Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book Review: Growing Great Kids by Kate Battistelli

As a part of the CWA Review Crew,
I am given the opportunity 
to get copies of books,
hard copies or e-copies,
in exchange for an honest review.

I have read and reviewed one book already

The next review book on my list was:

Growing Great Kids
by Kate Battistelli

Growing Great Kids by, Kate Battistelli

Here is what she writes about the book:

Kate Battistelli / Growing Great Kids
ISBN: 967-1-61638-654-2 | List Price: $14.99 | Format: Softcover | Page Count: 238
Partner with God to cultivate His purpose in your child’s life
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, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning recording artist Francesca Battistelli.
Using anecdotes to illustrate the insights she and her husband gained, she provides practical advice including:
  • How to dream God’s big dream for your child
  • The value of humility and integrity
  • How to interpret God’s seasons in a child’s life
Kate Battistelli is a wife, author, speaker, former Broadway actress, and mom to one of Christian music’s most celebrated new recording artists—Grammy-nominated, Christian contemporary singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli.
Kate currently volunteers at ESTHER Single Mothers Outreach and is thoroughly enjoying her newest role as grandmother to Francesca’s first child, Matthew Elijah.
She writes about parenting, food and faith regularly at

My Thoughts:
This book has a great premise!
And it is just stocked with thought provoking
ideas and questions.
I honestly did not make it through the whole book.
I tried,
I tried HARD.

I have carried it around with me for WEEKS 
picking it up and TRYING to get into it.

It was really hard for me to relate to the writer.
She has one child,
she and her husband had careers in theater.
I have 4 children
my husband and I have careers in science.
And theater does not interest me.

So I had a VERY hard time relating.

I mentioned that I carried this book around with me,
I mean that literally.
I have a binder that I take with me just
about every where I go
to take notes in and keep papers in.
I had this book in my zipper binder
when I went to take a class
at our church so I could volunteer with VBS.
A fellow class member saw the book 
and asked me about it.
I recommended it,
but was honest and told her I could relate
to the writer.

Then during VBS, my games co-leader
informed me that she had 1 child
and he was the puppeteer for 
our VBS mascot for this
year's theme - 
"Octo the Octopus"
I told her about the book...
it sounded perfect for her!

This book is very thought provoking,
if you can get through it.
I did skip around and read parts of it. 
I WILL be hanging on to this book.

The main idea is
helping your child find their way.
What are they good at?
What "gift" did God give them?
Find that gift and FEED IT!
I will keep this thought in the back of my mind
as I raise my young children.

And hopefully I will eventually make it through the book,
the whole book.

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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