7.17.2012

My latest book: teacher devotions!

The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian EducatorsI started feeling a tug on my heart to write a book of devotions for teachers way back in 2005 when I started this blog, and I'm thrilled to announce that that the time has finally come! The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators is being released this week. 

Last summer, I published Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching to share the story of how I went from being professionally burned out to feeling rejuvenated and ready to handle whatever life in the classroom brings. I explained how you can develop thought habits that produce an unshakeable sense of contentment, motivation, and purpose. The book drew upon principles of stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, spiritual truths, and personal experiences. Awakened is not a Christian book: it was written to speak to ALL educators, regardless of their faith or lack thereof. But its principles can be connected to countless biblical truths by those who choose to seek them out.

The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators is designed to deepen Christian teachers' understanding of the principles in Awakened. The guide elaborates on what God's word has to say about renewing our minds. It's 8.5 x 11 and is designed to be a workbook where you can record your thoughts and respond to what you've read. Each devotion is 4 pages: the first page includes the corresponding Awakened reading and an opening reflection where you can write down your initial thoughts as well as notes from Awakened if needed. The second page has the devotion and a wide left margin for notetaking. The third page has the application questions (with space for your responses) and an additional scripture reading (with space to add other related Bible verses you're reminded of.) The fourth page has a "to do" challenge with a work space and a prayer.

  Awakened Devotional sample pages 

You can use The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators on your own or with a group in your community. I'm also offering the first (and only?) online Bible study developed specifically for educators!

Beginning the week of August 5th, 2012, and continuing through the week of January 27, 2013, we'll be working through one devotion together on a weekly basis. The application questions will be posted on a private blog each Sunday. You can read and respond to the devotion any time during that week, and then the next set of questions will be posted the following Sunday. I conducted a focus group for the devotional book before it was published and we used this format--it was so much fun to grow with one another, share prayer requests, etc! I definitely think it enhances the experience to have a group of educators who are working through the same topics and issues as you are.

Here are the details and sign-up for the online Bible study group and to get ordering/purchasing information. You can also read free excerpts and read the reviews of the book and of the online Bible study book club from those who participated in the focus group.

Want to win a copy of the devotional study guide? Just leave a super short comment on this post sharing one way your faith has had a positive impact on your teaching or attitude toward your work as an educator.  If you haven't already bought Awakened, I'll also send the winner an eBook copy of that, as well. The contest will close at midnight on Tuesday, July 24th, and a winner will be selected at random. If you decide to buy the book now and then end up winning the give-away, I'll refund your money. :-)

P.S. Forgot to mention--the vacation in Alaska was incredible! Pictures here!

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UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED! The winner is #15, Andrea, who wrote, "This past year was my 10th year teaching, and also my most difficult year. I struggled constantly with "handing it over to God", but I realized that the more I prayed, the more I was able to see the positive impact that I was having in my student's lives, and that helped me make it through each day."

As always, I appreciate the thoughtful comments you all took the time to leave, and I am touched by your stories. If you didn't win, but would like to participate in our online Bible study/book club starting August 5th, use this link to get Awakened and the devotional for $5 off (that's $30 for both books including Priority Mail Shipping for U.S. residents). Another way to save money is to get the eBook versions.

23 comments:

Jennifer Brown said...

I always thought that Christian teachers were supposed to homeschool their children but I felt God's calling to the public school system. Now, I try to teach children with a love that is based on God's love for us!

Terri said...

I try to be patient with my middle schoolers and use strategies that I think Jesus would have used, but at times I get discouraged so I need some encouragement as well.

Abby Bullard said...

Children of all ages need to hear about Jesus' love for them. I have taught at both a Christian and non-Christian environment and what's important is sharing God's love no matter where you are.

jawebbtn said...

I am so excited about this devotional! I have found that just being able to pray and had it all over to the Lord is such a comfort. I can't imagine going through life without Him.

Kim said...

I was once told when struggling to know if I should teach publicly or privately, that Jesus needs Christians in the public school sector. His love needs to be spread to those who might not otherwise see it. We're supposed to be His hands and feet, and though we cannot legally talk about our faith in school, we CAN let His love come through! Isn't there a song -"They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love" ? :)

Kim said...

Praying for my students helps me to see them through God's eyes! Especially for the extra "challenging" students... God's power gives me a loving sensitivity toward them and helps me to love them unconditionally. Knowing that I can ask God for His wisdom when I am not sure what to do is empowering and comforting! Your devotional will be such a blessing!

suzy said...

I've been teaching for 20 years and have struggled to remember that I'm teaching for the Lord! This devotional is what I need!! :) Thank you for blessing us with such an important message. Suzy

NicoleB said...

After having a tough day teaching, it's so wonderful to know that God is still in control and He knows exactly what I'm going through and exactly what I need to get through it.

Unknown said...

I have found that my faith allows me to learn from the students with an open heart, ever growing patience and love!

21'st Century Teaching Challenges said...

My faith in Christ is what gets me through my days. I stand in the hall every morning and greet my students as they arrive. I say a quick prayer for them as I give them a hug. Those darlings who require a little more "attention" get extra prayers. Also when dealing with parents I always think about how Jesus would act and try to follow that example.

Beadboard said...

Inspired Purpose! Teaching Kdg is my passion! It energizes me. I'm so fortunate that I was open to the opportunities which led me to teach in a struggling parochial school. My "ministry" (teaching!) gives me countless ways to observe, note, appreciate & share God's gifts of love with my students & their families.

jenny said...

My faith and Bible study help me remember that my 1st graders are each little creations of God, and that they are worthy of a positive, involved, caring teacher.

Michelle Johnson said...

I feel that my love for Jesus shines through me and into my life as a teacher, and onto my students. If I didn't have the love of Jesus, I wouldn't be able to show patience and love to my students.

mauie said...

I was saved by Jesus, and now it is responsibility to share the message of God's love and salvation to my students. Seeing them grow and loving more God is a great joy.

Andrea said...

This past year was my 10th year teaching, and also my most difficult year. I struggled constantly with "handing it over to God", but I realized that the more I prayed, the more I was able to see the positive impact that I was having in my student's lives, and that helped me make it through each day.

Amanda said...

My faith in Jesus is what has allowed me to teach and got me through each year. I've prayed for students and this past year working as a missionary teacher at an International Christian school has been very humbling as I am more keenly aware of my example to them of the aroma of Christ.

Aimee said...

What a blessing your writing is to me, Angela! The Cornerstone Book transformed my teaching, and Awakened transformed me! Looking forward to your latest treasure...

Deb said...

...so excited about the upcoming year and starting my days on a positive note using this devotional. I pray every day to see my students through God's eyes.

Jessica P. said...

I'm a Christian about to start my student teaching year in a public high school. I hope to share God's love with my students while learning and growing myself this year!

Amy said...

Your writing is a blessing to me and it's been awesome to pass on your blog to my co-workers, too! God is using you to nurture those who are serving Him in both public and Christian schools! God bless you!

Renee Jock said...

I thank you for all the support you have given to me in the form of website, blog, and books. God has used you in a mighty way, may he continue to flow through you.

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Kristen said...

A few years ago, a group of teachers on my campus decided to hold a devotional/prayer time every Wed morning. This short time of fellowship, prayer and reading God's Word makes the most tremendous impact on my day. I am in a better mood and am focused on showing my students the love of God through my positive attitude, acceptance of them and encouragement for them to be the best they can. I only wish we were able to meet every morning.