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  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Trade Books; Unabridged edition (Nov. 8 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310241804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310241805
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 15.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #404,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In order to call themselves good Christians, many people have drawn overly flexible boundaries (unwilling to say no, always accommodating others' needs) or overly rigid boundaries (to the point of being righteous and judgmental). Psychologists and inspirational speakers Cloud and Townsend show readers how to set reasonable boundaries in order to follow the true path of Christianity. This book has become immensely popular, most likely because it makes personal boundaries easier to define and is filled with spiritual purpose. Some cautions: the format can be overly self-helpish for such a complex discussion and the authors at one point imply that judicious spankings may be an acceptable form of setting boundaries with children. However, many Christians will probably find themselves grateful for this biblical context of boundaries. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Since its release in 1992, Boundaries--the definitive book on healthy human relations by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend--has consistently appeared on the best-seller lists. And now its counterpart, the Boundaries video curriculum, has undergone a literal transformation. With its brand new, group-interactive format and components, the Boundaries curriculum gives pastors, counselors, churches, and organizations an enormously effective tool to help people move from desperation to sound relationships and joyous, fruitful living. Everything about this revised Boundaries is new. NEW easy-to-use Leader's Guide that minimizes preparation time. NEW Participant's Guide based on the original Boundaries textbook and workbook. NEW proven, group-interactive format designed to enhance individual participation and group synergy. NEW 120-minute video containing a brief message from Drs. Cloud and Townsend to group leaders, discussion jump-starts by the authors, and vignettes dramatizing topics covered in the nine different sessions. Designed for groups large or small, the Boundaries kit also includes a copy of the best-selling, Gold-Medallion-Award-winning book, Boundaries. This dynamic curriculum will generate maximum interest among church and small-group leaders. The principles and applications covered will make a real difference in relationships of every kind, from marriage, to family, to church, to the workplace, and beyond.

The Boundaries video kit includes:
1 90-minute video (not sold separately)
1 Boundaries Leader's Guide (additional copies sold separately)
1 Boundaries Participant's Guide (additional copies sold separately)
1 copy Boundaries hardcover book (additional copies sold separately)
1 clamshell-style carrying case --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K.W. on Nov. 29 2010
Format: Paperback
Wow, why didn't I ever know about this book? You don't hear much about it- I stumbled upon it browsing around Amazon one day. For people wondering if they should buy this book, get it if:

-you're not turned off by a Christian writing approach
-you feel like there's a problem because you're trying to be a good person all the time by always saying "yes"

In a nutshell, this book is for people who don't know how to set boundaries for themselves. In other words, they're always saying "yes" to things and taking responsibility for things- even when it's not their job.

And boundary lines of your responsibilities need to be present in more areas of your life than you might realize, such as...

-your family
-your friends
-your mate
-your kids
-your self

The book covers boundary conflicts in each of these areas leaving no stone unturned. Therefore, its no big deal if you have only one or two problem areas- just go to those sections.

This book will help you realize what a boundary is, why it's okay to have them and just how to develop them. So if anything in this review sounds like if might apply to you- don't hesitate to check out the book. Other neat self-help books I liked include Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell Heights on Nov. 8 2003
Format: Paperback
Recently I'd reached a stage of being overwhelmed by life; I'd been recommended several books, and I read "Boundaries" as the first one, the others being "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon MacDonald and "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. After reading Boundaries, I have come to terms with my own inability to set personal boundaries and I took ownership of my own choices which I have made.
On reading several negative comments about the book, I notice the persons complain of things that are actually not promoted in the book - there is a balance that is actually promoted, that boundaries are not an excuse to say "No", as irresponsibility is warned as another extreme of boundaries and goes against biblical principles. Some persons complained that people didn't seem to like them after they established boundaries, "Bonding first, boundaries second". Like any concept it could be taken to an extreme. I should warn that without a strong biblical background or the support of a group these concepts could easily be misapplied and used as weapons (boundaries are not weapons) instead of defenses to protect who we are.
The risk of misapplication of the concepts does not negate the fatc that this book is biblically sound, and promotes healthy relational concepts -- if applied correctly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Morales on May 15 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have worked as a jail chaplain for almost twenty years and this book has been both an inspiration and a clarifier. Not only is it important for me to set clear boundaries in the work place with inmates, but because of the nature of the work on my personal life, I've needed to set countless boundaries in my relationship with people who don't understand my love and concern for the incarcerated. I have asked all of my volunteers to read the book also because we've used it as a teaching tool for inmates, most of whom have never learned how to set boundaries. We have found it most helpful in dealing with battered and abused women, as well as those needing anger management. Because the text is filled with biblical principles, I believe it is in line with what God chooses for us, but allows us to make the choice for ourselves. Personally, I also have children and grandchildren and I'm using the guidelines to create a place of harmony in my home. Thank you, Drs. Cloud and Townsend for giving us a user friendly guide to boundaries and the happiness they give.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 31 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book a year ago and it changed my life. Finally, I understood the concept of boundaries and that it was I, not the manipulative controllers in my life (i.e., my older sisters) who had the boundary problem. Over the past year I became Boundary Queen, hoping to build some self respect as well as the respect of others.
What I built instead was an emotional prison. With my new awareness that others did not respect me, I became paralyzed by every snide comment, every perceived slight or overstepping by another person. I was completely ineffective in this new combat. Through email I had a fighting chance of communicating boundaries but in real person I was stunned. I eventually became adept at avoiding aggressive people, under the pretense that I'd become stronger in their absence while practicing with lesser bullies. I remained a victim. My husband scoffed at the boundaries I set and I became furious over my inability to control him.
I finally heard something that changed all that: "Others treat you the way you treat yourself." I knew I had self-esteem problems, despite the fact I had overcome addictions and was a committed Christian. I have recently learned to apply to myself the concept of "love the sinner, hate the sin." Believe it or not, it takes humility (not narcissism) to accept God's unconditional love and treat myself and others accordingly.
I have also learned that boundaries are not laws. When I treat boundaries as dogmatic "shoulds", "oughts" that others "must" abide by, I am acting like God and that is not biblical at all.
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