Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Power of your Patriarchal Blessing, by Gayla Wise - a Review
The comforting thing about Gayla Wise’s book, The Power of your Patriarchal Blessing is that it gave me permission to admit that I don’t know where my blessing is. Oh, I know it’s somewhere in the cubic yard of accumulated family history I have stashed in various closets since we moved four years ago, but if my life depended on locating it in the next twenty-four hours, I’d be looking at a sudden passing.
If you’ve lost your blessing, Gayla tells you how to get another copy. I may just avail myself of that information, for since reading her book, I’ve been thinking I need to get mine out and read it again.
Correction: I need to find it, get it out, and read it again.
The Power of your Patriarchal Blessing sounds like a solemn tome, replete with footnotes and massive scriptural buttressing, but it’s not. There are end notes, to be sure, and some scriptures, but it’s more like a comfortable chat with a good friend. Gayla has talked with a lot of people about their patriarchal blessings and shares with you their insights. If you’re like me, this leads you to ask, where is my blessing? If you’re not like me and know where your blessing is, it prompts you take it out and read it again.
One of the suggestions Gayla shares is to copy your blessing, take the copy, and highlight in different colors all the warnings, strengths, and promised blessings you find.
The book is structured so you can read it in pieces. Each chapter is free-standing, which would make it good for a spiritual pick-me-up in the middle of the day over a period of time.
I gave this book to several people for Christmas last year and got hugs as thanks. You can’t get a better review than that.