The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance   -     By: John Trent Ph.D., Dr. Gary Smalley
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The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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Revised and updated, The Blessing by Drs. John Trent and Gary Smalley explains how the biblical gift of "the blessing" is the key to one's self-worth and emotional well-being. A foudational parenting tool, "the Blessing" consists of five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment. If you've missed out on the approval of your parents, the final chapters are for you. They include help for those who grew up without their own parent's blessing and ideas for blessing events. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946379
ISBN-13: 9780849946370
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The best-selling classic that helps children thrive today and experience a special future tomorrow. Now revised, updated, and enhanced for a new generation!

Children of every age long for the gift of “the blessing” — the unconditional love and approval that come from a healthy relationship with their parents. This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements: meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future, and an active commitment.

Offering solid, practical advice and a fresh perspective on making this gift a bigger part of our families, The Blessing powerfully communicates these biblically based elements as necessary to prepare children for positive future relationships, including their relationship with a loving God.

But what if we’ve missed out on the blessing in our own lives? The book includes hope for “reversing the curse” and helps readers find blessing in situations of divorce, death, desertion, adoption, and blended families.

New to this updated edition are practical ideas, questions, exercises, and links for online resources — plus practical advice for planning a blessing event for a child, preparing a written keepsake blessing, and living out the blessing every day of our lives.

Author Bio

Dr. John Trent is president of StrongFamilies.com and founder of The Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College. John is a sought-after speaker and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including six books for children. He has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs and leads The Blessing Challenge, a joint partnership with Focus on the Family and StrongFamilies.com. John and his wife, Cindy, have two grown daughters, Kari and Laura.

 Dr. Gary Smalley, one of the foremost experts on family relationships, has written or cowritten more than sixty books and thirty-five videos, selling more than six million copies. With more than forty years of experience, he is a best-selling and award-winning author and has appeared on hundreds of local and national radio and television shows. He and his wife, Norma, have been married more than forty five years and have three grown children, all in full-time ministry.

Author Info

John Trent, PhD, is president of StrongFamilies.com and founder of the Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College. John is a sought-after speaker and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including six books for children. He has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs across the country and leads The Blessing Challenge, a joint partnership with Focus on the Family and StrongFamilies.com. John and his wife, Cindy, have been married for more than thirty years and have two grown daughters, Kari and Laura.
Dr. Gary Smalley, one of the foremost experts on family relationships, has written or cowritten more than sixty books and thirty-five videos, selling more than 6 million copies. He has more than forty years of experience as a teacher and counselor. A best-selling and award-winning author, Smalley has appeared on hundreds of local and national radio and television shows, including Oprah, Larry King Live, Fox & Friends, and NBC's Today. He and his wife, Norma, have been married for forty-six years and have three grown children, Kari, Greg, and Michael, all in full-time ministry.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Everyone needs to be blessed!
    August 23, 2014
    Sue
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book! Wish I learned this when our children were young but I have received their permission to daily email them their blessings and they daily look forward to them! I have recommended it many times since I've read it and bought the book for our children to have for our grandchildren to be blessed.

    Also a good read for us to know how to bless people in our daily lives.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Parent or not, read this!
    September 10, 2012
    junnelaranas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I had the oppurtonity to review one of the most renowned writer-- John trent. The Blessing, challenging yet very compelling book to read. I would say that this book is not just for parents, for at any stage of life.

    Every story is full of insightful truths... I'm not a father but still I can do relate to the book, it gaves an avenue of truth on how should a father be like, how the power of touch can change a life of a child, how a father's blessing important to childs life.

    I read a little longer not because its hard to relate but because it makes me think of every chapter, every stories...

    John and Gary has write a book that for sure will be one of your favorite book, such exciting book to read! If you had a stuggle against parenthood, about being an effective father then read this! If you want to better know your son/daughter, read this! I can guarantee you, your gonna be a not perfect but a better parent-- thats no empty-promise.
  3. New Jersey
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Must read for all parents
    July 14, 2012
    abbyjewel
    New Jersey
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Every human needs the gift of "the blessing"—the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with one's parents.

    The Blessing is a wonderful book and a must read for all parents. Those of us who struggle with "the right way" to handle situations with our children will find this book very valuable. The authors give many biblical examples of others being blessed and offer suggestions to the readers for being a blessing to others. The authors discuss what happens when children struggle for the approval of their parents or if they have "missed the blessing". They explain that no matter what our circumstances were when we were children, as adults we can give those blessings to others.

    The book is broken up into 3 sections - Why the blessing is so importanat, Understanding the blessing and When the blessing doesn't happen. The 5 elements of the blessing are: Meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future and an active commitment. The Blessing shows us that saying our children, our friends, our family are blessings in our life is not enough_.we must show them. I gave this book a rating of 4 stars and would recommend it to anyone - parent or child.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: This book was received for free from the publisher but a positive review was not required. The opinions expressed are my own. This disclosure is in accordance with the United States Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Ph
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Witten with pure love and talent!
    March 9, 2012
    Archie Isib
    Ph
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Written with pure love and talent!

    John Trent and Gary Smalley is one of he country's best-known authors. I think this book is very good for people who haven't been living like christians and who don't necessarily want a lot of biblical quotes and chrisitian teachings, it also convinced me to start going to church and other things. This book is a must for anyone serious about making the commitment to either get married, or to strengthen their marriage.

    The books mentioned previously are good, but if you come out of this with a clear definition of Honor and Genuine Love. you will really come out a better and it will be worth the the wait! This book did give some very useful insights as to how to work on yourself and improve yourself. The Blessing offers simple steps that God can use to restore hope and make a positive difference in all aspect of relationship. I would really going to buy several copies for some of my dearest friends.

    The authors concept is the centerpiece of his best-selling work. While his list of felt needs may not apply precisely to every man and woman, he does present a very accurate picture for most men and women in our society today. I think every one need to learn to accept and learn the type of true love that we have to give, rather than for us to learn to love them in the way they understand. In this book, John Trent is teamed up with best-selling author Gary Smalley, who has written some very successful books on relationships.

    This book, as well as others in the "The Blessing" have enjoyed such wild success is a testimony to their effectiveness.Keep this book on your shelf or bedside table as a quick and useful resource for the relationship challenges in daily life. It is a great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone in a committed relationship, whether it is in turmoil or not because it teaches a lot of principles that would be. Great book love it!!!!!
  5. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    an insightful parenting book
    February 12, 2012
    yunie-agenda ibu rumah tangga
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I read through the book easily, it's full of true stories excerpts from chapter to chapter. I understand the importance of the blessing for children and it's a must have for Christian parents :)
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