Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
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Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by John Townsend, Henry Cloud is based on the concept of personal boundaries. The author reasons that somethings in life are our responsibilities and somethings are other people’s responsibility and it is important to be clear on such distinctions. The author says that being nice to others always and taking responsibilities of other people’s work is not recommended and it makes one’s life more miserable.
One should always take responsibilities of their lives and should clearly understand what their responsibilities are and what are other’s responsibilities. Such clear understanding will help sort out many issues and will help in getting control of one’s life. Learning to say no in life has great value. It helps people figure out their own responsibilities and other’s responsibilities and helps fix the responsibilities clearly. Not doing so can be hazardous for people and their well being.
The authors take a contrarian view of the biblical perspective of boundaries. They say that the biblical perspective clearly tell us about our and other’s responsibilities. It clearly defines the boundaries, however, our immediate surroundings- family, friends etc. confuse us on these boundary demarcations. One is responsible to others in helping them do things that they cannot do for themselves. One is responsible to oneself in carrying their daily work. When one’s daily workload is exceeded and they cannot carry out their workload, it is in such situations that we should share each other’s work.
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by John Townsend, Henry Cloud is a simple yet highly effective self-help book. It provides valuable insights into how one can balance their life’s responsibilities and help others with their responsibilities without losing their own peace of mind. It provides the readers with an understanding that to have inner peace and peaceful relationships one must have the ability to define and follow boundaries for themselves and also respect the boundaries of others. The book is a must read for people wanting to set their responsibilities and lead a more meaningful life.