A generation ago, Gary Smalley helped us in our relationships through his insightful books. Now his grandson does the same to a new generation. Gibson was mentored by his grandfather. He has tested his grandfather's teaching and here highlights seven effective and practical relationship principles: honor, anger, forgiveness, trials, God's Word, servanthood, and understanding people.
I like the practical nature of this book. Gibson provides five steps to giving an apology, for example. My favorite part of the book was the chapter on trials, finding the pearl in the oyster. That requires serious treasure hunting. “Trials are the express lane to deeper relationships.” (Loc 1024/2203)
Another great section was on servanthood. Gibson tells of his mother training her children to be spies in the big box store parking lot. They were looking for people who needed help. A door to open here, a box to help load there. And no tips allowed.
Gibson's book is full of relationship insights for this generation. He not only relates his grandfather's relationship wisdom but includes insights from others too, such as Dr. Caroline Leaf and Dr. Les Parrott. The book is enjoyable to read as Gibson has included some good stories and practical strategies with his teaching.
Food for thought: “We all have a sleeping giant of love in our hearts just waiting to be released.” (Loc 1649/2203)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Michael Gibson is an Emmy Award-winning television personality, author and communicator. His popular blog and podcast help thousands learn how to have relationships that count. He lives in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. You can find out more at https://www.michaelgibson.org/ Photo credit: Randy Bacon.
FaithWords, 208 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.