My third book! (giveaway)

The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators

I’m very excited to announce that The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators is being released this week! This book has truly been a labor of love and I’m thrilled to share it with you all.

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 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 the reviews of the book and online Bible study book club from those who participated in the focus group.

Also, if you weren’t aware of it, I write a separate blog of free devotions for teachers, so there are some resources there, as well.

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 Monday, July 23rd 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. :-)

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UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED! (I did not count the two entries that were replying to other commenters or the person who already has a copy and indicated she was not trying to win the book, just wanted to share how much she loved it. Those “side conversations” are perfectly fine–thank you for leaving them!) The winner is #67, Laura, who wrote, “I try to remind myself each day that the students I teach are God’s children. No matter how they act or what they do, they deserve to be treated as children of God.”

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.

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Angela Watson was a classroom teacher for 11 years and has turned her passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has published 3 books, launched a blog and webinar series, designs curriculum resources, and conducts seminars in schools around the world. Subscribe via email for blog updates, exclusive tips & tricks, activities, printables, and more.

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1 Raye July 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm

After a really tough school year in which I had to leave my classroom mid-year due to stress, I found that giving my concerns to God allowed me to break free of the cycle I had unwittingly put myself in. I found that I needed to step back and allow Him to do His work so that I would be more able to do mine.

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2 Sue July 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

My faith keeps me optimistic, looking for the best in everyone especially my students.

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3 Lisa Thompson July 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Love your books! Would love the study guide, too! Spent $200 today on school supplies (don’t tell my hubby!). So a freebie would ROCK!

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4 April July 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

The ability to pray without ceasing comes in handy.

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5 Kyla Turley July 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I feel I look at my students with compassion and try to see them as Christ does as individuals worthy of love! Even my most difficult students deserve a chance to succeed!

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6 Michelle Reagan July 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I’m not trying to win the book, but I had to say that I am so excited that the book is coming out!!! I can’t wait to read it again. Such an inspiration!

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7 Lindsay Howaniec July 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I am a catholic school teacher and we teach religion as a subject. We also incorporate our faith in service projects and as life lessons throughout the day! :)

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8 Marta Karnes July 16, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I want to win this so much!! As a beginning educator, I want to make sure I keep the rock as my foundation.

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9 Farrah July 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I believe that the greatest way my faith has impacted my job as an educator is by seeing others through Jesus’ eyes…from children, to parents, to co-workers…loving them like Jesus loves me makes it so much easier dealing with human beings, in general. I also look at my teaching job as a ministry and I do it for God and no one else.

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10 Jill Esposito July 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

During the last school year, I was suffering from severe burnout. Calling in “sick” was a temporary band-aid. I read Awakened and had a renewed sense of purpose and peace. I was able to complete the year successfully by remembering to put Christ first — He’s next to me as I teach, He sits with me in meetings, and He settles me after a tough day. I also worked harder at seeing my students, their parents, and my co-workers as children of Christ.

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11 Karla Felesena July 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Although I teach in a public school, most of the teacher’s in my building are Christians. It is an awesome thing when other teachers and I have come together in prayer over an event at school or a situation concerning a student and their home life. During the difficult days at school, it is refreshing to be able to come before the Lord in prayer to help to be able to cope and see things clearly. Of course, I praise HIM during those great days too!! :) ( I love your original book Cornerstone! Thank you.)

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12 Stacey Hicklin July 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I am a new teacher this year, and I want everything to be perfect. But God has reminded me that I need to rely on him this year. He cares more for my students and more for my family than I do–stop worrying about everything being perfect and life them all like God does–to the best of my ability.

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13 Genia Workheiser July 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I’ve found myself getting rid of the negative self talk that comes after struggles in education, and relying on my faith to keep me striving for the best!

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14 Erin Harris July 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

As an educator, I know my first job is to teach. And I know that God will give me everything I need to do it the way He wants me to…wisdom, patience, kindness, joy, and more!

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15 Joshua July 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

This year I was moved to a new grade level and must admit I was reluctant. However, I constantly reminded myself that God had a plan. A few months into the school year, I recieved a phone call from a parent. We all know that sometimes you never know what to expect when the phone rings, but this phone call was different. This parent told me that their child had been saved and was going to be baptized. This parent proceeded to tell me that I had played such an influential role in this child’s life through my walk of faith. Sometimes you don’t realize exactly how much you influence children, not only through your words, but through your actions as well. I was one proud teacher to share in the baptism of this precious child.

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16 Jody July 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

One of my very favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 43:1….”Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name; you are mine”. I wholeheartedly believe that God also “calls us” to do certain things. I believe that I was ‘called’ to be a teacher…from my earliest memory I only wanted to be a teacher. I have now taught for 36 years and I try to approach each new year, each new day as an opportunity to fulfill God’s plan for my life. For me, teaching is not a job, but a vocation, and I feel so blessed to be a teacher and to hopefully, be making a difference in the lives of those students entrusted to my care.
Thanks, Angela, for sponsoring this give-a-way, AND for all the ways you share of your wisdoms, talents, and faith. You are such an inspiration. :)

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17 Alison Kitchin July 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Being a Christian and a teacher is a wonderful thing. I rely on my faith to get me through a lot, especially this year, starting a new school and switching to a new grade!

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18 Diane July 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

After teaching 21 years in the same building, this year I will be moving to a new school across town as our district restructures. It’s exciting and scary, and I have found myself turning to the Lord over and over as the stress starts to bubble up. Each summer I typically pray for my incoming class most days as I take my walks, but this summer I am more and more praying for the peace that passes understanding for me as I walk into this new adventure. I wonder what surprises God has in store for me and my new students?

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19 Wendy Sheets July 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

My Christian faith has helped me to be a positive influence with my students, for whom I prayed for as well. I think many of them took comfort knowing I was a Christian, and asked me to pray for certain things in their young lives. Thanks, Angela, for sharing your faith as well!

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20 Nena July 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm

As a Christian school teacher I have the unique privilege of being able to share my faith daily with my class! It is awesome to be able to share Christ with my kids and everything I teach is based on God’s Word. Truly blessed! :O)
Thanks so much for sharing encouragement through your book!

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21 Lisa July 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Wow, Nena…I just submitted my post and then read yours. We seem to have the same outlook on teaching being a privilege we get every day :) Blessed is right!

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22 Cheryl Ferrero July 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Looking forward to this book, I have your first two. Always love what you do!

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23 Lisa July 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

These verses from Matthew 19 sum up my attitude about the privilege to show God’s love to others on a personal basis every day: Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (*side note–don’t rebuke their caregivers either)

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24 Sharon T. July 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

My faith in Jesus allows me to be a teacher. If it was not for the example of Christ I would not be able to teach and ENJOY what I do. Whenever I am discouraged, I remember that God has given me a gift to teach and for that I am grateful. I am then able to refocus and press forward. For by the grace of God…

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25 Lori July 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I am so excited about your book!! It looks great. I am a catholic school teacher and I would love to bring it to out staff! we are always looking for great book studies!

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26 Crystal F. July 16, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I teach religion at our parish. I have to rely on God to use me because He has plans for me and knows them. Relying on God for everything.

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27 Jayne Rosenberg July 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

It’s my job to show these kids who Jesus is, by being as Jesus-like to them as I can possibly be. It also helps to be able to pray for, and get strength, wisdom, patience, and grace when I need it!

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28 Susan Fletcher July 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm

WOW!!!! Finally – a devotion book for teachers!!! Just what we ALL need – I know I do!! Golly, I wouldn’t be able to get up each morning and face a day of challenges without my Lord and Savior – Jesus, who died on the cross to save me (and you) of our sins. I have always relied on Jesus/God since childhood, but have leaned more on him the past 2 1/2 years after losing my huband suddenly at the young age of 49. It’s been rough road – but paved easier by God daily/hourly/minute by minute. This would be a great bedside book to help me even further!!! Thank you so much for offering this much-needed appropriate book! God Bless YOU!!

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29 Linda July 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

As a Christian school teacher, I don’t know how I’d make it through each year without faith to stand on! The demands and stresses of the job can be so overwhelming. Families, staff, administration who all pray together are a real blessing. I remind myself each day that perfect is not necessary, but to walk with Jesus is.

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30 Cheri July 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I pray every day that God will help me be the positive influence on each of my students at my public school, and that they look at me differently because of it!

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31 Karen Constantino July 16, 2012 at 7:29 pm

As a Catholic School teacher I am able to live out my faith daily and be a living witness for my students. I devoured the Awakened as soon as it came out and many of the things written in it resonated with me. When I heard you were doing a devotional I was thrilled!! I have shared all your books with my co-workers and they in turn have passed them on to others.

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32 Andrea July 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I have found that when times get tough teaching inner city instrumental and vocal music, I just give it ALL to God. I used to worry about all the little things that I was unable to do in a school day, or school year, but after deciding that all that I have and all that I am belongs to Him, I trust in Him to use me as He has already planned. I have found that I am A LOT more stress-free when I give Him the troubles of the day that are out of my control!!! I can’t wait to check out the devotional!!

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33 Karen Doc July 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

One of my biggest moments of faith happened when my principal volun-told me I was being moved from 3rd to 5th grade next year. After many years I needed to remember that God has a plan for me and it is not always want I want. I’m reminded of the Lord’s prayer “thy will be done.”

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34 Heather Connors July 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I know that my faith has given me peace and encouragement during challenging times, and the immense joy of watching each of them grow in so many ways each day. I am blessed beyond measure to be their teacher!

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35 Brenda Keller July 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I had a student last year who pushed every button. I started praying that God would show me things in this young man that I could like about him. God answered the prayer as one day I was talking with this young man and the thought struck me…I really like this kid. I could see his good qualities and appreciate them, and appreciate him for whom God made him to be. I praise God for opening my eyes to the blessings that surround me daily.
Thanks Angela. I’m excited for your online Bible study!
Grace to You, Brenda

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36 Cindy July 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

The hope I have in Jesus translate into my classroom the first day I started. I was working full time again after being out of the workforce for 17 years. I knew if I was going to be successful in this new endeavor, I had to begin every day focus on Jesus, what HE did and does for me, and what HE can do through me.

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37 Wanda Ethridge July 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Thank you for all that you do to help others. You are a beacon.

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38 Lisa July 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Yes, thank you, Angela. I have been edified by reading everyone’s posts how our God is their Cornerstone each and every day in every way. Thank you for the encouragement to share our faith as you have shared yours.

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39 Denise Gertz July 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I work at a school where I can teach religion and do not think I would ever want to teach at a school where I couldn’t. I love teaching the students about faith and forgiveness. I can say prayers when needed and share this with not only my students but their families and my co-workers. What a wonderful environment to be in!

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40 Tamara Brown July 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

It has been the last couple of years that I realized that my teaching career is my ministry calling. I was guilty of putting my ministry and my career in separate boxes. I will not stop looking for a ministry outside of the classroom and focus on the ones right in front of me everyday.

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41 Michelle Miracle July 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Faith guides every aspect of my life and I am able to share this with my students. I work in a Catholic school and pray daily and share my faith with the children. I truly feel that teaching is a very special calling.

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42 Tricia Barksdale-Garza July 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I work at a Catholic school so Christianity is part of our daily lives. I teach history, but being able to open the students’ minds up to religion and share my faith daily is definitely a blessing. We have mass once a month all together. Experiencing about 400 students and faculty/staff all praising and praying together is amazing!

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43 Pam Manley July 16, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Have not read your books. Would love to win a copy of your book.

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44 Lauren July 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I don’t think I could have made it in this profession if I didn’t truly believe it was God wanted for my life. After reading the Awakening, I have realized that this life is a blessing and I am ready to take on all of it’s challenges!

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45 Jennifer Nagle July 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I teach in a Christian school and love the fact that I can freely teach the Word of God on a daily basis. I love when my devotions fit in with my lessons.

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46 Kim Symons July 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I have recently begun my journey with God (within this past year). I have definately become much more patient, understanding and tolerant for all of my students; remembering that every single child in my room is someone’s little baby and they are loved deeply. Reading a daily devotion would strengthen my faith, my patience, understanding, and tolerance. Please consider me as a winner of your 3rd book.

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47 Mary Cain July 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

My belief that, simply put, God created heaven and earth and all that is found therein has helped me in teaching about human development through time and physical geology. When students question, “How….?”, it is so easy to say that God is capable of anything. Concerning climate change and solar storms producing EM spikes that endanger all life, I find solstice in that God is in charge and his will will be done.

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48 Amanda Donajkowski July 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

A short comment? Here goes! I’m a student teacher, majoring in Special Education so thus far, this is what I have found: in this field praying for the patience to accept any and everyone for all the differences they may have; and to find a way, through prayer, to deal with obstacles in the most compassionate way possible. I have yet to be “awakened” by your other books, I’m sad to say. (They are on my Amazon Wish List though…maybe when I’m no longer a student I can afford them!)

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49 Diana Moberly July 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

My faith allows me to see my students as God sees them.

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50 Shanda July 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Being a christian and working in a christian environment is awesome! I shared Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching with my colleagues and we discuss daily how it has helped and still helps us. It has been exciting. Knowing God has given me the gift of teaching is not something I take lightly and knowing He has a plan for us all allows me to understand each student has issues that I am unaware of and come from homes that I know little about but we CAN pray… Awesome!

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51 Shibahn Landry July 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm

To me, teaching is a calling and not a job. It is a path chosen for those with unique characteristics that God put together in order to help children start following their paths led by God. During the nine months of school, those kids are mine. My husband and I use our faith to lead us in raising our child. I try to use the same principles with my students. I give them my all and constantly pray that I’m doing what is needed as well as for guidance for the next teaching moment. On many days, my faith is what keeps me going when I start to get overwhelmed.

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52 Monica Horn July 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

Although I teach in a public school, it is a rural community with a strong faith. We still have Christmas concerts and parties (not holiday parties). I love hearing comments about God and Jesus from students that happen on a regular basis when discussing issues. It is amazing what insights kids have without even realizing it. We still have Christmas concerts and parties. While I cannot directly talk about God, my hope my faith shows through with the way I treat my students. I also pray for my students and their needs.

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53 Beth July 17, 2012 at 2:30 am

Romans 4:17 New International Version (©1984)
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

I use this in classroom management by complementing a student for doing something that they are only partially doing or not doing and then they do it.

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54 Lacinda Legate July 17, 2012 at 3:52 am

Hey Angela,

I am looking forward to reading your book. There are several of us teachers at my school planning to start a Bible study/prayer group meeting at least once a week. This book would be a great resource for our group! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

I am from a rural area, but the LORD brought me to the city. The first week here I cried my eyes out every night. I trusted the LORD and knew He had a purpose. He has been with me each step of the way. The first year I taught in a Christian school. I taught a good part of my English lessons using the Bible. What better way to teach compare/contrast! The WONDERFUL thing is they learned about Jesus! It was a beautiful thing to watch Jesus at work!

The LORD has since moved me to the public school system in this city. I live out my Christian life before the students, leaping through open doors that come about. I have found that allowing Jesus to live through you inspires students to inquire about Him. I do seek the LORD to teach through me because there is no way I can do it without Him.

God bless you!
Lacinda

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55 Miriam July 17, 2012 at 8:22 am

Faith has led me over time to see my students, families, coworkers, and self with more compassion. It also helps me to remember that there is one savior of the world, and it’s not me!

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56 Sarah July 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

I am blessed to teach in a Christian school where I can share the love of Jesus freely with my students. I was privileged to lead a student to faith in Christ last year. My hope is to be a witness and a blessing to my students and their families. I find them to be such a blessing in return. Even those students who choose to misbehave bless me by helping to “sand off the rough edges” in my heart – those areas where I still need to learn to be more like Jesus.

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57 Denice Dodge July 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

Being a Christian teacher in a public school is not the easiest. The way that I go around this is that I teach a class called “Surviving Middle School” and my husband “piggy backs” it with an “Introduction to Christian music” at my church and I invite all of my students to attend if they want. The book that I follow is Christian based and my students seem to love it! I would absolutley LOVE to get a copy of this book. I haven’t been able to find any books even close to this.
Thanks for writing it!
Denice

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58 Jan July 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

When I am having a rough day or a series of rough days in the classroom, I always try to reflect and remember why and how I felt called to teach. I remind myself that God has a plan for me within my classroom and as I pray for guidance and direction on those rough days, I always ask that God grant me the ability to see the Face of Christ in those young faces I serve. As I serve them I need to remember that I am serving Christ as well! In addition, I pray that my students may see the face of Christ in me as I try to serve them well.

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59 Amanda July 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

When I’m struggling with a student, having faith reminds me to view the student through God’s eyes. I think that God probably doesn’t always differentiate between my behavior and that of my student. Having a relationship with Jesus is the only thing that allows me to change my attitude and approach toward a situation I want to change, instead of complaining that a student won’t change.

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60 Melinda Shaw July 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I’m so interested in this book! I find myself sometimes dreading the overwhelming demands of a new school year, and I need reminded of how much opportunity I have to be Christ to those I teach and to those with whom I teach. Instead of “job” done grudgingly ….we all need to have refreshed purpose to the “daily grind” to keep it from becoming only a income producing task. Our task is pointing all we meet to Jesus! THAT is invigorating :)

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61 Michelle Mason July 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hi Angela,

I have always felt called to teach , but circumstances prevented it. At 36, I went back to school and now at 40, God has opened doors! I will be teaching at a small private school, 5th and 6th grade. I feel so blessed and excited.

I believe that every child has something unique to offer and great potential to impact our world. My prayer is that I can help them to love learning and to know that God loves us and excepts us just as we are. We do not have to come to Him perfect, nor does He expect perfection. I’m thankful for that. I know that apart from Him, I can do nothing. With Him, I can move mountains, and I’m counting on it!!

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62 Dina July 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Angela,
I am so thankful that I have found your web site and your books. I haven’t bought them yet, but I am planning to very soon. I read a few pages of your Awakened book on Amazon and it so reminded me of myself in a previous teaching position. I know that book will help me a lot when I get my next job! I took time off to be a stay at home mom and I am currently looking for a teaching job. Your job interview tips have helped a lot and I’m about to review them because I have another interview tomorrow! The market where I live is extremely competitive. I went to one interview for a teaching position and they told me that 100 people had applied for 2 positions! My faith is helping me to keep looking for a teaching position knowing that god will put me where he wants me to be.

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63 Nick H. July 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I had the chance to help a student (a believer) through a rough time when his grandmother was ill. We talked about God’s path for our lives and how we can seek that path.

With another student, I was one of the few people who was able to witness her baptism as she happened to attend the same church as my wife and I, but her parents were not believers.

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64 Angie July 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I just downloaded a Kindle sample of “The Cornerstone” after searching for books on teaching…then came looking for your website after a couple of reviewers mentioned it. Glad I did! I’m a new teacher at a Christian school in Maryland and am thankful that I can openly talk about and praise the Lord who gave us so many wonderful things to learn about.

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65 Cookie3 July 18, 2012 at 5:27 am

Hi Angela,

First I apologize for mistakes I could write, I am French and my English is not always perfect. I’ve discovered you through a French teacher blog and thank God I did. I am reading the Cornerstone and it is just “the” book I was looking for. French education is very far from that I’m afraid, even in private schools like mine. Now, I am looking forward reading your new book, I am sure it corresponds to many christian educators.
Thanks for what you’re doing and I will end with this quotation from JPII “Education is much more than a job, it’s a mission that consists in helping each person to recognize what’s unique and irreplaceable in herself to make her grow and brighten up.
Sorry if the translation is not perfect ;-)

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66 Michelle Crowell July 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Knowing that not all of my students have a supportive and loving family makes it extremely important for me to love the children the way Jesus loves us. I’m not perfect but Jesus forgives me and each day is a brand new day. The same for my classroom: students make mistakes, we deal with it and move on. Each day is brand new. Mistakes (most of them anyways!!!) don’t carry over to the next day. Also knowing that I have Jesus to talk to and turn to at any time during the day has helped me with patience and also helps me think clearly and quickly! I’ll send up little prayers all day and have peace that I’m being helped from up above :)

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67 Susan Atkins July 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm

My faith has enabled me to view the children as God’s beloved, and to love them with the love of the Lord. Just like me, they are unpolished treasures. I’m so thankful I’ve been chosen to minister to His children.

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68 Mary Dixon July 19, 2012 at 5:14 am

I view teaching as a ministry where God has placed me to be a light to the youth in my classroom. I teach in a public school where very often I am the only light of Christ in the life of some children. With this view I always try to find the positive in each of my students. My philosphy is that when I no longer can see the positive in each and every student, then that is the day that I no longer need to teach. Jesus set an example for us to follow when he died for us. Look within and see the greatness that was created in his image – have love for your brothers and sisters which includes his precious children – our future.

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69 Laura July 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

I try to remind myself each day that the students I teach are God’s children. No matter how they act or what they do, they deserve to be treated as children of God.

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70 Alecia July 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

I had an instructor state that God said, “Feed my sheep.” He did not say, “Feed the cute ones, feed the fast learners, feed the ones that smell the best, feed the sheep with supportive parents…” God said to Feed His Sheep. That means all of them, every last one. They all deserve my best. When I become frustrated with a child or when I find it difficult to like them, I simply think “Feed my sheep.” and I am able to come back renewed and with a stronger sense of purpose.

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71 Susan Atkins July 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thank you for this, Alecia! I will remember this on those difficult days.

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72 Amanda Ashley July 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

My faith has brought me so far. This will be my first year teaching and I have to put my trust in Jesus to help me with all I will face as an educator.

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73 Rhoda July 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm

This is exciting!

The one way faith has impacted my teaching is that I’ve been able to speak great words of wisdom and life into my students. Last year was my 1st year of teaching…and it was very emotional for me to send my seniors off to graduation. I wrote them each individual notes (just one class of seniors) and gave quite an emotional speech about life’s hardships (minus the talking about God and Jesus). They were so moved that I cared so much about them. Several of my difficult students came up to me and were thanking me for those words. And because they knew it was my 1st year teaching them, and teaching them a difficult subject, they even gave me words of encouragement for my next year of teaching! It was amazing to see the fruit of the labor harvested right before my eyes and to see God work right through my actions and love.

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74 Susie July 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I downloaded the sample of your book, Awakening just before I left on vacation. I just bought the Kindle edition and am settling into read. I live the idea of a devotion focused for teachers! Our sermon this morning was “making decisions” and dealt with committing our way to God and letting Him be in charge of guiding the path our decisions take us down! I want to commit the new school year to His leading . I also am in need of renewal of passion and purpose! Looking forward to reading your book this afternoon !

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75 Judy Wald July 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I recently purchased “Awakened” for my nook. It has literally changed my life. It is the most amazing book for self-renewal I have ever read; every sentence speaks to me. You have brought a whole new attitude and focus to me. I am going to go back to the first page and read it again, taking careful notes, as soon as I am done. How I would love to do so with this companion piece- your Devotional Study Guide. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You have made an amazing difference. Judy

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76 Pamela Hamilton July 23, 2012 at 9:49 am

Praise God for this type of literature! I am in the process of being certified and I need all the support I can get to teach in the public high school arena.

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77 Mary July 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

My Christian faith in a public school has allowed me to be forgiving, more compassionate, and understanding of why my students may misbehave or are difficult because of the backgrounds they come from. Also, I pray for the salvation of my fellow teachers and my principal, sometimes sharing in their lives outside of the school arena.

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78 leila July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

You`ve been an inspiration to me. Happy to have found you through a webnar. Every time a student
says something that hurts a fellow or me I ask for more grace to correct his behavior in love. What makes me not say a dozen more offensive words back is the amazing grace o my beloved Jesus poured over me each day and His care preserving me from the contamination of this filthy world we live in. Praised be the Lord for gifts and efforts like yours.

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79 Mere July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

Strengthening my faith with God this past year has given me a ot more patience and understanding. I am grateful for every day and I believe my relay ship with Christ has keep me going in a very positive and calm direction.

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80 Trisha W. July 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

I actually haven’t started teaching yet, I’ll begin my first year this Fall. Fortunately, because of my faith, I’m going in with the mindset that I can’t do it on my own. No matter how much I want to help all my students through everything they are walking through or how badly I want to “save the world”, I can’t do it all.

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81 Fabia July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

No matter how dark a painting may appear to be, I do my best to have a closer look. And that is how my “educational attitude” reflects my essence.

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82 Deb Anderson July 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

Interested in a free copy. Sounds great

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83 Susie July 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

I teach in a public school and for the past 3 years really struggled with my new principal. However, I have tried very hard to lean on my faith to get me through. I try to bless my principal on a regular basis. I also started a gratitude journal and try to write something to be thankful for everyday at school. Of course I pray a lot too!

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84 Jennifer July 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

I read Awakened this summer because I needed something that would lift my spirits for the coming school year. This will be my 11th year teaching and I was feeling the burnout. I could relate to this book so much. Two of my coworkers have started reading it too. All of the examples are so familiar to us and I love the self talk. I hope to win the devotional. Thank you for writing this book!

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85 Charlie Danella July 23, 2012 at 10:35 am

My faith guides my daily life I try to always respond with love.

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86 Diane July 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

With all the changes in education going on, it’s hard to stay positive all the time. This looks like a great book!

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87 Katryce Lanspa July 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

My faith has always gotten me through the rough days of teaching. I am fortunate to be part of a group through my school where we share our joys, struggles and faith with each other on a regular basis and this isn’t always easy in a public school setting. Thanks for all the awesome books!

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88 Heather July 23, 2012 at 11:37 am

When I first read The Cornerstone, it was huge for me. I had been teaching for several years, but I had never seen things explained so clearly and logically for me. When you wrote Awakened, I knew that I needed to get it right away, because The Cornerstone was so pivotal for my teaching. I have to admit that I struggle and have to refer back to Awakened often…the principles of not letting negativity get a grip on my life are so powerful, and yet sometimes so difficult to implement. But I’m so thankful that you wrote it because I need that!! I am looking forward to your newest book because I believe it will speak to my heart and the devotionals will help me connect with Jesus in a way I am craving.

As far as my connection with God in my classroom…. When I am struggling, either with a student or myself, I try to remember that each child is God’s creation. And that He KNEW I would somehow be a part of the students’ lives. He planned that our paths would cross. I remember that I have a huge responsibility to be a positive influence in my students’ lives and pray that I can do what He wants me to do to make a positive impact. This is something I struggle with, but it’s my hope that they will *feel* His love and see His light even though it’s not something we can teach in public school.

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89 Lynette Saavedra July 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

How exciting Angela! You’re such an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to read this one =D

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90 Cheryl July 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

My faith has kept me going during times when it would have been so easy to leave teaching. It has also given me the strength and courage to listen to and talk with my students when they have been dealing with difficult issues. When doing activities and programs about Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter I’ve made sure that the religious aspect has been included.

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91 Pamela Hamilton July 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I don’t know how I would get through any day without starting it with Him!

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92 DeLaina July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I made it a point this year to make my commute to work all about prayer. I found it helpful to thank the Lord for entrusting these children to me. I asked him to help me see them with his eyes and love them with his heart, help me to build the kingdom of God through my work. It was the most rewarding and least stressful year of my career. Really looking forward to the book!

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93 Kendra July 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I always keep in mind the bible verse “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as unto the Lord.” It helps me keep my priorities straight at school, especially in this time of budget cuts and bad attitudes toward the teaching profession. It’s easy to go the other way!

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94 Brenda Miller July 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Angela,
Thank you for providing these resources. It is so easy to get burned out in our field. This past year I really worked to find JOY in each day… especially in my classroom. I invited one of my fellow teachers to be my JOY accountability partner. Each morning and/or afternoon we would spend a few minutes sharing our “JOY snapshots” from the day. It really helped to put our minor struggles in perspective.

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95 Jaime July 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm

This school year I am going to begin everyday with biblical confessions. Confessions for myself to have a great day and confessions for my students to be successful. I know that there is power in the tongue and that confessing God’s word works!

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96 Persida Himmele July 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Congratulations on your third book! I’m very excited to order and begin using it:)

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97 Cori July 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

Congratulations on your book. I do believe that teaching is a calling and it is a mission field.

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