Never Go Back: 10 Things You'll Never Do Again by Dr. Henry Cloud ~ A Christian Living Review

Dr. Henry Cloud
Nonfiction / Christian Living

Back of the book:


Do you ever feel stuck or bogged down? You know your life could be different . . . better . . . but you're not sure what's holding you back. And even if you did know, you're not at all confident that you have what it takes to change.

Author Henry Cloud understands. Not only does he understand, he has answers. These answers come not just from his personal experience but from scientific research on the topic of life success, as well as from the teachings of Scripture.

The ten principles in this book have one thing in common: Once you learn and apply them, you'll never go back to your old way of doing things. The concepts may seem simple on the outside, but implementing even one of these principles will change your life forever. You'll learn to act on simple life-shaping truths, such as . . .
  • You can't please everyone.
  • You can't change someone who doesn't want to be changed.
  • If something requires me to be something I'm not, it simply won't work.
  • Don't avoid short-term discomfort and lose long-term benefit.
  • Asking yourself why you are where you are can take you to a whole new place.
  • Outside success comes from inside capacities.
Once you walk through these doorways of change, you'll find that you never want to go back. The changes they bring to your relationships, career, and personal life will put you in a new place and set you on the path to continued success.

My thoughts:

When I see a book with the name Dr. Henry Cloud on it, I know that I am in for a time of introspection. In his latest book, Never Go Back, Dr. Cloud takes us through ten situations that we have probably found ourselves in but don't really want to do again.

The very first chapter was very providential in our lives at this point. We are facing a situation that is very similar to one we recently went through that didn't have a really wonderful ending. Through the use of personal examples Dr. Cloud walks you through your thought process and decision making. In this particular chapter he gently reminded you that even if you are going back you still need to be going forward. Through the steps he lined out it was easy to make a decision in regards to that particular situation.

The book is split into two parts. In the first part there are ten chapters that lay out situations that we find ourselves in over and over again even though we know we should choose differently. What I appreciated about this section of the book was the candor and honesty that Dr. Cloud puts forth. He readily admits that he has found himself in these situations, sometimes more than once. You get to glean nuggets of wisdom from his personal and professional knowledge.

The second part of the book was somewhat of an AMEN session for me. I could identify with the situations in the first part. (Been there, done that, got the scars to prove it!) But the second half was a very practical set of directives that could be put into practice to give me guidance to not go back and repeat bad history.

If you find yourself stuck in the rut of the same mess over and over, do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book. It reads like a conversation with a trusted and caring friend. I think you'll come away from it with some very powerful tools that will allow you to Never Go Back!

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