A dear friend of mine was telling me that she hasn't found any Christian parenting books that she loves. When she said that to me, I had to think about which ones I really like. My very favorite is the Parent's Handbook for Shepherding a Child's Heart by Ted Tripp. I like it even more than the book, actually. It is a Bible Study about what God's Word says to parents. Aside from those two books, though, it often feels as if Christian parenting books are more self help than biblically based instruction.
But, I am so thankful when God breaks down my stereotypes and my cynicism! Growing Grateful Kids did just that for me. It truly encouraged me as a woman and as a mom. Susie Larson shares so many stories about her kids and her own heart that made this book a very easy read. Every chapter I read left me pondering and chewing on something. Many of the things she says were things that I've thought about and considered, but have not articulated very well. She says things well and poignantly.
I've quoted from this book several times over the past few months--which is an indication to me that I really am enjoying a book I'm reading.
If you desire to cultivate a grateful heart that loves the Lord in both yourself and your children, I highly recommend reading this book! One of my biggest struggles with the culture that we live in today is the entitlement mentality that is fostered and encouraged. This book takes aim squarely at that mentality and hits the nail on the head.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishing for review.