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"Christian author Gary Chapman applies his groundbreaking thinking on love to single people. In an immensely satisfying lesson, he explains that the love languages are not just skills but expressions of a deep human need to give ourselves fully to another person—even after the initial bliss ends. Offering many sophisticated insights and suggestions along the way, he explains the five languages, shows how they play out for single people at various life stages, and extends the lesson to friendships, work relationships, and personal success. Chris Fabry's reading is natural and appealing. His gentle authority and desire to help are obvious from the opening sentence and will motivate many singles to begin working on life's most important challenge." 
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From the Back Cover

This simple concept can revolutionize all your relationships!


"Nothing has more potential for enhancing one's sense of well-being than effectively loving and being loved. This book is designed to help you do both of these things effectively."
-Gary Chapman


With more than 8 million copies sold, The 5 Love Languages® continues to strengthen relationships worldwide. Although originally crafted with married couples in mind, the love languages have proven themselves to be universal. Whether it's dating relationships, parents, coworkers, or friends-understanding your unique love language and that of others can significantly improve your relationships.


The premise is simple: Different people with different personalities express love in different ways. Therefore, if you want to give and receive love most effectively, you've got to learn to speak the right language.


The 5 Love Languages® Singles Edition will help you . . .


* discover the missing ingredient in past relationships

* learn how to communicate love in a way that can transform any relationship

* grow closer to the people you care about the most

* understand why you may not feel loved by those who genuinely care about you

* gain the courage to deeply express your emotions and affection to others


Includes a study guide that's perfect for groups of any size.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; 1 edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881273873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881273875
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read the original THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES by Dr. Gary Chapman when I was a single freshman in college. I don't remember what inspired me to pick up the book, given that the tagline was "How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate," but I couldn't put it down. I read it in one all-night sitting, crying my way through the sections that illuminated and explained tension I'd had in specific relationships with family and friends. It was dark outside but light bulbs were going off inside my head all night.

"Aha! His primary love language is Acts of Service! No wonder he gets so frustrated when we kids don't help around the house."

"Quality time! That's what she values, not my professions of appreciation and friendship."

Based on its applicability to my own life, I immediately determined that Chapman's ideas about there being five love languages were spot-on. And so did about a zillion other people since he has sold approximately that number of books. If you're one of the few people who has no clue what I'm talking about when I say the five love languages, let me explain.

In Chapman's theory, there are five ways in which people express and understand love. These five "languages" are Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Chapman believes that while some people can often express and understand love in any number of these languages, we all have a primary love language through which we are most comfortable expressing and receiving love. He goes on to say that tension in relationships often stems from not understanding the other person's primary love language --- not understanding how the other person is communicating their love and how that person needs to be communicated to in order to understand they are loved.
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Readers of this book, you will have an unfair advantage.

But we all know what they say; all is fair in love and war.

If so, this book is a nuke with a big bang. I have read 3 of his books and this one drove the nail home.

At first it was hard to understand what makes me feel loved is not what makes others feel loved. I thought love was the same for everyone, boy was I wrong.

If you are looking to connect with someone new, this will definitely help you.

If you want to improve a situation at work, school, or at home, here is your answer.

If you want to understand your parents and some of the things they have said to you, again here is your answer.

I was surprised at my test results in the back of this book. When I looked at the results I found out why my mom and I were so far apart for so many years, and why she said some of the things she said that bugged me so much. Her love language was the lowest on my list.

Why my Dad had such a profound effect on me was that he spoke my love languages fluently.

What drove me into bad environments when I was troubled, why I drove around in my car going nowhere; it was because I was just trying to return to a place I felt loved. Knowing this has definitely saved me on gas.

I figured out why so many of my past relationships were so shallow and others were so wonderful and special.

The best thing of all is, I know what my love language is now and how to let others know what it is. This makes me happier in all of my relationships.

It is all about making life better, you can express to others what makes you feel better, help others in your life to figure out what their love language is, or figure out their love language on your own.

It takes so little effort to make someone feel good.

So why not?
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The original Five Love Languages was insightful, had a variety of examples and provided a good amount of psychological and Christian theory and application. This book is supposed to be for singles, but almost every example has to do with dating couples--people I don't really consider single. Rarely does it talk about regular friendship--and when it does, it's guy-girl friendships. I was hoping to get some insight into my same-sex friendships, family relationships and guy-girl non-romantic friendships, but this book falls horribly short of that. Get the original copy and just use a little imagination and brain-power to apply it to your single life. You'll save the time, money and frustration.
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I bought this "...for singles" version because I read the original Five Love Languages and even though I appreciated the message and was able to use it myself, I still felt I needed something more appropriate to me since I am not married, so I got this one. I honestly felt I was reading the exact same book only with a few new stores. In addition to the lack of novelty, too many of the anecdotes were just not relatable (what about people who don't live close to family members whose primary love language is physical touch or acts of service?) and there was too much focus on opposite-sex dating and marriage. It was as though that was the only thing that defined a single person. Now, I realize the point is to take the message and find a way to use it in your own relationships, but a little guidance would have been appreciated for folks who are just single. The two major reasons I bought this book were, first, to learn about myself, and, second, to learn more about how to better my relationship with (nonromantic) friends - of both sexes - and not necessarily about dating or marriage prospects. I'm not sure I got what I was looking for directly although I can adapt what I read to fit these other relationships.
Overall, great premise and I'm sure it's going to help all my relationships, just have to do a bit of work myself.
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