The Blessing by John Trent PH.D. and Gary Smalley
As a parent, I was very intrigued as I read this book. It really addresses parenting from a Christian perspective. Learning to love your children is an important task, and this book addresses that very issue. Parents only have one opportunity to raise their children, and it is crucial to give our very best in that God given responsibility.
Although the book is a slow read in Part 1, Part 2 really digs into the nuts and bolts of the five elements of the blessing which include meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special feature, and an active commitment to follow through.
The first two elements were very similar in nature to Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages. It was amazing to read how loving our children through a meaningful touch affects the physiological as well as the emotional self. Story after story presented examples of lives that were affected by either the receiving or the denial of this element of the blessing.
This book gives you an opportunity to reflect on your parenting style and whether or not your children are receiving The Blessing. It also encourages one to really reflect on their childhood to understand either why they are or are not passing on the blessing.
I am thankful to have read this book. I think that it will provide me with a better understanding of helping my children find their self worth.
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