John Townsend

Self-Help Author

Birthday June 1, 1952

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace North Carolina

Age 71 years old

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Known for such bestselling self-help books as How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding and the Boundaries series, he also worked as a psychologist and headed the Indiana, California, and Texas-based Leadership Coaching Program.

Before Fame

After graduating from North Carolina State University, the Dallas Theological Seminary, and Biola University, he started a psychology practice called the Minirth-Meier Clinic West.


He headed the American Association of Christian Counselors and also joined the board of the Mustard Seed Ranch (a rehabilitation program for children who have been abused).

Family Life

A native of Smithfield, North Carolina, he later settled in Orange County, California, with his family.

Associated With

Like his contemporary, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus writer John Gray, Townsend had a successful career as a self-help author.