Wednesday, August 10, 2011

MrsDrPoe: The Blessing

For the next reading review, I present to you "The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance" by Dr. John Trent and Gary Smalley:

I received a free copy of this book from the BookSneeze website. In this work, a method for blessing our children is investigated based on examination of Old Testament blessings given from fathers to their children. The five main 'parts' to a blessing are developed from these passages. The authors also delve into general guidelines and examples for blessing, as well as suggestions for how to pass on the blessing if we have never experienced it ourselves.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fairly easy read, and it presented psychological thoughts of a Biblical nature that should be considered when raising children. Although I don't plan on being a parent any time soon, I think the ideas conveyed by the authors will be helpful to me when we do start adding to our family.

I found the subtitle of the book to be a little misleading; in the text, Dr. Trent does acknowledge the need in certain instances for discipline as outlined in the Bible. In these cases, sinful acts of children should not be "unconditionally accepted." This and most of the ideas presented in the book align with my understanding of the scriptures; however, some do not. As always, I caution readers to examine any study of this nature with an open Bible, because nothing should replace the word of God.


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