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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
When my daughter asked me to review Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children, I laughed and said “Okay”. God was using her in ways she never expected. Therefore, I thank her and Allison Bottke for Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children.
“You feel betrayed because as a parent, you’ve tried to practice unconditional love. You’ve offered forgiveness for inappropriate behavior and provided enough encouragement and tangible help to give your child a fresh start.” When I read these words, I knew this book was meant for me. I have numerous times asked myself if I were a bad parent, whether I was a strong enough Christian, and did I not meet his needs. Allison Bottke courageously shares her story with readers, offering them hope, insight, and suggestions. She helps parents take their lives back. One of the most poignant statements in the book is “it is you that has to change, not them.”
There are six steps offered to parents. Bottke uses the word SANITY to help parents remember the steps. Stop enabling our child’s behavior. Assemble and join a support group. No excuses. Implement rules and boundaries. Trust yourself. Yield; give it all over to God. It is refreshing to read a book that is written from experience with honesty and Godliness. Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Childrenstepped on my toes. It will probably step on the toes of others as well. Setting Boundaries With Your Adult Children is a serious, well written manual. Bottke’s book will bless many.