The Language of Blessing: Discover Your Own Gifts and Talents . . . Learn How to Pour Them Out to Bless Others
Language of Blessing
The Language of Blessing is a book that helps you discover what gifts and talents that God has given to you as well as how to use them to bless others. The author speaks of the importance of speaking in a way that blesses others and helping others discover/develop the talents that each person has. After each chapter, there are questions designed to make you think about the chapterÃ¢ÂÂs topic in a more personal level. I also liked the practical advice the author gives in his book to help the readers learn more about their own strengths, gifts, and talents and how you can use them to bless others. I also liked the resources in the back of the book because the resources tell you where you can go to find out more information about discovering your purpose and gifting.
August 8, 2013
Loaded with blessings!
What a blessing this book is. It reminds us that we all have special gifts and talents, and we need to recognize the blessings God bestows on each and every one of us.
This book is easy to read and has an interesting narration. A great gift for a friend.
August 7, 2013
Good followup to The Blessing
The Language of Blessing by Jim Cavanaugh is the latest book IÃ¢ÂÂve received from Tyndale for reviewing.
The book starts off somewhat with the teaching from The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley, but mixed together with the authorÃ¢ÂÂs experiences, including as a life coach and working with a ministry related to relationship recovery.
It then goes into some of the things that can make this difficult, and the importance of learning your own strengths in the process. The book then finishes with some practical application chapters on how to learn to bless others.
This book came into my hands at a very interesting time... pretty much right as our church was ending an extended study of the blessing, and right about the time I was working through some of my own issues that had surfaced. So that may skew my perspective on things a bit.
The first and third parts of the book were pretty much what I had expected them to be.
The first was good at breaking things down and putting them in a way that made them understandable, and helpful at seeing examples of not only what the blessing looks like, but also honest at showing times when it didnÃ¢ÂÂt happen.
The last section gives good guidance on how to actually make it happen, including some addressed particularly to parents.
The middle section of the book is pretty close to what the description of book says, that itÃ¢ÂÂs a book about the importance of identifying your strengths and how to use them to bless others.
It goes into some depth about the difficulties caused by not realizing your own gifts and talents, because if you just see them as average, you expect everyone else to have them to that degree as well and may judge them accordingly.
To me, this was a new and interesting way of looking at things. And the author does tie in some as to how this effects being able to bless others and why this can create a situation of a child not being blessed because his parent expects them to have the same gifts to the same degree of the parent does rather than appreciating the childÃ¢ÂÂs gifts on their own.
But at times it almost seems like an entirely different book than the other two sections. Again, my viewpoint is probably a bit skewed on this from recently being through a series that connected more to the other two sections, and also probably because I was thinking more from a barriers to it being received perspective than from the barriers to giving. But I guess it just didnÃ¢ÂÂt connect together with me as well as I had expected, and for some parts seemed like a divided tangent more than it fit in with the section title of barriers to blessing. Still good material, just sort of different from the rest.
Either way, itÃ¢ÂÂs a good book, and makes for a good followup for those already familiar with the blessing, but also explains well to cover those that arenÃ¢ÂÂt as familiar.
February 25, 2013
Great Read On Discovering Your Own Unique Gifts
Did you know we are made unique and different from every other person in this world? Sure ya did. But most of us don't live like we know this little nugget of truth.
We spend a lot of time trying to be different instead of looking inside ourselves to see what unique gifts and talents we have.
These gifts are given to us from birth and if not affirmed by our parents (the way God intended) then we grow up trying to fit into a mold created by others.
When we're not sure of who we are we can we live in this Cycle of False Identity. This chapter was one of my favorites and I highly recommend everyone reading it.
***I was given this book by Tyndale to review for my honest opinion. No compensation was given for my review
February 21, 2013