When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People

When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People

by Gary Thomas


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Your life's calling is too important to let toxic people take it away. When to Walk Away draws from biblical and modern stories to equip you to handle toxic people in your life and live true to your God-given purpose.

As Christians, we often feel the guilt and responsibility of meeting the needs of unhealthy people in our lives. Whether a sibling, parent, spouse, coworker, or friend, toxic people frequently seek to frustrate our life's calling. While you're seeking first God's kingdom, they're seeking first to distract your focus and delay your work.

Instead of attempting the impossible task of mollifying toxic people, it's time we dedicate our energy to the only worthwhile effort: completing the work God has given us by investing in reliable people. It's only when we learn to say no to bad patterns that we can say yes to the good work God has planned for us.

Drawing from years serving as a pastor, Gary Thomas (bestselling author of Sacred Marriage) looks at biblical examples from the lives of Jesus, Paul, and Nehemiah to give you insightful, biblical takeaways that you can apply right away. You'll discover how to:

  • Learn the difference between difficult people and toxic people
  • Find refuge in God when you feel under attack
  • Discern when to walk away from a toxic situation
  • Keep a tender heart even in unhealthy relationships
  • Grow your inner strength and invest in reliable people

We can't let others steal our joy or our mission. It's time to strengthen our defense, learn to set healthy boundaries, and focus on our God-given purpose. It's time to know When to Walk Away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310346760
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 58,588
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is the author of nineteen books, including When to Walk Away, Sacred Pathways, Cherish, and Sacred Marriage—over one million copies sold. He has a master’s degree from Regent College and was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Western Seminary. Gary has spoken in forty-nine states and ten different countries.

Table of Contents

1 A Most Clever Attack 9

2 Walkaway Jesus 17

3 A Murderous Spirit 26

4 Control Mongers 38

5 Loving Hate 47

6 No Time to Waste 57

7 Reliable People 68

8 Pigs and Pearls 76

9 Love Tells the Truth 87

10 A Man with a Mission 94

11 Looking Like Jesus When Working with Judas 108

12 Learning How to Be Hated 118

13 Scripture's Skeleton 128

14 A New Allegiance 139

15 The Most Vicious Attack 146

16 Toxic Parents 153

17 Toxic Marriages 166

18 Leaving the Toxicity Instead of the Marriage 181

19 Toxic Children 192

20 Trading Toxic for Tender 202

21 Don't Be Toxic to Yourself 215

Epilogue 223

Acknowledgments 225

Appendix: Jesus Walking Away 227

Notes 235

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