Kirk Martin is laugh-out-loud funny, practical, and his message is life-changing. That is how over 600,000 parents at over 1,500 live workshops have described this Celebrate Calm founder and homeschooling father. Based on work with 1,500 of the most challenging children right in his own home, Kirk’s strategies will eliminate the power struggles, yelling and arguing that characterize many homes. Parents leave his workshops changed and grateful. What makes his workshops unique? Kirk’s presentations, featuring interactions with his son, Casey, make the strategies concrete, challenging and funny. His gut-wrenchingly honest approach inspires transformation. The workshops spend a lot of time helping parents change. After all, the best discipline is modeling, as well as teaching self-discipline to your child.
Josh D. McDowell is a trailblazer for truth and relationships and has been at the forefront of cultural trends and ground-breaking ministry for over five decades. Josh shares the essentials of the Christian faith in everyday language so that youth, families, churches, leaders and individuals of all ages are prepared for the life of faith. Josh has delivered more than 27,000 talks to over 25,000,000 people in 125 countries. He has written or co-authored 148 books, including More Than a Carpenter and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World Magazine as one of the top 40 books of the twentieth century. Josh’s books have been translated into 128 different languages. Josh and his wife, Dottie, are quick to acknowledge that after their love for the Lord, family is their greatest joy and top priority. They have four wonderful children and ten beloved grandchildren.
Andrew Pudewa is the founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling and music with clarity, insight, practical experience and humor. His seminars for parents, students and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him “the funny man with the wonderful words.” He and his wonderful, heroic wife, Robin, have homeschooled their seven children and are now proud grandparents of eight, making their home in Northeastern Oklahoma’s beautiful green country.
Sonya Shafer is a popular homeschool speaker and writer, specializing in the Charlotte Mason Method. She has been on an adventure for more than 20 years studying, researching, practicing, and teaching Charlotte’s gentle and effective methods of education. Her passion for homeschooling her own four daughters grew into helping others and then into Simply Charlotte Mason, which publishes her many books and provides a place of practical encouragement to homeschoolers at simplycharlottemason.com. To minister to younger mothers and those dealing with special needs, Sonya shares her heart through IntentionalParents.com and her book This Anguishing Blessed Journey: A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism.
Sam Sorbo studied biomedical engineering at Duke University before pursuing a career in entertainment. An award-winning actress, author, radio host, international model and homeschooling mom to three children with Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo writes to inspire parents to home educate. They’re YOUR Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate and Teach from Love: A School Year Devotional for Families (Broadstreet Publishing), are available at SamSorbo.com. Sam co-wrote, produced and co-starred in the 2017 feature film Let There Be Light (Executive producer, Sean Hannity; director, Kevin Sorbo.) She and Kevin are currently in production on East Texas Oil. www.SamSorbo.com
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