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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 FamilyHis whole life has been a story“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 FamilyHis 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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A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins Reviews

  • Lorna
    2019-04-29 04:38

    Wow. One of the most inspirational pieces of fiction I have ever read. John Trent writes powerfully, in a way that stirs your heart to tears and your soul to action. This book epitomizes what it means to show unconditional love to others and the ultimate, true value of that. Stirs us to take our god-given roles in bringing the light of Christ's love to the vulnerable wherever we are - for us to truly be His hands and feet on this earth. So read it! And better, Live it!! (At the moment you can get it on Eden books for just £2.99! Do it! ;) )

  • Melissa Roach
    2019-04-28 02:35

    Five-year-old Josh and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk-driving accident. A series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy eventually separate them, leaving Josh alone, angry, and distrustful of most everyone. At age eighteen, Josh strikes out on his own to find work. With only a high school education and few life skills, he is one step away from homelessness when Providence brings him to a place where he finds much more than physical shelter. For the first time in his life, Josh receives unconditional love and something every human being craves, the gift of "the blessing."The book includes an introduction and reader’s guide designed to identify and discuss the five elements of the biblical blessing that every person needs. Through the power of Josh's story, readers are shown how to give this gift to their children and others as outlined in the more than one million copy bestseller, The Blessing.About the AuthorsDr. John Trent is president of StrongFamilies.com and founder of The Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College. John is a sought-after speaker and an award-winning author of more than twenty books, including six books for children. He has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs across the country and leads The Blessing Challenge, a joint partnership with Focus on the Family and StrongFamilies.com. John and his wife, Cindy, have been married for more than thirty years and have two grown daughters, Kari and Laura.Annette Smith is a novelist, nurse, and a master storyteller. Her first book of short stories, The Whispers of Angels, sold more than 100,000 copies. Annette has written four additional volumes of original short stories, two parenting books, and five novels, all set in small towns. Her fourth novel, A Bigger Life, was named by Library Journal as one of the best novels of 2007 and was a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Book Awards.A life-long Texan, Annette lives in Tyler, Texas with Randy, her husband of thirty-one years, and an affectionate, shaggy mutt named Wally. Annette has worked as a registered nurse in a variety of settings. Her current home-hospice position gives her a unique position in the lives of relative strangers, and she often finds herself bearing solitary witness to intimate, behind-the-scenes situations full of grace and meaning.My ThoughtsImagine being five years old and being told your parents are never coming back. For Josh and his brothers that's just what happened.While his parents weren't the best, they liked to drink and left the boys to their own devices while they partied. A very sad, but true way of life for many children; and they were all the boys knew. The three boys wind up in a foster home, but an accident occurs and six year old Josh is labeled as unadoptable. His brothers find a home but he is left to grow up in an orphanage. As he matures into an adult he can't let go of his past and decides he doesn't need to rely on anyone, but when he rents a room from his co-workers mother he soon learns the true meaning of love and forgiveness in A Place Called Blessing.This is one of those stories that is short enough to read in one sitting and I am so glad it was because once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. I had to know how things would work out for Josh. While the plot was sort of predictable I couldn't help but feel heartbroken when six year old Josh realized what he had done. It was easy to understand why he became a young man who wanted to keep to himself. It was nice to see the slow transformation of Josh after he moved in with Anna and Brian. There were a few twists at the end that I didn't see happening. If your looking for a story with a strong spiritual message that will bring you to tears, but one that will inspire and touch your heart as well, then you should give this one a try. Dr. Trent ends the book with a group of questions meant to help us bless the hurting. He lists five ways to do that and then asks us to fill in answers to questions on how the story demonstrated his conclusions.Both of the authors did an amazing job of capturing the attention of the reader while connecting your heart with Josh. This a wonderful story of second chances, forgiveness, and true blessing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, ages young adult and up.To learn more about this book, you can visit the publisher’s website, or purchase it for yourself on Amazon.com. Thank You so much Booksneeze & Thomas Nelson for letting me review this book! I absolutely love being apart of your bloggers reading program Take care and I look forward to reading more books from you in the future!

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-07 05:10

    Josh has lived a difficult life. He and his two older brothers are ripped from the only home they have known when their neglectful parents die in a drunk driving accident. It may have not been the best home, but it was their home. Trying to keep the boys together proves to be an exercise in futility as they are sent off to different foster homes, only getting to see each other off an on. Then a miracle. A family takes in all of them and they are happy for the first time in their young lives. They make friends. Their foster family truly seems to care for them. Everything is just perfect.Until a horrible tragedy separates them forever.Despondent and distrustful of most everyone, Josh ends up living out his teenage years in a home for boys. When he ages out at 18, he begins to try and make a life for himself. Sleeping in homeless shelters or on streets, eating beef jerky for dinner, he works up to three jobs a day in hopes of getting an apartment, a place to call his own.Trying to get into a more lucrative construction job, Josh heads to a new town. There he meets his supervisor, Mike, who offers him a room to rent in his mom’s house. That decision would change Josh’s life forever. Josh begins to truly live and feel like part of a family; something he feels like he doesn’t deserve.My heart ached for Josh throughout his story. For any of you contemplating foster care or adoption, I encourage you to read this short book. It gives such an honest and thoughtful portrayal, from a child’s perspective, of what it’s like to live without a family growing up and the destruction it can weave into the soul of a youngster.Even though this book is classified as Christian Fiction, there is not too much discussion of God in this book, so if you are hesitant to read this book because of the description, I would urge you to give it a chance. There is some talk of going to church and such, but there isn’t a lot of deep spiritual growth in the characters, which is something I was looking for in this type of novel. With that said, I really loved this book and I read it fairly quickly. There is a lot of emotion packed into the ~170 pages, with some surprising twists and turns that were unexpected. Josh’s story is haunting, but so true-to-life for many children. His story is one that will profoundly impact you and stick with you for quite some time.I wholeheartedly endorse this novel.My Rating:[image error]Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Ellen
    2019-05-03 06:38

    A fantastic story!John Trent invites you into the life of Josh and his brothers. Josh is an orphaned boy whose story of "loss, love, and eventual acceptance by the most unlikely people" brings him to A Place Called Blessing.a dysfunctional family ~absentee parents; poor providersdrunk driving ~the death of the only parents they hadfoster care ~separated from siblingsreunion ~the boys are placed together in a home in the countryheart-wrenching tragedy ~the accident that changed everythinga children's orphan home ~no longer allowed in the foster systemalone ~Josh's brothers are adopted... without himJohn Trent previously wrote The Blessing, a non-fiction book discussing 5 crucial elements on how to bless others. Through A Place Called Blessing, he has breathed life into these ideas and gave a new audience a "view" of what it looks like to be a conduit of God's love and blessings. A reader's guide and discussion questions help you to gather your thoughts and make this a reality for you.A Place Called Blessing shows us tangible ways to show God's Blessings!In The Blessing, John Trent discusses specific ways to move toward others and bless others using these 5 essential elements...~ a meaningful touch~ a spoken message~ attaching high value~ picturing a special future~ an active commitmentThink of your life... how would it be different, if, in the worse situation you found yourself in, you had someone come into your life and bless you? a word of encouragement ~this will pass and I'll be here for youstanding in the gap between you and God ~praying for you and with you when you don't have the words believing in you ~hearing... "You CAN overcome." a hug when you felt the most unlovable and dirty ~a healing touch... no words necessaryThis book is a MUST READ for anyone looking for ways to show God's unconditional love to people He has placed in their (our) path. Thank you John Trent for reminding us that "the choice to give the blessing to another person is really a choice to be a conduit of God's blessing."Star Rating: 6 out of 5 starsFor more information on John Trent and his book The Blessing and The Blessing Challenge, click HERE.I look forward to reading The Blessing and learning ways to bless not only my family, but everyone God places in my path."I (God) will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing." ~ Genesis 12.2"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." ~ 1 Peter 3.9

  • Amanda
    2019-05-03 07:15

    I finished A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins a few days ago and I've been thinking since then. Some books are like that. Sometimes, I finish a book and I can immediately sit down and write about it. Other times, I have to give it a day or two to sink in, or to think about what I want to say. Honestly, it's a good book. I just can't say unequivocally that I liked it. It made me cry too much. I don't like books that make me cry. I read to either escape or learn, not to be sad. The book is based on a previous book by Trent,The Blessing. According to Trent, the blessing "involves looking for specific ways to move toward others and provide them with five essential elements: Meaningful touchA spoken messageAttaching high valuePicturing a special futureAn active commitment"Trent says we are called by Jesus to do this as his followers. Obviously, we need to care for others and take care of each other, but the verses noted only speak of God's blessing to his people and say nothing of these elements. I'm not saying these aren't Biblical principles; God does attach a high value to us (Matthew 10: 29-31), and we do have a special future, not just in Heaven, but here on Earth (John 10:10). I guess I'm saying the author should have used verses like these to demonstrate his point instead of only the ones he gave (Gen 12:2, 1 Peter 3:9).The story itself is heartbreak after heartbreak, with some love and a little hope thrown in. As a small child, Josh lost his parents in a drunk-driving accident. (Not that they were doing much for him and his brothers anyway, but they were his parents.) Then a tragic mistake separates him from his brothers. So I cried for the first 30 pages of the book. Eventually, he grows up, and meets Mike at work. Mike and his mother, Anna, become Josh's new family and he finally experiences all the love, nurturing, and "blessing" he didn't get as a child. That part of the story is wonderful. It's not all sunshine and roses, and there are some rough patches, but Josh learns that he really is worthy of love and families aren't always related by blood. Then I cried for the last 30 pages. I won't tell you more because it would spoil the story. But, really, it's only 159 pages and I cried through 60 of them. That's almost 40% of the book. That's too much "sad" for me. But if you ignore that, this really is a good book.I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. All opinions are my own.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-26 01:37

    At first I wasn't real sure about this book since its not the type of book I normally read. However once I actually started reading this book the more I fell in love with it and couldn't put it down. This book is about a boy named Josh who has two brothers named Matt and Sam. There parents aren't the best. They leave the kids at home alone a lot with no food most days and sometimes no electricity. There parents are selfish and like to party and spend time with there friends. One night it catches up with them and they die. Once this happens the boys are put in foster care.Foster care turns out to be what everyone has ever heard about. But as luck would have it one day a family wants to care for the boys. Not just one or two like the past but all three boys. The boys meet some neighbor kids named mike and Jody or j.j. Jody and Josh are the youngest so they hang out in a secret hiding spot all the time until one day a tragic accident claims the life of Jody and sends the boys away to a group home. From then on Josh has problems finding a family to want him. Eventually his brothers find families and he's left on his own and loses contact with his brothers. Once Josh graduates from high school and turns 18 he is basically kicked out of the home. Josh moves to a new town and finds work with a construction company while living in a hotel room and the streets. At work he meets a guy named mike who tells him his mom has a room for rent if he wants it. Josh finally decides living with this guys mom is better than the streets. At first things are a little rocky but as time goes on they become one big family. Josh overcomes a lot if his demons living there with the help of mike and Anna. Once mike passes away Josh finds out a secret about mikes family that helps him patch things up with him and Lori, mikes cousin.I could have sat and read this book in one day if I had given it a better chance at first. By the end of this book I was crying and so happy for the ending that it makes you realize you can never give up hope on yourself. John Trent did an amazing job with this story of hope. I received this book free from the publisher through the booksneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Kristine Coumbe
    2019-05-17 05:13

    This review is from: A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins (Paperback)Books about abuse and neglect of a child are always a difficult read. "A Place Called Blessing" is apart of a trio of books by the authors with online materials to help individuals and churches with assisting and strengthening families. "A Place Called Blessing" is written as prose and is wholly based on the first book called "The Blessing." Authors John Trent and Annette Smith took one man's experience and wrote a more fleshed out story in the book "A Place Called Blessing.""Josh loses his parents in a drunk driving accident and later track of his brothers after a tragic fire. By eighteen Josh is an angry young man that wants a job, a home and to be left alone. Suddenly Mike and Anna enter his life and change it for good."John Trent who is president of Strong Families Foundation and President of the Institute for the Blessing has experience and knowledge to write books as well as create a movement to help individuals, children and families to feel loved,appreciated and a valued member of society. I browsed the books various sections before diving in and reading straight through. This book does talk about the Five Elements of the Blessing that all children need. Josh's story, although difficult to read was plainly laid out and accessible. As an adult who has felt neglect and abuse I can recognize various aspects of Josh's story. I realize that I lacked 4 out of 5 elements of the Blessing. I had hoped to find out more on how to feel happiness that God intended all His children to feel. Sadly many adults are finding that they may have lacked "the Blessing" and can help change a child's life for the best. Although John Trent has created a wonderful challenge in his books and website I could not find resources for those adults who are like Josh and recovering from a difficult childhood, and believe me I was searching both the website and book.In spite of this,the book is well written and easy to read. I was crying or near tears throughout reading the book. I found the authors ability to handle such a difficult topic with ease I was not left feeling depressed but hopeful. I received this book as part of a reading program called Book Sneeze through Thomas Nelson publishers and am to required to give a positive review.

  • Archie
    2019-04-27 02:28

    A Place Called Blessing Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins By John Trent with Annette SmithI 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.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-05-02 00:29

    John Trent with Annette Smith in their book “A Place Called Blessing” published by Thomas Nelson take us to the place Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins."A Place Called Blessing" is a fictional story based on the book, "The Blessing" by John Trent and Gary Smalley. Josh is the star of the book and he, as well as his two brothers, are orphaned when his parents, who are drunks, are killed in a drunk driving accident. The three brothers are sent to foster home after foster home, until they find what they think will be their permanent home in the country. Unfortunately, Josh makes some mistakes and events occur that cause him to be, not only separated from his brothers, but bounced from foster home to foster home. When Josh ages out of the foster care system he sets out to work getting employment in construction. As he begins to face near ruin he meets Mike and Anna and finds the title place of the book.Dr. Trent with Annette Smith provide a fictional background on how to live out the truths that were given in the other book, "The Blessing". It is not necesary to have read "The Blessing" as this book walks you through the steps in a very unique manner. "A Place Called Blessing" will touch you to the heart and cause you to want to be a blessing to others who hurt. I recommend this book highly!If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.combook 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Marianne
    2019-04-21 03:39

    Product DescriptionA 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.My ReviewI just finished reading a novel of unconditional love, written by John Trent. I found it to be an incredible life-changing story! It is written in the first person, as if by Josh, and though this is not my preference, i did think it was the best way to tell this story, and told mostly as Josh relating his story after the fact. Then at the end he brings us into the present. The story starts off with Josh giving a bit of background to his dysfunctional family, and i was drawn to these little boys left to figure out life while their parents partied. The story really starts when Josh and his two brothers lost their parents in a drunk driving accident, and they are placed in a foster home. The events that happen to separate the boys is heartbreaking, but understandable. Even after i was finished reading, my heart was heavy for those poor little ones, and inspired by the unconditional love showed to Josh when he was a young man dealing with anger, mad at the world. John uses this novel as a way to introduce the idea of Blessing, or Unconditional Love to those hurting from all kinds of dysfunctional relationships that may have happened in life.i recieved this book free from ThomasNelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program. i was not required to give a positive review.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-17 08:18

    A Place Called Blessing is a story based on the original book by John Trent, The Blessing. This story takes one step further the five essential elements to being a blessing to others; meaningful touch, a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing special future, an active commitment. The story begins with Josh as a young boy and his two brothers being raised by their parents who are too ‘young and dumb’ to take care of them. The boys fend for themselves and often are neglected and left hungry. The parents are killed in a car crash and Josh at the age of 4 is put into the Foster Care system along with his brothers. Being difficult to keep 3 active boys together, Josh often times was without his brothers and rotated between foster homes until he was 6. Tragedy at his next foster home ends him up being labeled as non placeable in his own eyes, and he continues through the system until he is released at age 18 with no family and no money. God had a plan for Josh though and through courage and perseverance he landed a good started job, stayed nights wherever he could find. Eventually he got a job with the city, found a room to rent and life was progressing. He became friends with the home owner Anna and her adult son Mike, and for the first time in his life he was able to see what The Blessing was truly about. Each of us a Christians should strive to make our home and our hearts a place called blessing. To reach out to those who are lost in the world, regardless of age or stereotypes. I appreciated the story format of the book , for me it is easier to grasp the message and theme through story mode than a nonfiction type format. The subtitle of the book is Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins, and that would be a place we all pray for.

  • Pauline Creeden
    2019-04-28 06:21

    This book is truly a rare find. The story took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride that had me literally crying tears of joy as well as sorrow.I chose this book because it was listed in the Christian Living section, but is also a novel. Because I just finished another Christian novel published by Thomas Nelson, I decided to check this one out. I definitely did not regret my choice. Normally when I pick up a novel, it takes at least a chapter or two to get into and know or care about the characters and what happens to them. This book's fast-pace had me hooked by the third page of the first chapter. Honestly, I could not put it down. The novel concentrated on the storyline, leaving out the fluff and excessive description. Like any Christian parable, the story drips heavy with meaning. It points the reader to the importance of forgiveness, hospitality, and acceptance. But the acceptance never relies solely on the person who forgives, but also n the one who needs to be forgiven. Often the person who has a hard time forgiving himself will have an even harder time accepting the forgiveness of the person they have wronged.The author has done an excellent, realistic job of portraying this part in the story. Anne, the main female character, inspired me like a rock of faith and hospitality. The only part that I did not care for was that though the characters were "good people" and went to church, but Jesus Himself was not mentioned directly. I have recieved a copy of this ebook for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers, but, I loved this book and highly recommend it. I am likely going to buy a hard copy of it to share with friends.

  • Patricia Kirk
    2019-05-01 07:27

    Josh loved a stuffed rabbit given to him when the police took him and his two brothers out of the home where his parents left them unattended. He had no other toys. An accident and several foster homes later, separated from his two brothers, he finally went to a foster home in the country with them. Happy in his country home, another accident made angry foster parents kick him out. Then, the county made assumptions that led to possible adopters refusing to take him into their homes. He felt unredeemable. When he met Anna and Mike, he rejected their kindness because he couldn’t accept their respect and attention. Would they be able to reach him? Dr. Trent ends the book with a group of questions meant to help us bless the hurting. He lists five ways to do that and then asks us to fill in answers to questions on how the story demonstrated his conclusions. Dr. Trent leads Strong Families.com as president and in partnership with Focus on the Family, so his mission is to use this story to prevent another little Josh. The questions lead us to better raising our children and encouraging others. I couldn’t leave this story. I admit crying throughout. Dishes and bed making had to wait. Dr. Trent lists this book under the category of nonfiction, but at the end, he says he lived parts of it. I don’t know how much of it was fictionalized. This disappointed me. I grieved for a living little boy. And as fiction, the coincidences became harder to accept. We know such coincidences happen in life, but in fiction, they can seem contrived. With those two caveats, I give this touching book an A-double-plus.

  • Janet
    2019-04-28 07:21

    A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love BeginsJohn Trent Synopsis An orphaned boy's story of loss, love, and eventual acceptance by the most unlikely people.Five-year-old Josh and his two older brothers lose their parents in a drunk-driving accident. A series of foster homes and a shocking tragedy eventually separate them, leaving Josh alone, angry, and distrustful of most everyone. At age eighteen, Josh strikes out on his own to find work. With only a high school education and few life skills, he is one step away from homelessness when Providence brings him to a place where he finds much more than physical shelter. For the first time in his life, Josh receives unconditional love and something every human being craves, the gift of "the blessing."Includes an introduction and reader's guide designed to identify and discuss the five elements of the biblical blessing that every person needs. Readers are shown, through the power of Josh's story, how to give this gift to their children and others as outlined in the more than one million copy bestseller, The Blessing.My Review this is an amazing book. From start to finish i couldn't put it down. I read it in a day. Such a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. I think everyone should read this book I'm sure glad i did.A child should never have to go through what Josh did, but made him a stronger person and a better man. No matter what happens in your life God is always there. You may not understand why? but there is always a reason.John Trent told a good story with a wonderful message.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-09 04:35

    Imagine being five years old and being told your parents are never coming back. For Josh and his brothers that's just what happened. While his parents weren't great,they liked to drink and left the boys to their own devices while they partied, they were all the boys knew. The three boys wind up in a foster home, but an accident occurs and six year old Josh is labeled as unadoptable. His brothers find a home but he is left to grow up in an orphanage. As he matures into an adult he can't let go of his past and decides he doesn't need to rely on anyone, but when he rents a room from his co-workers mother he soon learns the true meaning of love and forgiveness in A Place Called Blessing. This is one of those stories that is short enough to read in one sitting and I am so glad it was because once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. I had to know how things would work out for Josh. While the plot was sort of predictable I couldn't help but feel heartbroken when six year old Josh realized what he had done. It was easy to understand why he became a young man who wanted to keep to himself. It was nice to see the slow transformation of Josh after he moved in with Anna and Brian. There were a few twists at the end that I didn't see happening. If your looking for a story with a strong spiritual message that will bring you to tears but is also inspire and touch your heart as well then you should give this one a try.rating 4/5A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stacy
    2019-05-08 07:19

    Josh is a young man who has had the cards stacked against him his whole life. When he is just a little boy, his parents, who have been less than stellar in their roles, are killed in a drunk-driving accident. Josh and his two brothers are thrown into the foster care system and from then on the lessons Josh learns are of mistrust, disappointment, hopelessness, anger, and the overwhelming knowledge that he is unlovable.At 18, Josh is aged out of the system. Newly "adult" and on his own, he struggles to make his way. Just when things seem the bleakest, along comes Mike, who tells Josh his mom has a room to rent in their house. Mike and his mom, Anna, are extraordinary people who welcome Josh into their home and their lives and when Josh would rather be left alone to simply survive they push him and love him into living life. They teach him to trust and have hope and believe in himself.There are so many tragic twists in this book that pop up to surprise you. I never saw the big ones coming because I was so wrapped up in Josh's emotions. He and all the characters are down to earth and feel very natural. They are easy to believe in. I'd recommend this to anyone.I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to give 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

  • Connie
    2019-04-26 08:36

    Even tho Josh and his two brothers didn't have what would be considered the "best" of parents, they were their parents. When their parents were killed in a car accident, they didn't know what to expect. They were sent to a series of foster homes but at least they were all together. They were finally sent to what would seem to be the perfect place for three growing, active boys. They could play outdoors and enjoy nature and even had neighbor children to play with. But, tragedy strikes and the boys are this time sent to a childrens group home. Josh's two older brothers are eventually adopted. But Josh stays in the home until he turns 18. As he struggles to survive in the outside world, Josh finally finds work and his foreman is Mike. They strike up a friendship and Josh rents a room with Mike and his mother, Anna. They welcome Josh into their home and their he finds the love and spiritual blessings he never had as a child. There were some very unexpected twists in the story that I was not at all expecting! But Josh does learn that he is truly worthy of a family's love and God's blessing. FTC disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program so I could review this book.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-08 07:39

    I was so surprised that I actually really enjoyed this book. Josh's story was so interesting to read and really opened my eyes to the world of foster care. I could feel his emotion and anger while going through life in the foster care system. There were times when this book made me really sad and there were times when I was happy. I really cared about Josh and how his life would end up especially when he was homeless. 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. I loved Mike and Anna and how they welcomed Josh into their family even though they didn't even know him. Josh didn't want anything to do with them, but Anna didn't care. Mike and Anna were such good people that I was surprised how much I cared for what happened to them. This was such a heartfelt book and I was glad that even thought they went to church and believed in God, they didn't talk about it every other sentence. The book was all about Josh and I enjoyed reading his emotional, yet very good story.

  • Vicki
    2019-05-14 04:16

    When I first started reading I thought "what a sad book". Soon I got caught up with what Josh was thinking and feeling and the sadness, while still there, took a backseat. I loved that he kept pushing through what life was throwing at him. It was still sad, but what I kept getting from it was how resilient was are, and that no matter how much hurt we suffer from those who should love us the most, we still have the capacity to love and be loved by others.The book was interesting from the first paragraph and it kept getting better and better. Then "BAM", out of the blue came a shocker that I had to read over and over! It left me with my mouth hanging open. It made the story perfect!This is definitely a book I'll read again.

  • Shola
    2019-05-12 03:15

    A place called Blessing is one of a kind,being new to this author;this is a good book.This is a story about a boy that has felt rejected all his life, no one to trust or look out for him. Couldn't find a heart to call home and decided not to let any one in his. Josh is a interesting character, and his story speaks close to home.How he moved from one end of his life to the other and faces his greatest fears of all,....his story will touch your heart and cause you to reconsider some things in ones life.This is a good read,would highly recommend for anyone who has been hurt..No matter how messed-up we might think we are,God's arm is always wide open and his Love never fails us. The book added that being at "a place called blessing" is not limited to material things.

  • Libby
    2019-05-07 01:18

    If you are familiar with the Non fiction work Entitled "the Blessing" this is a fictional look at what a difference giving a blessing to others can make in the life of both the receiver AND the giver. The first part of the story is very hard reading so be warned but if you can make it past what the main character goes through it is a beautiful story of forgiveness and healing and the difference one person can make in a life. This book is from Scribd- For a free 60 day free trial use the following referral link- http://click.mail.scribd.com/?qs=7e3b...

  • Lisa
    2019-05-01 04:19

    I knew John Trent and his wife 30 years ago before he began to write about his life message, the blessing. Many people are telling stories now, using narrative to explain truth. This is a quick read. I loved how there was so little overt spiritual emphasis yet the reality of Christ's love is everywhere. This kind of reminds me of the book of Esther where "God" is never mentioned but He is everywhere.The ending is a good twist. It's really uplifting to read a book that is redemptive, uplifting and positive.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-24 00:27

    "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

  • Lara Lleverino
    2019-04-21 07:21

    A cross between a Nicolas Sparks and a Jan Karon story this book tells the story of what can happen to life when someone makes the choice to bless them. I read this in about 3 hours and loved every minute of it...thought I knew what was going to happen and got a big surprise at the twist in the end!

  • Jeremy
    2019-04-29 01:16

    This wasn't what I expected but was very good. It is a fictional story used to illustrate the concepts and principles of his book, The Blessing, which was very formative for me. I'd read this first and then the blessing, as I think this is meant to be an introduction.

  • Nghia Jones
    2019-04-24 00:21

    It is hard to trust people. Once trust is corrupted it is hard to develop it again.

  • Cindy B
    2019-05-07 03:38

    LoveBeautiful reminder of speaking words of encouragement and love into the lives of those you do life with because of Gods unconditional love for us.

  • Sonia
    2019-05-16 01:29

    A story of forgiveness. I would recommend

  • Stephanie McGarrity
    2019-05-04 04:26

    The story was cute and had parts that were touching, but over all it was predictable. The writing left something to be desired. A quick and easy read.

  • elliereads
    2019-04-26 08:39

    I liked this. The story was a little contrived, but for the purposes of teaching it had to be. I don't know if I'll have time to go over the study questions, but I hope to. Thanks Stacy!