Book Report Boundaries


Book Report Boundaries: When To Say Yes, When To Say No To Take Control Of Your Life
Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1992
The authors present the book in three parts: What are Boundaries?, Boundary Conflicts, and Developing Healthy Boundaries.
What are Boundaries?
A boundary is a personal property line that we establish to define who we are, what we do, and for what we are responsible. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Physical boundaries help us determine who is allowed to touch us and when they may touch us. Mental boundaries help us know that we are free to think ...

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with Sherrie. Sherrie's mother always managed to make her feel like a guilty little girl. Sherrie's girlfriend, who was unmarried, always dumped her "boyfriend" problems on her. Sherrie's co-worker always managed to dump part of his work on her. He knew she was dependable, faithful, and reliable, and would always say all of this while asking her to do his work. A committee leader from Sherrie's church called for her to work on a special committee, saying this is what is meant being a living sacrifice. Her husband ignored her, burring himself in front of the TV most evenings. Sherrie resented the imbalance in all of her relationships, but she would immediately feel guilty.

Over the years Sherrie had noticed a shift in the marriage relationship. Her husband had become sarcastic, and she could see the lack of respect for her in his eyes. He began to demand that she always do things his way, and his temper would flare. She realized her marriage was not a team effort ...

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mother, employee, friend and Christian. Trying harder does not work. Being nice out of fear does not work. Taking responsibility for other does not work. Sherrie had difficulty knowing for what things to take responsibility. She did not know what was her job and what was not her job. There were no boundaries.
Just as homeowners set physical boundary lines around their property, we have to set mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries to help distinguish our responsibility from others. A lot of Christians struggle with the question, "When is it Biblically right to set limits?"

What Do Boundaries Look Like?
Boundaries are intangible. They can be invisible ...

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