Monday, August 1, 2011

Anita Mellott's "School Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents"

Title: School Is Where the Home Is: 180 Devotions for Parents
Publisher: Judson Press

Cover blurb: Inspiration, encouragement, and practical help for today’s homeschool parents.

"The devotions found in School Is Where the Home Is are exactly what my homeschool days need! Anita opens the door to her home and heart to share soul-stirring wisdom for how God can transform your homeschool journey into all that the Lord longs for it to be—both for you and your children. Whether you’re new to homeschooling or a veteran, these devotions will lighten your load, brighten your mood, and heighten your awareness that God is with you every step of the way." —Amy Wallace, author of the Defenders of Hope series

"In Anita Mellott's book, we get a glimpse of God's provision, wisdom, encouragement, and love all wrapped up in a daily devotional that is sure to encourage the heart of every homeschool mom who reads it. —Heidi St. John, thebusyhomeschoolmom and

"With clarity and sincerity, Anita Mellott leads the reader through a series of short readings and reflections which become more than just a time of devotion, but spark powerful and relevant thoughts on how we can be the best parent we can." —Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing

1) How did this story come to you?
Five years ago when we relocated to Atlanta, I attended my first homeschool encouragement meeting even though I had been homeschooling for four years. I left the meeting encouraged that I wasn’t the only parent who faced ups and downs in my homeschool. I wondered what it would be like to have a daily reminder of God’s presence with us each homeschool day, along with practical tips. And so the idea of a devotional for homeschooling parents was birthed.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I wrote a few ideas down here and there. The real momentum came when I joined a critique group 2009. They encouraged me to send out queries. So I wrote a proposal and worked on some devotionals. Twenty-seven rejections later, I received a contract from Judson Press. This June, “School Is Where the Home Is” became a reality. God in His unique way and timing allowed pieces to fall into place.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. My Caucasian husband and I met in India through a traditional “arranged marriage.”
2. On a good hair day I’m just about five feet tall.
3. A maid carried my book bag to and from school daily.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m taking the plunge into fiction writing after writing non-fiction for about 15 years. I’m working on a compilation of short stories about the Indo-American experience and my first novel.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me! And a huge thank you to all who read what I write.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. I have been wanting this devotional ever since I came across it before it was released! I need something like this to start my day, I homeschool 6 little ones and have a husband who works at home. I would love to win this book!!

  2. To all you home schoolers out there....this book is a wonderful testament to family and God and the love we shower our children with. If you don't win I encourage you all to still run out and buy it! Congrats Anita!

    I don't need to be entered to win… just wanted to put my 2 cents in, ha!

  3. Hi Anita,
    I already have the book, so I'm not in the contest. Just wanted to say hi!

  4. Oh, this sounds like a nice devotional. thanks for a chance to win it

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. This sounds like a wonderful book for homeschool parents. We have homeschooled since 1989. We have five daughters and six grandchildren. We are still going strong. Thanks gahome2mom/at/gmail/dotcom

  6. I’m sorry, I’ve tried leaving comments several times, but they disappear into cyberspace.
    Salena, thanks for your kind words!
    Mama of the masses, Apple Blossom, gahome2mom, Nakia: I hope you win.
    Lindi: So glad you stopped by. God bless you all!