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Life is difficult. Life for every person on earth is a challenging journey – with or without God. Those who invite God to join them on this adventure believe that when bad things happen they can trust God to be present and work on their behalf.

But because we never know when, where, or how God is going to show up, we often wonder: Just exactly how does He go about the business of helping us when we don’t know what to do?

Henry Cloud and John Townsend believe God has given us instructions on how He makes a way for us when we call on Him. They believe that, just as you would exercise faith in a doctor by following his advice to get well physically, if you follow God’s eight principles in this book, you can thrive relationally, emotionally, and spiritually.

These principles offer a groundbreaking new approach to recognizing when God is present and how He works His will in our lives.THE PRINCIPLES OF THE WAY

- Begin your journey with God

- Choose your traveling companions wisely

- Place high value on wisdom

- Leave your baggage behind

- Own your faults and weaknesses

- Embrace problems as gifts

- Take life as it comes

- Love God with all you are

As clinical psychologists, the authors deal daily with real people facing real problems, so this book is not just psychological or biblical theory: In fact, Part II of God Will Make a Way shows the principles at work in twelve key areas of life: dating, marriage, sex, conflict, parenting, fear, lost love, addictions, anger, depression, weight loss, and personal goals.

God Will Make a Way is more than a remarkably helpful book. It is a life system that captures God’s wisdom for coping with our most difficult problems. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, psychologist, and cohost of the national radio program New Life Live! He is also the author of numerous award-winning and popular books, including God Will Make a Way and coauthored the million-selling Boundaries. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, is a husband and father, and maintains private practice in Southern California.



Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, speaker, and leadership coach, has been helping millions of people for over two decades. A visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, he is coauthor of the two-million-seller, Gold Medallion Award-winner Boundaries.
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Product Details

  • Series: What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do
  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Integrity Publishers (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591451531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591451532
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Cloud is a leadership consultant, best-selling author, and speaker whose books have sold well over 5 million copies. He consults and speaks for companies and organizations in the area of leadership and performance, and is highly regarded for his ability to connect personal and interpersonal development with the needs of business.
He is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant with a unique ability to connect with audiences. Drawing upon his broad range of experiences in private practice, leadership consulting, and media, he simplifies life's issues and gives easy to understand, practical advice. It's Dr. Cloud's humor, compassion and "in the moment" confrontation that make his approach to psychology, business and spirituality such a success.
Dr. Cloud has written, or co-written, more than twenty books, including the two-million-seller Boundaries and his most recent books, Necessary Endings, Integrity, The One Life Solution, The Law of Happiness and 9 Things You Simply Must Do. His books have sold over five million copies. His works have been reviewed and featured by such publications as The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and many others. Dr. Cloud co-hosts the nationally syndicated radio program New Life Live, which is heard in over 180 markets.
As a speaker, he is a favorite at corporate events, conventions, and public arena events on a variety of topics, speaking regularly through the U.S. and internationally.
In his consulting practice, he works with leaders in a wide range of organizations and corporations, from family help firms to Fortune 25 and Fortune 500 companies. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as an organizational and leadership consultant, spending the majority of his hands-on time with CEOs and executive teams.
Dr. Cloud founded and built a health care company which operated treatment centers in forty markets in the Western U.S. for which he served as Clinical Director for ten years. In that context of hands-on clinical experience, he developed and researched many of the treatment principles and methods that he communicates to audiences now. After selling the company, he devoted his time to consulting and coaching, spreading principles of hope and life-change through speaking, writing and media.
He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, earning a B.S. in psychology with honors. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University, and his clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. His philanthropic interests lie in the area of homelessness and the inner city, as well as missions in the developing world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy.

Customer Reviews

It will change your life!
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I loved this book and believed that God did bring this book to me.
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Very informative, sound and helpful book.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By _ on June 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was in an emotionally abusive relationship but didn't know it. And as a man, it made it harder for me because men aren't very likely to be seen as victims of abuse. So I was confused, disoriented to the max, and didn't have a clue about who to turn to or what to do. And even though I am a devout Christian, just my belief in God was not enough by itself to show me what I could not see in front of me. I also believe that God designed us so that we need to be in relationship with each other, helping each other and that He does a bulk of His work through others.

So one day I was scanning the radio dial for help and came across Dr. Townsend's radio counseling show. Then I heard them mention their book, "What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do" That's the ONLY thing that I knew to do, so I called up and ordered it.

It's simple, maybe simplistic, yes. It asks you to rely on God, yes. But for me, at that moment, all I could grasp was something simple. And if for some reason you're opposed to God or relying on Him (but why would you???), then you could still glean the messages from it which are still valid on practical levels.

The part of the book that when I got to, threw a lifeline to me was the part that said, "If you don't know what to do, get more information". A light bulb went off and I knew that a great part of my paralysis to any movement forward to healing was because I just plain didn't know anything about what I was feeling. That little step was just the key and then I began researching like crazy on the internet and slowly, albeit reluctantly, I began to understand what my condition was and how it had been created. Of course, that led to what to do about it, also.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Finally a book that teaches the difference between wanting something more and getting something more. Very clear explanation on how to forgive but not be a doormat. A must read!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There is a way - sometimes not what we expect. Why is it we turn to God as only a "last resort"?! This book is so practical and fresh. It should be very helpful - and hopeful - to all of us who lose our way from time to time. A great thought-provoking book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By frodo on June 24, 2004
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I am a big fan of the Cloud/Townsend books and pretty much buy one sight unseen, as I did this one. While for me it is not quite at the level of How People Grow it was still very helpful.
For these authors, relationships with other people are key to growth. In How People Grow the author describes feeling like it was God's "plan B" to have people help him--that God really should do it directly and he was getting 2nd best. He later came to realize that people are God's "plan A". So I don't think it is a case of "tell lots of people about your problem", but rather an acknowledgement that the Body of Christ is called that for a reason: that God uses His people as vehicles for His love.
Anyway, that is just one part of this book. In general I found it very useful to have all the principles of growth broken down in this way and then have applications to specific life situations in the 2nd half of the book. These authors are very practical, which I like.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 3, 2006
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I was saddened to see a few negative reviews of this book. One or two were so negative it was obvious the reviewers still hadn't found any help or healing. I for one found this book to be a lifesaver during a crisis in my life. I had been dealing (not well) with feelings of hopelessness and great personal dissapointments and even considering divorce when I discovered this book. Yes, it is a Christian book - and personal faith in God is the cornerstone of what is presented here. But truth is truth, and I can attest only to the fact that the truth presented here changed my life and gave me hope when I had none. It also explained so much of what I was experiencing and gave me logical steps to follow to become healthy. I am very grateful to both of these authors and now own several of their books. I cannot recommend this book enough.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By lor369 on August 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book talks about the struggles that some of us may face and how important it is to turn to God to help us overcome some of these difficulties. They talk about applying certain principles to areas of life such as divorce, addiction, weight, abuse, depression, and parenting.

The 8 principles mentioned in this book for facing our problems were helpful, particularly choosing a travel companions wisely, leave your luggage behind, owning your problems, and beginning your journey with God. Sometimes, I felt that they blamed certain problems that people have on "not trusting God enough" or "not being in a strong enough relationship with God". That may be true to a certain extent. However, sometimes we can have all the faith in the world, and yet, we can still struggle with weight, depression, etc.

But the authors didn't just stop at the "you must have faith in God" reasoning. Making God a priority is important to overcoming difficulties. But sometimes, putting your faith in action and doing certain things to help yourself is also very important.
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