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The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance Paperback – June 4, 2019
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In this revised and updated edition, learn how the biblical gift of "The Blessing" is key to a child’s self-worth and emotional well-being. Children of every age long for the gift of The Blessing—the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with their parents.
This life-changing gift for Christian parents and their children, essential for instilling a deep sense of worthiness and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements:
- Meaningful touch
- A spoken message
- Attaching high value
- Picturing a special future
- An active commitment
Offering solid, practical advice and a fresh perspective on making this gift a bigger part of our families, The Blessing powerfully communicates these biblically based elements as necessary to prepare children for positive future relationships, including their relationship with a loving God.
New to this updated edition are:
- Giving The Blessing to others in your circle of influence
- Practical application tools and stories of how this is lived out
- Insight and help for those who didn’t receive The Blessing
- How to create a lifestyle of blessing others
If you have missed out on the approval of your parents, the final chapters are for you. They include help for those who grew up without their own parent's blessing and provide ideas for blessing events.
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About the Author
John Trent, PhD, a noted speaker and author, is president of StrongFamilies.com. He and Gary Smalley have won Gold Medallion writing awards for their books The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love. Dr. Trent has also written several children's books, including I'd Choose You! based on The Blessing, and his Gold Medallion award-winning book on children's personalities, The Treasure Tree. Dr. Trent maintains a private practice, certifies Lifemapping and Strengths coaches through ICCI, and teaches clinical mental health counselors at Phoenix Seminary and DMin students in marriage and family at Dallas Seminary.
Gary Smalley was one of the country’s best-known authors and speakers on family relationships. In addition to writing The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love with John Trent, their book The Language of Love (newly revised and updated) won the Angel Award as the best contribution to family life. His national infomercial, Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships, has been viewed by television audiences all over the world.
Kari Trent Stageberg is the CEO of StrongFamilies, her dream job since her dad, John Trent, started the ministry in 1998. More than twenty years later, after personal faith and relationship struggles, Kari was restored and healed through the power of the Blessing. Today she is a speaker, cohosts the StrongFamilies and Live Blessed, Girl podcasts, helps nonprofits through her partnership with the Nonprofit Consulting Shop, speaks, and pursues writing through her blog, MyBelovedDaughter.com. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her amazing husband, Joey.
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson; Enlarged edition (June 4, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785229051
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785229056
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.74 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In The Blessing (revised and updated), John Trent and Gary Smalley introduce us to 5 biblically proven ways to bless our children and others. With many examples, both from scripture and the counseling practices of the authors, the elements are not only defined, but also put in context for us.
"Children from every age long for the gift of "the blessing" - the unconditional love and approval that come from a healty relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains these five essential elements:"
A spoken message
Attaching high value
Picturing a special future
An active commitment
Each biblical element of the blessing is discussed and modeled in the book In this revised edition, the authors have included practical ideas, questions, exercises, and links for online resources. There is a section for planning a blessing event for a child, preparing a written keepsake blessing, and living out the blessing every day of our lives.
For adults who have missed out on the blessing in their own lives, ths book includes hope for "reversing the curse" and helps readers find blessing in situations of divorce, death, desertion, adoption, and blended families.
I especially liked the chapters "If You Missed the Blessing" and "Reversing the Curse." I know many adults that didn't grow up in a loving environment and continually seek the blessing in any way possible - not all healthy ways, either. This cursed can be reversed, and these parents can bless their children!
I learned many ways to bless my children and family from this book. This book is one that I will refer to often. I read (and reread) parts of this book over 3 week's time. The Blessing is a book that you read in small chunks and mull over each point.
I highly recommend this book for every parent ----- no matter the ages of their children!
My rating: 6 out of 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this book from booksneeze.com, a part of the Thomas Nelson Publisher, for my honest review.
Ready recommend this book to friends and family I am planning on doing the same to my clients. This book is an easy and enjoyable read while it can be also as interactive as the reader desires. The authors share amazing and powerful stories, yet also are vulnerable in their own stories that they share with the reader.
I also thought the five elements of the blessing (which partially echo the five love languages) could be condensed into three ideas: a lifelong commitment of loving touch and words. Also, the book really emphasized the idea of having a blessing event, where a parent would bless their children with a special written or spoken blessing; I would think a lifestyle (which they do discuss but in a secondary manner) that aims for frequent loving touch and words would have a greater effect on a child than one event.
Finally, perhaps I missed this recommendation in the book or it was mentioned so briefly I have forgotten about it, but I would think one of the best and most effective ways to bless your children is to pray with and for them out loud every night. Not only would it meet the author's criteria for the five elements of the blessing, prayer is truly the most important way to bless your children.