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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736926968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736926966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Allison Bottke is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Setting Boundaries series, which includes Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children, Setting Boundaries with Your Aging Parents, Setting Boundaries with Difficult People, Setting Boundaries with Food, Setting Boundaries for Women, and The Young Women's Guide to Setting Boundaries. She is the founder of the SANITY Support Group, an outreach based on the Setting Boundaries series (more than 150,000 sold). Her other books include the God Answers Prayers series, and she is the founder and general editor of more than a dozen volumes in the popular God Allows U-Turns anthology. She has written or edited more than 30 nonfiction and fiction books, and is a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs. Allison lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. www.settingboundariesbooks.com Awards Win

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Allison Bottke is the best selling, award-winning author of more than 28 non-fiction and fiction books, including the acclaimed Setting Boundaries® series and the popular God Allows U-Turns® series. She is a frequent guest on national radio and TV. Allison also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational creative non-fiction and brand development. She also conducts private consulting and developmental editing. Allison lives in Texas.

Customer Reviews

After reading this book you'll be well-equipped to do all of these things.
Karen O'Connor
This book is written in a way that allows the reader to feel both the pain and the victory of an author who has lived what she is writing about.
globalminded59
This is for anyone who wants to set better boundaries with the people in their lives and find freedom for yourself.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I understand my headline is a bold statement that I found in Allison Bottke's SETTING BOUNDARIES WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE. On page 13, she writes, "We must keep on facing the challenges presented by the difficult people God has placed in our paths. Doing so we can save our lives--at least emotionally if not physically. Difficult people can harm us is we don't have a strategy to deal with them."

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Hostetler on November 4, 2011
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Allison Bottke's "Setting Boundaries" series, and its helpful steps to restoring SANITY to our lives, is a Godsend. Literally. I've already mentioned on my blog that her Setting Boundaries with Adult Children is a book I buy multiple copies of to give away. It's that helpful, and the need for it is that widespread.

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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Addoms on July 11, 2013
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I cant believe I wasted my money on this book. The author did make many references to the bible and Christian philosophy, but I am usually fine with that. I have read Dr. Cloud's boundary book and liked that a lot. Most of the words in his book were his and only a handful of bible references. But this book was completely packed full of references to Dr. Laura's books and to other people's books. If I wanted to read one of Dr. Laura's books (which I 100% do not) then I would have bought her book. I wanted to read this author's words. But this book is crammed full of references to her favorite author's works. And the bible references make up a huge chunk of this book. If you are not a Christian you might want to look for a different book on boundaries. There are many out there much better than this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Summers on February 2, 2013
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This is a bit boring, a lot of referencing to others' opinions
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
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When I got this book I assumed that it contained suggestions from psychological perspective. I wish it said on the cover of the book that it is based on the author's interpretation of the teachings of Jesus, which I feel leaves something to be desired.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peggie Bohanon on November 30, 2011
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I am pleased to highly recommend this helpful book for anyone dealing with difficult relationships in life. The Christian author, in easy-to-read language, presents spiritual insight and practical tips from a personal and well-researched perspective. Invaluable to anyone "climbing the walls" with people problems--aren't we all! Thanks, Allison, for a wonderful book!
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