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The Love as a Way of Life Devotional: A Ninety-Day Adventure That Makes Love a Daily Habit [Kindle Edition]

Gary Chapman , Elisa Stanford
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Start Developing the Best Habit of All

To become a person who consistently loves others, you first need to be a loving person. In this companion devotional to Love As a Way of Life, you’ll find inspiration for letting love guide the way you respond to others in every situation. The daily readings capture God’s wisdom and direction in practicing the seven traits of a loving person. Compelling stories and biblical illustrations will show you how to live out the characteristics of kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.

These ninety short devotionals–perfect for reading on your own, with your spouse, or with a friend over coffee–deliver the inspiration and encouragement you need to make love a lasting habit. Whatever your love language, you’ll enjoy richer, more rewarding relationships as you embark on an exciting daily adventure in loving others.


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About the Author

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-six books, including Love As a Way of Life and the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages. An internationally respected marriage and family-life expert, he hosts the daily radio program A Love Language Minute. Dr. Chapman and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina, where he serves on a church staff.

Elisa Stanford is the author of Ordinary Losses: Naming the Graces That Shape Us. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

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Introduction

Christ longs for his followers to love as he loves. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). Christ not only raises the standard of love, but he also offers himself as the model. When we love as Christ loved, we are showing others the love of God.

In the book Love as a Way of Life, I named the seven distinguishing characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty. I believe that when we reflect these traits in daily life with neighbors, family members, co-workers, and even strangers, we are reflecting the love of Christ.

While Love as a Way of Life is intended to challenge you to action, this devotional book is designed to speak to your heart so that you might know more of the love of God in your own life as you learn to love others more. This book is divided into short readings that follow the order of the character traits of a loving person in Love as a Way of Life, including as well three introductory readings and three concluding readings. In light of the variety of stories, verses, and suggestions, the two books complement each other.

All the devotional readings are intended for personal quiet times with God, whether that’s first thing in the morning, last thing at night, or during a break in the middle of the day. My hope is that my words will be springboards for prayer in your life. With that in mind, after each devotional I include a brief prayer, thought, or idea related to strengthening your relationship with God and prompting a life of love.

God wants his followers to be channels of his love. May this small book draw you closer to God so that you might be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians
3:19) and discover the joy of seeing Christ’s love flow from you to others every day.

Part 1: Love as a New Way of Life

Bedtime Stories

I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
–ROMANS 8:38—39

When my grandchildren were toddlers, I read many books to them about farms, the alphabet, and how to have good manners. A more subtle theme among children’s picture books is unconditional love. “Mama, do you love me?” a child asks her mother. “How much do you love me?” a bunny asks his father. With a variety of settings and characters, countless books represent children asking, “What if I ran away? What if I hurt you? What if I traveled to the moon or broke a vase or hit my sister? Would you still love me?”

“Yes,” the parent says. “I will love you no matter what. I will always love you.”

These cozy bedtime stories reflect a universal need that we never outgrow: the need to know that someone, somewhere, loves us without restraint or condition. What a gift we give each other when we communicate that kind of love every day. We might not say it with words. In fact, we might choose to love by not speaking but by being patient in the face of frustration, kind when someone is rude to us, or humble when it would be easier to talk about our accomplishments. But every time we are purposeful about making love a way of life, we are affirming what we each need to hear–and what God speaks to us every day: You are loved. No matter what. Forever and always.

Thought

How would truly believing God loves you–no
matter what–change your thoughts and
actions in the next twenty-four hours?

Product Details

  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307444694
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (November 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00486U8H2
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars together is always better... February 13, 2009
Format:Hardcover
When I picked up this book, I mistakenly thought that it was a "marriage" devotional. Although it is not specifically intended for marriage, its principles are certainly true in marriage as well as in any other relationship. Based on seven distinguishing characteristics of a loving person, the authors focus on each characteristic for a total of twelve daily devotionals. With each devotional being only 2-4 paragraphs in length, their brevity makes them easily readable in our busy lifestyles. Although they are short, each devotional closes with a prayer, a thought, or a suggested action step, which help the reader take the next step to apply the devotional in their lives. I particularly liked that the authors began the book with devotionals emphasizing that true love is only found in a relationship with Christ and ended the book with devotionals emphasizing that only His grace enables us to extend these characteristics of true love to others.
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I would recommend Gary Chapman and Elisa Stanford's The Love as a Way of Life Devotional: A 90-Day Adventure that Makes Love a Daily Habit. [...].

Paul once encouraged the church to "Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying" (Romans 12:12). Patience is not a natural Farley trait . . . which means that this is a prime area that God can transform within me (and that I have a responsibility to develop along with him). Chapman told the story of a French artist by the name of Pierre Auguste Renoir (a influential painter in the nineteenth century). Towards the end of his life he developed a painful sort of rheumatoid arthritis which made his work troublesome (nearly impossible really). One of his closest friends finally asked him why he insisted on continuing his work when the pain was nearly unbearable. Renoir's reason was, "The beauty remains; the pain passes" (Chapman, 43-44). Life is full of difficulty and discouragement. Much of life hurts (whether self-inflicted or brought upon from outside sources). Only he gives us the patience to endure under the hardship. Even the godless can love their friends . . . followers of Christ are called to love the unlovables . . . the ones who want to take what is most important to us. The agony will not last forever. We must trust that the creativity and compassion of Christ will last a lifetime . . . both in us and through us . . . .
In his book, Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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When Jesus was asked what the greatest command is, He surprised the inquirer by offering two commandments: Love God and love others. These were not options for a disciple, but rather by following these two commands, someone could fulfill all of the law. Despite the simplicity of these commands, they can be extremely difficult to follow. That's one reason bestselling author Gary Chapman has penned THE LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE DEVOTIONAL (co-written with Elisa Stanford), a 90-day devotional designed to help you make love a daily habit.

Designed as a complement to LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE, Chapman identifies seven characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity and honesty. He believes that by reflecting these qualities in everyday life, we reflect the love of God to our friends, family and spouse.

Each short reflection begins with a scripture, then includes a reading portion that's two or three minutes long, and concludes with a thought, prayer or action step. Many of the reflections draw on inspirational stories or quotes. Readers will be familiar with illustrations from Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi and others. But some of the best stories are the personal ones from Chapman's life. For example, Chapman tells the story of his friend, Joe Warner, who visits his home every Christmas with a box filled with sugary sweet oranges. Though Warner is in his 80s, he continues to pursue such acts of kindness and offers a colorful reminder that love is often portrayed in small yet significant ways.

Another beautiful story is told of Mary Jo Copeland's care of the homeless and poor at Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The primary mission is to reach out to the disadvantaged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Devotional On A Wonderful Topic! February 21, 2009
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I cannot praise "The Love As A Way Of Life Devotional" highly enough. From the first entry, Gary Chapman's easily digestible, yet tenderly convicting daily reads are incredibly powerful. These heart-changing devotions are perfect for any Christian who wants to love others the way that Jesus loves each of us. Each entry is short enough to fit into any amount of daily quiet time or perfect for just spending a few moments with God at some point during the day. This book is a 90-day journey that I expect to take over and over again. I'm certain that anyone who picks up this book will do the same.
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This book is an excellent devotional. Really helps you think past yourself, and yet examine yourself to become a better witness and person in general. Read more
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I really love this book! It helps me focus on one quality I can develop at a time in my love walk. Good insights from a great author!
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Perfect for : Personal Use, Bible-Study group

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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.


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