People Fuel

Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership

by John Townsend

On Sale: 2019-06-25

Price: $26.99

Book Summary

In People Fuel, Dr. John Townsend - psychologist, leadership expert and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Boundaries - shows you how the right kinds of relationships can provide more energy, focus, success and joy in your life.

About the Book

Full of stories, clinical advice, and accessible takeaways, People Fuel outlines the twenty-two relational nutrients we all need to cultivate good relationships that provide energy, focus, and the support you need to succeed.

We all need more energy, the vitality that helps us stay motivated, focused and productive in life. We know we receive energy from good nutrition, along with working out, adequate sleep and maintaining positivity. But there is another major source for the energy we need: having the right kinds of relationships with others. Not the ones that drain us, but the ones that refuel us.

In his new book, Dr. John Townsend, psychologist, leadership expert and coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Boundaries, shows you how we need the fuel of "Relational Nutrients" from others, and, in turn we can then provide them to others. 

Our bodies require physical nutrients to stay healthy. If we don’t take enough iron, we can develop anemia. Too little calcium can lead to bone disease. In the same way, John identifies the key Relational Nutrients that we need. As we experience these critical elements from others, we grow mentally and emotionally more sharp and healthy. And as we give these elements back, others benefit as well.

Finally, Dr. Townsend details the specific types of people who can either be energy sources or energy drains, and gives concrete steps to help you cultivate relationships with those who will help you be all you were meant to be.

The person who taught you how to have boundaries now helps you to experience the best from those people you have allowed into your boundaries.


We often neglect one of God's primary sources of what we need: human relationships. Townsend teaches us a biblical, practical, and research-supported path to providing for, and being provided for by, the right people.
-Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Community Church; author

Townsend provides a guide for cultivating the relationships that help us reach our potential and pour into the lives of those around us. An essential read for optimizing the relationships in our lives to be our best, most life-giving selves.
-Shannon Sedgwick Davis, president and CEO, Bridgeway Foundation; author

Townsend reminds us that all roads lead to healthy, vibrant, and life-giving relationships, a truth I wish I had leaned into in my formative years as a leader, when I had a PhD in achievement but was at a third-grade level in people. People Fuel helps us to skip a few grades.
-Bryan Loritts, author, Insider/Outsider

In a world where it's so easy to isolate and hide behind our phones, this book is incredibly valuable. We know that relationships matter, but now we've got a blueprint for how to build the right ones.
-Jon Acuff, author, New York Times bestselling Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Healthy relationships are hard to maintain. I'm thankful for discerning guides like John Townsend who give us the tools and insights to foster life-giving relationships.
-Gabe Lyons, president, Q Ideas; author, Good Faith

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780310346593
  • ISBN 10: 0310346592
  • Imprint: Zondervan
  • On Sale: 2019-06-25
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: $26.99
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2019-06-25
  • Trim Size: 159.000mm x 237.000mm x 22.000mm
  • Weight: 371.000gr
  • Category 1 : RELIGION / Christian Life / Personal Growth
  • Category 2 : RELIGION / Christian Life / Professional Growth
  • Category 3 : SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Success
  • Category 4 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership