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Apples of Gold for Teachers
by Vicki Caruana
Order:  USA  Can
Bethany, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Looking for a devotional for a teacher in your life? Teaching as a profession can be discouraging, and Apples of Gold for Teachers is the perfect devotional to strengthen the faith of educators of children of all ages. Written by Vicki Caruana, a national education speaker and former teacher, it will uplift and encourage educators. The readings are divided into manageable portions for those short on time. Yet a great deal of depth is embodied in each chapter, providing food for thought and prayer.

The book is divided into fifty devotions. Each chapter includes 'An Apple of Gold' Bible verse that reflects the theme and provides a basis for the day's reading. 'Sowing the Seed' contains a short reflection on the verse and its meaning to the reader. 'Tending the Orchard' is an anecdote or example from life and teaching. 'Reaping the Harvest' includes questions and statements for meditation, action, and journaling. 'Daily Apple' contains practical suggestions for classrooms and resources for further learning.

My parents are both retired teachers, and I have three children in school from preschool through high school. I found devotions appropriate for teachers of any of these age groups and life situations. One section talks to the first year teacher, giving advice and goal-setting techniques. Another speaks to homeschool parents, and yet another to those moving to a different school or area of teaching. I am not a teacher in the strict sense of the word, but I was edified by this book, which gave me food for thought in my own life.

As the holiday season approaches, Apples of Gold for Teachers will make a perfect gift for any teacher you know. Pass by the apple shaped notepads and Christmas ornaments this year and pick up this book that will truly make a difference in a teacher's life.

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