The Blessing – John Trent, Ph. D. & Gary Smalley

The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley is a book not only for parents but for grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, counselors… The list goes on. Mr. Trent and Mr. Smalley use stories from real people to point out just how powerful words are, and how we can give “The Blessing” to those around us. They also demonstrate the sad truths of no blessing given at all.

The Blessing is divided into four parts, each focusing on a different aspect. Part 1 takes readers through what “The Blessing” is and why it is so important. Part 2 covers the different parts of “The Blessing”: Meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment. Part 3 shows us what happens when “The Blessing” isn’t given. Part 4 tells how to put into practice, the gift of “The Blessing”.

I really liked this book. As a student of psychology, a Christian, and a parent, it really intrigued me. It reminded me a lot of the “self-fulfilling prophecy” in psychology but it has much deeper roots and meaning that that. I also liked how there were activities and video URLs in the chapters, it made it more interactive than just sitting and reading about it. Off the top of my head I know a good many people who should read this book, for no other reason than they are also parents, or they’re someone who didn’t receive “The Blessing” from their family. Read it, take it to heart, do it.

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