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Homeschool Success Story
Volume 118, Program 55
2/21/2013
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Homeschooling can be a wonderful way to prepare your student for any vocation he or she feels called to. Today on Home School Heartbeat, your host Mike Smith asks writer Rachel Coker how homeschooling prepared her to be a novelist.

Mike Smith: Homeschooling can help prepare students for any vocation they might feel led to pursue. Rachel, how do you feel that homeschooling actually prepared you to be an author?

Rachel Coker: Homeschooling definitely encouraged me to be thinking on my own and to be trying new things. I know that all my years, my parents just pushed me to, you know, “try this and try that and see how far you can go,” and I think that a lot of that just really made me open to doing something crazy like trying to get a book published. And I definitely had the academic background that I needed in order to be a great writer, and my parents’ support! That was just a really amazing and encouraging thing for me.

Mike: Well, Rachel, do you think you’re going to be a writer for your whole life?

Rachel: You know what, I really just want to do whatever God calls me to do. I always tell people, “You should be doing whatever makes you happy.” So for right now, writing is what makes me happy; it’s what brings me joy. But, you know, who knows what’ll happen 5, 10, 15 years from now; I’m open to different possibilities!

Mike: Well, thanks again for being with us this week, and until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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