Sunday, January 29, 2012
A Place Called Blessing,
Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins
By John Trent PhD with Annette Smith
I was drawn to read the book A Place Called Blessing by John Trent PhD with Annette Smith, because the sub-title caught my attention. I usually do not read fiction books however this one caught my attention because I can identify with the words of the sub-title. One of those been there done that sort of things.
Josh grew up in a dysfunctional home with a Dad who didn’t work much and both parents were more interested in going to the bar than caring for their young children. He often heard that if they were good they would bring them home some treat but they rarely remembered to do it.
After his parents died in a car crash on the way home from the bars, Josh and his two brothers went from foster home to foster home, being slit up along the way, Josh had not only lost his parents but also his brothers who were the only close family and friends he had. They were always together because they only had each other when their parents were alive, and now they were gone too.
Feeling unloved, unwanted, with no home or family, Josh got a wonderful surprise and was reunited with his two brothers and went to a foster home together with them. It was in the country and they even had their own bedroom. They were happy there until a terrible accident tore them apart again. Society expects homeless kids to have problems and Josh, after being told this over and over again saw himself just that way. Once again he felt unloved and unwanted and now he was damaged goods and unadoptable as well.
He just wanted a job and a place to live. He had never really met anyone who truly cared for people and loved them unconditionally. He tried really hard to be a loner but his co-worker Mike and Mike’s mother Anna would not have it that way at all. Josh learned how to love through these people and a revealed secret teaches him what “The Blessing” is all about.
If you let it, this book will change your way of treating others. No matter what they have been through, they deserve to be loved and treated just as we would if we were in their circumstance.
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