Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Place Called Blessing

The book A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins is a rare treasure. It is a fictionalized retelling of the bestselling relational classic, The Blessing. Josh is a character that many people can identify with – an angry, distrusting, hurting and lonely young person who is merely a product of the life he grew up with. Bad things happen all the time, especially it seems to children. They then grow up wounded, believing they are damaged goods and can only count on themselves and that there’s no such thing as unconditional love.

A Place Called Blessing shows how important love is and how much of a difference it can make in a life. Relationships are difficult. There are challenges and hurts that must be overcome and forgiven for any relationship to thrive. Unconditional love and acceptance, plus forgiveness and understanding have immense power to change a life and a person. However it doesn’t just happen, it is a choice that must be made – sometimes even daily. This wonderful book touches the soul and does a superb job of showing that the past doesn’t have to be the future. It stays with you long after the last page has been turned. I really loved this book, consider it to be a must read, and would enthusiastically recommend it to others.

This book was provided to me for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.


A Place Called Blessing

John Trent, PhD

with Annette Smith

Five-year-old Josh and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk-driving accident. A series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy eventually separate them, leaving Josh alone, angry, and distrustful of most everyone. At age eighteen, Josh strikes out on his own to find work. With only a high school education and few life skills, he is one step away from homelessness when Providence brings him to a place where he finds much more than physical shelter. For the first time in his life, Josh receives unconditional love and something every human being craves, the gift of "the blessing."

The book includes an introduction and reader’s guide designed to identify and discuss the five elements of the biblical blessing that every person needs. Through the power of Josh's story, readers are shown how to give this gift to their children and others as outlined in the more than one million copy bestseller, The Blessing.