A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins  -     By: John Trent Ph.D., Annette Smith
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A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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A Place Called Blessing chronicles the story of five-year-old Josh. He and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk driving accident. After a series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy, he and his brothers are separated, leaving him angry, alone, and distrustful. At age eighteen, a step away from homelessness, he finds unconditional love and the gift of "the blessing." This book shows how to implement the five elements of the biblical blessing found in Trent's book, The Blessing. A Focus on the Family book.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946182
ISBN-13: 9780849946189
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“If you’ve ever doubted your ability to be a vessel of grace and healing in the life of someone who’s hurting, you need to read A Place Called Blessing. It is the story of a wounded soul named Josh, but chances are there is a Josh living next door to you or even sitting near you in the pew at church.”—Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

His whole life has been a story of hurt and rejection. Is one family’s love enough to turn it all around?

Josh lost his parents in a drunk-driving accident and lost track of his two brothers after a tragic fire. By age eighteen, he is an angry young man who only wants a job, an apartment, and to be left alone. Instead, he meets Mike and Anna, an unusual son-and-mother team who draw him into their lives. For the first time, Josh receives unconditional love and something every human being craves, the gift of “the blessing.” But tragedy strikes again, and a shocking secret is revealed. Can Josh hang on to what he’s learned about blessings, curses, and family?

The life-changing message of the relational classic, The Blessing—now in compelling story form. Complete with a reader’s guide to help you identify and apply the five elements of the biblical blessing to your own life and relationships.

Visit www.TheBlessing.com for more information and an opportunity to join The Blessing Challenge, one million people choosing to change the life of one child—their child!

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  1. junnelaranas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    you would love this for sure.
    August 30, 2012
    junnelaranas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Place called blessed: I wish that more time was spent on Josh's time in the foster care system as a teenager instead of jumping from being a child to being 18. When it got to him being on his own though, I couldn't stop reading. kept wondering when the hurting would stop. I felt sad by the unfairness of life. I would recommend this book to anyone! Trent's has a partnered ministry with Focus on the Family, called The Blessing Challenge. It provides the readers of his book with an opportunity to do something... this book was not entirely applicable to me, nor to my wife. However, there were still things we were reminded of and we did plenty of self-evaluations as we read through the book. Honestly, I believe this book is most applicable to parents who feel as if they weren't entirely loved or accepted by their own parents and who worry that they may not show proper love to their own children. would go as far to recommend that all parents, especially those of younger children, read this book to help them understand the importance of blessing their children. This book would especially make a good gift to first-time expecting parents.
  2. Archie Isib
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    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is written with love and talent!
    February 10, 2012
    Archie Isib
    Ph
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoyed this book.The book is so rich in characters. I felt that I met the whole entire town! This was a wonderful book. It really ministered to me at a difficult time in my life. I loved it so much. It was well written and full of God's love.

    Many books in this particular genre are fairly predictable, and while this one was to some extent, there were many twists and turns that I didn't expect and I found myself sneaking a few minutes whenever I could to read.

    This redemption shows up through several characters in the book. A lot of characters are thrown at the reader in the first chapter, but quickly sorted out. I did, however, struggle some to get attached to many of the characters. I feel it took a long time for me to trust. I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down. It has faith, love, some mild suspense and even a surprise ending. The author did a wonderful job! As you read you will want to cry, yell, give advice, and cheer. A book that will have your emotions changing from one scene to the next as you read. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone that likes to read Christian fiction.

    A great book to read with the lessons of love, forgiveness, and trust written throughout the pages. The author did a great job writing a story that is down-to-earth and practical. The circumstances surrounding the plot could happen to anyone. The lessons are practical for everyone. This book is beautifully written, and I really enjoyed reading it. It is very inspiring and touching, and it brought tears to my eyes. The main idea is simply about always putting your faith in the Lord and let Him lead you in the decisions you make. I would highly recommend this book.

    I loved this book...and think you will, too. As a result, I was able to savor every morsel.

    I usually choose Christian Fiction because there is a purity to the relationships, though the characters are flawed and real.

    Though this book is labeled as Christian Fiction and had many references to Christianity, there are several parts of this book regarding the intimacy, that read slightly like a mainstream romance novel.

    I got a free copy of this through Booksneeze! Thank you!
  3. Jessica
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book...touches the soul!
    December 9, 2011
    Jessica
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Place called Blessing is a book about a boy named Josh who lost his parents in a terrible accident. He lived in a series of foster homes and thought he found his forever home until some bad fortune came upon him. Forced to leave, he spent the rest of his childhood in a group home with no one to call family. When he turned 18 he was on his own and decided to go to a far away place where no one would know him or the terrible thing he did. Through various events he ends up living with a mother and son in their garage/apartment. A relationship begins to build and walls are broken down, changing all of their lives forever.

    This book tugged at my heart from the very beginning and resonated in my soul. It's a book about overcoming challenges, forgiving one another and oneself, second chances, and the grace that only God can give. There were moments of sadness and joy throughout the book_it made me laugh and cry. I felt as though I knew the characters personally and was challenged by their actions and words to live a life of blessing for all those I come in contact with. I would definitely recommend this book to all of my friends!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. mamatish
    Austin, Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Companion to the Original
    October 29, 2011
    mamatish
    Austin, Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "A Place Called Blessing" by John Trent is my kind of book--an entertaining, engaging story with a wonderful redeeming ending. I want to read a book that I not only enjoy but learn from too. This story may be hard for some to believe but God works in mysterious ways. Oh how He loves us! And you can see this throughout the book. It is true what the scripture says "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV).
  5. Nel Fastenau
    Willard, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This book can be an eye opener if you will let it!
    August 18, 2011
    Nel Fastenau
    Willard, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A PLACE CALLED BLESSING, Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins by John Trent, PhD with Annette Smith was an eye opener for me. This book is wonderfully written and makes you think about how everything we do has an affect on someone around us. Are you a Blessing to everyone you meet? This is the question you start asking yourself after reading this book. It kind of jumpstarts you and makes you realize everything we do can be a blessing to those around us, and isn't that a way for us to be more Christ-like.

    Dr. Trent has shared the message of the biblical blessing for years but this book shares that same blessing in a story form. This book finds Josh who through unfortunate circumstances lost both his parents in a drunk-driving accident. Josh has experienced it all, at first it was good, him and both of his brothers were in the same foster home, but then after the tragic fire they were separated. Josh blamed himself for this separation; after all he caused the fire, didn't he? By the time Josh was eighteen he was an angry young man with an attitude. Fortunately, Josh meets up with Mike and Anna who not only gives him a place to stay but offers him unconditional love, for the first time in Josh's life, but tragedy strikes again? Will Josh remember what he has learned about the blessing? Find out the answers to these questions in this wonderful book.

    This is a great book and includes a wonderful study guide and "A Special Message From Dr. John Trent" to help you completely understand "The Blessing," and perhaps take The Blessing Challenge.

    I received this book free from Book Sneeze the blogger review program for Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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