Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Lifeby Henry Cloud and John TownsendBook DescriptionMod note: Boundaries explores the topic from an explicitly Christian perspective.
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 â€” Mental boundaries
give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions â€” Emotional boundaries
help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others â€” Spiritual boundaries
help people of faith to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator â€” 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.About the Authors
Dr. Henry Cloud is a speaker and co-host, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast radio program, and cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources.
Dr. John Townsend, clinical psychologist, speaker, and co-founder of Cloud-Townsend Resources, has authored or co-authored nineteen books.
* Pub. Date: March 2002
* Publisher: Zondervan
* Format: Paperback, 304pp
* ISBN-13: 9780310247456
* ISBN: 0310247454