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The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance

The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance

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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.

Additional Information

  • Contributor(s)John Trent , Gary Smalley , Kari Trent Stageberg
  • About the Contributor(s) John TrentJohn Trent, PhD, a noted speaker and author, is president of and serves as the Gary Chapman Chair of... John Trent

    John Trent, PhD, a noted speaker and author, is president of and serves as the Gary Chapman Chair of Ministry and Therapy at Moody Theological Seminary. He and Gary Smalley have won Gold Medallion writing awards for their books, The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love. Dr. Trent has also written several children's books, one called, I'd Choose You! based on The Blessing, and the Gold Medallion winning book on children's personalities, The Treasure Tree. Learn more about creating The Blessing culture and lifestyle at

    Gary Smalley

    Gary Smalley was one of the country's best known authors and speakers on family relationships. In addition to writing The Blessing and The Two Sides of Love with John Trent, their book The Language of Love (newly revised and updated) won the Angel Award as the best contribution to family life. His national infomercial, Hidden Keys to Loving Relationships, has been viewed by television audiences all over the world.

    Kari Trent Stageberg

    Kari Trent Stagebergis the CEO of StrongFamilies, her dream job since her dad, John Trent, started the ministry in 1998. More than twenty years later, after personal faith and relationship struggles, Kari was restored and healed herself through the power of The Blessing. Today she is a speaker, co-hosts the StrongFamilies and Live Blessed, Girl Podcasts, helps nonprofits through her partnership with The Nonprofit Consulting Shop, speaks, and pursues writing through her blog, She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her amazing husband Joey.

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  • UPC 9780785229056
  • ISBN-100785229051
  • ISBN-139780785229056
  • Publish Date06/04/2019
  • PublisherThomas Nelson
  • Format Softcover
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Weight (lbs)1.0 lb
  • Pages304
  • Price $17.99