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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; New Edition edition (July 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188127392X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881273929
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. For more information visit his website at www.5lovelanguages.com.

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Married more than 45 years to Karolyn, Dr. Gary Chapman is just the man to turn to for help on improving or healing our most important relationships. His own life experiences, plus over thirty-five years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led him to publish his first book in the Love Language series, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate their love to their partner.
Since the success of his first book, Dr. Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series to specifically reach out to teens, singles, men, and children (co-authored with Dr. Ross Campbell).
He is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers/Northfield Publishing, including The World's Easiest Guide to Family Relationships, Anger, The Family You've Always Wanted, The Marriage You've Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language (Jan 09), Parenting Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. He co-authored The Five Languages of Apology with Dr. Jennifer Thomas.
Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, that air on more than 100 stations. Dr. Chapman also serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.
Dr. Chapman and his wife have two adult children and two grandchildren, and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By John Siebeling on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ten bucks doesn't seem to be enough! I am always searching for great material on the family and I have found a resource I will use over and over again.
As the pastor of a contemporary church, I am continually faced with contemporary social problems - like the disintegration of the family. Dr. Gary Chapman does a great job of tackling the huge and broad arena of family relationships. I don't want to give away the entire book, but here are the five signs (maybe it will whet your appetite): 1. An Attitude of Service 2. Intimacy Between Husband and Wife 3. Parents Who Teach and Train 4. Children Who Obey and Honor Parents 5. Husbands Who Are Loving Leaders
If your family needs a boost, order this book! If I could afford it (and if I knew they would read it), I would buy a copy for every family I know.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Martin on August 30, 2005
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The three chapters about Intimacy are probably the best in the book. It defines what intimacy is: Being able to look into another person and allowing the other person to look into your soul, without being judgemental or critical. It describes several kinds of intimacy: Intelectual, social, spiritual and sexual. These are the bonds that mantain a marriage together. The book has a section with practical exercises for couples to learn how to develop each one of the categories of intimacy described in the book. I had never read any source that expains this issue with such clarity. It has a very simple and practical application for the couple who wants to regain or reinforce their emotional connection.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2001
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I thought this book was good for understanding family dynamics. It gives you some good guidelines for identifying what a healthy family looks like. As a wife/mother-to-be, I got a realistic view of family life and what makes it work and not work. Good & Easy read. Not too preachy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Freeman on April 21, 2010
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I thought the family I grew up in was a somewhat functional family. Parents were 1950's "yuppies" with two boys and two girls. It wasn't until I read this book that I realized that we were six strangers living under one roof. We never shared our ideas, dreams, hopes, feelings or anything. Although we traveled to Maine every summer to stay with my grandparents, we never did anything with or for each other. We each lived our separate lives. This learned behavior transferred to my own family and has led to a drifting apart between my wife and me. I wish I had found this book years ago because it has practical activities that are designed to correct the lack of intimacy between family members. While years of counseling and books that have been read point out what the problems are, this book takes an active role in correcting the problems by giving step-by-step plans to overcome the lack of communication that is the root of all difficulties in a family. These guides are designed to take months to complete with the expectation that once they are completed, they actually will become a continuing habit of communication and growth.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2006
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This book has a very strong tone of Christian conservativism about it. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but some more liberal-minded readers may be put off by it, as I was. The author has a background in anthropology and has lived among other cultures. While he suggests that this gives him insight into how healthy families work, he does not write from the objective perspective one might expect from an anthropologist. The whole of the book seems to take his American Christian perspective for granted; and in spite of scattered generalized references to other religions being "ok", the book seems to be written for an audience who also takes this viewpoint for granted. That being said, there are some wonderful suggestions and tips which can be applied in any kind of home. It is a quick read and extremely useful (though I wouldn't say inspiring). One further thing: I was at first put off by some of the chapter titles (e.g. "The Husband as a Loving Leader", "For the Wives Only: The Fine Art of Encouraging") - they seemed sexist to me, i.e. that the husband should run the household and the wife should encourage and support her husband in his role (leading only in a deceptive way, when at all). In fact, in spite of the titles, these chapters are really just about spouses being mutually supportive of each other and fostering an equal partnership in marriage. That's something that most people, liberal or conservative, can agree upon.
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