Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review: Growing Great Kids

Growing Great Kids by Kate Battistelli is a christian book based on cultivating God’s purpose in your child’s life.  I’d like to start that I am a fan of Francesca’s music and after reading this book, it’s evident that Kate is one proud mama!   However,  as a mom of 4 kids myself, I had high aspirations for reading a book that would be a christ-based,  parenting book.  Right out of the gate, it was evident that this book was not it as it has an overwhelming theme of the author talking continually about her daughter, Franny.  I do feel that this book read more like an autobiography and would recommend this book to anyone who want to read up on the life of Francesca Battistelli, her childhood and launching into her music career and not so much on christian parenting.

This book is broken down into 15 chapters, each with topics relevant to child-rearing.  Again, you will hear in each chapter how it was relevant to raising Franny and how each step in her childhood becomes an example of that topic.  Each topic is put to the test with bible verses and questions to think about, which was an enjoyable part of the book.   I was most impressed with Chapter 13, Timing is Everything.  As stated in Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”  From growth to preparation to maturity and beyond, we as parents must learn how to cultivate that growth and know that during that time, good or bad, it’s all what is destined for our children.  

Prayer and faith are two crucial steps in the foundation of raising up children who put God first in their lives, each step of the way.   Whether you are new to raising a child or a seasoned parent/grandparent, this book does a wonderful job on making reference to pertinent topics.  Armed with the knowledge, prayer and some thoughtful insight, what great tools to have for the journey!  

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book 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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