Monday, March 11, 2013
The Language of Blessing by Joseph Cavanaugh III
It's very rare for me to read a book twice, or even to have the desire to do so. I think I can name them all on one hand, but this is one that I plan on reading again. The Language of Blessing is a wonderful book that not only leads you through personal areas of blessing and discovery but is also very practical in how to bless others.
The greatest resource of the book are the reflection questions at the end of every chapter. I took the time to journal through most of them and pondered the ideas before heading to the next chapter. It made the book much more enjoyable and beneficial.
The Language of Blessing does seem to be on the verge of being a parenting book, as the majority of the examples deal with parents and children. So some of the every day uses outside of the family will have to be extrapolated from what is presented. My one disappointment is in a website reference that is included in the book. It is indicated that there will be more resources at the website, but at the time of this publication, the site is minimal with some broken links. I'm hopeful that will change in the future, though it's not enough of an inconvenience to mar the overall experience.
This book has been a great blessing to me. And I hope that it has changed the way that I interact with people that I come into contact with. It has definitely changed the way that I think about things in my own life and in the life of my family. I'm looking forward to seeing how God will use this new found skill of receiving and giving blessings in our lives.
This book was provided to me for the purpose of review from Tyndale Publishing. The opinions are my own and are never required to be positive.