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Most of us desire to relate to others in meaningful ways.  Sometimes making significant connections can be complicated by hurts and experiences that impact our sense of self.   You might find one of these books useful in assessing and addressing how you love so that you can have more fulfilling friendships, partnerships, marriages and family relationships.


  • Attachments:  Why You Love, Feel, and Act the Way You Do by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Gary Sibcy

  • Boundaries:  When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life (book and workbook) by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend  

  • Conflict:  A Redemptive Opportunity by Timothy S. Lane

  • Eight Dates:  Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman

  • Finding Your Way Home:  Freeing the Child Within You and Discovering Wholeness in the Functional Family of God by Kenneth A. Schmidt

  • From Bondage to Bonding:  Escaping Codependency, Embracing Biblical Love by Nancy Groom

  • God’s Love:  Better Than Unconditional by David Powlison

  • Healing for the Father Wound by H. Norman Wright

  • How to Love Difficult People:  Receiving and Sharing God’s Mercy by William P. Smith

  • Making Peace with Your Father by Dr. David Stoop

  • Making Peace with Your Mom:  Steps to a Healthier Mother-Daughter Relationship by H. Norman Wright

  • The Marriage Counseling Workbook by Dr. Emily Cook

  • The Mom Factor by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

  • Rejection:  Keeping You in and Others Out by Henry W. Wright

  • The Relationship Cure by Dr. John Gottman

  • Relationships:  A Mess Worth Making by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp

  • Safe People:  How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid Those that Aren’t (book and workbook) by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

  • Secrets of Your Family Tree:  Healing for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families by Dave Carder, Dr. Earl Henslin, Dr. John Townsend, Dr. Henry Cloud and Alice Brawand

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman

  • Unloving:  I Don’t Like What I See by Henry W. Wright

  • What Makes Love Last by Dr. John Gottman

  • When People Are Big and God is Small:  Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency and the Fear of Man by Edward T. Welch

  • When You Love Too Much:  Walking the Road to Healthy Intimacy by Stephen Arterburn

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