Monday, April 30, 2012

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance by Doctor John Trent

It has taken me a long time to write the review for this book. Why, you might ask? Because it took me almost as long to read it. I was very excited to see this book arrive and couldn't wait to open it. After all, who wouldn't be excited to read a book that offers "solid, practical advice and a fresh perspective on making this gift (The Blessing) 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". My excitement was dwindling by thte third paragraph and was completely gone by the end of the first chapter. My expectations of the book were that it would provide me with new ways to bless my children with the promises God has given us. Instead, the book was a continual argument for blessing my children, not how to bless my children. Further, the books was focused on blessing my oldest child in particular and gave the impression that my other children were less important in the eyes of God. I was also uncomfortable with the tone of the book. The writer truly believes that "This life-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being" is the most important thing in the world. It almost felt like 'the blessing' was on a pedestal with God, that it was just that important. It is implied that, because they were not blessed, hundreds of believers lives have been ruined. I believe in a much more loving God. One who will bless us even without our parents' blessing. Overall, this book was a complete disappointment. I would not recommend it to anyone. There are many other great books out there that share the reason for blessing ALL of your children and offer great ideas for doing just that. Save your money and buy a book that will truly bless you. * The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze®