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Help your child become everything God made them to be Successful adults don’t happen by accident. It takes wisdom to raise your children with a strong sense of their destiny in God and a deep knowledge of their gifts and callings. In Growing Great Kids, Kate Battistelli shares what she and her husband, Mike, learned about parenting during the journey of raising their daughter—Dove Award–winning recording artist Francesca Battistelli. Using anecdotes to illustrate the insights she and her husband gained,...
Help your child become everything God made them to be Successful adults don’t happen by accident. It takes wisdom to raise your children with a strong sense of their destiny in God and a deep knowledge of their gifts and callings. In Growing Great Kids, Kate Battistelli shares what she and her husband, Mike, learned about parenting during the journey of raising their daughter—Dove Award–winning recording artist Francesca Battistelli. Using anecdotes to illustrate the insights she and her husband gained, she provides practical advice including:
Foreword Francesca Battistelli xv
1 Gifts and Callings 5
2 The Power of a Parent's Words 23
3 Seeing the Oak Tree in the Acorn 33
4 Pursuing Purity in Heart and Mind 43
5 Tools of the Trade 65
6 Be Available 77
7 Destiny of the Diligent 91
8 Encouraging Their Walk With God 121
9 Model Humility 135
10 When Your Ceiling Becomes Their Floor 145
11 Prayer, the Essential Ingredient 155
12 Growing Integrity 173
13 Timing Is Everything 187
14 Don't Be a Hindrance to the Dream 205
15 Common Parenting Traps 219
Posted December 28, 2012
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.
Posted November 28, 2012
I loved getting the chance to review Growing Great Kids by Kate Battistelli – mom to Dove Award–winning recording artist Francesca Battistelli.
I really wish I had this book when I was raising my kids –what a life changer it would have been for me as a mom trying to do a good job raising my kids. I put so much pressure on myself to do it right, this book would have allowed me to release that burden to God. I was inspired by how much Kate showed she relied on God to help her in her role of mom.
The focus on praying really stood out to me in a HUGE way. That is something that I will do more of now.
Kate talks about being an example for your children and I completely agree. I have seen in many families, mine included, that the examples parents display – good or bad – play a very important role for children later in life.
We all know kids don’t grow up to be successful overnight and on their own. There is so much pressure and bad influence that our kids have to face today, more than any other generation. This book helps parents and/or grandparents to guide their children to becoming the person God created them to be.
The strategies Kate highlights are realistic, doable and will allow you to strengthen your own faith walk while raising your own great kid.
Posted August 6, 2012
I have received a wonderful opportunity to review “Growing Great Kids” by Kate Battistelli. Does that last name ring a bell? If you are a Christian music lover like myself, it should. She is Francesca Battistelli’s mom. So, when I saw that I had the opportunity to review this book, I jumped. She is the mom of the singer of my theme song “This is the Stuff”. (When all the little stuff is starting to get to me and the bottle ring falls on the floor and I am about to lose it “This is the stuff” comes into my head and I start to sing, I end up calming down - however, I digress.)
There are so many amazing “nuggets” in this book. During the first part I found myself thinking … okay, that is good, but it won’t work right now, she’s 2. But as I kept reading I found some ideas and things that apply to me right now in my life. Things like scripture that jumps out speaking directly to what is going on, or why things might be the way they are right now. Scripture like, “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.” Proverbs 28:19 Or reminders of the power of the spoken word from Isaiah 55:10-11.
“Successful adults don’t happen by accident.” Using examples from her own life Kate gives us wisdom on how to grow, mine and cultivate great kids. She gives us tips like - be the example of what you expect from your children. Or other tips like - encourage their walk with God.
I think the chapter that really stood out for me was the chapter on prayer and how essential it is. Kate discusses on the importance of praying the details. She talks about it in two different areas in the book. God delights in the details of life, we should be praying about the details of our children’s lives. She even suggests to write our prayers down and write down dates of when they were answered and how. Remember always, you are being watched, by your kids.
Not only does Kate give us great bits of wisdom on what to do. She talks about what not to do and the traps to avoid. Tips like, avoid sarcasm, be realistic with your expectations, and don’t forget to put your marriage first.
This was a great book. It is one that I will choose to re-read from time to time as my children age. As my children grow the book will speak to me differently during the different seasons of our lives.
Posted July 16, 2012
I found “Growing GREAT KIDS” written by “Kate Battistelli” to be a very uplifting and encouraging source of information. I did not know what to expect from this book but as a Grand-parent of four, I was anxious to check it out. I am so glad I did. I found this book both informational and encouraging in a way I was not expecting. Even though the title suggests it is a Religion instruction book, I found it to be more of a chat book. By this, I mean that I felt like I was on the front porch chatting with a friend. Kate has a talent for uplifting instead of preaching. She shared trials from her own life and how they helped to teach her to be a better parent. At the end of each chapter, there is a list of questions to ask yourself, as well as a short prayer to encourage. I found these questions to be both thought-provoking and helpful. For instance, these are just a couple of the questions, you will find at the end of chapter two:
Examine the words you speak to your child. Are they building her up or tearing her down? Are they speaking life or death?
What kinds of words do your children hear you use when speaking to or about your spouse?
As person who is big into genealogy, I found chapter 10 particularly interesting. A few of the questions at the end are useful when thinking of raising children from a genealogy point of view:
What gifts, talents and abilities run in your family?
Are they evident in your child?
The one thing that I did not like is that the majority of scripture reference is the “New King James Version of the bible. I am finding that many authors are using this version of scriptures. However I use the “King James” version of the bible so I looked each verse up for myself. There were some references to “Amplified Bible” as well as the “King James” version as well.
As I started reading this book, I found that I was going to need a few things on hand at all times. I needed a pen and my journal to write down my thoughts as they came into my mind while reading this amazing book. I also needed a red pencil and my scriptures. While reading this book, I found my mind wondering from one scripture to another. My red pencil referenced my thoughts and linked my verses in my scriptures.
I found this book helpful as a grand- parent and as a concerned citizen in our neighborhood. I kept thinking of the changing society we are living in and how we need to concentrate on the way we raise children in a Godly way. The back of the book has a “note” section that I found helpful. It also has an internet link to sign up for free newsletters from Charisma Mag.
I give this book a 5 star and recommend it to anyone who works with children or is concerned about them in any way.
I received a free copy of this book from the author through CWA, in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my review. I give honest reviews.
Posted November 6, 2012
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