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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Cloud Narrator: Henry Cloud Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781608140787
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A psychologist learns from his patients what really works and what doesn't! Many years of counseling have enabled Dr. Henry Cloud to observe people trying to work out the most important issues of life—issues like relationships, career, fulfillment, meaning, pain, hurt, loss, despair and addictions. And here’s what he learned: There are some universal principles, similar to gravity, that operate at all times and in every situation that simply must be learned and applied for people to live with strength, purpose and joy. Dr. Cloud gives nine insightful ideas from “Hate Well” to “Play Fair” that reveal to us the truth about our fears, our hopes, our relationships, and above all, about the potential in all of us to grow spiritually. If we sincerely want to “get life right” and quit repeating the same mistakes over and over again, 9 Things You Simply Must Do provides the practical guidance we need to live life to its fullest—every moment. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/14/2014

    " I've read a lot of books on personal productivity, and Henry Cloud is the best author of the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 2/10/2014

    " Another for Pastoral Counseling but it has been very interesting so far. reading for book review so it's been quick. will probably go back and read again another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kydustbunny | 1/31/2014

    " Enjoyable read with personal examples illustrating solid tips for more intentional living. (I read this book while on the Mayan Riviera this Spring.) Reminded me of Stephen Covey's "7 Habits" in sections (which have helped me tremendously!) For instance, Cloud's suggestion that we "Play the Movie" was dead on Covey's concept that we "Begin with the End in Mind." This concept alone is powerful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/28/2014

    " Lots of good nuggets in this book, from "play the whole movie" and "don't play fair". Good concepts to apply to any situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Phillips | 1/27/2014

    " Henry Cloud is one of my heroes. I loved this book. The examples he uses to illustrate his points are perfect. It's a fast read and my first choice for the New Year's resolution to read one book a month about inner improvement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena Rosko | 1/20/2014

    " Appreciated his advice in chapter Four, or move quickly to deal w/whatever crushes the spirit to avoid wasting life energy + time on negative energy w/o resolution. Clear out space-takers that don't contribute to life, + discern b/t wish (subjective reality) + hope (grounded in evidence). Heed the "cringe factor," or opt out of things that you intuit as not right for you. Make room for good in your life. Etc.! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vaughn | 1/18/2014

    " A wonderful book with lasting relevancy. Dr. Cloud suggests that we dig up our past and invest in our talents, move past the negative, make decisions based on their effects, ALWAYS ask how we can improve a situation (whether it's our responsibility or not), realize our loftiest goals through small steps, protect the good with healthy hatred, practice humility, and make decisions based on values and purposes / principles (not on the reactions of others). He concludes with a series of 12 steps to realizing each of these 'things,' not the least of which is "pray, pray, pray." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/16/2014

    " This book is a very quick read. The 9 things are very simplistic. If you have ever read any 12 step literature, a lot of his sayings and ideas are taken directly from their slogans and literature. The message is basically to have good boundaries, be true to yourself and trust your instincts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmanuel Donkor | 1/9/2014

    " 9 simple things. In fact they are so simple that many of us might think this is a joke. And yet, they are vitally important to our effectiveness here on earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anahlise | 1/4/2014

    " It was clear and full of useful information. He outlines clear and simple principles that can further the quality of your life if applied. I appreciated his insight, and the fact it was put forward intelligently but simply. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolina Duran | 12/23/2013

    " this 9 things are good to live by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deitra | 12/20/2013

    " Loved this book, had such good advice said very creatively. My favorites: hate well, don't play fair, be humble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2013

    " I liked most things about this book. The author seems to have seriously bad luck in business dealings and I could have done without the Bible verses every two seconds. Other than that, lots of useful information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger | 11/13/2013

    " Another one of my Black Belt books - I've been through it about 6 times and plan on doing it again. I listen to it while I run. Anything Cloud writes is worth getting your hands on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ja Chu | 11/1/2013

    " good reminders but nothing enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny smrkovsky | 10/16/2013

    " Entertainingly explains nine seperate ways (habits), to change how one may view, discern, choose, and behave bringing about lifestyle change that's desirable. With a fresh, non-psycho-babel tone, how to methods for experiences that result in living life successfully. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/13/2013

    " Not what I had hoped. It lacked the truly life-altering revelations the cover seemed to promise. It was okay, just not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah Kartagener | 5/24/2013

    " Awesome book. Really helped me think differently about some things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Turki | 5/4/2013

    " Good book if you wanna know some techniques to live an appropriate life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 10/27/2012

    " Really good reminder of principles to live by... some were harder for me than others ("Dig it up" -- on unburying our true lifelong desires, "Upset the right people"-- on not letting other ppl's reactions affect our decision to do or not do something). Totally recommend this! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Wharton | 9/27/2012

    " Easy to read and full of good advice. He tells the top 9 habits that make people successful... From getting rid of / dealing with negative things in your life, breaking down large tasks in bite size chunks you can manage, to realizing you can't please everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Bowling | 7/5/2012

    " One of my favorite books. Great guidance for leadership, but also every day life. Read it twice now. Henry Cloud is easy to read and understand AND practical. He's also funny! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew Shell | 6/22/2012

    " Could have been good, but I got sick of him constantly talking about god. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TC | 5/23/2012

    " A handbook for how to be the best driven person you can be. It uses biblical background as well as real life examples and psychological insight. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 4/15/2012

    " Good book - really well laid out and easy to read. I'd encourage you read only one chapter a day - give yourself time to think through each point and how it really plays out in your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jbiz | 12/12/2011

    " I didn't think much of this book while reading it, but the lessons it teaches are more profound than the book. I find myself following the lessons from time to time. So it must of had more of an impact than I knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/6/2011

    " Great book for personal growth. I have always enjoyed clouds insight! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Thompson | 11/23/2011

    " LOVED this book, and tell others about pieces of it so often! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Grizzle | 7/9/2011

    " Henry Cloud is amazingly gifted in giving tools that help you reach your goals. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 5/23/2011

    " I'm loving this one again, for the second time. I'd encourage anyone to try it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Millwee | 3/10/2011

    " Lots of good nuggets in this book, from "play the whole movie" and "don't play fair". Good concepts to apply to any situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 1/20/2011

    " Awesome book. Really helped me think differently about some things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TC | 1/20/2011

    " A handbook for how to be the best driven person you can be. It uses biblical background as well as real life examples and psychological insight. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anahlise | 12/6/2010

    " It was clear and full of useful information. He outlines clear and simple principles that can further the quality of your life if applied. I appreciated his insight, and the fact it was put forward intelligently but simply. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 9/22/2010

    " Another for Pastoral Counseling but it has been very interesting so far. reading for book review so it's been quick. will probably go back and read again another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 11/16/2009

    " It was okay, had some good points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magersdorf | 10/26/2009

    " I also did a lot of thinking while reading this book. I think this book contains some good ideas and I especially liked the quotes from the Bible to support his reasoning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 5/1/2009

    " Henry Cloud is amazingly gifted in giving tools that help you reach your goals. Love it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 4/13/2009

    " Could have been good, but I got sick of him constantly talking about god. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JM | 2/27/2009

    " I'm not excited about lists, but this seemed to really work for me. Who doesn't want to succeed? I feel successful because I have the confidence I never would have had without reading this book. Sometimes it might seem a little too simple, but that's what gave me confidence. You can do it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deitra | 2/12/2009

    " Loved this book, had such good advice said very creatively. My favorites: hate well, don't play fair, be humble. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2009

    " Not what I had hoped. It lacked the truly life-altering revelations the cover seemed to promise. It was okay, just not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 9/12/2008

    " Excellent. Great insight on what the recurring traits are in some highly successful/effective people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 3/2/2008

    " This is similar in ways to the Seven Habits book - very practical. It is written from the standpoint of a consultant who worked for 20 years with some of the nations top business leaders. He compiled the 9 things that seemed to keep showing up among these very successful people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 2/25/2008

    " A different way of interacting with others having integrity and being true to your own beliefs. "

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About the Author
Author Henry Cloud

Dr. Henry Cloud is a popular speaker, and cohost, with Dr. John Townsend, of the nationally broadcast New Life Live! radio program, and he is cofounder of Cloud-Townsend Clinic and Cloud-Townsend Resources. His bestselling books include the Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries books and Making Small Groups Work. Dr. Cloud, his wife, and his two daughters live in Southern California.