Friday, September 4, 2009

Dr. John Townsend Visits Mercy Ministries!!

3Last Thursday, Nashville residents and staff were excited and honored at the chance to host Dr. John Townsend at our Nashville home. We have been using his books and resources in our Mercy homes for years, and we were thrilled to find out that he was in town for a meeting, but was making time to come by and tour our Nashville home and international headquarters and also taking time to share with our girls and staff.

Dr. Townsend, one of the world’s leading clinical psychologists and marriage and family therapists, is also co-author of “Boundaries,” “Safe People,” “Changes that Heal,” and many other books that have helped countless people in many areas of life – particularly with all aspects of relationships. Dr. Townsend connected with our girls and staff in a very personal and heartfelt way and offered incredible insights.

Each girl was challenged to think about her relationships and make plans to begin asking to have her relational needs met rather than trying to always make provision for others. Dr. Townsend laid out three important relationship needs that everyone should ask for from their friends and family: acceptance, empathy and reality or “the truth.”

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We were absolutely thrilled to have Dr. Townsend stop by our Nashville home and we can’t wait for him to come back for a longer visit!

Here is what some of the Mercy girls had to say in response to this incredible time of teaching and connecting with Dr. Townsend:

Jessica said, “I am reading the book “Boundaries,” so this couldn’t have come at a better time. What he said really hit home with me because acceptance is the reason behind a lot of mu struggles. It was refreshing to hear that I could be set free from the need for acceptance.”

Shaina said, “It is okay to ask for things that I need from people. Even Jesus did this. He asked for his disciples to sit and stay with Him in the garden because He was feeling lonely.”

To learn more about Dr. Townsend or his books visit his websites at and