©2000 by Henry Could and John Townsend; (P)2000 by the Zondervan Corporation
This book is a great resource for married couples. There was so much to digest I had to listen twice. The authors do a great job presenting the material, if your looking to improve your marriage this book will help.
I purchased this book to learn and grow and that I did! I learned areas that I was contributing to making my marriage weak, and learned where I can improve, grow and change immediately. I have personally grown with every Cloud/Townsend book. I also enjoyed the narrator, he told the story well, but I do prefer Cloud/Townsend themselves to read, I still enjoyed this one very much! Get it and make a difference in your own marriage, if not to save it, STRENGTHEN it! God Bless You on your journey!
We were having trouble because both my husband and I have issues from our childhood that we had not resolved. This book helped us to reach a new level in our marriage.
I cannot believe the people who claim that this book and the concepts it teaches are somehow an abomination and contrary to scripture. I am simply going to quote from this book as the authors are very clear in addressing such attacks.
"There's a lot of misunderstanding about boundaries. Some people are against boundaries because they see them as selfish. Other people actually use them to be selfish. Both are wrong. Boundaries are basically about self-control.Boundaries are not something you set on another person. Boundaries are something you set on yourself."
Self control *IS* very scriptural. In fact it is one of the fruits of the spirit that are explicitly referenced in Galatians 5:22-23. and as Apostle Paul says "against such things there is no law." The only people who object to the boundaries being used in marriage as Cloud and Townsend teach them are likely manipulative controlling spouses who want to continue to play their power games and don't like anything that deters their ability t manipulate and control their spouses.
Getting a ghost writer who knows about appealing to readers or writing realistic dialogue would have helped this book a great deal. The supposed quotes from actual patients had the same stilted, jargon-filled quality as the intrusive narrative of the writers. Advice books are difficult to do well in audio format especially when graphics and text features appear with regularity.
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.
I would highly recommend the book but not the audiobook. The book offers a lot of wisdom and gives case examples to illustrate points. The strangeness of the narration is too distracting and detracts from the book.
non-fiction- no characters
Contrary to what is listed the narrator is not either of the authors- it's someone else- I believe the same person who narrates the other boundaries books. This is a self-help book not a dramatic novel. There's no need for the narrator to try and "make things more interesting" by reading so dramatically and making each person in each case example sound like they are ready to jump off a bridge. No one talks that way. It makes it hard to take it seriously. He also gives everyone this weird accent- it's almost like a long island accent but not quite. It's distracting and I would suggest reading this as opposed to listening to it.
That a good marriage and good boundaries start with having good character and good boundaries with yourself.
Wonderful book. Weird narrator.
Listened in two sessions while painting away my frustrations on the living room walls.
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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