- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Enlarged edition edition (March 18 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780310247456
- ISBN-13: 978-0310247456
- ASIN: 0310247454
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 212 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life Paperback – Mar 18 2002
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Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have great insights and practical wisdom into the God-given gift of boundaries. As they discuss how to take responsibility for and ownership of our lives, they give hope that we cannot just survive -- but thrive! --Josh McDowell, Author, Author and Speaker
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Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: - Can I set limits and still be a loving person? - What are legitimate boundaries? - What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? - How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? - Aren't boundaries selfish? - Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.See all Product description
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I wish I read this book when I was twenty, and then I wish I read it every 3 years. But it's true what they say: when the student is ready the teacher appears.
So many questions about guilt, manipulation, resentment and personal boundaries are answered. I thought I knew a lot, but this book opened so much more. I highly highly highly recommend it to anyone and everyone - even if you don't think you have boundary issues.
Disclaimer: It is written from a religious perspective, but it wasn't annoying or intrusive. If you remove all religious talk it will still make sense and be helpful.
The book is fantastic; the reader is over-dramatic. Sometimes his extreme rise and fall pitch do not match the meaning of the sentences. Also, he uses falsetto voices for the dialogue, and doesn't need to. Just read the text. It sounds distractingly cheesy, like he is trying too hard to make it comic or engaging. It distracts from the content.
The content is helpful, practical and interesting. Even a 16 yr boy and 13 yr girl listen in the car and pick up tips. I wish Dr. Cloud would write a Boundaries FOR teens (not with Teens) so that Teens learn how to have healthy relationships, too!
It's an eye opener for everyone who can read this book.
There are lot of applications that we can adopt and change for the better of our lives.
Especially being a Christian, boundaries are always on the grey scale. This book made me think and CHALLANGE my view on Christian living and still being able to serve God joyfully.
Blessing on your wisdom Dr. Henry Cloud
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