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A Theory Critique: Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Linda Mario
Liberty University

Summary: Boundaries in Marriage by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
The determinants of marital heartache are diverse. Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend address boundaries that have sustained multiple marriages and have advocated for the happiness between married couples. When one reads the title, he or she might think the boundaries the authors are trying to set in marriages are on their spouse but “Boundaries are not something you “set on” another person. Boundaries are about yourself” (Cloud & Townsend, 1999, p. 28). The focal points of this book include theories about boundaries, values, resolving conflict, and keeping God in a marriage. Cloud and Townsend (1999) explain that boundaries in marriage is fundamentally about love; prompting, growing, developing, and repairing the love (p.9).
John 4:16 states “love is at the heart of marriage, as it is at the heart of God himself” (p.9). Cloud & Townsend (1999) present boundaries in different ways through words, truth, consequences, emotional distance, physical distance, other people and time. The descriptions of these points are crucial pieces in Cloud and Townsend’s theory. An individual’s language and words assist in defining who he or she is as a person and “what you believe, what you want, and what you don’t” (Cloud & Townsend, p. 29). Ephesians 4:25 explains that” Each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body”. The truth spoken in Ephesians is an important facet of following the boundaries theory. Just as critical is the truth of God and his word. Cloud and Townsend (1999) explain when boundaries are not established in the beginning of a marriage,…...

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