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Begin with Boundaries

When to say yes, how to say no.

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For more than two decades, Zondervan Publishing has been pleased to offer so many exceptional books from Dr. John Townsend. With titles like the New York Times best-selling Boundaries, The Entitlement Cure, Beyond Boundaries and more, Dr. Townsend’s book publishing has helped carry out Zondervan’s mission to “inspire the world by meeting needs of people with content that promotes biblical principles and honors Jesus Christ.” For more on how to purchase Dr. Townsend’s titles, go to BoundariesBooks.com, for more on Zondervan Publishing, see Zondervan.com.


Described as one of "10 Books Everyone Should Read by 25(ish)," Dr. John Townsend's Boundaries has sold to over 4 million people. Following the success of the first Boundaries book, Dr. John Townsend and Dr. Henry Cloud wrote six more titles in the series, dedicated to key chapters in a person’s life.

Boundaries
Boundaries in Dating
Boundaries in Marriage
Boundaries with Kids
Boundaries with Teens
Beyond Boundaries
Boundaries for Leaders

Dr. Townsend has authored, or co-authored 27 books total. His most recent books are:

The Entitlement Cure
Handling Difficult People
Leadership Beyond Reason

Boundaries

When to Say Yes, How to Say No - Take Control of Your Life

When to Say Yes, How to Say No - Take Control of Your Life Many people focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. The ability to set clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. Boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Drs. Cloud and Townsend offer biblically-based answers and show how to set healthy boundaries with our spouses, children, friends, parents, coworkers, and even ourselves.

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Boundaries in Dating

How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships

How do you set smart limits on mounting emotions? Physical involvement? Financial involvement? Individual responsibilities? Boundaries in Dating reveals the path to developing self-control, freedom, and intimacy in the dating process. Learn how to think, solve problems, enjoy the benefits of dating to the hilt, and increase your ability to find and commit to a marriage partner. Illustrated with insightful, true-life examples.

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Boundaries in Marriage

Understanding the Choices that Make or Break Loving Relationships

Whether you’re a newlywed or have been married for many years, Boundaries in Marriage will help you establish a foundation for your marriage to flourish. Drawing on principles from the Bible, learn new ways to safeguard against relational fractures and mend existing cracks. It may even save your marriage. Best of all, it will help make a good marriage great!

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Boundaries with Kids

How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Children

Get the help you need for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend take you through the ins and outs of instilling the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives.

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Boundaries with Teens

When to Say Yes, How to Say No

Dr. John Townsend provides the expert insight you need to help your teens take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions while gaining a deeper appreciation and respect both for you and for themselves. With wisdom and empathy, Dr. Townsend, a father of two teens himself, applies biblically-based principles for the challenging task of leading your children through the teen years.

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Beyond Boundaries

Learning to Trust Again in Relationships

The best selling book, Boundaries, gives biblical guidelines for establishing healthy relationships. Now, Beyond Boundaries shows how to move past relational pain to experience the freedom and love we want to enjoy. Painful relationships violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. But, to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we eventually have to take another risk. We have to be willing to go “beyond boundaries.” In this book, Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a significant relationship.

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Boundaries for Leaders

Why Some People Get Results and Others Don’t

Dr. Henry Cloud
Why does a company flourish under one leader while it declines under another capable individual? Why do some teams outperform other teams within the same company? Boundaries for Leaders, by Dr. Henry Cloud, gives leaders the tools and techniques they need to achieve the performance they desire. Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience, Dr. Cloud shows why it’s critical for leaders to set the conditions that make people’s brains perform at their highest levels. How do great leaders do this? One way is through the creation of “boundaries,” which are structures that determine what will exist and what will not.

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The Entitlement Cure

Finding Success In Doing Hard Things The Right Way

By John Townsend
Finalist for ECPA’s 2015 Book of the Year, The Entitlement Cure provides principles and skills to help people become successful and help others who are stuck in “easy way” living in a culture that encourages shortcuts and irresponsibility.

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Handling Difficult People

What To Do When People Try To Push Your Buttons

By John Townsend
Let's face it, hard as we try, none of us can avoid contact with difficult people. Some people just seem to savor unnecessary and unhealthy conflict; they don't seem to be happy unless they are driving those around them crazy. Best-selling author and noted relationship expert, Dr. John Townsend, helps us better understand what makes "button pushers" act the way they do-and why they want to elicit a negative emotional and even behavioral response from us.

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Leadership Beyond Reason

How Great Leaders Succeed By Harnessing The Power Of Their Values, Feelings, And Intuition

By John Townsend
Who we are on the inside can determine leadership success more than what we do or what we know. In Leadership Beyond Reason, Dr. Townsend explores the critical role of the leader’s internal world, the world of passion, emotions, intuition, creativity, values, self-awareness, conscience, and spiritual life.

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