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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.

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1 person found this helpful
Excellent concept poorly exicuted
August 29th, 2015
I cannot give this book anything but one star because of the victim blaming language used in various parts of the book. Ex.) "They are afraid to admit that they ALLOWED this treatment." A statement made in reference to battered women who are being physically abused by their spouses or partners. These types of statements discredited the Authors as authority figures on the subject of boundaries, relationships and abuse.
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March 10th, 2015
Boundaries an excellent concept that can be applied to a number of life's situations to improve all relationships. The book may have over tones of Christianity related tones which I appreciated but even for those that are not the main points are really focused on improving relationships. The book defines boundaries, problems, myths, conflicts with different areas of one's life with examples of developing healthy boundaries. This is a must read as a sequel to the author other books on improving ones families life or work and employees
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January 27th, 2014
Easy read. The book had many relatable examples, and from there, one can apply things on which they can do to set boundaries with for example - their spouse, mother, and even from bosses and co-workers. Helpful book to people who just does not know how to say no.
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4 of 4 people found this helpful
Worth a shot
August 5th, 2013
Too many religious references for my taste.
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