Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Book Review - Break Through

I recently had an opportunity to read Break Through When To Give In, How To Push Back which is a book written by Dr. Tim Clinton and Pat Springle. Break Through will help anyone that is constantly rescuing their loved ones or making excuses for the controlling and irresponsible behaviors of others. By reading this book, the authors will help you to identify why you gravitate toward certain relationships, discern the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, and help you to "break through" the fog of your relationships so you and your loved ones will be happier.

This book was very informative and presents different types of relationships. I think anyone reading the book can relate to at least one of the relationships in the book and you will be able to see what you can do to make the relationship better. At the end of each chapter is a section titled 'Think About It ...' which has a series of thought provoking questions. The last section of the book states that the book is designed for individual study, small groups and classes and I think that the questions in the Think About It section is perfect for discussion.

One part of the book that really stood out to me was the section on forgiveness. When my feelings have been hurt by others or I'm mad/annoyed at someone, I will try to keep in mind that "God isn't happy when his children fail to follow his example of generous forgiveness. When we refuse to forgive, we remain shackled to our old perceptions of the event." You don't need to be in a controlling or manipulative relationship to benefit from reading Break Through. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to make the relationships in their life better and more loving.

Some information about the author: Dr. Tim Clinton, LPC, LMFT, is president of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and founder of Light University Online, which has over 160,000 students enrolled. He is also the professor of counseling and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Click here to watch a video clip of Dr. Clinton talking about why he wrote Break Through.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

keri said...

This book is a game-changer for those who need help setting boundaries in their life. Some of us try to hard to control others; others of us allow ourselves to be manipulated, even bullied. This book addresses both these dysfunctions but offers real life examples of how to change. A quote from the book that I loved: “As we move toward healthier relationships, we’ll find ourselves developing a more secure relational style—learning how to identify and communicate thoughts, feelings, and opinions with confidence.” I want that, and this book is helping me to achieve it!