Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Review and a Giveaway(!): Mind to Mind

Mind to Mind: An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason and Karen Glass

Karen Glass, a member of the Advisory at AmblesideOnline, has abridged Charlotte Mason's sixth volume, Towards A Philosophy Of Education, in an effort to provide a clear and concise summary of Mason's most comprehensive book.

A Charlotte Mason aficionado might gasp at an abridgement, but I think Ms. Glass has done a great service to the modern educator, at home or in a school. Her website states:
If you cannot bear to think of reading anything less than every word Charlotte Mason wrote in her original volume, this abridgment is not for you. (I confess that I fall into that category, myself.) But if you have tried to read Charlotte Mason’s volumes and found the Victorian-style prose hard going, or simply lack the time to tackle the long books, this shorter version may be exactly what you need.
Very carefully, Ms. Glass has removed references to events and people unfamiliar today while maintaining the heart of Mason's philosophy and exhortations. She has not altered any of Charlotte Mason's words, merely removed some of them. Though I am not an expert, I could find no instance where the removal of words altered Mason's assertions. Mind to Mind flows seamlessly without jarring instances where the reader notices something missing. In addition, Ms. Glass also added helpful chapter divisions and introductory paragraphs. Some sections of complete text appear in one of the three appendices.

I read Towards a Philosophy of Education years ago when my oldest was just beginning school. With four young children and a part-time job, my ability to concentrate suffered greatly. A book like Mind to Mind would have introduced me to the philosophy of Charlotte Mason without wading through as much text. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in an introduction to Charlotte Mason. After reading Mind to Mind, it would be a smooth transition to read not only the complete text of Towards a Philosophy of Education, but any of Charlotte Mason's five other volumes.

Giveaway

With the permission of the author, I have decided to give away my review copy of Mind to Mind. It's the one I read and the cover looks like it's been carried around a bit, but the pages are clean and I didn't write or underline it in. If you'd like to enter, just leave a comment below (make sure I can contact you) before midnight Central time on Monday telling me why you'd like to read Mind to Mind. Friends and family are welcome to enter, but US addresses only. I'll use a sophisticated method to choose a winner (writing names on pieces of paper and letting my one non-literate child pull one out of a bowl).

Mind to Mind officially releases tomorrow, September 4, but I see Amazon is already shipping copies, so you can order now and have your copy in hand before my giveaway is over and the Matchbook price for the Kindle is $0, so you could start reading the e-book within a few minutes.


I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review. Links to Amazon are affiliate links, but links to the author's website are not.

19 comments:

  1. I am brand new on my CM journey and am reading everything I can get my hands on! I just finished Catherine Levison's book and am working my way through CM's 20 Principles and part of Ourselves (vol 4) with a study group. I've heard that Volume 6 is a wonderful place to start, and I'm sure Mind to Mind would be a great way to help me through it. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing, Jill (and for connecting me with the MA fb group)! ~Nicki

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  2. I would love to read this, and I'm definitely not in a position to wade through the entire thing right now. Just finished Karen Glass' book and loved it.

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    1. Oh, I've only read the first few chapters of Consider This. I'm anxiously awaiting it from the library for a second time! (Someone else and I must be trading off because I can never renew it.)

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  3. Oooh, I so want to read this! I am trying to get through the original works but with four kids, it's not very easy. :)

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  4. Kim, thanks for commenting. Isn't it amazing how the kids drain all our mental energy?

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  5. I have started looking at Charlotte Maspn style and would love to check this out!

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    1. Dorothy, this book is perfect for someone just learning about Charlotte Mason.

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  6. Oh! I would love to read this to learn more about Charlotte Mason's philosophy and how to apply it to our days!

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    1. Michelle, this would be a great first CM book for you, if you haven't read any of her books yet. And you just might be able to handle this version while snuggling a baby!

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  7. I'd love a copy of this book to pass along to newbie CM friends--I have quite a few that are enthusiastic to learn but overwhelmed at the thought of wading through the volumes, so I think this would be perfect. :)

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    1. Celeste, I think it would be perfect for someone overwhelmed at the volumes. That's exactly why I decided to give it away on the blog.

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  8. OK, I'd love to read this and then pass it along. Like Celeste, I'm always wanting to encourage people in the direction of this kind of education.

    Thanks for extending the deadline, Jill!

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  9. I think I agree with Celeste. I am mid volume 6 and love the language and references, but I'd like to quickly read through this and then definitely pass on to friends not as interested in wading through Victorian English.

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    1. Amanda, I think it would be great for an overview and then returning to the complete text. Thanks for commenting!

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  10. Reading Karen’s book, “Consider This” right now...would love to read this one as well...thanks for the chance to win! Lovely blog!

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    1. I'm in the middle of Consider This and think it's wonderful. I hope you enjoy it!

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  11. I would love to add this to my CM reading this year! I am just beginning Vol 1 and 3, with 6 next on my list, but it will take me a while to get there. This sounds like a wonderful way to capture the main ideas before I can read the entire volume. Thanks for your review and giveaway :)

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    1. Reading this before getting too far into vol 1 and 3 will give you a great overview of Charlotte Mason's overall philosophy.

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