Friday, September 2, 2011
A strong lesson in forgiveness
A Place Called Blessing - Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins
by John Trent, PhD with Annette Smith
This story has an incredible message of forgiveness, which is the obvious lesson of this story. However, I also saw many more lessons such as humbleness, not being judgemental, kindness, overcoming hopelessness and of course unconditional love. It is amazing that so many lessons can be drawn from such a short story. This is an easy reading book, I picked it up one evening after the kids went to bed and finished it in about three hours. A very well-spent, emotional three hours!
The book ends with a few questions for each chapter. This would be a great outline for a small group and could provide the basis for starting some healing discussions for those in the group.
The book is a fictional story that fits together with the book by the same author called The Blessing, which i described as "Every child needs the blessing - the gift of unconditional love and approval that comes from one's parents. You'll see your child thrive as you learn about and give the five biblical elements of the blessing." I think I will add that book to my wish list!
Disclosure: Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.