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The Blessing

By: John Trent,Gary Smalley,Kari Trent Stageberg
Narrated by: John Trent,Kari Trent Stageberg
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Publisher's Summary

Children of every age long for the gift of The Blessing - the unconditional love and approval that comes from a healthy relationship with their parents.

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:

  • Giving The Blessing to others in your circle of influence,
  • Practical application tools and stories of how this is lived out,
  • Insight and help for those who didn’t receive The Blessing,
  • And how to create a lifestyle of blessing others. 

Dive deeper into The Blessing with interactive exercises and discussion questions available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1986, 1993, 2011 John Trent and Gary Smalley (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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  • 06-04-19

A MUST read! I loved this book

I loved this book! Not only was the content great, but I loved the Pause and Process conversations with the authors at the end of each chapter. It made it easy to start applying what I learned right away - even if I was listening while I was driving or doing the dishes. I would recommend this book for anyone - not just parents. And I loved all of the practicals they provided as well. 10/10 would recommend to a friend!

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A must read for all parents

really powerful book on how to bless your children as a part of everyday life and for special memories.

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Must read book

This is a life changing book! If everyone read this book and put it’s principles into practice it would change our world. I am so thankful it is available on Audible, which is how I do my reading. I received an amazing blessing just in reading this book!

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Fabulous and informative

Loved, loved, loved this book. Makes me want to bless everyone I see. They gave so many examples of how to bless in such simple ways. A must read for everyone

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Highly recommend

A little long, but keep reading. The last few chapters are the best in the whole book.

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Great read.

Our church recommended this book and I am beyond grateful. This will help me in healing and bless my babies.

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Loved this book!!

I remembered this book from a focus on the family interview with the author years ago. I looked for it here and I LOVE this audio of the revised edition!!! Thank you for this and for the additional I formation contained in the book. I’m headed to the website and to look for audio versions of your other recommendations!! This is the most helpful book I’ve “read” in a long time!

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In my life I received The Blessing from my father early on in my life. He passed when I was 23. My mother died when I was 36, of cancer. It wasn't until she was on her death bed that a wall fell between us and I felt for the first time, very connected to my mother. Three weeks later, she was gone. I felt angry that I had waited all my life fir that connection, and it was gone. It took awhile for the anger to go away. It wasn't an emotion that I showed outwardly but it was there buried in my heart. It was my step-dad that told me that my mother was very proud of me (years after her death). I remembered responding to him, "It would have been nice if she had told me that herself when she was alive." I have made a point of telling my children who are now grown adults, that I cherish them. That I love them and are proud of them. This was a wonderful book and I have tried many of the ideas over the years. Not all efforts were acknowledged. But, that wasn't why I spoken the Blessing. I was moved internally to do so and thus did. This book helped me realize that those efforts took place and that it was God that moved me to issue them. I didn't need anything in return. The book also helped me realize where I could do more.

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Definitely Top 5 Ever

Recommend this book to everyone at all stages of life. This book is a generational game changer.