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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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: 9780310200345
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/21/2000
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 26,581
Product dimensions: 5.26(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist, pastor to pastors, and New York Times bestselling author. His 45 books, including the iconic Boundaries, have sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Throughout his storied career as a clinician, he started treatment centers, created breakthrough new models rooted in research, and has been a leading voice on issues of mental health and leadership on a global scale. 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 author, selling over 10 million books, including the New York Times bestselling Boundaries series. John founded the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and the Townsend Leadership Program. Dr. Townsend travels extensively for corporate consulting, speaking events, and to help develop leaders, their teams, and their families. John and his family live in Southern California and Texas. Visit Dr

Table of Contents

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

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