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This abridged audio edition of the book offers illuminating insights for romance that can help you grow in freedom, honesty, and self-control as you pursue a healthy dating relationship that will lead to a healthy marriage. Read by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend.

Dating can be fun, but it's not easy. Meeting people is just one concern. Once you've met someone, then what? What do you build? Nothing, a simple friendship, or more? How do you set smart limits on physical involvement? Financial involvement? Individual responsibilities?

Respected counselors, popular radio hosts, and best-selling authors Henry Cloud and John Townsend apply the principles described in their Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries to matters of love and romance. Helping you bridge the pitfalls of dating, Boundaries in Dating unfolds a wise, biblical path to developing self-control, freedom, and intimacy in the dating process. Boundaries in Dating will help you to think, solve problems, and enjoy the journey of dating, increasing your abilities to find and commit to a marriage partner.

Full of insightful, true-life examples, this much-needed book includes such topics as:

  • Recognizing and choosing quality over perfection in a dating partner
  • How to ensure that honest friendship is one vital component in a relationship
  • Preserving friendships by separating between platonic relationships and romantic interest
  • Moving past denial to deal with real relational problems in a realistic and hopeful way
  • and much more!

Plus, check out the Boundaries family collection of books dedicated to key areas of life: marriage, raising kids, parenting teens, and leadership. Workbooks and Spanish editions are also available. 

©2000 Henry Cloud and John Townsend (P)2000 The Zondervan Corporation

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  • Manuel
  • 15-02-2006

Excellent

Talks about integrity. Has a hard religious angle regarding sex and dating. A very useful book about integrity, authenticity and fairness. I highly recommend it.

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  • Barbara
  • 13-10-2008

DARE TO DESIRE

God teaches that a hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire accomplished is a tree of life. Dr Henry Cloud studied hundreds of accomplished single women who were not dating, not daring to desire a husband. Many rationalized that being married was not what God wanted for them as He had failed to deliver a suitable, biblical helper for them. Henry reminded them that they used their strengths, but they hid their weakness, of being vulnerable, approachable, and available behind the fig leaf of fear. Dr. Cloud's books are spreckled with humor and scripture, a fun listen. He challenges each single person DARING TO DESIRE a change in their marital status to CHANGE their behavior, their pattern of where they go, of who they hang with, and to intentionally travel to places where they would meet, not date, five new singles per week. OBVIOUS LESSON: God does His part, but we must "do" our part with actions and faith while trusting our indwelt guide. Funny thing about "waiting on the Lord" is that he teaches us to be active while we are waiting. FOR 38 YEARS a disabled and broken hearted man sat by the pool at Bethesda hoping that the rumored angel would heal him and he would walk again. The desperate gathered daily and waited in silence for a miracle. Days, months, years passed without speaking, without reaching out for relationship. With any kind of self-deception or if we are deceived by someone we are in relationship with, we never can trust what reality is. I have been self-deceived for 33 years waiting on God to deliver a suitable husband. THIS BOOK is AWESOME as it gives you HOPE and a PLAN to date with wisdom. Enjoy the journey to the chapel. Who placed the talent in your soul? Who gave you the desire of your heart? Is your answer God the Creator of all that is good? Then WHY NOT DARE TO DESIRE a family, be married, write a book, build a home, compose music, be a speaker, sing? Use this book as a guide, date with boundaries and confidence.

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  • Chris
  • 20-12-2012

For Christians

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

If your not a Christian its hard to choke down but if you can get past the religious aspect its very informative.

Would you recommend Boundaries in Dating to your friends? Why or why not?

Wouldn't recommend as there must be other good books out there that doesn't have a religious aspect.

What aspect of Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend ’s performance would you have changed?

Can be written without Christianity.

Could you see Boundaries in Dating being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

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  • allister ferguson
  • 03-03-2019

Great. simple. straightforward. enlightening.

Loved it. Read it in one day. Recommended for anyone dating, no matter what age. A blessing.

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  • bigronald8
  • 16-09-2018

The Truth speaks for itself.

Excellent a real eye opener. Everyone should read this before entering into any type of relationship.

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  • YAJAIRA SALAS
  • 20-03-2018

Must read!

Great information and key points to healthy dating. Must read if you want to achieve going beyond dating the right way.

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  • Nancy
  • 13-11-2014

Delightful & Enlightening-The Best!

Where does Boundaries in Dating rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's tops! Insights into human relationships; it's pitfalls, cautions, and success when done right.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Boundaries in Dating?

Because Henry and John are professional counselors with many years of experience in relationships they have so many experiences they've shared that are good. Most memorable is indicators on how to determine if someone is trustworthy and if this person is worth pursuing.

What does Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Very pleasant voice and delivery.

What did you learn from Boundaries in Dating that you would use in your daily life?

How to relate to others with proper boundaries and what I can do to effect healthy relationships in my life, no matter what the other person may do.

Any additional comments?

I think this book is excellent and would listen to it many times, there is so much to glean. With Jesus Christ in the center of our life, you are given discernment and wisdom to add to all this good advice and you have a a wonderful platform to find your life mate.

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