As a member of Book Sneeze, I was given the opportunity to read and review the book What To When You Don’t Know What To Do by Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I was thrilled to receive this book and begin it, but quickly after starting it, I put it down and kept putting off the review. As a counseling student, this book written by two well-known Christian psychologists intrigued me. I had loved their Boundaries series, so I was certain I would love this just as much. But quickly into the book, I was bored.
These two men address a problem that each of us face – the problem of feeling lost in life’s journey without a clear direction. They give eight principles for finding God’s way. In these principles there are little glimmers of wisdom that the reader can take to heart and apply to their own lives. Yet it seemed that many of these valuable words of wisdom were lost in the “eight principles.” These eight principles seemed to make difficult, complicated problems too simplistic. While they might be true, I’m not convinced that the solution to someone’s problem is as simple as this book makes it out to be.
Still, at the book’s conclusion, Cloud and Townsend take difficult situations and expound upon them with real life examples and practical advice. They discuss depression, sex, grief, addiction, and more. It is the ending of this book that changed my attitude surrounding it. Because of the ending and the words of wisdom hidden in the midst of the eight principles discussed above I would recommend this book as a reference, especially for anyone in the counseling field or anyone seeking counseling. I respect where these men stand biblically and professionally, so though parts of the book bored me, I absolutely agreed with their perspective.
I did receive this book for free from Book Sneeze in exchange for a review. However, you can see my honesty above. This review was not compromised in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.