Parenting: How Can You Raise a Strong Warrior for Christ?

by | Mar 4, 2024 | Parenting | 14 comments

Did you know that a child’s spiritual journey begins before birth? Today, author and professor Lee Ann Mancini introduces us to her new parenting book and some fascinating facts about an infant’s development. Here’s Lee Ann.

I love learning new facts and was amazed that a child’s spiritual journey begins before birth. Studies reveal that unborn babies start hearing sounds at 18 weeks of gestation and can discern shapes resembling faces in the womb. Once born, infants find comfort in their parents’ familiar voices and their mothers’ embrace.

A child’s brain has already developed to 90 percent of its potential by age five. There is so much we can do to help our children connect their hearts to Christ in an everlasting way, and it starts before birth! But we are wise to remember it’s never too late, as God is faithful to restore what has been lost. “I will restore you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” (Joel 2:25-26, ESV).

As Christian parents, we want our children to love God, obey His commands, follow His direction, and walk in faith for their entire lives. That’s why we pray for God’s guidance and blessing as we do our best to be good, responsible moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and ministry leaders. We strive to help our sons and daughters mature into loving, god-fearing adults who will make a difference in the lives of those they touch. We want them to be confident and joy-filled. It’s a huge task, and there is nothing more important!

A Parent’s Profound Influence

Parenting wields a profound influence on a child’s life journey. You might be nurturing and discipling a future president, philanthropist, scientist, archaeologist, brain surgeon, or someone profoundly moved by God’s love like Billy Graham. However, one certainty remains: your children will mirror how you raise them as they engage with the world and eventually raise their own families.

My passion to help parents raise resilient, Christ-centered children led me to write a practical parenting guide. Expert advice, fun activities, daily encouragement, real-life scenarios, and simple solutions for Christian parenting fill its pages.  Raising Kids to Follow Christ: Instilling a Lifelong Trust in God is filled with such topics as:

  • How to be consistent in modeling our faith and obedience to God
  • Creating environments that promote godly values
  • Setting up “play spaces” where children’s play reinforces their faith
  • How to face and overcome obstacles at all stages of child development
  • Discerning between discipline and discipling
  • Practical strategies for addressing doubts, fears, and questions in today’s culture
  • Easy-to-understand apologetics for children and adults
  • Fun ways to connect your child’s heart to Christ

This book is about transforming a child’s heart to love and obey God. It offers an easy-to-follow, practical blueprint for nurturing a deep and unwavering faith in Christ. Our mission is the salvation of our children, their lifelong journey of faith, and the preservation of Christianity.

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NIV)

And teach them to your children!

Lee Ann Mancini

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  1. Ann J Musico

    This is so important, especially today. Definitely will order this book.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Yes, it really is. Thanks, Ann!

    • Lee Ann Mancini

      Thank you! I also have free resources on my website at I pray you will be blessed by the book!

  2. Yvonne Morgan

    What an amazing sounding book so thank you for sharing about it Debbie. I need to get copies for my kids as they raise the grandkids

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Yvonne. It certainly sounds like a wonderful resource for those raising children.

    • Lee Ann Mancini

      Thank you, Yvonne; I hope you will check out our website, Raising Christian We have free resources! We are here to serve all who are raising the next generation!

  3. Katherine Pasour

    This sounds like a wonderful book for parents of young children (grandparents, too!). Thank you for sharing, Debbie. And thank you, Lee Ann, for writing this helpful book–it’s much needed in this time of turmoil in our world.

    • Debbie W. Wilson

      I agree, Katherine. With so many crazy ideas, it’s wonderful to have a sound resource!

    • Lee Ann Mancini

      Hi Katherine,

      We are definitely living in troubled times like never before. But with women like you, who truly care, we can change the way we raise the next generation to become strong counter-culture warriors for Christ!

  4. J.D. Wininger

    Yay Ms. Lee Ann. Praying many are blessed by this book. Thank you for sharing it Ms. Debbie.

    • Lee Ann Mancini

      Thank you, J.D. I also pray that my book will bless many, especially children! Prayers are the most effective weapon against the enemy!

  5. Donna Reidland

    This sounds like a great book! I’m going to get a copy for my adult granddaughter who has 2 toddlers.

    • Debbie W. Wilson

      Wonderful, Donna! I hope it blesses and equips her.

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