The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance
by John Trent, Ph.D. and Gary Smalley
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The Blessing teaches people how to give a blessing through every day contact, with everyone in their lives, through 5 simple steps so they feel unconditionally loved and accepted. It also shows how to create a bright future for someone when these blessings are given and what happens to someone when they haven't received a blessing, received a partial blessing or grew up without one, as well as, how to fill in and heal from those gaps and receive the blessings yourself.
This book really got me thinking over the course of my life. It took longer for me to go through because I did not want to rush through it and miss many of the insights discussed. These insights really get you to take a close look and realize things you never knew about yourself. This is in no way negative. Everything is done positively.
It challenged how I thought and enlightened me to my own upbringing which made me into who I am today and how that impacts those around me. (Although I grew up in a very supportive family, it was very traditional and I realized how I struggled to bridge those very traditional teachings with today's contemporary times and how often they conflicted with each other, which inadvertently, held me back in different ways.) It makes you think about your own actions, too. The book makes you take a closer look at your relationships and what you can do about them, even if you're upbringing or current relationships are unhealthy.
I highly recommend this book. It was very enjoyable to read but does take a bit longer to finish because it is thought-provoking. It might also be helpful to have a little notebook to jot things down as you read because you'll want to remember them later on. It is not a difficult read. Highly beneficial.
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