Brian spent a lifetime seeking his father’s approval. His father wanted him to be the best and the brightest, and Brian tried – desperately! When his father lay dying, Brian rushed to his bedside to plead one last time, “Please say you love me, please!”

We all have a powerful need to know that someone in this world loves us and accepts us unconditionally. We especially crave our parents’ blessing, and without it, we may become angry and driven, or detached and empty.

Now family author Dr. John Trent, Kari Trent Stageberg, and Gary Smalley show us how we can transform our lives – even when it is no longer possible to receive our parents’ blessing. They reveal the five key elements of the blessing, describe the most common home situations where a blessing has been denied (one of them may be ours), and offer practical, effective methods to heal broken hearts and families. Most importantly, they explain how we can be a blessing, and pass on that life-changing gift to our loved ones.

This life-changing gift for Christian parents and their children, essential for instilling a deep sense of self-worth and unshakable emotional well-being, contains five essential elements:

  • meaningful touch
  • a spoken message
  • attaching high value
  • picturing a special future
  • an active commitment

Offering solid, practical advice and a fresh perspective on making this gift 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.

New to this updated edition are

  • Group Questions after each chapter
  • Over 150 examples of how you can practically give your Blessing TODAY!
  • insight and help for those who didn’t receive The Blessing,
  • And how to create a lifestyle of blessing others.

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