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

Boundaries in Marriage

Drs. Cloud and Townsend help you understand the friction points and even the serious hurts in your marriage - and move beyond them to mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy.
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Publisher's Summary

It takes two individuals to become one flesh. Only when you and your mate know and respect each other's needs, choices, and freedom can you give yourselves freely and lovingly to one another. Boundaries in Marriage gives you the tools you need. Drs. Cloud and Townsend, counselors and authors of the best selling Boundaries, share with you:
  • Why boundaries are vital for a thriving relationship
  • How values form the structure of marriage
  • How to protect your marriage from intruders
  • Why and how each partner needs to establish personal boundaries
  • How to work with a spouse who understands and values boundaries - and how to work with one who doesn't
    Drs. Cloud and Townsend help you understand the friction points and even the serious hurts in your marriage - and move beyond them to mutual care, respect, affirmation, and intimacy.

    ©2000 by Henry Could and John Townsend; (P)2000 by the Zondervan Corporation

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      "EYE OPENER"

      Very helpful in learning what is healthy in a relationship and what is not. Additionally helpful in practically learning to place boundaries on oneself to remain in a healthy place. Living in freedom is worth the work.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      MaryAnn STERLING HEIGHTS, MI, United States 02-14-12
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      "Good Perspective"

      This book was good. Interesting, well taken advice from a biblical perspective. In retrospect, I think I would have liked a hard copy of this book since I am the type a person that likes to highlight and mark books like these to use for future reference. I am sure I will listen to it again.

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      "Good information and perspective"

      While the info in this book was good and helped me help others, something just made it hard to listen to. Not sure if it was the reader or the way the book was written. Worth reading, but was just hard to keep reading.

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      "Great Book"

      This book was a great help to me. I can now begin implementing done of the things that I've learned and continue to strengthen my marriage!

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      Tara D. Wilson-mugabe 01-26-15 Member Since 2014
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      I have been trying to figure out ways to better my marriage and get off of the roller coaster ride. The ideas presented gives me a great outline on how to be successful as a child of God, Wife and mother.

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      Would you listen to Boundaries in Marriage again? Why?

      What a great source of information. It not only gives useful information on how to improve or maintain a marriage, but also helps to better oneself in the process. The narrator was very fun to listen to.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      I enjoyed all of the characters invloved. Every one had useful tips and ways to improve upon your marriage or grow as in individual.


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      Richard Smith 01-08-15
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      "Practical help to set personal boundaries"

      Enjoyed this book. It was easy to understand, practical and helpful. Had great examples and scenarios for situations that may need boundaries.

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      Renee 09-07-13
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      "Excellent!! The sky opens up and AHAA!"
      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      Listened in two sessions while painting away my frustrations on the living room walls.


      Any additional comments?

      If your marriage is struggling and you don't know why. Listen to the sound (biblical) advice of Drs. Cloud and Townsend. They are intelligent, down to earth, practical and straight shooting. I only WISH I'd have had this information 18 years ago!

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      Don Toledo, OH, USA 01-28-06
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      "Dangerous to marriages"

      Very destructive to the marriage relationship. Marriage "boundaries" invariably become "walls" that slowly (or quickly) drive a wedge between couples. Scriptural references are ignored, or shoe-horned into the text out of context very often. Not to say that there are not good ideas, but the overall view that successful marriages are built around "boundaries" is very harmful.

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      Ajit San jose, CA, USA 02-28-10
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      "Unbiblical!! Exegetical Horror story!!"

      Unbiblical on many levels.The cover says 2 take control of ur life,rather than submit control of ur life 2a sovereign Lord.Its a classic example of lack of not reading exagetically.Using single versus to backup a premade thesis ignoring the big picture.Reading Philpians will show u how opposite 2 their thesis of boundaries the Bible is,die 2 urself? Boundaries has some validity when used in conjuction 2 moral law not on some patently ridiculous ideas that a husband coming home late to dinner should be given consequences, Not 2b about a spouse trying 2 get some need met. Ofcourse when life is in danger(morallaw,physical/threats)Church leaders & law b involved.
      The book contradicts itself many times, 1eg is they say no triangulation but yet says 2 confide in safe people rather than asking Chruch leaders and or a counsellor you both see that can create reconcilliation be the central theme.This books veiw of forgiveness is directly opposed 2biblical teaching saying you should be the judge,what about 70x7?u would imagine any sound Biblical book on marriage would address Eph 5 &connected versus in detail instead a gloss ovr saying exactly the opposite,makeing sweeping claims that a wife in violation is due 2a controlling husband,overlooking the natural tendancy of the human heart to rebel against Gods word.If u were 2examine this issue the Bible very specifically says not 2play the blame game i.e. even if A is not a God follower to still adhere to Gods commands i.e. you cannot blame the other for your violation exactly what they r doing.A is controlling so B is not to be blamed.
      Even from a non-Christian perspective the method they use 2try 2fix problems is bound 2make any person annoyed. If u want to learn how to resolve problems tactfully "Crucial Conversations" is ur book. Dr Laura has more Biblical concepts in her book series "the proper care and feeding of ..." than these authors who claim 2b presenting a Christian view.Sad!

      2 of 37 people found this review helpful

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