in danger. So Mrs. Winchester devoted the rest of her life and over 5 million dollars to building an extravagant maze of Victorian craftmanship. She hired carpenters to work in shifts around the clock. For nearly thirty-eight years, the sound of sawing, sanding, and hammering at the Winchester Mystery House never ceased—even on weekends or holidays. When Sarah Winchester died in 1922, construction had rambled over six acres and the mansion contained 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 47 stairways, 47 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, and 6 kitchens. Nothing about the house was determined by an overall plan of how the different elements would fit together.

I've been reminded of the Winchester Mystery House this week as I've been a volunteer at a Creativity Conference hosted by my church. It's focus is on re-introducing the arts into the church (drama, dance, painting, singing, etc.) as elements of Christian transformation. Pastors and church members have come from all over the world to discover the "How?" of incorporating the arts into their Christian walk and into their church life. They are full of questions about the technicalities, but the more questions they asked, the more I began to notice something about their questions. When I spent time talking with them I realized that it's not really the technicalities they are after. What they really want is an answer to the question of "How do we create the kind of Christian culture that ministers to the whole person—spirit, soul, and body?"

When I've spoken and exhibited at homeschool conferences I found the same thing happening. Over and over and over I would be asked by hundreds and hundreds of people: "How do I do this?"

I've learned that when someone asks me the "how" question, they aren't really looking for an answer that discusses the technicalities like which art supplies to stock or how to schedule the school day or what's the best curriculum. What they really want to know is how do they fulfill some sort of heart longing they have for their church or their children and family to become.

Whether you're a conference-going pastor wanting to learn "how?" to incorporate the arts into the ministry of your church life or a parent wanting to know "how?" to homeschool your children, you have to remember that the "how?" is always part of an overall context. You have to be working towards the overall context for the "how?" to have any relevance. Otherwise you are building your own Winchester Mystery House—a mishmash driven by fear and with no real plan for what you are building and how everything fits into that plan.


There are several chapters on creating an overall context for your homeschool experience in our books: I Saw the Angel in the Marble and I Carved the Angel from the Marble.

I found this funny, clever video about the difference between homeschoolers and the homeschooled.

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home schoolingI Saw the Angel in the Marble

With over 4,000 copies sold in just a few months, I Saw the Angel in the Marble is becoming a home schooling best seller!

This book represents the best of 15 years of Elijah Company articles. Find our more HERE>>

Turning Hearts: Davis Seminar Set (8 CDs)

home schoolingThe Best of Chris and Ellyn Davis, this set contains seminars given by Chris and Ellyn Davis of The Elijah Company at home schooling conventions. The set contains all of the favorites that home schoolers ask for over and over. People have told us this set of CDs changed their lives. Find out more about them HERE>>

Angel in the Marble/Davis Seminars Set
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I Carved the Angel From the Marble

I Carved the Angel from the Marble is over 220 pages and takes an deeper look at the different elements that make home schooling a successful adventure in learning. Chapters cover how to recognize your "angels in the marble" and help set them free; how to get off the "hamster wheel"of activity if you feel overwhelmed and undersupported in your homeschooling efforts; how to develop your own scope and sequence of study for each child; how to teach the major subjects such as language arts, history, math and science in your homeschool; and much, much more!

FREE e-book: A Strong Enough Why

In the twenty-plus years I’ve home schooled, I’ve spoken with thousands of other home schooling parents and I’ve discovered that most problems with home schooling tend to occur because parents get hung up over the HOWs of home schooling. And the reason is, they don’t have a strong enough WHY.

In Christian jargon, we might call the WHY a conviction and we could say that their home schooling efforts became a struggle because their conviction about home school ing was unclear or wavering.

Let’s be realistic. Home schooling is not for everyone. Home schooling is a massive, full-time commitment, primarily for Mom. Done well, it requires a total reorientation of your life, not just four or five hours of your day.

This e-book will help you create a strong enough WHY about home schooling to propel you through any problems of HOW. You can read it HERE.

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Home Schooling and Home Business Resources

Building the Home School of Your Dreams is a 6 CD set taken from the From Home School To Home Business Seminar and features sessions by Chris Davis and Mary Hood. Find out more HERE>>

home schoolingFrom Home School to Home Business
(14 CD Set)

If you missed one of our From Home School to Home Business Conferences, you missed a great time.People who attended told us that it changed their lives—not only in the area of home schooling, but also in the area of creating their own sources of home income.This set is huge and filled with useful and encouraging information about how to be successful at home schooling and at home business! Find out more about this life-changing set of CDs HERE>>

Building the Business of Your Dreams (8 CD Set) We've had requests for just the business portion of the From Home School to Home Business Seminar, so have developed a set of the business CDs from that set. It contains 8 CDs and includes sessions on The Entrepreneurial Mind, Multiple Streams of Home Income, Discovering Your Ideal Life and Ideal Business (2 CDs) , Developing a Business Plan (2 CDs), and The Importance of Business Relationships. Plus, there is a very important and insightful interview on Redeeming the Marketplace. Find out about this life-changing set of CDs HERE>>

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