Thursday, February 23, 2012

Beyond Boundaries

Beyond Boundaries

by Dr. John Townsend

Book description:

How do you know you're ready to trust again ... and what does it take to be ready? Painful relationships violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. But to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we eventually have to take another risk. In this breakthrough book, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. Whether you're trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, Townsend gives practical tools for establishing trust and finding the intimacy you long for. Beyond Boundaries will help you reinstate closeness with someone who broke your trust; discern when true change has occurred; reestablish appropriate connections in strained relationships; create a safe environment that helps you trust; and restore former relationships to a healthy dynamic. You can move past relational pain to trust again. Beyond Boundaries will show you how.

I took my time reading this book, so as to get as much out of it as I could. And boy am I glad I did! It was such an excellent book in so many ways. I am familiar with the Boundaries books, have read several in the series, and this latest book doesn't fail to disappoint. Dr. Townsend relates to the reader in a down to earth style and makes a lot of "stuffy psychology" easy to understand. When I saw this book was available for review, I read the description and jumped at the chance to review it. I plan on using this book as a resource in the future for all of my relationships. This book is that good!

I definitely would rate this book a "5" and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking to re-establish trust in relationships that have broken down.

About the author:

Dr.  John Townsend, a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant, has been helping leaders, organizations and individuals make changes and exceed their goals for more than two decades.   His expertise in psychology, leadership and spirituality help him connect with, and provide solutions for, people in many venues.  He has written or co-written 20 books, totaling 5 million in sales, including the 2 million copy Boundaries,  Who’s Pushing Your Buttons?,  It’s Not My Fault, and, most recently, Leadership Beyond Reason: How Great Leaders Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Their Values, Feelings and Intuition.  His award-winning books have earned three Gold Medallions and the Retailers Choice award for a book and television venture with Time-Life and Integrity Publishers. He is a sought-after conference speaker.  His engaging, insightful and humorous style has kept him in demand nationally, and on six continents.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, earning a B.A. in psychology with honors, Dr. Townsend also earned a master of theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary with honors, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University.  He completed his clinical internship at the University of Tennessee, and holds three clinical licenses:  clinical psychology and marriage and family therapist in California, and clinical psychology in Tennessee. He is active on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, a ranch program for abused children, does training for leaders in third world countries, and is on the board of Mariners Impact, a nonprofit entity devoted to providing  quality media to the culture.  Residing in Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons, Ricky, a university student,  and Benny, a high school student.   His hobbies include scuba diving, reading of all sorts, and he is also a member of a dance band which plays locally in Southern California!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Books through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

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