Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships

Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships

by Henry Cloud, John Townsend

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Overview

Boundaries in Dating offers illuminating insights for romance that can help you grow in freedom, honesty, and self-control as you pursue a healthy dating relationship that will lead to a healthy marriage.

Dating can be fun, but it's not easy. Meeting people is just one concern. Once you've met someone, then what? What do you build? Nothing, a simple friendship, or more? How do you set smart limits on physical involvement? Financial involvement? Individual responsibilities?

Respected counselors, popular radio hosts, and bestselling authors Henry Cloud and John Townsend apply the principles described in their Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries to matters of love and romance. Helping you bridge the pitfalls of dating, Boundaries in Dating unfolds a wise, biblical path to developing self-control, freedom, and intimacy in the dating process. Boundaries in Dating will help you to think, solve problems, and enjoy the journey of dating, increasing your abilities to find and commit to a marriage partner.

Full of insightful, true-life examples, this much-needed book includes such topics as:

  • Recognizing and choosing quality over perfection in a dating partner
  • How to ensure that honest friendship is one vital component in a relationship
  • Preserving friendships by separating between platonic relationships and romantic interest
  • Moving past denial to deal with real relational problems in a realistic and hopeful way
  • . . . and much more!

Plus, check out Boundaries family collection of books dedicated to key areas of life - marriage, raising kids, parenting teens, and leadership. Workbooks and Spanish editions are also available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310296676
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 178,549
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

 

Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times best-selling 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, devoting the majority of his time working with CEOs, leadership teams, and executives to improve performance, leadership skills, and culture. Dr. Cloud lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy.

 


Dr. John Townsend is a nationally-known leadership consultant, psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. John is the founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, and the Townsend Leadership Program, which is a nationwide system of leadership training groups. He developed the online digital platform TownsendNOW, and the online assessment tool TPRAT. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking, and helping develop leaders, their teams and their families. He and his wife, Barbi, live in Newport Beach, California, and have two sons, Ricky and Benny. Visit DrTownsend.com.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Acknowledgments.....9 Why Dating?.....11 Part 1: You and Your Boundaries 1. Why Boundaries in Dating?.....25 2. Require and Embody Truth.....35 3. Take God on a Date.....49 4. Dating Won’t Cure a Lonely Heart.....71 5. Don’t Repeat the Past.....77 Part 2: Whom Should I Date? 6. What You Can Live With and What You Can’t Live With.....91 7. Don’t Fall in Love with Someone You Wouldn’t Be Friends With.....107 8. Don’t Ruin a Friendship Out of Loneliness.....121 9. Beware When Opposites Attract.....133 Part 3: Solving Dating Problems: When You’re Part of the Problem 10. Adapt Now, Pay Later.....151 11. Too Much, Too Fast.....159 12. Don’t Get Kidnapped.....173 13. Kiss False Hope Good-bye.....187 14. Boundaries on Blame.....203 Part 4: Solving Dating Problems: When Your Date Is the Problem 15. Say No to Disrespect.....219 16. Nip It in the Bud.....233 17. Set Appropriate Physical Limits.....239 18. Set Up a Detention Hall.....257 Conclusion.....277

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Cloud and Townsend examine dating issues in such a thorough and intelligent way in this book, I came away from it feeling extremely confident in my choices about relationships, dating and the single life. To their credit, they don't waiver from a solid Christian perspective and their points were explored in detail. Very accessible and good examples were given to encapsulate their arguments. Number one on a list of five books I've read on this subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really gives great insights into how we relate to each other and what to look for when we are dating or thinking about dating again. We all deserve God's best and this book can help us not settle for less than His best when dating. It helps to understand your weaknesses and strengths and see others as well. It will help you see the red flags and the green ones too when getting into relationships or trying to change the ones you're in right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors a great deal of time criticizing Harris' book "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" which I think is an excellent book. An important point to note is that Harris wrote the book when he was 22 and the book is written for teenagers. When Harris uses the term dating, he is really referring to serious relationships. Something that really isn't wise for most teens, even for those that are relatively mature. This book however is written for mature, single adults and the authors refer to dating in a less serious context as a way to get to know others. I felt it was unnecessary and unfair for them to criticize Harris without making these distinctions.
Dreamer67 More than 1 year ago
we got this for our daughter and I must say it was a steal at the cost. full of information I knew, but hadn't even thought of to mention. a real personal eye opener.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is good reading for those of us who want to find someone special and not just someone new. I really liked it and enjoyed what the author(s) were saying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having some questions in my 3 year dating relationship and was hooked on the book by the 3rd page....it was like this book was written just for me.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had a lot of good advise, but it failed to take into account the position of a new Christian (less thana year). Most of the advise delt with looking at a persons past experiences, judging on past relationships, but a new Christian has not established those relationships, making it difficult to relate to what the authors were saying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a profound informative book !
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im "obsessed" with someone in middle school...HELP?
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Throws a spear at the elk, making it run.
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Waits with his clothes off
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Stray_cat More than 1 year ago
Great advice in areas I've always wondered about. Should I say something if it bothers me or shouldn't I? After I say something, then what? Many common dating issues are covered. Using the advice, I can say, it helped. It isn't easy to take the first step in setting a boundary, but once taken, it does get easier, and can be rewarding. I highly recommend this book to anyone dating or planning to date.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read this book. It is wonderful and shows the real way to respect your partener and have a healthy relationship.
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