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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Where Hurting Ends and Love Begins
By John Trent MD & Annette Smith

Book Description
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."

I don't usually like stories like this - they make me sad. But this book was truly an eye opener as to how lucky I was to have had a loving family who taught me what it means to trust and be loved. Five year old Josh grows up to feel like he's nobody. He is not worthy of love and he can't trust ANYONE. You read about the tragedies he's endured and then how he evolves as an adult through no choice of his own. His tragedy comes full circle and the one thing that happened that made him feel so little of himself, becomes the one thing that teaches him about "the blessing."

His story makes the reader realize that everyone you meet, whether nice, mean, nasty, homeless, poor, rich, hateful - they all have a story that shapes who they are.

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. I have not read this original book but after reading Josh's story (although fiction), I plan to go back and read it.

Note: 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.”

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