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Invaluable Tool for Life
March 19, 2014
Life has many beginnings and many endings. Some endings happen without planning; other endings need to be initiated. Dr. Cloud writes about endings we need to choose in our professional and personal lives and why those endings are necessary. The chapter on "Wise People, Foolish People, and Evil People" is worth the cost of the entire book. Dr. Cloud does an incredible job of equipping the reader in the areas of identifying necessary endings, knowing when and how to negotiate necessary changes in behavior, and following through on decisions to end relationships (when necessary). I consider these to be essential life skills, and Dr. Cloud has covered them well.
Dr. Cloud provides a unique prespective on the barriers that hinder individuals from bringing final closure to practices and relationships in their lives that need to come to an end. This book is a welcome addition to any professional library.
I think that this is an excellent premise for a book. The topic is very needed and the way the content is addressed is important. I think that there needs to be a sequel book written titled "Unnecessary Endings." There needs to be a thorough, concise book to address the fact that often Christians, especially in our present culture, end relationships and commitments far too quickly and easily. It's a huge problem that, so often, Christians don't know when to hang in with a relationship and dedicate themselves to working out a problem relationship. There are often wounds and emotions buried deeply (usually from childhood) within many people that hinder them, unknowingly, from being able to stay in and work on painful, troubled relationships. If these wounds were addressed, it could mean the beginning of a new era of healing and healthy relationships for people. This is a lesson that goes so easily unlearned because so many people don't even realize that there is a need to relate differently or that there is another way to live. There is much more hope and promise for relationships than most people realize or understand.
In the past, I have experienced many necessary endings. Dr. Cloud only confirms what I have found to be true. Many endings are like a snake shedding its old skin - breaking through to new experiences and getting out of ruts. I have always found endings to be new beginnings in disguise - a must in order to get out of our comfort zones and experience God in new ways! Dr. Cloud has no equal in my opinion!