Wednesday, November 17, 2004
The Power of Spoken Blessings
by Bill Gothard
While X-er has not read this book, he is fairly confident that he can provide an insightful review that will assist you in your decision of whether to buy and read it.
Many folks will remember the criticism expressed years ago that Bill Gothard never attached his name to his work. This was attributed to Bill's innate humility by Gothard supporters, and to his insidious secrecy by his opponents. Regardless, Bill decided to go on the record with his blockbuster The Sevenfold Power of First-Century Churches and Homes, and he hasn't looked back since. The Power of Spoken Blessings is Gothard's most recent release.
Blessings is a touching cross between Gary Smalley's The Blessing (ignore the name similarity), Dennis Rainey's The Tribute, and a common Jedi mind trick of influencing thought through subtle suggestion.
The IBLP Store proves the following description of the book:
What if spoken blessings could grant freedom from years of bitter hurts? What if they could break down the walls that divide husband from wife, parent from child, and friend from friend?
Blessings is a quick read, only 96 pages, but its truths can be absorbed over a lifetime. In it you will learn how to praise, how to envision success for others, how to motivate your siblings and other familiar Gothard teachings uniquely re-packaged.
Our words have lasting impact not only for harm, but also for great good. By speaking blessings, we can help bring healing to aching souls and restoration to bruised relationships. Learn the secret of spoken blessings and embark on a rich family tradition that brings harmony and closeness beyond anything you've previously experienced.
Scripture tells us "Death and life are in the power of the tongue," and in this small volume you will also learn of "death words" that you should avoid. "You're a rebel," "I hate you," and "Why don't you just go to h*ll," are all damaging words that can undo years of spoken blessing and inflict great trauma.
Instead, readers are urged to tell others how they are an encouragement. "You have blessed my life by ______" is one common phrase used by Blessing Speakers.
In the end, this book may not top any bestseller lists, but is a valuable addition to your IBLP library. Buy this book. Read it. Then share it with your friends who need it the most.