So I just finished reviewing Kristen Welch‘s new book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, and thought it warranted another mention. (read part I here)
In a nutshell– this book is worth your time.
As a member of her official launch team, I’ve had the blessing of being a part of a like-minded community of readers passionate about her mission, ruminating collectively on the insights presented…
In my mind, the overarching theme of Kristen’s book is that we, as parents, must proactively set the tone and direction of our home. How, if we truly hope to live counter-culturally, change must start with us rather than merely harping on our kids, legalistically. Another sentiment I heard her echoing repeatedly was the petition to instruct and correct with an extra generous helping of grace. (And grace, grace, grace, and more grace.)
The release of her book is timely, as society would have us buy into (<—pun intended) the notion that Christmas is a commercial holiday. To effectively curtail the consumerism that threatens the celebration of our Savior, I suggest we reclaim the holiday with simple, heartwarming traditions… less stuff, less spending.
“When we really slow down and savor the good experiences, the people who have blessed us, and the gifts in our lives, we are choosing gratitude.” –Kristen Welch
Choose. Savor. Experience. Bless.
Kristen also mentions how an attitude of gratitude is most often fostered when families serve together. I was reminded of the advent service project that my girls eagerly completed two Christmases ago, and how that did effectively alter our approach to the holiday, that year.
Whatever tactics you employ to help foster a spirit of gratitude in your home, do so with intention and fervor, and let it be from a position of humble grace as a fellow sojourner in a fallen world.
And go ahead and order Kristen’s book, you won’t regret it.