Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Family Blessing

Author: Rolf Garborg
Publisher: Summerside Press
June 2009
ISBN: 978-1-934770-62-7
Genre: Inspirational/parenting/Christian living

The Bible shows many instances when God blesses His people, or when fathers pass on blessings to their sons. Some pastors quote the familiar blessing from Numbers when church dismisses. ‘The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord cause His face to shine upon you…’ and now, Mr. Garborg is suggesting that we take this idea and bless our children, grandchildren, and others.

To quote from the book: “The single most important concern we should have as parents should be the same primary concern Jesus has for us: We must make it our ultimate goal to help our children know and love God with all their hearts. How do we do that? One of the simplest and most powerful ways…is to give them a daily, concrete encounter with His power and favor by laying hands on them and speaking a blessing.”


Guidelines and practical advice on getting started
Testimonies and stories from parents and children
Encouragement that builds bridges across generations
Spiritual enrichment as you call upon God to bless and be blessed

THE FAMILY BLESSING is a nonfiction book that is easy to read. Attractively bound in a hard cover edition with a satin ribbon to save your place, this book is sure to be one that is cherished and passed down from generation to generation. Ideal for giving as baby shower gifts. I wish I would have discovered this book when my own children were small. The author says it is never too early to start blessing your children, but I wonder if it is ever too late. I think this will be an idea I try to incorporate into our own family devotions. $14.99 hardcover, gift edition. 174 pages.

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