Necessary Endings


Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward

Author: Dr. Henry Cloud

Publisher: Harper Collins

Date: 2011



The title of the first chapter carries forth what I believe to be the theme of the

book, “Endings: The Good Cannot Begin Until the Bad Ends.” The metaphor of

gardening and pruning is used to lay forth the premise that change and transition take

place only when we are ready to let go of those things holding us back. In fact,

Cloud would argue that failure to prune leads to stunted growth and even death.


Cloud discusses how to analyze when the need for pruning exists and how to discern

that which is diseased and that which is healthy. I personally found chapter 7 (The

Wise, the Foolish, and the Evil: Identifying Which Kinds of People Deserve Your Trust)

to be absolutely profound. This chapter opened up for me an understanding of many of

my life events. I found the chapter to be both therapeutic and challenging.


If anyone is interested in joining in a blog discussion of this book, let me know, and I will

get it set up. THIS IS A BOOK TO TALK ABOUT.

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