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Product Details

  • Series: Hearts at Home Books
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (February 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802452825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802452825
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First of all, I just have to say this: It's about stinking time you write a parenting book!  Holy cow!  This is stinking amazing.  I haven't read too many parenting books because most of them are incredibly unrealistic and eye-rolling cheezy.  But this one is excellent.  SUPERB.  You have so many funny stories (humor is always good) that I have been laughing out loud A LOT.  I keep saying to Skip, "Ok you gotta hear this...Oh you gotta listen to this..."  And your insight into those moments is truly wonderful.  I just love this book.  Overall you have some profound insight, laugh-out-loud moments and easily applicable concepts.  Really good stuff.  Your personal stories that you include are appropriate and give such good perspective. I love your transparency. 

I like that this is a book about parenting but with a spiritual tone.  It's a really good tool for the parent who needs to be equipped. 

This is a great start to an excellent book! Another best seller. :-)

-Carolyn Crust, mother of two

I so appreciate this book, it has been such a wonderful resource to help me put things into check. I feel like we live in such a spoiled, greedy, selfish world and when you stop and think about those around us who are going through so many difficult things our little things really are little in comparison. I want to teach and show that to my kids I want them to be more grateful and compassionate. I feel like we have been so negative and judgemental!

And as you put it about the bum on the street it doesn't mean he's just a lazy drunk, we don't know what happened in his life to put him there but we need to have more compassion for him and take the time to pray for him and those out there who aren't as fortunate as us!

As I look around my house I know my kids have too much, Your book has inspired me to teach my children to give some of it away to someone who doesn't have as much someone who could really appreciate it.

I Thank you for this book cause it has really opened my eyes and my heart and makes me want to do better in the lives of my kids I want them to grow up grateful and with compassion. I think when this book gets out it will change alot of lives and hearts!!

This is by far one of the best parenting books I have ever read!!! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of it! you truly have a calling!!

-Kathy Newberg, mother of four

I love the message coming through the pages. Each chapter gives me practical applications, but even more valuable I think is the 'concept' teaching you do naturally and with humor and with humility.  thank you.  May the Lord continue to strengthen you and give you His message to send out.  I can't tell you how many teaching moments are prompted after reading what you wrote..  like the teaching about giving our children a worldview..  so needed.  And, asking for promised wisdom.  As parents we so easily forget to call on His help and fully engage in His Kingdom work daily..  You have a unique way of showing a glimpses of His kingdom work..

-Cindy Larson, mother of two

I LOVE this book! I wish I had it when my kids were young. This book is not only for parents of young children, but for anyone who spends time with children.

-J.T.

As I read the chapters, I sense that God really wants to get across how much He loves us.  I don't think women, and most people for that matter, realize just how much God loves them.  You mention in Chapter 1, "Cultivating a heart of gratitude in our children is impossible unless we ourselves are grateful.  We can't impart something we do not posses."  This is SO profoundly true.  If we don't actually realize God's love for us, how can we be believable when we tell our children this amazing truth? All I have to say is wow and thank you!  I can not tell you how happy I am that you are writing a book like this!  Your past struggles are going to help so many people who are in the same place you once were. 

-S.J.

As I read this book, I feel like I am getting a "2-for-1" deal!  I have read many books on parenting and this is the first one that does such a great job of helping me to start with me and my life, as it will then spill over into my kids and their lives.  I LOVE the "Personal Application" followed by the "Parental Application".  Such a great re-cap of the chapter with easy, practical ways to use them in our every-day lives.  It is humbling and inspiring all at the same time!  It feels like I am sharing a cup of tea and encouraging, insightful conversation with you - very relatable.  Your humor and candor shine through each chapter.  Bless you, for tools and examples from your own personal life that will help me to become a better parent and a better me!  

-A.M.

Growing Grateful Kids is such a great source of conviction, encouragement, and inspiration to spur me on to finishing this parenting race well and not sputter out along the way. This book compels me to submit my own character to the refining of the Holy Spirit that I may be equipped to impart those lessons on to my children. Thank you, Susie, for taking the time, for submitting in obedience, and writing this down for a generation in desperate need of this kind of parenting book!

-G.M.

Susie Larson is not just a great author, or great speaker or great mom; she is a great example of a great example. Her motivation is to tell the world that you too can do anything in partnership with Christ Jesus. She gives us the opportunity to see the weaknesses and successes of her and her family's lives. She is so open with her familyexamples, because she cares so much about the welfare of other families.  I have had the privilege to know Susie for many years. She is what she writes and she has no other agenda than to be doing Gods agenda. For anyone who would like the very best for their children or grand children, I highly recommend this book, it is a book that will keep on giving, and it will be a legacy to you and yours, inspired by God through Susie.

-L.C., father of four, and grandfather of 13 children

Wow. you have put sooooo much good stuff in the book! I am asking God to provide me with the funds to buy a case of books so I can hand them out to every young parent that I know.

-J.T.

This book is an amazing journey to go on with Susie! I love how she bears her heart and experience as a parent throughout it. Each chapter ends with practical ideas for personal and parental application. Be ready to be challenged and transformed by the Holy Spirit in your thinking as you read through this book and apply what you are learning. Your kids will be blessed as you take what you learn and pass it on to them!

-M.N.

In today's society, considerate people are as scarce as rare jewels. In her book Growing Grateful Kids, Susie Larson has initiated the process to reverse this socioeconomic calamity.  She gives today's mothers the vision of creating a new generation of grateful individuals.  She encourages modern mothers, through introspection and changes in their own lives, to teach their children thankfulness in every situation.  This book is different from other self-help books because it includes Biblically-based principles, practical advice, and a keen sense of humor which entice the reader to dig deeper into God's way of Growing Grateful Kids.

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P. Larson

"Coming from the perspective of a single person with no children, I think this book is an outstanding read!  Not only did I gain insight on how to parent from a Godly perspective, but I laughed, cried, and was spiritually encouraged to the very last word!  I have known the Larson's for several years, so I have seen first hand what a wonderful example they are for others.  I cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to read this book - it will change your way of thinking on how to parent children in a way that honors God.  This is Susie's best book yet!"

-S. Johnson

This is the real deal, moms.  This book will grab your attention and speak beyond the pages... even if you are one of those who has a hard time getting into books.  Susie writes with humor, vulnerability, and a depth that calls us to look beyond our own parenting to the example of Jesus.  I was SO BLESSED in reading this book and I pray the same be true for you!

-C.Larson

About the Author

SUSIE LARSON is an author, national media voice for Moody Radio, national speaker, and the host of the daily LIVE talk show, Live the Promise with Susie Larson. Susie connects weekly with thousands of women through her radio program, devotional blog, and her daily faith questions on Facebook. She comes with a passion to see women everywhere strengthened in their faith and mobilized to live out their high call in Jesus Christ. For more information, go to www.faithradionet.com. Susie is madly in love with her husband of 26 plus years, her 3 grown sons, her beautiful daughter in law, and, her pit-bull, Memphis.

More About the Author

With enthusiasm, humor, and conviction, author/speaker Susie Larson has spoken to thousands of women locally, nationally, and internationally. She is a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Women in Christian Media, and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Authors Network. Susie also serves a regular guest host for Along the Way – a two-hour talk radio show (AM Faith 900). In addition to authoring several books and many articles, Susie works as a freelance writer for Focus on the Family, and has been featured as a guest on radio and TV programs across the country, including Moody Midday Connection, Family Life Today, Chris Fabry Live!, The Harvest Show, and the LIFE Today Show with James and Betty Robison. While in Washington D.C., Susie and her husband Kevin, along with Troy and Sara Groves, represented International Justice Mission's* concerns in meetings with Congress as part of their efforts to abolish and prevent human trafficking and slavery. The four of them serve as co-chairs for the IJM benefit banquet in Minnesota. Susie comes with a passion to share the love of a Savior who will never let us go.

*IJM, among other things, rescues young girls from the horrific life of human trafficking. Visit www.ijm.org.

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I am encouraged by the benefits of demonstrating my faith, love, and trust in God with my words.
r-j-king
This book will help you appreciate what really matters in life (things that are everlasting), and raise kids that do the same.
anna forsberg
Susie Larson shares so many stories about her kids and her own heart that made this book a very easy read.
Anne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alisha M. Hughes on March 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a mother of three darlings all under the age of 4. I have been struggling with this time of my life and I have been seeking out mentors. I needed to hear older women tell me encouraging words and let me in on life secrets that would lead to an abundant life with my darlings. As I am reading Susie's book right now, I am trying to put into words what makes her so extraordinary. I mean, I have read many books before and listened to many speakers before, but Susie is different. She touches the hearts of moms in a very refreshing way. Here's what came to me today...this is just an example, although she does this over and over again...Lots of people will tell a mom, "Enjoy your children, because it goes fast," but for a mom who is struggling to get through each day with three or four infants/ toddlers, it feels like every day is ten years, and this simple comment can actually become a big burden on the mom. Like, if the mom is not having fun she is doing something wrong, so she starts to feel guilty...completely not helpful! :) Susie's approach is different. "Watch your kids play, and get down and do what they are doing, because when you do you teach them that more rests on God's shoulders than on your own". That is something I can grab a hold of. It's is an empowering statement, leaving me with a confident burst of energy that what I am doing is bigger than just "making it through yet another day". GET THIS BOOK!!!! You will be blessed. And then come on here and tell us how it impacted you. :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine D. Grigor on February 26, 2010
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I have 2 children that are 4 and 7. I have read many books on parenting, and this book is the one I will be buying as gifts for baby showers. I will be reading this book on a regular basis because it is rich with inspiration and direction. This book will also inspire you into a deeper, more intimate walk with God. The best way to sum up the book is to say that Suzie Larson helps you see inside your children, your self, and God's heart. Understanding all three of these will humble you and strengthen you. Buy several of them to get free shipping and save the others for people you love that are having children!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony D. Jackson on March 18, 2010
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I have five children, ages 1, 6, 9, 12, and 15. This is a wonderful, encouraging book. I love how the author gives down-to-earth examples from her own parenting, even admitting her own trials and challenges. Every chapter left me feeling eager to do better in my role as a parent. Many issues are dealt with, not only teaching children gratefulness. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 19, 2010
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Many parenting books seem to be written by perfect parents who make me feel like I'm a total failure. THIS book however, is just the opposite. It gave me hope and provided real ideas that I could use immediately. Reading Susie's book is like having a heart-to-heart talk with your best friend. She is honest, warm and vulnerable. You will be encouraged!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2010
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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.

One example of this is when she shares about fasting from things-- not for "legalism's sake, but for freedom's sake." We have to break free from things that capture our hearts and the hearts of our children. We grow to feel entitled to things when we (or our children) become bound to them--when we "need" them and they are really wants. She says things like "just because we can afford something doesn't mean we have to have it." She talks about playing with our children and enjoying life. Each of the topics explain how we can cultivate the seeds of gratefulness in our lives and the lives of our children.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Volk on March 18, 2010
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I am very excited about this book! As a mother of 3 it is very difficult to try and teach kids moderation in such an over-indulgent society. This book gives practical techniques to teaching kids how to be grateful and how to live a disciplined life. It is nice to know that there is the wisdom of someone who has gone before me and has been able to articulate what works and what doesn't. The stories in this book are not only entertaining and humorous but also very profound and insightful. I'm sure I will be reading this book over and over during the next few years as I learn to apply some of the truths that are laid out.
This book not only teaches parenting skills but also life skills. I can apply these truths to my life regardless of whether I am parenting my kids or just trying to work alongside people in a very over-indulged, busy world where it's hard to keep things in perspective. We could all use a little reminder of what it means to live grateful lives.
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