"How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding"
A practical handbook on positive confrontation by the authors of the award-winning and best-selling Boundaries
Successful people confront well. They know that setting healthy boundaries improves relationships. They have discovered that uncomfortable¿even dangerous¿situations can often be avoided or resolved through direct conversation. But most of us don¿t know how to go about having difficult conversations. We see confrontation as scary or adversarial. We¿re afraid to ask a boss for a raise or talk to a relative about a drinking problem, or even address a relational conflict with a spouse or someone we are dating.
In Boundaries Face to Face authors Cloud and Townsend take the principles from their best-selling book Boundaries and apply them to a variety of the most common difficult situations and relationships.
¿ Explains why confrontation is essential in all arenas of life
¿ Shows how healthy confrontation can improve relationships
¿ Presents the essentials of a good boundary-setting conversation
¿ Provides tips on how to prepare for the conversation
¿ Shows how to tell people what you want, how to stop bad behavior,
and how to deal with counterattack
¿ Gives actual examples of conversations to have with your spouse,
your date, your kids, your coworker, your boss, your parents, and
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.32" Width: 6.22" Height: 1"
Weight: 1.095 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Availability 0 units.
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|Speaking the truth in love May 19, 2005|
|This book is a wonderful supplement to Boundaries! For those who are involved in learning how to set and live by boundaries, Boundaries Face to Face gives practical ways of handling inevitable challenges to your newly established boundaries. As always Drs. Cloud and Townsend explain their points from a Biblical perspective and they help their readers grow by challenging us to focus our attention upon the importance of the relationships we share with Christ and others. Since relationships are so vital to the Christian life, particularly in regards to spiritual growth, this book gives exemplary examples of how to mix grace with truth in our conservations so that we can speak the truth in love even in the midst of difficult conversations. |
|very practical and useful Jun 25, 2004|
|This is a very useful, practical book on one of the most difficult areas of relationships: how to have open, productive, constructive conversations about relationship problems. The authors outline the benefits of a good confrontational conversation and then explain how to distinguish your real purpose for wanting to talk to someone, how to confront in a way that balances grace and truth, how to stay on-topic when discussing a hard issue with someone, and why and how to get ready in advance for difficult conversations. These down-to-earth practical skills, accompanied by many examples and case studies, are extremely helpful.|
The last section of the book has separate chapters on how to engage in difficult conversations with parents, children, people in authority, spouses, etc. The omission of a chapter on friends is the only real fault I find with the book; I think people often have difficulties dealing with friend issues and some attention to this would have been extremely useful.
Overall, an excellent resource that provides encouragement and practical advice to anyone who has been putting off talking to someone about a difficult matter.
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