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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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    Louise New York, NY, USA 03-05-05
    Louise New York, NY, USA 03-05-05
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    "Changed my life"

    I read this book several years ago and have reread it and used if for reference many, many times. I'm not so religious so I was unsure of the religious aspects of the book. They were pertinent and illustrative points. This book literally changed my life. I felt like I had been missing some pieces to being an adult for years and those pieces were boundaries. Setting boundaries was probably the hardest thing I have ever had to do but the process has made me happier and more at peace with myself than I ever would have thought possible. I'm downloading it now, since now it's audible.

    45 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Kleinburg, ON, Canada 11-21-10
    Kathryn Kleinburg, ON, Canada 11-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "A Classic Christian Book"

    This book is incredible. So many of us were raised without any boundaries or with boundaries that were too harsh. So we developed problems later in our lives as our own boundaries are messed up and we don't even realize it. This book will teach you what a life with healthy boundaries look like - along with Biblical examples. I loved the part where Dr Cloud and Dr Townsend point out that we are to be active (not passive) agents in our own lives and that we have a responsibility to let people know where are boundaries are (instead of just getting hurt, keeping it inside and never saying anything). This book is highly recommended and well worth your time.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charl Barnard South Africa 08-24-06
    Charl Barnard South Africa 08-24-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Very good"

    The content is outstanding and very helpful, a must for everyone. A suggestion could be to make use of a female voice in the female parts. Thank you.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Adrian, MI, USA 12-30-05
    Randy Adrian, MI, USA 12-30-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Book was good."

    Book's content was good, the narration did leave something to be desired. Once you set your mind to get past that and actually listen to the book, there is alot of good information to be gleaned from it. Please grit your teeth and get past the not so good to get to the good. Never know, you might find a gem in all the rubble.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Corvallis, OR 12-06-05
    Ryan Corvallis, OR 12-06-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Good Book"

    I thought the book was very good. I didn't like the woman's voice used by the narrator (as mentioned by another poster here). Ignore the narrator and listen to the content. It's worth getting through.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 02-09-11
    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 02-09-11
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    "Challenging, refreshing, painfully objective"

    This book has meaty content that was very challenging and relatively painful for me to hear - hence the harsh reality as to why I so desparately needed to read it! On first blush many of the concepts seem too simplistic to be realistic. After continuing to review and re-review poignant sections in many chapters I've finally started to fully realize the importance of Biblically sound KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) techniques for setting boundaries in my life. This book is seemingly underwelming in some parts but if you pay close attention you will find it to be affective to the point of life changing.

    3 of 3 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 2012
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    "Horrible narrator!"

    I personally did not enjoy the book. I found myself in a daze for more than half the book. The narrator is just awful.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer East Chicago, Indiana 06-19-13
    Amazon Customer East Chicago, Indiana 06-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Boundaries again? Why?

    Yes!! This is an absolutely great book. I read it years ago. About a year ago, a friend mentioned it and shared her experience with it so we decided to do a bookstudy. This book has great realistic examples and advice on setting boundaries with family, friends, children, coworkers, and even yourself. It even gives biblical scripture as a reference. This is a great book. It helped me a lot!!!


    What other book might you compare Boundaries to and why?

    I can't think of another Boundaries book that was a precise and beneficial as this one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sherri finally got some peace of mind by giving other people rightful responsibility for their lives.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle Smyrna, GA, USA 06-04-10
    Gabrielle Smyrna, GA, USA 06-04-10
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    "The most detailed book on relationships."

    I really like this book but get out your notepad because you will need to really take time to digest the wealth of revelation in this book. It's unbelievable how this book not only reveals the reasons and solutions to other peoples behavior issues but also highlights your own strengths and weaknesses. I like books that not only tell it how it is but also tell you how it's supposed to be based on the truth in God's word. I love this book. I will have to listen to it over and over. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 03-04-07
    Linda 03-04-07
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    "Excellent!!"

    This really gets down to the 'truth' of whats going on. And presents it in context with Scripture.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Very useful book with a fatal flaw"
    What disappointed you about Boundaries?

    Excellent primer on personal boundaries BUT I stopped listening when I heard the writer condone spanking a child.


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  • Zaher
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    "excellent"

    This is an excellent book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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