Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins By Dr. John Trent & Annette Smith

A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins

John Trent, PhD & Annette Smith
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
192 pages

"Once when I was pretty little, Mom and Dad took me and my brothers with them. They stopped on the way at a gas station and got us Honey Buns. Our mom gave us a blanket that was in the front seat. When we got to the bar, they left us in the car. It was only supposed to be for a little while, but I guess they forgot. Matt and Sam and I fell asleep and did not wake up until the cops came and opened the doors". The Blessing

Many of you are going to be surprised with what I am about to say, but as soon as I realized this was a christian novel I lost all hope on the book. I took me several days for me to find the motivation to sit down and tackle it.  But guess what? Once I started, I just couldn't put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen to those poor boys bouncing from one foster home to another.

As I was reading the book I immediately fell in love with the characters. The storyline is well written, and the message is profound. My heart sank on every chapter and the ending is totally unexpected. Overall, The Blessing is one of the best feel-good story I have read in a long time. 

When I worked as a therapist,  I dealt with many cases like the one depicted on this story. I know firsthand how difficult is to protect abused and neglected children. 

I believe this book can be a great tool in therapy since it deals with issues of trust, regret, guilt, forgiveness, and unconditional love.

I give this book 4 stars out of five. 


Editorial Reviews


Product Description


An orphaned boy's story of loss, love, and eventual acceptance by the most unlikely people.

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

About the Author

Dr. John Trent is president of StrongFamilies.com and founder of The Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College. John is a sought-after speaker and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including six books for children. He has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs across the country and leads The Blessing Challenge, a joint partnership with Focus on the Family and StrongFamilies.com. John and his wife, Cindy, have been married for more than thirty years and have two grown daughters, Kari and Laura.

Annette Smith is a novelist, nurse, and a master storyteller. Her first book of short stories, The Whispers of Angels, sold more than 100,000 copies. Annette has written four additional volumes of original short stories, two parenting books, and five novels, all set in small towns. Her fourth novel, A Bigger Life, was named by Library Journal as one of the best novels of 2007 and was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Book Awards. 

A life-long Texan, Annette lives in Tyler, Texas with Randy, her husband of thirty-one years, and an affectionate, shaggy mutt named Wally. Annette has worked as a registered nurse in a variety of settings. Her current home-hospice position gives her a unique position in the lives of relative strangers, and she often finds herself bearing solitary witness to intimate, behind-the-scenes situations full of grace and meaning. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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." 

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