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Five Signs of a Loving Family Paperback – July 13, 1998

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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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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 (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This was an excellent book. The views presented make perfect sense. I see how others express love and understand better when others are showing love for me. Bought this for both of my brothers after reading it. Well done and enjoyable.
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While blending a family, I picked up this book for help in building some healthy habits. I've read and enjoyed other works by this author (see many of them right here on Amazon).

This book is well-written and shows all families (not just blended or stepfamilies) how to move forward toward unity. I was not disappointed; read this book before or after "The Five Love Languages" by the same author; you'll enjoy how the two books fit nicely together!

Helpful for building a family, especially good for stepfamilies.

Barbara Sheldon, M.S.W.
I also highly recommend: Happily Remarried: Making Decisions Together * Blending Families Successfully * Building a Love That Will Last
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