I finally read God’s Harvard by Hanna Rosin, about Patrick Henry College.
If you are a conservative Christian, especially a homeschooler, and you want to know how the average secular Joe views what you believe and do, you must read this book! It was enlightening, to say the least.
This book really took me by surprise. I thought I would probably disagree with Rosin’s perspective in most instances but I found myself agreeing more often than not.
Of course the book is tainted with her view that it’s entirely bizarre to want to “reclaim culture” for Christ. No doubt the author took the most outlandish quotes (which, of course, are the more interesting ones) to put together her story. I felt like things could have definitely been presented in a more reasonable light. But that wasn’t Rosin’s goal. Having said that, I did feel like she was at least trying to be fair and she did say many good things about the kids at PHC.
In any event, this book really made me think about what I believe on a deeper level. In addition to Patrick Henry College, the author also addresses certain “movements” in homeschooling, such as ATI, David Barton, and courtship.
It was weird to read about some of the people I used to know—I started working for HSLDA the week before the first class at Patrick Henry started. Our lives intersected a bit and I became friends with some students and administrative staff and acquaintances with numerous others.
On a personal level, this book also brought to surface the person I used to be. When I was single and living on my own, I was a fairly ambitious person. I used to want to live in D.C. and work in government or public policy. One of the young women in this book reminded me of that old Amy.
It just so happened that, on the day I was reading about her life, my life was SOOO stay-at-home-momish. It was one of those days where I felt like I had been doing laundry non-stop for three days. What happened to that young woman I used to be, so full of life and energy?
It also didn’t help that my single 26-year-old sister had just been in town, full of vigor and adventure, without a care in the world, and with a fresh California tan.
Then there’s me. There are times these days that I feel so old and haggard.
Ultimately I wouldn’t change my life for anything and I’m really glad for my family and my current calling. But, at the same time, I won’t say that there aren’t disadvantages and everything is rosy all the time.