The 5 Love Languages Updated Edition (Paperback)Gary Chapman
Simple Ideas, Lasting Love
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?
In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.
The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.
About the Author
Gary Chapman - author, speaker, counsellor--has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the #1 bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programmes air on more than 400 stations.
Size216 x 140 mm
Series - CollectionFive Love Languages
Number of Pages240 pp
Most important of all, continue
to show deep love for each
other, for love covers a
multitude of sins.
– 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT)
DAY 1 Something in our nature cries out
to be loved by another. Isolation is devastating to the human psyche. That is why
solitary confinement is considered the cruelest of punishments. At the heart of
humankind’s existence is the desire to be intimate and to be loved by another.
Marriage is designed to meet that need for intimacy and love. That is why the
ancient biblical writings spoke of the husband and wife becoming “one flesh.” That
did not mean that individuals would lose their identity; it meant that they would
enter into each other’s lives in a deep and intimate way.
But if love is important, it is also elusive. I have listened to
many married couples share their secret pain. Some
came to me because the inner ache had become
unbearable. Others came because they realized that
their behavior patterns or the misbehavior of their
spouse was destroying the marriage. Some came
simply to inform me that they no longer wanted
to be married. Their dreams of “living happily
ever after” had been dashed against the hard
walls of reality. Again and again I have heard the
words “Our love is gone, our relationship is dead.
We used to feel close, but not now. We no longer
enjoy being with each other. We don’t meet each
other’s needs.” Their stories bear testimony that adults as
well as children have “love tanks.”
Could it be that deep inside hurting couples exists an invisible “emotional love
tank” with its gauge on empty? Could the misbehavior, withdrawal, harsh words,
and critical spirit occur because of that empty tank? If we could find a way to fill it,
could the marriage be reborn?
With a full tank would couples be able to create an emotional climate where it is
possible to discuss differences and resolve conflicts? Could that tank be the key
that makes marriage work? Those questions sent me on a long journey. Along the
way, I discovered the simple yet powerful insights contained in this devotional.
The journey has taken me not only through thirty years of marriage counseling
but also into the hearts and minds of hundreds of couples throughout America.
From Seattle to Miami, couples have invited me into the inner chamber of their
marriages, and we have talked openly. The illustrations included in this book are
cut from the fabric of real life. Only names and places are changed to protect the
privacy of the individuals who have spoken so freely.
I am convinced that keeping the emotional love tank full is as important to a
marriage as maintaining the proper oil level is to an automobile. Running your
marriage on an empty “love tank” may cost you even more than trying to drive your
car without oil. What you are about to read has the potential of saving thousands
of marriages and can even enhance the emotional climate of a good marriage.
Whatever the quality of your marriage now, it can always be better. ●