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A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins

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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 Family

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ebook, 192 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published April 1st 2011)
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Lorna
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ge ...more
Melissa Roach
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, J ...more
Jennifer
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. The ...more
Ellen
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 providers


drunk driving ~
the death of the only parents they had


foster care ~
separated from siblings


reunion ~
the boys are placed together in a home in the country


heart-wrenching tragedy ~
the accident that changed everything


a childr
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Amanda
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jessica
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristine Coumbe
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 a
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Archie
A Place Called Blessing
Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins
By John Trent with Annette Smith

I 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
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Victor Gentile
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wha
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Marianne
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing








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A 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 b
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Melanie

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 hung
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Pauline Creeden
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 chara
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Patricia Kirk
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 unre
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Janet
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Place Called Blessing: Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins
John 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 f
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Brenda
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Stacy
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 struggl
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Connie
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 boy ...more
Jessica
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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 ...more
Vicki
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 pa
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Shola
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nookbooks

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 on
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Libby
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, scribd
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.

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Lisa
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 an
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Sheila
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
"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
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
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life, counseling
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
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to trust people. Once trust is corrupted it is hard to develop it again.
Cindy B
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love

Beautiful 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
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of forgiveness. I would recommend
Stephanie McGarrity
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
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!
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Dr. John Trent is an award winning author of marriage and family books such as The Blessing.[1] He is the creator of the Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever, and Beaver (LOGB) way of looking at personalities. He is the President of StrongFamilies.com and the Center for StrongFamilies both are organizations committed to strengthening marriage and family relationships worldwide.[2] He and his wife Cindy h ...more
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