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208 pages
Nov 2004
Bethany House

One Heart at a Time: Thoughts for Teachers

by Vicki Caruana

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One Heart at a Time: Inspirational Thoughts for Teachers is a wonderful new gift book for teachers, written by ďAmericaís teacher,Ē Vicki Caruana. Many teachers are discouraged by the fact that teaching did not turn out to be the fulfilling job they expected. Caruana points out how demanding and overwhelming the job of teaching is, and how teachers need Godís help to reach childrenís minds and hearts.

The author writes that teachers can daily renew their resolve to reach and teach, by allowing God to heal their own hearts through meditating on Godís words, praying, and letting the Holy Spirit open their eyes to each studentís particular needs.

The book is divided into sixty devotionals: five weekday readings and a weekend segment. Each consists of a scripture, thought, short story from a teacherís experiences, an action the teacher can take, and a prayer. This is a beautiful hardbound book full of encouragement that will enrich, energize, and enliven the teacherís work.

Vicki draws from her experiences as a public school teacher, homeschooling mom, and teacher educator. She has written three other books of devotionals for teachers, Apples of Gold for Teachers, Apples and Chalkdust and More Apples and Chalkdust.

I especially liked this book. It is unique in that it does not trivialize the job of teaching with crayon drawn ďkiddie art,Ē as if all teachers were kindergarten teachers. The devotionals are not generic, simplistic pieces written by someone who never taught, but in-depth and thoughtful writings in content and presentation. Like a home cooked meal after a diet of junk food, I found this book satisfying and refreshing. One Heart at a Time would make a treasured gift for any teacher. -- Elece Hollis, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

As you strive to touch the hearts of your students, do you long for someone to speak to your heart as well? Someone who really understands what life in your classroom, your school is like?

The thoughtful meditations in One Heart at a Time will refresh and energize you for another day with your students. Veteran teacher Vicki Caruana speaks honestly and compassionately about your challenges as well as your rewards, always pointing to the Master Teacher as your source of help and strength. Find peace, understanding, and encouragement one day at a time in these pages.