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Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone's requests. Maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others' feelings and problems. You might have inexplicable feelings of guilt, fear, resentment, powerlessness, anger, or deep emotional pain connected with people you know. Or perhaps there are unhealthy habits or influences that seem to be taking over your life. Or maybe it's all of the above.

As Christian psychologists with decades of experience, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend understand the feelings of guilt, powerlessness, and fear that can come from interacting with manipulative and controlling people and influences. In The New York Times bestseller Boundaries, they help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of your life in a way that's solidly biblical.

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Now Updated and Expanded For the Digital Age

Boundaries continues to help millions of people around the world answer these tough questions:

  • Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
  • What are legitimate boundaries?
  • How do I effectively manage my digital life so that it doesn't control me?
  • What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
  • How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
  • Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
  • How do boundaries relate to mutual submission within marriage?
  • Aren't boundaries selfish?

Praise for Boundaries

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Dave Ramsey

I've been recommending Boundaries to friends, team members and radio listeners for more than twenty years. In fact, hardly a day goes by when I don't use something that I learned from this book. The principles are timeless, and the updates in this version make Boundaries even more relevant to readers and their relationships.

Dave Ramsey,
Bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host
Craig Groeschel

Of every book that I've read, Boundaries is the one I recommend most often. All of us can overcommit, become doormats, or find ourselves in codependent and dysfunctional relationships. Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend's one-of-a-kind book helps guide the reader through a change in mindset that eventually leads to a change in actions. If you know you have some unhealthy patterns in friendships, at work, in your schedule, with technology or your family, this book will help you establish the boundaries you need to create the life you are supposed to live. Friendships, at work, in your schedule, with technology or your family, this book will help you establish the boundaries you need to create the life you are supposed to live.

Craig Groeschel,
Pastor of Life,Church and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
Andy Stanley

Now updated and expanded, this classic book is more timely and relevant than ever for today's "always on, always there" culture. If technology and social media are intruding on your life and relationships, learn from the boundaries experts how to protect yourself and the people you love. This life-changing book is still the go-to guide for healthy relationships, personal growth, and true freedom in Christ.

Andy Stanley,
Pastor, author, communicator, and Founder of North Point Ministries

Cloud and Townsend’s bestseller is even more relevant today than it was twenty years ago. Fresh stories, current examples, and an entire new chapter on “Boundaries and the Digital Age” mean this book continues to be one of the best resources available when it comes to maintaining healthy relationships.

Bill Hybels,
Dr James MacDonald

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend is truly an “in case of (relational) fire—remove hammer, break glass” kind of book. If you need the pain to stop and the healing to start, read this life-changing book and follow its instruction to freedom.

Dr James MacDonald,
Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel and Author of Vertical Church and Act Like Men.
Robert Morris

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend continue to break the boundaries of incredible revelation in their new and revised edition of Boundaries. As the senior pastor of a large church, this message has not only changed my life, but the lives of my staff and congregation. If you want to learn how to have healthier relationships, you need to read this book!

Robert Morris,
Founding Senior Pastor, Gateway Church, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Bestselling Author of The Blessed Life, The God I Never Knew, Truly Free, and Frequency
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Meet Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. In his leadership consulting practice, Dr. Cloud works with both Fortune 500 companies and smaller private businesses. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as a leadership consultant. Dr. Cloud lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters.
Dr. John Townsend is a respected leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. Dr. Townsend is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and conducts the Townsend Leadership program. He travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders and their teams. He and his wife, Barbi, have two sons and live in Newport Beach, California.
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