Words are powerful. We’ve all experienced the damage harsh words can do and, hopefully, have felt the balm of kind words in troubled times. Many of us can identify with Mark Twain’s remark about being able to live a week on a good compliment but The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley goes much further than just giving a good compliment.
Though the text has been updated and revised (including links to video messages at theblessing.com) the message of The Blessing is timeless. Children need to feel valued and encouraged in order to thrive in life. Simple idea but, as any parent can tell you, sometimes hard to put into practice when you’re running at top speed from school to practice to homework! Trent and Smalley break the process down into five components and give straight-forward, practical advice on how to use your words to bless those around you. They also delve into what happens in the lives of adults who missed out on that blessing and how to deal with that in healthy, productive ways.
All in all, I think “The Blessing” falls into the same must-read category as I’d place The Five Love Languages and Love & War.
I received this book for free from BookSneeze for this review as part of their blogger’s review program.