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Setting Boundaries with Difficult People: Six Steps to SANITY for Challenging Relationships Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Unless you live in complete isolation as a hermit (and who does?), you have some difficult people in your life (family, co-workers, professional colleagues, friends, or you-name-it). In easy-to-understand straight-forward teaching, Bottke gives readers critical relationship tools. In the opening pages, Bottke explains, "The primary goal of this book is to help you identify the role you play in your relationships with difficult people and empower you t make new choices--choices that will bring freedom and forever change the story of your life regardless of whether the difficult people around you ever change one iota." (Page 12)
SETTING BOUNDARIES WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE provides excellent insight and step-by-step action for every reader. I highly recommend this book. In fact, you should probably buy at least two of them--one for yourself and one to give to someone else. It is that good.
I think the same is true of Setting Boundaries with Difficult People. EVERYBODY deals with difficult people. Angry people. Unhappy people. Demanding, cynical, critical people. And the more such people populate (and perhaps pollute) your life, the more Allison's book can help you preserve--or restore--your sanity.
and it felt like being preached to...not with a subject like this...
there is some good content but because of being annoyed
with the religion stuff -- one can miss it, or give up on finishing the book
The book contains the mixture of good ideas for setting healthy boundaries mixed with a heavy doses of "it's Satan's fault" or "Satan will make you think this" "this is what Jesus or God meant" when he said such and such and this is what he wants you to do. If you want to know what God wants you to do or what Jesus wants you to do, why not ask God or Jesus or read the Bible and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
In one part of the book she quotes Jesus saying "You should love God with all your heart, mind, body and soul", and again appropriately points out that love is the essence of the Bible. In the Bible it also says that "who says that he loves God and doesn't love his neighbor (a fellow human beings) is a liar". In another part she quotes Proverbs "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" - but this time not in the spirit of love which is the essence of the Bible, but in the spirit of fear. The guarding of heart is from fear and from lack of faith - because he who loves God with all his heart, mind, body and soul, would be filled with love and faith, and would have no fear in his heart.
She again quotes what the scripture teaches about love: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful the book is perfect! A big help too. I recommend it and the seller highly.Published 5 months ago by cassell
This is an excellent book. It is much more readable and understandable that other books out there on this subject. Very helpful with my family situation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Neer
There are difficult people everywhere Havnt completed it yet but setting boundaries is a continual work in progress.Published 10 months ago by Susan Bond
A must read for someone having boundary issues with others. It deals with different relationships and their unique problems. Would recommend.Published 10 months ago by J Whitmer
This book shouldn come with a warning that the contents are entirely connected to Christian teachings.Published 11 months ago by Ruth Sharp
I just read a little of this book "Setting Boundries with Difficult People: Six Steps to SANITY & I already enjoy & like what I am reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mary Jo Gramann
Needed this for help in my life. A very good supportive book with practical helps.Published 11 months ago by Beth Barker
This is an excellent book, very clearly written from a Christian base with concise directions for dealing with those in our life who present a real challenge to live in a healthy... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eleanor K. Ziegler