Book Review: Hiding from Love (by Townsend)

Dr. John Townsend’s book Hiding from Love, How to Change the Withdrawal Patterns that Isolate and Imprison You, is a must-read for people who struggle to connect with others because of the hurts they’ve experienced in the past. If you want to shed the loneliness of isolation, this book strives to help you understand yourself, and to show you the way out of hiding.

The book tells the story of a young girl named Jenny. Jenny has an idyllic childhood until war breaks out. As her parents are being captured and taken away, Jenny runs into the Deep Woods and hides. She knows these woods well. When people come to look for her and bring her to safety, her fear keeps her hiding in the woods.

Dr. Townsend uses the Deep Woods metaphorically to represent isolation and withdrawal patterns people use to keep themselves from being hurt again. He walks the reader through the difference between helpful and harmful hiding, and relates his points back to examples in Jenny’s story. Dr. Townsend give hope to people with struggling to break out of these kinds of relationship patterns.

Dr. Townsend holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and is a best selling author of many other relationship books. Here’s a few:

  • Boundaries
  • Boundaries in Marriage
  • Boundaries with Kids
  • Boundaries in Dating
  • Safe People
  • Raising Great Kids

Hiding from Love will take you on a journey of discovery toward healing, connected relationships, and a new freedom and joy in living. ” This quote is from the back of the book’s jacket cover. I couldn’t say it better!

  • This book is available on Amazon: here.
  • Barnes and Noble: here.

Happy Reading! Got a book to suggest? Put it in the comments!

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