The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance


John Trent, Gary Smalley and Kari Trent Stageberg

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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.

John Trent, PhD, a noted speaker and author, is president of Strong Families 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.

Gary Smalley (1940 to 2016) was one of the best known authors and speakers on family relationships.

Kari Trent Stageberg is the CEO of Strong Families, 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 through the power of the Blessing. Today she is a speaker, co-hosts the Strong Families and Live Blessed, Girl podcasts, helps nonprofits through her partnership with the Nonprofit Consulting Shop. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her amazing husband, Joey.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0785229051
  • ISBN-13: 9780785229056, 9780849946370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

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