The Language of Blessing (Joseph Cavanaugh III)

4/5 Paper Movement Stars

Soft colours? Blessing? A Watering Can? It might appear a little feminine, but not to worry, this one’s for men and women alike, and it’s actually really good!


As a father expecting our first child in a few months, I was happy to find that a lot of his advice is very applicable (although not exclusively) to child raising. There isn’t a lot of things that make you go, “Wow, I’d never have imagined that!” There’s just a lot of good, simple, common sense truths that you might be able to figure out, but are so much better to know and be aware of. I think “awareness” is a good word for this book.

Basically, Joseph talks about paying attention to what comes naturally to ourselves and others, what we enjoy.

One of my big takeaways is the idea of praising and encouraging people in their natural strengths rather than honing in on their weaknesses, trying to get them to be a genius in something that God never wired them to be good at. Joseph believes that God didn’t make us to be “Jack of all trades, master of none”. I think there’s a lot of wisdom in that.

“Becoming a master” of blessing requires that you become a student of those you love and desire to bless.”

The book loses a star for its lack of attention to being a spiritual blessing to others. The majority of the book addresses being an emotional blessing. However, the principles can definitely lend themselves to spiritual matters as well.

I received a free review copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.

The Language of Blessing (Joseph Cavanaugh III)

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