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The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate (Men's Edition) Paperback – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; New Edition edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881273105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881273103
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Married people experience love most strongly through five love languages--quality time, words of encouragement, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. With thoughtfulness and a gee-whiz tone that works well in all his audios, Gary Chapman aims his insights at men who want more from marriage, as well as those who have more to give. He’s a humble teacher, describing the five languages with satisfying examples from his counseling practice and framing his ideas as suggestions. Without making light of the work a marriage requires, he’ll convince most men that, if they love their wives, they can easily express it in ways that can make a marriage truly special for everybody." 
T.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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


More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This book will help you understand what it takes to keep your love alive.
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The goal of the book "The Five Love Languages" by Gary Chapman is to learn how to communicate heartfelt commitment to your mate.
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He read this book really fast and I'm still reading a couple of chapters at a time.
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Cotte on May 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you've already read "The Five Love Languages," don't waste your money since it's the exact same book with minor changes in print style to make it more "masculine." There are a few minor additions at the end of each chapter, focusing his recommendations more to the men's point of view. However, billing this as a separate edition is nothing more than false advertisement.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Charles Mcdonald on May 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this book on many levels. It presented such an easy concept, yet very hard to identify if untrained. I have learned how to identify what actions to help those around me feel loved by me. It helps to learn the love languages so that you aren't putting out alot unrealized effort to show love that isn't recognized as so. I have noticed a difference in the response of my children, and my wife. I have also been able to identify my own love language and in turn have been able to express my desire to my wife. This book is a good, informative, and thought provoking read.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been happily married for over a quarter century. My husband is my best friend, as well as business partner, lover, and the person I giggle with most often. We've encountered a lot of people who wonder how we are still in love, while their relationships failed, or when they found themselves in well-upholstered traps. And the truth is that I don't really know what we've done differently; the only thing I can say is that we make it safe to communicate with one another. Surely, there's more to it than that?

I admit I was intruiged; the author of this book says that we each express (and need) love in one of five ways: quality time, acts of service, gifts, physical touch, and words of affirmation. While I find the (over?) simplification a little *TOO* simple (there's one anecdote that could as easily have come out of the Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus book), I also think there's a bunch of truth in his "five love languages."

Based on Chapman's definitions, my husband and I are motivated by the same "love language." That probably makes it easier for us to make each other happy; it's easy for me to give based on what I want to get. (I.e. I'd love it if he made me a cup of tea when I have a cold, so I tend to make him a cup of tea. In our case, that works. Someone else, who feels most loved with Gifts, would be more cheered by finding a rose on his pillow.)

I also see how some relationships I've observed (my parents, for instance) had built-in friction because they wanted different things -- one wanted to hear supportive words, and the other wanted "acts of service."

So yeah, I can buy into this stuff. Not obsessively so, but it's another useful way to help us understand one another.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jules on April 21, 2010
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I am have been reading self, family, relationship Help books for YEARS, and of them all this book which I purchased in the audio format is now one of 2 I would recommend, and have recommended to couples who feel hopeless, unloved and frustrated in their marriages. In my own marriage, I felt as though I had become more like an appliance. I felt as though again I had made a mistake about getting married. How I was treated before marriage seemed completely different after marriage. I was not feeling loved. No matter how hard I tried I could not seem to communicate to my spouse what I needed to feel loved. I will be honest, I had all but given up hope on having that marriage we all dream of, divorce was not an option and so I came to find a book in audio format as my husband was not a big book reader. Thank you Gary Chapman. Upon receiving the cd I showed it to my husband and asked him if he could listen to it on his way to work. I gave him time, and about a week later he called me from work, which he rarely does, to tell me "honey the light has come on". I get it now. He had always thought his working was enough for me to feel loved, or his just saying "I Love You". These were great but not what I needed. He now knows how to make me feel loved, and I too am more aware of ways in which I can make him feel loved. After all isnt that all we really wanted, to be married, and feel loved? This is not a religious based book, although it is used in a few analogies to explain his point. Excellent, highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gertrude K. Fauchier on December 7, 2007
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This is an Excellent book. Both my husband and I enjoyed it so much we bought copies for our family members. A must for every married couple or a couple considering marriage
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roy M. Goodwin on June 10, 2008
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This book was recomended by a friend. I found it to be everything expected based on that recomendation and more. I am ordering a dozen copies and giving them to friends because I believe that this book has the ability to change peoples lives in a very positive way. I believe that everyone should read this book as a condition for marriage, and if already married they should read it ASAP to improve the quality of their relationship. I've been married and divorced three times, and never truely understood why until I read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Treinen on October 27, 2008
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it was my husband's idea to read this book together when we first started dating. boy did it make a difference!

the book actually reads really fast. i would recommend taking the test first to find out your love language and your mate's, then read the respective chapters on those 2 languages first, then read the rest of the book.

this should seriously be a requirement for engaged couples.

without having read it, my husband and i would be miserable.
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