Published by Thomas Nelson 1986, 1993, 2011.
I got this book complementary from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. Although I got this book free, the review is still very much my own opinion.
This book is broken up into four parts:
Part 1, Why blessing are important for children (and people in general);
Part 2, What actually the blessing is. It’s not saying “God bless you” when your kid sneezes. The blessing consists of five parts: meaningful physical touch, a spoken message, attaching high value to the child, picturing a special future, and an active commitment from parents to help their children achieve that future. Dr. Trent goes into each of these topics in detail giving stories of meaningful ways parents have blessed their children as well as practical steps parents can take to implement blessing their children.
Part 3, What to do if you feel like you never received a blessing like this from your parents. This section is for those people who felt like their parents imparted a curse instead of a blessing to them (which happens most often than not). The authors gives practical, biblical ways that a person can break from this curse cycle, find healing, and bless their children.
Part 4, Living out the blessing. This book in mainly written for parents with children, but the authors do take time to mention how we can bless other people in our lives like our spouses, coworkers, and friends especially if those people have never had meaningful blessing from their parents.
In a few weeks I will be expecting our first child. That’s what got me so interested in this book. This is not what I’d call a “child raising book”, but the information in here I found crucial in helping me as I formulate my own child raising philosophy. The authors use a lot of scriptural references from how Isaac and Jacob blessed their sons to showing how Jesus implemented all five aspects of the blessing with people he encountered in his ministry. The authors incorporated many personal stories from their own lives and the lives of people they had counseled over the years as well as side boxes with thought provoking questions and links to video messages from the authors. A read that I not only enjoyed but found very thought provoking as well.