#SantaHelpers: Growing into Greatness with God by Janet Autherine

11 Dec
Growing into Greatness with God
7 Paths to Greatness for Our Sons & Daughters
by Janet Autherine 

“Every child matters. Every child was born with greatness!” — Janet Autherine

Every child is created in the image of God, and every child carries this amazing gift of greatness inside himself or herself. But children hear mixed messages on a daily basis—about life, about the world, and about themselves. In Growing into Greatness with God: Seven Paths to Greatness for Our Sons and Daughters, author and mother of three boys Janet Autherine encourages kids to see themselves as unique and amazing—already blessed with what they need to succeed in life and achieve their God-given dreams.

Readers learn how to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence through the inspiring stories of Bible heroes such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Hannah. Each chapter includes a brief summary of two Bible stories, with reflections on each, and concludes with three action-oriented suggestions on how to put the lesson into practice.

Dreams are essential to life, and kids need to be inspired and encouraged to live life to the fullest. Growing into Greatness with God offers biblical examples of how people have nurtured what God has planted in them and teaches kids how to do the same in their own lives.

Excerpt of Growing into Greatness with God 

The Journey Begins
Samuel was a man of God. One day, God sent Samuel to anoint a king. Samuel went to the house of Jesse. Jesse had seven sons that he thought had a “kingly” appearance, but when he took them to Samuel, God told Samuel that they were not the chosen ones. Reluctantly, Jesse took David to Samuel. David was a shepherd and a small boy. However, God looked beyond David’s outward appearance and focus on the boy’s heart. In David’s heart, God saw a boy who was strong, courageous, and loyal and who loved God above everything else. God saw that David was growing into his greatness.

You Have a Beautiful Heart

What is in your heart? Is it filled with love for everyone, even those who do not look or act like you? Would others describe you as someone who loves God above everything else? Do you have dreams of being a doctor, a firefighter, an astronaut, or even the president of a country? Dream on! When you can, add to your dreams concrete steps to achieve your goals. There are people who will try to define you by your outward appearance and your worldly possessions, but only you and God know the contents of your heart. And it is those contents that will lead you to greatness.

Three Ways to Grow in Love
Step outside of your inner circle. Perform an act of kindness for a stranger. Sit or play with someone new at lunchtime. Tell someone something that you like about them.

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© 2014 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, Janet Autherine. Do not reproduce, copy or use without the author’s written permission. This excerpt is used for promotional purposes only.


5.0 out of 5 stars By Gladis Griffith

Growing Into Greatness with God is a very inspirational and motivational read. A bedside must have, which can be read over and over, as you will discover nuances with every reading. I recommend this book for kids and adults alike!

5.0 out of 5 stars By Monica Mitchell

Completed reading Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and I love it. Okay so I am an adult but the book is a great read for adults and should be ideal for children of all ages-including myself. Seriously, this book does convey the message that Every child matters, that Every child is valued no matter his or her race or economic background. The book also has lessons of love, kindness and friendship. The biblical stories and characters used to teach the lesson is unique and does get the job done. All parents, teachers and Sunday school teachers should read this book to their kids

5.0 out of 5 stars By Sarah Whittle Spooner

This a beautiful sweet book that provides an opportunity for all to have a discussion with their children of any age about spirituality and the importance of developing a sense of greatness within! And it is a book for all faiths — even those (like my family) who don’t identify with a particular religion but want our children to grow up knowing that there is more to the world than what they can see and that they possess a strength and power within themselves! Thank you to the author!

5.0 out of 5 stars By Quanita Pokolo-Hassell
I use Growing Into Greatness With God as a devotional and quiet reading moment with my children. There are steps at the end of each section that you and your children can discuss and reflect upon. It’s so good to see a book that tells the story of the Bible in a way that children can understand. It provides the foundation in which children can grow in their relationship with God, and in a way that they can relate to. Growing Into Greatness With God provides the applicable tools by which children can live by. It references great people of the Bible, how they live, and the choices they’ve made. It reminds children that they are children of God and destined for greatness. Great book!

Purchase Growing into Greatness with God by Janet Autherine 

Juvenile non-fiction; Children and Young Aadult inspiration

Meet the Author
Janet Autherine
was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Philadelphia and she went on to study at the Pennsylvania State University and Boston College Law School. After launching her legal career in Washington, D.C., she was eventually drawn back to the sunshine, and she now lives in Florida with her husband and their three sons.

Her juvenile nonfiction book, Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters is inspired by her own journey from poverty to a successful legal career. She believes that every obstacle can be a stepping stone to success. The book teaches children and young adults to recognize the greatness they were born with and empowers them to nourish the virtues of love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude and confidence within themselves. Her book conveys the following message: Every child matters. Every child is unique. Every child has been born with greatness. Her personal journey is discussed on the, in the post, MY STORY. 

Read more about the author’s journey and join her mission to empower children at
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Janet is available to speak to both children and adults regarding how to recognize their unique talents and grow into their greatness. Do not hesitate to suggest other topics of interest to your organization. She is also happy to speak to book clubs using Skype. Please contact her at


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