Saturday, September 10, 2011


"The blessing of the father builds houses for the sons, the blessings of the mother fills them with good things."

First published in 1986, this timeless masterpiece by Gary Smalley and John Trent takes a look at the life-changing gift the Bible calls "the blessing." Every human needs the gift of "the blessing" - the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with one's parents. Consciously or unconsciously, many of us or perhaps all of us are spending a lifetime striving for this. According to the authors, “unconditional love and approval that comes with the blessing is an important element of our self-esteem and emotional well-being.” The book offers practical, solid and insightful tips for a secure base in life.

The Blessing is also an attempt to communicate biblical truths about self-worth and emotional well-being based on five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment. Dr. John Trent says that his quest to receive the blessing of his father was an attempt to pick up the pieces of his life which resulted not only in gaining new insight but deeper blessing from God.  And Gary Smalley expands the concept of the blessing to include eight ways to bless adult children. "I never realized how powerful-and how necessary-the blessing has become to my older children until now. So if you have older children who have moved away from home, they're never out-of-reach of the blessing."

Whatever your condition, no matter the age, The Blessing is a book no family should be without. The book will show you how to be a blessing to others and also how to secure the approval and blessing of your parents.

Paperback:         320 pages
Price:                  $ 15.99
Publisher:            Nelson Books (first published 1986)
ISBN:                 0785260846

Disclaimer: The publishers provided me with a review copy of the book for which I was under no obligation to write a favourable review.

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