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The 5 Love Languages for Men: Tools for Making a Good Relationship Great Paperback – January 1, 2015
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My wife Stevie and I had a good marriage, but understanding the five love languages made it even better. I wish every husband would read this book.
-Darrell Waltrip, Broadcast Analyst, FOX Sports; 3 time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion
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This is in fact a very good question considering there are other versions of this book that already cater to men – “The 5 Love Languages Men’s Edition: The Secret to Love That Lasts” which came out in 2010. There are – and this is very surprising! – 128 total books available by Dr. Chapman on Amazon, the vast majority of which are derivatives of the original “Five Love Languages”. Interestingly, quite a lot of the books that are not specifically about the Love Languages deal with anger and apologizing. That is interesting because the only two sections that this book has that prior versions of the Love Languages are those two topics: how to deal with anger in a healthy way and how to apologize effectively.
I’m a fan of the concept of the Five Love Languages and I found value in reading two new sections (to this book). But I do wonder about the constantly produced “new” books when it seems like these few topics have been covered in detail quite a bit. And I wonder at why we would buy a book that focuses entirely on a single sex. Why not buy the complete version and get details for both sexes? In fact, this book at only 192 pages – and that was with large drawings inserted on dozens of pages – you aren’t getting as much as you could by paying less for an older version with all the info.
In the end, I can’t fault the publisher for trying to make more money on the concept (that’s what companies do) and I can’t fault any of the content of the book, which I found and continue to find valuable. I just don’t think we needed a new version.Read more ›
The Five Love Languages The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman is a book that everyone who wants their love to blossom to the best it can be should read. I found it so interesting that I read the whole book in two days. The categories of the Five Love Languages are
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Included in the book is a set of 30 pairs of statements. You are to choose the one that fits you best and circle the appropriate letter that represents that choice. An example are these two statements:
My wife’s love notes make me feel good. and I love my wife’s hugs. The reader picks a letter between A and E for each statement.
The letters that you circled are compiled at the end depending on which one(s) the reader chose, and reveals which love language is the reader's strongest love languages and which ones are less important to the reader. When the wife also takes the test and finds out her love languages the husband can then express his love to his spouse in her language. For example if her major love language is Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch then she would feel most loved by hugs or love pats and words that express how much she means to her husband and how he appreciates the person she is. Things such as buying gifts would not make her feel especially loved if that is not her love language.
with Randy Southern, Northfield Publishing (2015)
I remember reading Gary Chapman's original book, The 5 Love Languages, almost two decades ago. That groundbreaking book introduced me to the languages of words of affirmation, quality time, gift giving, acts of service, and physical touch. Now, 20 years later and almost that many books in this series, Chapman has a new book aimed at men in marriage relationships. And it's powerful and well worth the read. The love languages have not changed, but this book focuses on strengthening your marriage by learning your wife's primary love language.
After an introductory chapter, the first half of the book elaborates each of these five languages. Chapters 7 and 8 are a little weaker, but the book ends on a strong point with two important chapters: one on anger and the last one on apologizing. I found these especially helpful, as they highlight two of my weaknesses.
The book itself is very short, weighing in at less than 190 pages. When combined with numerous cartoons, it becomes a very quick read. The cartoons themselves are more miss than hit, and could have been omitted (it almost felt like they were added as padding).
Two particularly useful features of the book focus on practical application. The end of the book contains a love language profile for each partner, containing 30 questions to each discover your primary and secondary love languages. And chapters 2 through 6 contain a two-page phrase book for each specific love language giving tips to us hard-headed men on how to speak that love language. This becomes the phrase book to turn to.
My wife and I took the profile survey at the end.Read more ›
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Wonderful Book THANK YOU, Mr. Gary Champman. This book is a GREAT buy, if you need a little help in the marriage department. We bought almost all of his books. We love them all!Published 1 day ago by emptynester1968
Shorter than I thought, but very effective. I read through this for my boyfriend & left notes on things we should look at together.Published 2 months ago by Perry Holobach
Nothing new in the message. Thought it was obvious human nature observations.Published 2 months ago by Douglas K. Johnson
Bought this for my fiancé after trying to get him to read the original edition several years ago and a friend made fun of him for it being girly (rolling my eyes). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ella