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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764201573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764201578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

How to Speak the Truth in Love

This practical guide will be invaluable in every relationship of life--especially those that don't come easy. Putting into practice the time-tested principles within this book will enable you to interact effectively with family, friends, co-workers, and other important people in your life. Learn how to:

• restore the respect needed for healing damaged relationships
• foster better listening skills
• overcome the tendency to manipulate others in conversation
• avoid the destructive effects of accusation and defensiveness

Discover the difference it makes when you know what to say, how to say it, and when to speak the truth in love--the art of true communication. You'll love the life-changing freedom that comes from telling each other the truth.

William Backus was founder of the Center for Christian Psychological Services, a licensed consulting psychologist, and an ordained minister. Other books he has written include Telling Yourself the Truth and What Your Counselor Never Told You. Dr. Backus passed away in June 2005.

About the Author

William Backus, PhD, founded the Center for Christian Psychological Services. Before his death in 2005, he was a licensed clinical psychologist and an ordained Lutheran clergyman. He wrote many books, including What Your Counselor Never Told You.

More About the Author

William D. Backus was founder of the Center for Christian Psychological Services, a licensed consulting psychologist, and an ordained minister. Dr. Backus passed away in June 2005.

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It is easy to read with lots of practical examples.
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Good for people working/ living/ interacting with abusive colleagues/ spouses/ children.
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It does help understand somethings and am trying to put it to good use.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Dobratz on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Dr. William Backus has done a great service in writing this book. Many big problems start as small problems, problems that could be solved with proper communication and unconditional love.
Dr. Backus writes that by far the most frequently violated command of Jesus is "When someone sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone." Human nature wishes to tell anyone and everyone else but the person who needs to be confronted lovingly with the truth.
The author uses his experience as a Minister and a Clinical Psychologist to guide the reader through the process of loving confrontation. Chapter titles include: "How to have a good clean fight." "How to Handle Critical People" and "How to say no."
The only qualification you need to benefit from this book is to be a member of the human race who routinely interacts with people. No matter who you are or what your station in life, you will benefit from Dr. Backus' insights.
"Wear the old coat and buy the new book."
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Backus' book is a refreshing read to communicate openly and lovingly with others and avoid manipulation.
Among the many important points covered in the book include:
1. When we lose integrity, we become a fraction of the person God created us to be.
2. We fail to receive because we fail to ask.
3. Do's and dont's for criticizing others.
4. Characteristics of loving speech.
5. God does not guarantee we will always be around people who will always act properly.
6. Adding your own self-criticism to a person's critical remarks can stop people in their tracks.
7. Do not pride yourself on not making requests.
8. Attention and compliments are nice, but they do not determine our self-worth.
Read and be encouraged to be less manipulative of others and loving them more!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Vasicek on March 12, 2001
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As a minister of 31 years, I first read this book about a dozen years ago. It helped me communicate better to my wife, friends, and congregation.

Since that time, I have loaned copies to numerous people I have counseled (I have a stack of these), and many have been helped through putting this book in practice.

Backus encourages direct and honest communication. He deals with the lies we tell ourselves that keep us from speaking truthfully and directly. Besides aiding in communication skills, the principles mentioned will also increase personal sincerity and integrity.

Practical, easy to read, illustrated with case studies, this is a must read for all Christians.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
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Dr. Backus helps the reader to accurately undertand what his/her rights are, and what rights s/he DOES NOT have, within relationships. He also details healthy ways to both manage, and avoid conflict; if at all possible. This is one of the best books I've ever read. (A good companing to this book is the book "Managing Conflict God's Way".)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Evike on October 31, 2007
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I borrowed this book from a friend thinking it would help me to better communicate with others when I disagreed with them - how to speak the truth in love, etc. I got so much MORE than I ever expected. Backus exposes lies that we believe in about ourselves and others and makes a way for the Holy Spirit to bring change. I am now so much more aware of how easy it is for me to fall into manipulation (based on fears and lack of trust in God) instead of simply speaking the truth. It is an eye opener and I'm really grateful to have read it. I plan on buying several for our home-group as Christmas gifts because we can ALL benefit from his insights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 5150 Shopping on March 7, 2013
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If you haven't read "Telling yourself the Truth", read it first and then this one. I wish I had read these when I was 18...would have saved much heartache. I have implemented these principles and have seen drastic changes in my thought process. I have given copies of these books to all my friends and family members and they have all had the same results. No matter what you think you suffer from, you need to discover the truth. They are written with Christian perspectives however, the principles apply regardless of faith. Read the books.
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Super educational book with great guidelines on how to be kind and honest with one another. Great read and very good self help book since we all need to be truthful in a kind and loving way.
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By Veronica on January 22, 2014
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This is a book that will help couples see what is true and how to talk with each other. Great book
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