Wednesday, December 21, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman



ABOUT THE BOOK (From Amazon):

Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.


By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together.


MY REVIEW

The Five Love Languages is a quick, easy read filled with valuable information for anyone in a relationship.  I enjoyed reading about each of the five love languages and the stories Chapman tells about working with clients who fit into each categories.

For me it became more and more clear in Chapter 9, Discovering Your Primary Love Language, what my personal love language is, but the 30 question profile at the end verified it for me (and surprised me a little, too). 

While I was reading it, I enjoyed talking with my husband about what I was reading and when I finished I suggested that he read key parts of the book. I was surprised that he read it right away. I look forward to practicing speaking each others' love languages and working toward a stronger, more loving relationship together.

I recommend this book for anyone in a relationship, particularly married/committed couples.  Even if your relationship is solid, learning to speak your partner's love language will help you ensure it stays that way. As a mother of 3, I can't wait to read The Five Love Languages of Children next!