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Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate [Paperback]

Gary Chapman
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Oct. 13 1992 Relationships
Are you and your spouse speaking the same language? While love is a many splendored thing, it is sometimes a very confusing thing, too. And as people come in all varieties, shapes, and sizes, so do their choices of personal expressions of love. But more often than not, the giver and the receiver express love in two different ways. This can lead to misunderstanding, quarrels, and even divorce. Quality Time Words of Affirmation Gifts Acts of Service Physical TouchDr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return.Skillful communication is within your grasp!Click here for the Study Guide for Spouse and Group Discussion

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GARY CHAPMAN is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Five Love Languages book series. He is the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc., and travels around the world presenting seminars. Gary's radio program airs on more than 100 stations. For more information, visit (

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In this unabridged recording of material the author has been perfecting for years, he says that people experience love most strongly through one of five love languages--quality time, words of encouragement, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Chapman's thoughtful, youthful sounding voice offers these insights not as the Five Commandments of Marriage, but as suggestions he hopes will be helpful. He provides humble examples from his counseling practice, which illuminate his ideas and give a human, down-to-earth quality to the lesson. Without making light of the work a marriage requires, he'll convince most listeners that with just a little planning and effort they can make a good marriage great and a broken partnership truly satisfying again. T.W. 2006 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Applies to all types of relationships Feb. 4 2013
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I'm kinky, poly and queer and I found this book to be useful. Yes, it's garnished with biblical quotes and marriage elitism but the five love languages I believe can be relevant to everyone nevertheless.

It kind of reminds me of the Myers-Briggs personality tests - remember those? They helped us measure how social and how intro/extroverted we are, etc. Well, it's kind of like that in this book. The author gets us to explore how we prefer to be loved so that we can communicate it better to our partner(s). Are you more likely to feel loved through touch? Gifts? Acts of service? Quality time? Loving words? A combination? Which one? What does it look like for you? What about your partner/s? Here's a whole new way to have a conversation about wants and needs!

Another tool in my toolbox!
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Helpful but Unromantic" is right. June 7 2004
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I agree with the reviewer who says this book is "helpful but unromantic." I can't express it as well as that review does, but I agree that Chapman is too critical of romantic love. He is also unrealistic about the ability of any two people to create it between them, simply by choice. I read recently the book that review recommends, Solomon's Song of Love, and find, too, that it is a healthier approach to romantic love. I intend to read C.S. Lewis' The Four Loves, too, which was also recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 5 Love Languages - Secret to Love that Lasts April 5 2013
I was amazed at how much insight this book gave me into my own needs. It made me understand what my love languages are, yes I can relate to at least two. By wording my needs in a different way it makes more sense to even myself. Would certainly recommend for couples to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read March 18 2013
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I think it is a must read for anybody who wants to communicate with their SO the right way. Read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Couples March 15 2013
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This book is a must-have for couples! It really helps you understand your partner's love language and how to fill each other's "love tank" to have a better relationship. Thank you, Gary Chapman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The book is very helpful and a pleasure to read. Thank you very much for this practical perspective. What is obvious to some needs to spelled out to others. This does that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it. March 8 2013
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Again, love is a lifelong endeavor. Learning how to do this is very challenging and yet very rewarding. I am giving this book away to as many as I can.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple and to the point Feb. 26 2008
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I bought this book as an additional aid to a University class that I'm taking. The message of it is very simple, and likely things that people have always noted before. I don't think that it really took a Doctor to write it. Anyone that thinks, feels, and observes their mate, can figure this stuff out. That being said, some people are oblivious, or perhaps don't realize something until it's said and the light bulb goes off.

People have different things that makes their heart tick. Each of us respond to love in different ways, and have different needs. The author boils seeing love displayed in five different ways, and when one identifies the language of love their mate speaks, then it will be easier to please them. For quite sometime I have been aware that I'm a "gift" person. I tend to give gifts to those I love, because I myself feel the most love from receiving them.

Keep in mind this book is highly Bible based. Some references are very obvious, others are going to be known only by those familiar with the Bible. Some Biblical passages are discussed by the author through the words "an ancient sage once wrote." Nearly everything quoted, including C.S Lewis, is because of their spiritual content. However, even if you aren't one for believing in the Bible, the passages used are still of value since they display common sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHats not to love-lol
This is a great book for relationships. it allows a person to see through the perspective of their partner. Read more
Published 2 months ago by deon malloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for all relationships!!
I feel that this will strengthen marriages and even work relationships. Good Read! Will recommend this to anyone in need of or want to build relationships.
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This has helped my relationship immensely. I have been married for 27 years and it has helped each of us see each other in a new way. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
Very helpful for any person in a relationship and trying to build on that.
Relationships young and old can benefit from this read. Well worth your time.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret McDaniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Great as Praised to Be
I have heard a lot about this book in general. I thought it was going to be great, but it was okay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing!
This book has helped me so much to better understand how to love my husband and how Iike to have love expressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing. .
This book is amazing.i know this was written for married couples but tbh it has changed my life. After reading this book, I've discover my primary love languages which is quality... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple read, really helped our marriage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased this book as a replacement
I've never read a single word of this book. I bought it to replace a friend's copy that I accidentally damaged. It did the trick, he never noticed the difference!
Published 6 months ago by rabia
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