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Monday, July 4, 2011
Every human needs the gift of "the blessing"—the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with one's parents. In this update to the best-selling classic The Blessing, coauthors John Trent and Gary Smalley offer a fresh perspective on this life-changing gift with solid, practical advice on how to lay a secure base of in each child's life.
The Blessing powerfully communicates biblical truths on how to instill self-worth and emotional well-being into others based on these five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment.
No matter the age, the approval of our parents affects how we view ourselves and how we relate to others. So what if we've missed it? The final chapters include help and hope for those who grew up without their own parent's blessing, the blessing and grandparents, ways to live out the blessing, and ideas for blessing events.
I read this book about a year after reading GROWING KIDS GOD'S WAY- Reaching the Heart of Your Child With a God-Centered Purpose- 5th Edition and participating in the study at my church and about 2 years after reading The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts and this book goes hand in hand with them. The premise is based upon the blessing given to Jacob and how important it was to his brother. The author puts forth 5 aspects that we should strive to bless others with, especially our children.
I read this book recognizing areas that I had not been blessed as a child and how it affected my relationship with my children, my husband and my friends. The authors include thought points for you to personalize the lessons as well as biblical examples of each of the aspects of the blessing. They also include recent studies to show how those things, or the lack of them, affect people today.
I highly recommend this book!
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