- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Revised, Updated edition (May 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849946379
- ISBN-13: 978-0849946370
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John Trent, PhD, a noted speaker and author, is president of StrongFamilies.com and serves as the Gary Chapman Chair of Ministry and Therapy at Moody Theological Seminary. 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, one called, I'd Choose You! based on The Blessing, and the Gold Medallion winning book on children's personalities, The Treasure Tree. Learn more about creating The Blessing culture and lifestyle at TheBlessing.com.
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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.
And if you did not receive the Blessing from your parents, there is information about how you are able to receive the Blessing as an adult!
We even have a small group of ladies who studied this book together and we have become a Blessing Bunch that meets weekly. We are in our second year of giving the Blessing to others!
a meaningful change in how you view and raise you children. But is it ever worth it!!