Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: A Place Called Blessing

About 15 years ago I heard Dr Trent speak about “The Blessing” at a conference. I bought the book that day and have referred to it over the years for use in ministry. I also bought the other book that is mentioned here (“I’d Choose You”) and it was a favorite bedtime book for my son for a long time. “A Place Called Blessing” is based on the principles of the Old Testament blessing as described in “The Blessing”: meaningful touch; a spoken message; attaching high value; picturing a special future; and an active commitment.
“A Place Called Blessing” tells the story of a child named Josh as he grows to manhood. It’s not a pretty childhood, his parents die in a car crash and he and his brothers are put in a series of foster homes; josh quickly learns that many people can’t be trusted. Eventually he ends up in a children’s home, but when he turns 18 he’s on his own. Josh of one of those people that is willing to do whatever it takes, he wants to work for what he gets, and finds it hard to accept things from other people. It’s hard for him to accept dinner, much less friendship of love. But the story progresses and we notice a remarkable change in Josh as he allows himself to be loved and even to love.
The elements of the blessing are almost as subtle as subliminal messaging. If I hadn’t known I was looking for them, I doubt that I would have seen them, but Dr Trent does a good job in the ‘special message’ at the end of the book as well as through the study guide that is included, in showing just how each of the elements appears in the story.
Have a box of tissues nearby, and don’t plan on putting this book down until you’ve finished it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I give it a 5/5

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