Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review - The Language of Blessing

The Language of Blessing
By Joseph Cavanaugh III


There is not enough room in this post to tell you how much I truly enjoyed and benefitted from this book! I really felt like this book was written specifically for me!

Joseph Cavanaugh writes about how the words of others can either build us up or break us down. He gives an illustration early in the book that could have been pulled from my own childhood where he planned something for his families yard that he knew was going to bless his whole family. He worked and saved to make this thing happen and then worked so hard to get it all done. When his father arrived home from work, his words totally took the joy out of what he had done. Not only that, his father made him feel ridiculous for even doing this thing. Wow. How many times had that happened to me? To you?

He shares how we start to believe these things - even alter the way we do things - because we start to see ourselves as just average. Nothing special.  All the personal stories - the author's as well as other's - really made the book easy to read and so relatable. I saw myself in so many of the stories.

I especially liked the questions at the end of each chapter that helps us to dig deeper into our life experiences and our thinking about ourselves. He also shares how to affirm ourselves and other, how to be more self-aware and less anxious.

I came away from this book with more hope than I've had in a long time. Hope that I have something I can share with others, hope that I'm not as others have defined me negatively, and an excitement for the future!

I devoured this book and plan on reading it over and over again. It's just that good! Yes, I highly recommend it!!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Tyndale Publishing and their Blog Network

God bless you - Julie

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