Susan Schaeffer Macaulay grew up in Switzerland at L’Abri Fellowship, which was founded by her parents Francis and Edith Schaeffer. She and her husband Ranald Macaulay established and led the L’Abri branch in England for several years. She is best known for her book For the Children’s Sake which helped to bring the ideas of the 19th Century educational philosopher, Charlotte Mason, to a new generation. The author also contributed to Books Children Love and When Children Love to Learn.
For the Family’s Sake focusses on the value of home in everyone’s life, married or single; divorced or widowed.
Years ago Edith Schaeffer wrote about family life in a way that helped me rethink and understand the importance of ‘home’ after the fallout from my parent’s divorce. Her daughter’s book, first published in 1999, speaks into our modern lives, into our busy digital society, to give us a vision and blueprint for ‘home’ at a time when it seems to be eroding.
Macaulay’s idea of ‘home‘ is one of beauty but it is also realistic. I appreciate that she understands that life can be hard but she doesn’t let that be an excuse to give up and become bitter about not having the life we might dream about.
There are fourteen chapters in this 286 page book. Some are quite short but others are a fair bit longer. My plan is to read approximately one chapter per week and write a blog post when I’ve finished and generate some discussion about what we’ve read. I’m not going to be rigid about the chapter per week but that’s my initial aim. A particularly long chapter can be spread over two weeks.
If you’ve read this book before, feel free to add your insights. It’s been a long time since I first read it and I’m surprised that considering the popularity of For the Children’s Sake that this book isn’t as well known. It deserves to be and I hope in a small way to bring it to the attention of more people.
If you don’t have a copy of the book it’s available as a digital copy:
Koorong E Book (You can read the preface & first two chapters here for free)