- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764206745
- ISBN-13: 978-0764206740
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
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Love is a Verb: Stories of What Happens When Love Comes Alive Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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Chapman—author of the bestseller The Five Love Languages—posits that our culture often seems to have a love-tracked mind. This time he takes his expertise in the area to a more personal level by offering readers 40 stories written by everyday folks who have practiced what Chapman preaches: love is a verb. Readers will discover a husband and wife who make I'm sorry part of their lives; a father who sacrifices coaching basketball to help care for his infant daughter; a university staff member who learns to see an outcast girl through God's eyes; and a mother-in-law who learns to love her son's wife. Chapman follows each story with several paragraphs highlighting a key point that can help in developing healthy relationships, drawn directly from the preceding story. Those who have read and applied Chapman's love languages to their lives will find inspiration; newcomers to Chapman's work will find that love takes on many forms and is worth the effort. (May)
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Be Inspired by Lives Changed by LoveGary Chapman, bestselling author of The Five Love Languages, shares forty uplifting true stories from everyday people like*Doris, who chose to love her husband when what she really wanted to do was run away*Loretta, whose family was mended by love in action*Faith, who learned how to love a mother who had become a stranger*Laquita, who finally fell in love with her husband after forty years*Jacquelyn, who found the courage to love someone who seemed truly unlovableBecause love isn't just a feeling.Love is a choice, and love is something we all need to do.Love is a verb. Since 1979, Gary Chapman has written more than twenty books. His book The Five Love Languages has sold five million copies in English alone and has been translated into thirty-six languages including Arabic and Hindi. In addition to his busy writing and seminar schedule, Gary Chapman is a senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he has served for thirty-six years. Gary and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for forty-five years and have two adult children and two grandchildren.
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Some stories are quite poetic like Steven L. Browns snowy adventure. In another, one woman faces a monumental challenge when a woman who is suicidal is dropped off at her home. There is a story about a woman taking care of her mother who has dementia. One story explores the struggles one couple has with infertility. There are quite a few stories about marriage situations and how one person doing the right thing changed the whole situation for the better.
Each story is long enough to intrigue but short enough to keep your full attention. These real-life situations give you some ideas on how to live a better life. You never know what challenges life may bring and it is good to know how other people handled trials and tribulations. Gary Chapman also gives some wise advice when he summarizes each story at the end of each chapter. Some of the stories will make you think twice about your own decisions.
In a world that wants to feed us a constant diet of negativity, this book is a welcome break. Some of these stories will make you cry due to their profound beauty. This is a very touching collection of stories that will open your heart and make you more loving, forgiving, kind, patient and compassionate. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It will probably change something in your life.
~The Rebecca Review
I was right, but for the wrong reasons. First, G. Chapman is only the compiler of several stories, not the author of them.
Second, this book is not instructive at all. It's entirely anecdotal. Well-written, descriptive, and common enough to apply to ANYONE in any kind of relationship (and that's everybody), not just romantic/ marriage ones. The stories make you think about your own heart, mind, and decisions, and life choices.
I kept thinking, "yep, that's me," and, "I wish I had guts enough to do/say that...."
I know I need to do the hard thing, and love when convenience or practice says otherwise. This book has helped me do it.
Read, apply, and enjoy Love more.
Several authors comprise this book of stories about love and living love. It may be the lady who choose to love her husband when she just wanted to run away. The husband who learns to love his wife more when she develops Alzhiemer's Disease. The neighbor lady who 'adopts' a lonely next door girl. A woman adopting children no one else wanted even after raising her own three children.
"Love is A Verb" was a fast read but one that will not leave your memory so fast. Mr. Chapman offers tidbits at the end of each story that may show you just how to live that love that Jesus embodied so well. The short stories may well open your eyes and have you love that unlovable neighbor, the spouse that is chronically ill, the child that never listens and goes the way of the prodigal son. Whatever is going on this book may just show you the value of loving those who we deem unlovable. If we shed our preconcieved notions of who deserves our love then we can fully embrace everyong in love and treat them even if they may not really be deserving of love - like the abusive ex husband.
Gary Chapman has put together a book that is a gem and can make one really think about how they are treating others around them. Even if you aren't a Christian, loving others can make this world a better place to be and maybe the person you showed love to will show love to someone else!