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Changes That Heal

Four Practical Steps to a Happier, Healthier You
Narrated by: Dick Fredricks
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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A down-to-earth plan to help us recover from the wounds of the past and grow more and more into the image of God.

Many of us struggle with anxiety, loneliness, and feelings of inadequacy. We know that God created us in his image, but how can we be loving when we feel burned out? How can we be free when we struggle with addiction? Will we ever enjoy the complete healing God promises?

Combining his professional expertise and personal experience, renowned psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud guides us through four basic ways to become joy-filled, mature followers of Christ:

  • Connect more deeply with others
  • Separate from others in healthy ways
  • Understand the good and the bad in ourselves and others
  • Grow into greater emotional and spiritual maturity

With fascinating case studies and helpful techniques we can start using immediately, Changes That Heal reminds us that God promises to complete his good work in us.

©2002 Henry Cloud (P)2008 Zondervan

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Everyone should learn these things

The information was really great. I'd recently listened to the author read another of his books and liked his conversational tone. This performance was a little too dramatised and sounded pompous, at times, which is not really a good approach when reading scripture and talking religion.

The tone used for quoted speech also made them sound pathetic and whining.

But ignoring that, lots of really important information and lessons.

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Insightful book with a poor narration

I've read many books by Henry Cloud and loved every single one. This one is no exception however I found the narration a little distracting as it's spoken very differently to how Henry normally read his book ie. conversational style. The narrator reads as if he is reading a play and I found a little out of context for the counselling book it is. However does not stop me from reading the book which I throughly enjoyed!

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  • dee
  • 01-05-2019

great listen!

a very good start to introduce new ways of trying to better improve yourself and your life

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Very religous, cant get past the first 10 mins

What would have made Changes That Heal better?

Ease into the religious stuff. Right from the start there are bible quotes and launching into preaching/pushing religion.

Would you ever listen to anything by Henry Cloud again?

Probably not

What didn’t you like about Dick Fredricks’s performance?

way too religious and preachy

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

annoyance

Any additional comments?

nothing more to add

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  • William
  • 21-09-2009

Changes that Heal

The content of the book was very good. However, the reader's style was awkward and his cadence seemed unnatural which served to distract me from the listening. There were several misreads in the second half of the book and that was very distracting. The editing process somehow was missed and made the audio less than desirable.

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  • R. Carlson
  • 05-10-2008

Terrible production, excellent book

I have to explain that I only give this 2 stars because the production isn't even fully edited. There are flubs, re-reads, etc. by the narrator. Most occur in the last 1/4 of the book. I guess they figured you might get bored of listening to a self-help type book by then, but I didn't. Dr. Henry Cloud has written another excellent book addressing relationships from his unique perspective of psychology and spirituality. The content gets 4 stars, the production gets a 2 stars.

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  • Barbra
  • 20-04-2012

Life-Changing material!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this book to several people, who like me, were living in a perpetual cycle that would always lead us back to the same miserable spot of not quite achieving the contentment we had always longed for. When I decided to take my life off of what I call "auto-pilot," I first read Drs. Cloud and Townsend's book "Boundaries," which I had on my shelf for years. After reading it from cover to cover I realized I needed help to figure out WHY I had such a hard time with boundaries. Because I liked the style in which "Boundaries" was written, I looked Cloud and Townsend up on Audible and found this book. It was exactly what I needed to figure out where I have gone off track in my life and how to get back on track. "Changes That Heal" indeed continues to heal me, as I listen to it repeatedly, as well as a few other books that help me stay in a healthy mindset, reminding me of who I REALLY am, and how to express myself to those around with whom I struggle communicating. The narrator can over-dramatize the material at times, but don't let that deter you from the message that is being conveyed. I have since bought other Audible books by Dr. Cloud and have completely enjoyed the ones he has narrated himself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Changes That Heal?

It never ceases to amaze me how I can listen to a chapter and get something new out of it each time.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Fredricks?

He is not the worst narrator, though I feel he would occasionally over-dramatize the content of the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, cry, and everything in between. Ultimately it helped me to really evaluate the things in my life that I felt were not working, and gave me solutions on how to change those things.

Any additional comments?

I would pretty much buy any book that Dr. Cloud writes. He has a firm grasp of the human psyche and how it relates to those around us.

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  • Molly
  • 09-11-2011

A different way to approach relationship

This book is an excellent self improvement tool based upon christian values. I have read the book, watched the video, and listened to the audiobook. Each time I learn something different. The message of this book is that we are the only people we can change. Heard that before? Sure, but Dr. Cloud then offers tools with which to accomplish this while we relate to others in our lives. Great book.

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  • Matt
  • 11-02-2011

Am going to buy a case and give one to everyone.

The content of this book is eye opening, engaging, thought provoking and helpful in making the transition from twisted thinking to Godly thinking. It is "How to win friends and influence people" for those who would like to live out an authentic Christian life not the hypocritical judgmental one.
The only down side is the editing. It sounds like the part 2 was not edited well with several of the readers comments like, "Let me do that again." and, "oops, thats not right." Still in the recording. Part 2 2:04:07, 2:06:40, 2:15:24, 2:17:30.
They get a little distracting from the content but other then this, a phenomenal book and listen!

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  • Carmelia
  • 18-11-2009

Changes That Heal

This audible book was terrible at the end! There were portions left on the recording that should have been edited out!

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  • Tickledpurple
  • 12-03-2014

Hard copy is great - audio is hard to listen to.

If you could sum up Changes That Heal in three words, what would they be?

Life changing book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I will need to keep this as a reference and will likely read it again and again.

How could the performance have been better?

Very dry and computer sounding, making it difficult to listen to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Boundaries are necessary to be truly happy.

Any additional comments?

Really hope they record this one again - maybe with Henry doing the narrating. I would definitely buy it again!

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  • Deb
  • 08-02-2016

Priceless information. Narration poor.

Where does Changes That Heal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Outstanding information written by an author who provides extremely valuable professional information about how the human personality developes and what to do to fill in the gaps of the human maturation process. This should be a primer in all psychology classes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Changes That Heal?

Explaining the roots of co-dependency and bonding.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Fredricks?

Henry Cloud, the author, has a "easy" matter-of-fact way about him. When he reads, he sounds informative without sounding "preachy."

Any additional comments?

I wish I had read this book before having children. I would have been a much more effective parent.

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  • Jan Bakko
  • 09-04-2018

Narrator ruined this book for me

I tried really hard to finish listening to this book. I found the way the narrator read this book was very distracting. When he would quote Dr. Cloud’s clients, he’d change his voice. It made the people sound simple and it demeaned and devalued the reason they came in for therapy. Mental illness is real. The need for help is real. I guess I’ll get the book if I want to finish this book. (I gave a star to the performance because I couldn’t submit this without one).

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  • Margaret C. Turnbull
  • 21-06-2015

The narrator wrecks it.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I am honestly surprised that the authors allowed this audiobook to be released (though they may not have had much say in the matter), because it really is compromised by the narrator. There is high quality, thought-provoking information here, but it was almost impossible to "hear" it due to the narrator's overbearing performance. His voice sounds harsh, angry, even drunk/bellering at times, and he is utterly unable to portray a female voice (many male narrators are very good at this, so I think this is a fair criticism). I really wanted to hear the message here, but after a few hours of listening, I just couldn't bear to go back to that crushing voice. It was giving me heartburn.

What did you like best about this story?

There is insightful and spiritually-based, but non-prudish information here.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Fredricks?

I think that one of the authors should have narrated this book. They are both very talented AND obviously they understand the significance of the material.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

NO.

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  • Miss Niza Waterfield
  • 20-03-2020

Thought provoking

Definitely worth reading more than once. I personally will be reading this book again soon.