I recently finished a book that I have long wanted to read - The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley.
from the front cover - "Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance"
from the back cover - "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 lift-changing gift, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements......"
This updated edition of the book, originally published in 1986, thoroughly outlines implementing the "five essential elements." It details the application of each element and offers real-life examples of both individuals who experienced that element and those who suffered the lack of it. Utilizing personal anecdotes and scripture, Trent and Smalley present their strategies both with clarity and compassion. In addition, the authors pepper the chapters with noted links to further resources online at their website http://www.theblessing.com/ The reader is left confident that they too, can offer "the Blessing" to each of their own children and to the other significant people in their life.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As mentioned earlier, I have long wanted to read it and count it an honor to have it as a parenting/life resource. It is thorough, but very readable.
I received a complementary copy of this book for review from http://www.booksneeze.com/
The opinions are my own.