As a parent, I want to do everything I can to raise my children right. To give them the most out of their childhood, to point them in the right direction in life. I want them to love the Lord, and understand why. I want them to know that they are loved by my husband and I. Like almost every mom I’ve ever talked to on the subject, I sometimes I feel like I’m doing okay with that, other times not so much. I feel there’s always more I can learn about raising my children.
One book that I’ve recently read that I was able to draw from is The Blessing by John Trent and Gary Smalley. It’s an updated version of the same book written several years ago, but with fresh perspective for life today. The principals taught in the book are truly timeless. The Blessing is divided into four segments- Why the blessing is so important, understanding the blessing, when the blessing doesn’t happen and living the blessing challenge. It explains that a blessing is a gift of unconditional love and approval from one’s parents. The book teaches biblical truths to instill self-worth into others. As I read through, I wondered about those who never received that approval or blessing from their parents. I was pleased in the final chapters which include instructions and hope for those in that exact situation.
This book is a bit different than what I normally read, and it honestly took me a while to get through it. That’s not because it wasn’t a good book, but because there were parts that were so insightful, I felt I needed to process it before continuing on. If you are a parent or grandparent, I do recommend reading this book, and passing on this invaluable gift to your family.
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