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Between singleness and marriage lies the journey of dating. Want to make your road as smooth as possible? Set and maintain healthy boundaries, boundaries that will help you grow in freedom, honesty, and self-control.

If many of your dating experiences have been difficult, Boundaries in Dating could revolutionize the way you handle relationships. And even if you're doing well, the insights you'll gain from this much-needed book can help you fine-tune or even completely readjust important areas of your dating life.

Read by the authors of the best-selling book Boundaries, Boundaries in Dating is your road map to the kind of enjoyable, rewarding dating that can take you from weekends alone to a lifetime with the soul mate you've longed for.

©2000 Henry Cloud and John Townsend (P)2000 The Zondervan Corporation

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  • Manuel
  • Woodside, NY, USA
  • 02-15-06


Talks about integrity. Has a hard religious angle regarding sex and dating. A very useful book about integrity, authenticity and fairness. I highly recommend it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara
  • Stockton, CA, United States
  • 10-13-08


God teaches that a hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire accomplished is a tree of life. Dr Henry Cloud studied hundreds of accomplished single women who were not dating, not daring to desire a husband. Many rationalized that being married was not what God wanted for them as He had failed to deliver a suitable, biblical helper for them. Henry reminded them that they used their strengths, but they hid their weakness, of being vulnerable, approachable, and available behind the fig leaf of fear. Dr. Cloud's books are spreckled with humor and scripture, a fun listen. He challenges each single person DARING TO DESIRE a change in their marital status to CHANGE their behavior, their pattern of where they go, of who they hang with, and to intentionally travel to places where they would meet, not date, five new singles per week. OBVIOUS LESSON: God does His part, but we must "do" our part with actions and faith while trusting our indwelt guide. Funny thing about "waiting on the Lord" is that he teaches us to be active while we are waiting. FOR 38 YEARS a disabled and broken hearted man sat by the pool at Bethesda hoping that the rumored angel would heal him and he would walk again. The desperate gathered daily and waited in silence for a miracle. Days, months, years passed without speaking, without reaching out for relationship. With any kind of self-deception or if we are deceived by someone we are in relationship with, we never can trust what reality is. I have been self-deceived for 33 years waiting on God to deliver a suitable husband. THIS BOOK is AWESOME as it gives you HOPE and a PLAN to date with wisdom. Enjoy the journey to the chapel. Who placed the talent in your soul? Who gave you the desire of your heart? Is your answer God the Creator of all that is good? Then WHY NOT DARE TO DESIRE a family, be married, write a book, build a home, compose music, be a speaker, sing? Use this book as a guide, date with boundaries and confidence.

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  • Chris
  • Whitehorse, YT, Canada
  • 12-20-12

For Christians

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

If your not a Christian its hard to choke down but if you can get past the religious aspect its very informative.

Would you recommend Boundaries in Dating to your friends? Why or why not?

Wouldn't recommend as there must be other good books out there that doesn't have a religious aspect.

What aspect of Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend ’s performance would you have changed?

Can be written without Christianity.

Could you see Boundaries in Dating being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


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  • Fancy
  • Adirondacks, NY
  • 11-13-14

Delightful & Enlightening-The Best!

Where does Boundaries in Dating rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's tops! Insights into human relationships; it's pitfalls, cautions, and success when done right.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boundaries in Dating?

Because Henry and John are professional counselors with many years of experience in relationships they have so many experiences they've shared that are good. Most memorable is indicators on how to determine if someone is trustworthy and if this person is worth pursuing.

What does Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very pleasant voice and delivery.

What did you learn from Boundaries in Dating that you would use in your daily life?

How to relate to others with proper boundaries and what I can do to effect healthy relationships in my life, no matter what the other person may do.

Any additional comments?

I think this book is excellent and would listen to it many times, there is so much to glean. With Jesus Christ in the center of our life, you are given discernment and wisdom to add to all this good advice and you have a a wonderful platform to find your life mate.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful