Gary Chapman is the author of this book. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages. Dr. Chapman is the host of the weekly one-hour radio program Building Relationships with Dr Gary Chapman, and has been featured at the Pentagon and United Nations. He is a prolific conference speaker and makes his home with his wife, Karolyn, in North Carolina, USA.
My Reflection And Review
When i saw this book, i had a strong desire to read it because i felt i needed it to understand my love languages and the love languages of the people around me; and i want to be more effective on how to communicate with them and two weeks after, i received a copy of it for me to review it (without me telling that i really want this book). Thank God for free books!:)
I agree to the statements on its back cover, "Being single or married has nothing to do with whether you need to feel loved! Everyone has a God-given yearning for complete and unconditional love in the context of all relationships. If you want to give and receive love most effectively, you've got to learn to speak the right love language. Different people with different personalities express love in different ways."
On this book, the author elaborated and gave examples of the real experiences of people on the five love languages which are : 1) Words of affirmation, 2) Gifts, 3) Acts of service, 4) Quality time, and, 5) Physical Touch.
I liked how the author explained these five love languages. Words of Affirmation are simply true statements affirming the worth of another person. Gift came from the Greek word charis which means, grace, or an undeserved gift. I like how he further defined gifts:
A gift is given without strings attached, or it ceases to be a gift.
A gift is a gift only when given as a genuine expression of love, not as an
effort to cover over past failures.
Gifts are visual symbols of love.
On defining acts of service, the author differentiated service from slavery. Defining the acts of service and differentiating it from slavery is a great help for us to understand that service is not a kind of slavery. The author's elaboration on quality time was educational. He talked about dialects of quality time and also gave insights on how to become a sympathetic listener. On physical touch, he tackled on appropriate and inappropriate touch, the appropriate setting, how you go about it and he also talked about physical abuse and sexual abuse.
I also liked the section here that talked on how to discover your primary love language and how you should apply that to your dating relationships, roommates, classmates and coworkers. Single Parents were also given advice on how to express their love language to their kids.
On the last chapter, the author also talked on Success: Love Is The Key. How he defined success is so touching. He said, "Every person has the potential to make a positive impact on the world. Success is not measured by the amount of money you possess or the position you attain but rather in what you do with what you've got. Position and money can be squandered or abused, but they can also be used to help others.. We typically speak of success in specific areas of life, such as financial success, educational success , or vocational success. We also attach the word to sports, family, religion, and relationships. What we mean when we say that people are successful in one of these areas is that they accomplished the goals they set for themselves. Whatever the category and whatever our view of success, we are more likely to succeed if we effectively love people."
On this book, you would learn a lot. Every statement is meaty. Every experience and every lesson are very encouraging and touching. You've got to have this book! Available in all bookstores nationwide. Published by CSM Publishing.
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