Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

This month I have been reading Kristen Welch’s new book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. Kristen is the author of Rhinestone Jesus and the blog, We Are THAT Family. She is also the founder of Mercy House and Fair Trade Friday. Based on Kristen’s experience and previous writing, I knew that Raising Grateful Kids would be an excellent book, but it exceeded my expectations!

"A Christ-centered home starts with us as parents. It involves intentionality and hard work and inviting Jesus to be part of our lives."
Kristen's family was living the American dream several years ago, but then, through a Compassion International trip, God broke Kristen's heart and opened her eyes to the great needs of people in poverty around the world. This led to a huge change in the way Kristen's family lived and served the Lord. Kristen and her husband began the hard work of moving from a child-centered, entitled home to a Christ-centered home.

In the introduction of Raising Grateful Kids Kristen says, “This book is my confessional. It’s a record of our journey of attempting to raise grateful kids instead of entitled ones. It’s the ups and downs, the defeats and victories of such a difficult task. It’s my unfinished story. It’s also a history lesson from the past, a cultural lesson for the present, and a daunting challenge to learn from one and overcome the second. But mostly, this book is an encouragement to parents swimming upstream in a society that demands we do what is culturally accepted.”

Raising Grateful Kids is filled with words of wisdom and practical advice based on Kristen’s personal experience and research. Kristen is very humble and real in this book. She doesn’t claim to be an expert or to do everything perfectly. She shares stories of their mistakes and failures and what works for their family. She comes alongside the reader as a friend who is in the thick of parenting and making hard choices.

Kristen does a great job of giving practical advice for raising our children to be grateful despite the entitled culture we have in America. At the end of each chapter, she shares specific ideas of ways we can live counter-cultural lives, be grateful, and serve Christ.

This is a helpful book for any parent seeking to raise their children to be grateful, Christ-followers in a world that wants to teach us that it is all about having more. Whether you are dealing with heart attitudes of wanting more, or are needing to make big changes in your family to move away from living an entitled life, this book will be encouraging and helpful.

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World releases on January 26! You can read more about it at

I received a copy of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network. All opinions are my own.

Kristen Welch

Kristen Welch
Kristen's Blog: We Are THAT Family

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