Most of the books that I've reviewed here have been fiction books. This is because most of the books that I read are fiction books. (I like me some fantasy, as you might have noticed.)
Every now and then, though, I end up in a situation where I need to know something more about the real world, and reading sporadic articles online isn't really a good solution. So to prepare for a relationship that I'm completely new to, I decided to read this book here; Boundaries in Dating. This is part of a series of books on boundaries and healthy relationships by Dr.s Cloud and Townsend, and I have learned a lot of really good stuff from them. Let's dig in.
One of the things that I really appreciated about this book is that the instructions and advice are liberally sprinkled with anecdotes from real people that struggle with relationships in various ways. This not only adds flavor to the advice but it serves as a demonstration of what these problems or solutions might look like in real life, which helped me to process some of the information about elements of a relationships that I haven't personally encountered.
In addition, all the advice in this book is based on solid biblical principles and long experience, which I really appreciate. They make no secret about it, and promote their faith throughout, but not in a "this is the right and only way to do things and if you do it differently you're just wrong" way. Instead, they say "this is what the Bible says, and this is how it plays out in real life, now you can make your own decisions" and "if you say this matters to you, then this is how it should work in your relationships."
I'm going to give this book 4 out of 5 stars, not because I think it could be better, but because it's not the kind of book I read for fun. It did what it set out to do really well, and I'm glad I read it. It's just not as creatively engaging as a novel. *shrugs*
That's all for this week. If there's a book you'd like me to read and review, let me know, and I'll be happy to add it to my TBR list!