- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Northfield Publishing; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080241270X
- ISBN-13: 978-0802412706
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11,680 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts Paperback – January 1, 2015
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Unhappiness in marriage often has a simple root cause: we speak different love languages, believes Dr. Gary Chapman. While working as a marriage counselor for more than 30 years, he identified five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. In a friendly, often humorous style, he unpacks each one. Some husbands or wives may crave focused attention; another needs regular praise. Gifts are highly important to one spouse, while another sees fixing a leaky faucet, ironing a shirt, or cooking a meal as filling their "love tank." Some partners might find physical touch makes them feel valued: holding hands, giving back rubs, and sexual contact. Chapman illustrates each love language with real-life examples from his counseling practice.
How do you discover your spouses and your own love language? Chapmans short questionnaires are one of several ways to find out. Throughout the book, he also includes application questions that can be answered more extensively in the beautifully detailed companion leather journal (an exclusive Amazon.com set). Each section of the journal corresponds with a chapter from the book, offering opportunities for deeper reflection on your marriage.
Although some readers may find choosing to love a spouse that they no longer even like hoping the feelings of affection will follow later a difficult concept to swallow, Chapman promises that the results will be worth the effort. "Love is a choice," says Chapman. "And either partner can start the process today." --Cindy Crosby. This text refers to the Amazon.com Exclusive Journal & Paperback Book Set. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top customer reviews
A big part of improving your relationship with your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend is to sticking with a date night to make sure you have quality time together. Especially if you have children or a high stress occupation. My wife and I have been together for 10 years and got stuck in the rut of an endless routine of doing everything we could for our kids, followed by daily chores and left little time for ourselves. Committing to 1 date night a week has really helped our relationship and improved our communication.
I recommend the book for sure and found it inspiring and worth reading. All couples can benefit from reading this book. The only downside is I wish it could have been a little longer. The stories from the author are interesting and I would have liked to have heard a bunch of his other examples of couples that he has dealt with. It was a short book and my wife and I finished it in 4 or 5 days and that was reading it slowly. The price is easily affordable. I found it best to photo copy the test quiz at the end instead of writing in the book so we can give the book to any family or friends who are struggling with their relationship.
Great info - we each read it and learned a lot of great and practical advice. Dr. Chapman wrote the book well - easy to follow along and his examples are great for everyday, normal issues that can come up in a marriage.
We really liked the quiz at the end, too. We both recognized our primary love language as soon as we read that chapter, but the quiz helped us identify our secondary. Ironically, we both had "ties" for our 2nd and 3rd love language. So, we both have great options for showing our love to one another!
As an example; I thought my wife's love language was Acts of Service so I would constantly be up and doing stuff around the house for her. Sure she appreciated that, but what she wanted first was quality time over coffee, etc. Just learning what speaks to each other the most is extremely effective in improving the marriage relationship.
There is no weird "psycho babble" here. I strongly recommend this book.