Thursday, August 29, 2013

Growing Great Kids by Kate Battistelli

"Growing great kids doesn't happen by accident.
 It only happens when we're intentional, honest, patient, and unwavering."

This is the point that Kate Battistelli, mom to Christian music artist Francesca Battistelli, drives home in her book "Growing Great Kids." I was skeptical of another parenting book, but this one is truly different. I felt challenged and brought to tears several times beginning in the first chapter.

Being a mom of 3, I often wonder if I am doing enough. I have always prayed for my children, but this book has challenged me to pray differently, more specifically for each child.  Ms. Battistelli writes about how she prayed specific prayers over her daughter, kept a journal of the prayers, and when God answered them, she wrote in the date. I have been personally challenged to start praying over every aspect of my children's lives and to journal those requests. I believe that seeing those prayers answered will be a huge faith booster!

Ms. Battistelli really challenges parents to "Train up" their children. She encourages us to pray with our children to help find their God given purpose in life and cultivate it. I finished the book feeling encouraged that God loved my children more than I do, that He has a individual plan for each one, and that He wanted to help me guide them. He wants what is best in their lives, and that He wants me to seek His face when raising them.

Each chapter ended with questions that made me really think through the truths of the chapter. She ended with a prayer asking God for help in the areas covered. I found myself truly crying out these prayers instead of just reading them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

You can purchase your copy on Amazon ,, or Barnes & Noble.

A Note From the Author:
"I want to share with you that I'm not a childrearing expert. But I am an expert in raising my child just as you're an expert in raising yours.
No one knows your child better than you do and no one will love them, pray for them and fight for their future like you will. I’m passionate about helping you believe God has a Big Purpose, a God-sized plan for your precious family. 
I have no interest in greatness but I have a great interest in helping you raise great kids and encouraging you to partner with God to uncover their unique destiny. Our children are entrusted to us for such a short season and our job is to nurture, guide, train and help them become all God has called them to be!"
You can learn more about Kate on her website.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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