Black Cat Book Review
The Language of Blessing by Joseph Cavanaugh III
In his book, The Language of Blessing, Joseph Cavanaugh III wants us to know that everyone in this world is one of a kind. He wants us to know who we are and what gifts and talents we have been given. And he wants us to know that each person is meant to bless others with these gifts and talents; this is the language of blessing. He says, “I want to convince you that what you offer is so rare that it has never been given before and it will never be given again.”
With many personal stories, Cavanaugh, shares the sadness of not being affirmed as a child and how it affected how he viewed life and how he lived. These are stories many have lived in one form or another. Childhood is where we learn what we have to offer and when we are not blessed with affirmation we often think who and what we are is of little value. “After all, you cannot give to others what you have not received yourself”. With application activities after each chapter questions are asked to help us see the error in some of our thinking and given encouragement to use the lessons taught in the chapter to begin seeing and using our God-given gifts.
George Barna writes in the forward, “Joe will also introduce you to some self-assessment inventories, which will enable you to invest yourself more heavily in using your strengths rather than inefficiently striving to overcome your weaknesses.” This approach is what was most new and surprising to me…and most welcome.
Once we know what we have within ourselves, and the importance of sharing who we are and what we have to offer, we can begin to use the language of blessing to affirm others. As the author writes, “To deny your God-given gifts, talents, and intelligences is to deny His workmanship in your life.”
This is an easy book to read, not a scholarly tome, on how we come to think of ourselves as we do, right or wrong. And how to accent the positive and build on it and how to recognize the negative and erase it. Well worth reading.
This book was sent to me by Tyndale House Publishers without charge in exchange for this review.