Growing Great Kids (BookWorm Giveaway)

You see this beautiful book I’m holding?

Well, I am thrilled to announce it’s April’s featured BookWorm giveaway.

Growing Great Kids by Kate Battistelli.

Not only do I have the honor of knowing her personally but she is someone I seriously look up to.

She is confident, funny, driven, compassionate, and tells it like it is. A beautiful woman, inside and out who genuinely loves on people.

And when she placed her book in my hands a month ago, it dawned on me that I don’t read much of anything in regards to raising godly children.

Aside from owning a copy of The Power of a Praying Parent, which I bought years ago during my battle with paralyzing anxiety, it never occurred to me to reach out for more resources.

So this was exactly what I needed. Especially now. With homeschooling, working from home, working on my writing, and trying to run a household, I have been putting intentional parenting on the back burner far too often.

In other words, not only do I fail to give the best of me to my children but I also fail to believe and nourish the best in them.

I guess that is what happens when you get too busy. Your priorities get skewed.

Fortunately, a resource like Growing Great Kids is there to lift the scales off your eyes and remind you, guide you, and encourage you through scripture on how to be a parent who leads by example, a parent who is actively involved in their child’s life.

In the book, Kate not only shares her journey of raising her daughter, Francesca Battistelli, she also covers an array of topics which are all extremely important in helping children become everything God called them to be.

The power of our words as parents, the importance of walking in purity, being available and praying without ceasing are some of the subjects discussed in great depth throughout the chapters.

And all the personal stories are like icing on the cake because it gives me deeper insight into who Kate is as a woman, a wife and a mom, making me love her even more than I already do.

Her chapter on Pursuing Purity in Heart and Mind stood out the most for me because she touched on a certain matter that many parents completely overlook, a matter in which I have discussed quite a few times with many people.

It’s regarding the media. An area in life that most Christians aren’t careful with.

What movies and shows do you allow yourself to watch? What music do you listen to? What magazines are on your coffee table?

Do you have stacks of Victoria’s Secret catalogs lying around? Do you think the movie Hangover is hilarious? Do you watch shows that mock sexual purity and the sanctity of marriage such as The Bachelor or Modern Family?

Kate reminds her readers,

“Christian parents have a huge responsibility to set a godly standard in their home and remain consistent. What kind of example do you set when you restrict  what your child watches from day to day, yet you and your spouse go out on a Friday night to an R-rated movie, listen to profanity-laced music, or play a violent video game?”

The last thing we should be is hypocritical parents. We can’t pray and pray for our children to grow into these godly adults who have a passion for the Lord yet allow ourselves to engage in media that spits at modesty, scoffs at purity, and glamorizes darkness.

That’s an example of living life with one foot out the door. It is a seed you definitely should not sow. It will not reap anything good.

Regardless of what boundaries you set for your children, of what message you preach to them, it won’t produce good fruit unless you, as a parent, genuinely and wholeheartedly lead by example.

And don’t be deceived by the lie that it’s all harmless entertainment.

Because it isn’t.

“There is a spiritual battle being waged in our culture for our children’s hearts and minds . . . ungodly images and temptations coming against our children daily through music, movies, video games, DVD’s, social networks, books and so much more with only one goal; to steal, kill, and destroy your child’s destiny, calling and future. It’s a real battle and as parents, we need to be vigilant at all times . . . Remember, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he will devour.”

If you think exposing yourself to dirty media will not affect you and your household, think again.

When you give the enemy an inch, he will be quick and clever in consuming you completely.

For our household personally, my husband and I decided to stand in agreement that we were not going to compromise in this area, that we were not going to give the devil a foothold, that we were going to be a family who lived by Psalm 101:3, making sure that we set nothing wicked before our eyes.

So I am extremely grateful that Kate touched on this subject, as well as many other crucial issues in parenting.

And one lucky reader will get a copy of their own.

The  deadline to enter this month’s giveaway is April 11th by midnight PST. Winner will be announced the following day.

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  1. Arissa Pacheco says:

    I heard about this book on the radio, would love to read it!

  2. Inna Poprozhuk says:

    I also heard about this book on klove radio. Sounds like just the type of book I’m looking to read to get more insight and knowledge about raising the two little ones I have so far to lead godly lives.

  3. Natalya says:

    I haven’t heard of this book, but I’ve recently started to have a strong awakening for Jesus and to grow closer to God and further from the world. Being a mom of two kids, this would be a good read for me on how to rear my boys…the media and culture is saturated with ungodliness. I was able to gently explain to them that Pokemon and many other related cartoons and cards are very bad and that God does not likes them and they happily helped throw them away and no longer ask about them…I still have a long way to go but I’m putting my faith and trust in God, he will give wisdom!

    • Z says:


      Reading stuff like this makes me cry tears of joy. There is something so profound and so beautiful when an individual who has distanced themselves from God is suddenly awakened to His truth and craves Him like a plant craves water. There is a book that will be featured for the month of May which I know without a shadow of a doubt will pull at every fiber of your being and bring you to deeper fellowship with Christ. I’m praying for you beautiful. God has never left your side. He comes UNDONE just at the slightest glance of you. Keep drawing near to Him and He will draw nearer to you :*

  4. Inna Kebbe says:

    I have not heard of the book, BUT i sounds wonderful!
    Me and Michael are commited to raising Godly
    And humble children . We use prayer to build a hedge of Gods
    Protection on them daily. Im very interested to read this book and I
    Am someone who could use more resources . I whileheartedly
    Believe that our children are the future and parents are souly responsible
    For what kind of individuals they become by praying, being outstanding
    Examples and investing in their futures and present. Thanks for
    Your blog i enjoy it and see you as a great woman after Gods own heart,
    And a mommy who loves her girls unconditionally!
    My favorite blog of yours was about Sims and her delayed
    Speach. Im currently going through that with my 22 month old but
    I know she hears and understand and will speak
    When shes good and ready, but its a tough season in my life to
    Be going through when Drs tell u she needs help and could have all
    Sorts of problems . Well, thanks again , Sincerely, Inna

    • Z says:

      Don’t worry about your daughter my dearest. And don’t let the doctors have you doubt her intelligence. She will talk when she’s ready and then you’ll find yourself wondering if she’ll ever be quiet. Lol. I’m in that boat at times but then I am reminded of how a year ago she couldn’t say more than half the stuff she says now and then I simply rejoice at the fact that she’s loud. So be patient and get ready for her to start surprising you :) hugs!

  5. Ashley says:

    Another great post Z! I absolutely love reading parenting books of all kinds, but somehow I have yet to read any biblically based ones : / (I certainly need to start!!!!) I would love to read this and add it to my mommy arsenal! As parents, it’s is our responsibility to be the best parents we can possibly be to raise our children to their highest potential, and I’m constantly seeking out wise words and advice from trusted sources. Kate seems like one of those wonderful resources and examples!

  6. Anna Voloshin says:

    My hubby and I are trying to have a baby and this would be a perfect book to read so I can have some feel of what there is to come. :)

  7. Laura says:

    Would *love* to have a copy of this book! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Tamika says:

    This looks great. I want to read it now too! Thanks for posting about it!

  9. natalia says:

    This book sounds really interesting, I have 2 get it! I want 2 be the best parent I can & w/ Gods help & a few great parenting books I hope I can raise wonderful soldiers 4 His glory.

  10. Julia Drozdov says:

    I would live to read this book, I do have a 10 1/2 month old and it’s something that would help and give me MORE ideas on how to raise my child I hope.

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