The Blessing by John Trent, PH.D. and Gary Smalley
What a wonderful book! This is an updated version on a book first released in the mid-80’s. I have no idea how I have missed this book all these years. I guess I have finally grown up enough for this kind of book to appeal to me.
This is not a book about being a blessing. This book is all about how to give a blessing to your child, or to anyone else within your sphere of influence. As in Old Testament patriarchs blessing their children; we are called to do the same.
The authors explain why the blessing is so important and what people, real life examples, who grow up with or without the blessing, turn out like. Like me, I am sure you will recognize many of the characteristics of those who grow up without the blessing in friends, family, and within yourself.
There are five elements that make up the blessing, a formula of sorts, to guide you in giving the blessing to your loved ones. There are questions and suggestions in asides throughout the book to help you think about what you have read and apply it. There is also a website, www.theblessing.com that has extra info and short videos that go along with the book. Also through the website, the authors are trying to gather a million people to join the Blessing Challenge. Go to their site to check it out.
I have learned a lot from this book and will be reading it over again soon and will be passing along ideas to those I minister to. If we all took the time to really give a real blessing to our family members we could change the world!
Also check out www.strongfamilies.com
This book was provided by BookSneeze from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.