How People Grow

What the Bible Reveals About Personal Growth

All growth is spiritual growth. In How People Grow, authors Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend unlock age-old keys to growth from Scripture to help people resolve issues of relationships, maturity, emotional problems, and overall spiritual growth. They shatter popular misconceptions about how God operates and show that growth is not about self-actualization, but about God’s sanctification. In this theological foundation to their best-selling book, Boundaries, they discuss:

  • The essential processes that make people grow.
  • How those processes fit a biblical understanding of spiritual growth and theology.
  • How spiritual growth and real-life issues are one and the same.
  • The responsibilities of pastors, counselors, and others who assist people in growing—and what your own responsibilities are in your personal growth.


How People Grow is a great book for people trying to integrate their Christian beliefs with their everyday life. The theology is sound and the application to our emotional lives is as practical as it is insightful. Becoming a Christian isn’t hard but living a fully integrated Christian life is often very challenging. The insights in this book take one beyond the biblical narrative to a practical application of biblical principles lived out in our emotional lives each day. Read it and grow!”
D. Scherf in Minnesota

“Everybody wants success, but many often fail to grow a capacity to handle it. Right choices, introspection, consistency, and determination contribute to the proper mind-set to steward good success. Cloud and Townsend are able, sensitive, and committed to nurture the reader. How People Grow is a must-read for a fresh perspective, self-exam, and unlimited growth.”
I. Stone in Utah