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Boundaries | [Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend]

Boundaries

Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations.
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Publisher's Summary

Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations.

Have you ever found yourself wondering:

  • Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
  • What are my legitimate boundaries?
  • How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
  • Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?

Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing you how to set healthy boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even yourself.

You'll see vital principles of boundaries at work as Drs. Cloud and Townsend take you through a day in the life of "Sherrie", first as she lives with almost no boundaries, then as she begins to apply proper boundaries with others in her life.

©2001 Henry Cloud and John Townsend; (P)2001 The Zondervan Corporation

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    "Could not get into this book"

    I listened to almost all of Part one, and then just decided/realized that I was not getting much out of the book. The narration was just so-so, and the book did not flow well. The examples were less than real for me. This may be a book that is better read than listened to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sorrento, Florida, United States 03-25-12
    Michael Sorrento, Florida, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    I personally did not enjoy the book. I found myself in a daze for more than half the book. The narrator is just awful.

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    Charles Coastal Maine, United States 03-26-11
    Charles Coastal Maine, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Too Much! Please be warned by a fellow Christian"

    Let me start by saying that both my wife and I met at a Baptist University and have Minors in Religious Studies.

    I have never reviewed a book before but felt compelled to because of our inability to complete this book. We travel a lot and have listened to over 150 Audible Audio Books and this is the first we have been unable to complete. We heard about this book from Dave Ramsey and know it would be useful but, we cannot get past all the Biblical references. Trust me, we enjoy Biblical references, the references are so over the top that on MULTIPLE occasions my wife would turn to me and say, what was the lesson we were trying to learn? (After 10 different verses, I can't remember what the point was either). It's really absurd. I can't stress how difficult it is to follow. Perhaps in a written form it is easier, but, I can honestly say, this is one book I was really looking forward to and I am tremendously disappointed I can't bear to finish it.

    I'm sad to say I cannot recommend it.

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    Jose Juan Mexico City, N/A, Mexico 09-12-07
    Jose Juan Mexico City, N/A, Mexico 09-12-07
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    "Covers everything"

    This books covers every aspect of boundaries. I found it very useful since it really makes you think about the subject. I would have liked it better without all the blibical references. They were little boring for me but the narrator does a great job for keeping it enjoyable

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    Trishonna Clearlake, CA, USA 04-30-09
    Trishonna Clearlake, CA, USA 04-30-09
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    "Boundaries"

    This is a must have book... I especially enjoyed the Audio version. The man reading the book did an excellent job. Very easy to listen to and not only entertaining and humorous but very helpful and practical... I hightly, highly recommend this Audio Book and give it a full 5 star rating...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Scroggs auburn ,georgia 01-01-08
    Douglas Scroggs auburn ,georgia 01-01-08 Member Since 2014

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    "awesome"

    outstanding, a must read for christians, wish i had this information 25 years ago..

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    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 01-16-08
    Brent Barboursville, WV, United States 01-16-08
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    "Good content bad reading"

    The content of the book is well thought out and presented. It has a lot to offer me.

    The narration is another matter. When the reader came to a passage in which a woman was speaking he would use a voice that sounded weak and felt condesending toward women. My wife listened to more than half of the book with me, but she faithfully protested the voice used to portray the female characters.

    The text is very gender inclusive. The reading is not.

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    Nola New York, NY, United States 02-06-08
    Nola New York, NY, United States 02-06-08
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    "Boundaries with analogies"

    I was very much looking forward to this book. It contains valuable and useful advice, stories, and examples of how boundaries are crucial to our well-being and healthy functioning as humans. However, at one point I found myself wondering if this was actually a bible study guide. Although I can respect the authors' spiritual/religious beliefs I think that referencing every statement to a passage in the bible overwhelms the simplicity of the message (regarding boundaries). I come from a christian background but found this a bit intrusive and off-key, so I am not sure how people of other faiths or who are not particularly religious would react. Does this mean that boundaries cannot be available to them?

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Warriner Connecticut 04-30-15
    Daniel Warriner Connecticut 04-30-15

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    "Great book poorly read"

    I really love this book. I didn't care for the readers inflection. Sometimes he sounds whiny and grating. But it's a wonderful book and helpful for the soul. So despite the reader, I loved it.

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    dominique owens 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "AMAZING"

    this book bring you close to GOD, help you set true boundaries with yourself first and then others, it also helps you find out why your boundaries was crossed by others, and why you really are a push over. self training must start and you will be changed if you do the exercises in the book, I recommend getting the work book also to move into your new self.

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