Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review: The Blessing

The Blessing
John Trent and Gary Smalley
Five Stars

I have had the pleasure of reading The Blessing over the past several weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the authors did a phenomenal job in this revised edition of The Blessing  and I truly believe that every parent, or every adult child, should read this book.
The Blessing takes us through a few stories about children who have not been "blessed" by their parents, or who have otherwise felt not accepted by them. It briefly describes some of the ramifications of this non-existent support and explains the importance of a true blessing. 

Part 2 of the book explains exactly what a blessing is comprised of: five elements that are essential for a blessing, followed by a brief description of each. The rest of part 2 delves further in to each element of a blessing and gives examples of the blessing in both real-life situations as well as from Biblical events.  

Part 3 of the book gets in to what happens when the blessing is not received or when it is withheld. Once again, examples from real life as well as a reference to the Bible help to further the reader's understanding of what the authors are trying to convey. 

Part 4 is a "blessing challenge" that the authors put forward. Make a blessing for yourself and your children, live in the blessing, and again uses some examples from the Bible to illustrate. 

All in all, this is a *fantastic* book for parents of any age, as I believe it is never too late to give your child your blessing. I highly recommend it and give it five stars

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