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Book Review: The Five Love Languages for Men by Gary Chapman and Randy Southern

Posted by Julie on February 14, 2015 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

A note from Julie: As part of our review for The Five Love Languages for Men, Flyby Promotions invited us to have husbands share their thoughts.

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Book Description:

Falling in love is easy. Keeping the sizzle in your marriage? That’s more like grilling the perfect steak-it takes time, attention, and some secret spices. Mastering your wife’s heart doesn’t have to be complicated, but it will take a little effort. Good intentions alone will not get the job done.

Gary Chapman gears this edition of his #1 New York Times multi-million best seller to your needs, challenges, and interests as a husband. Whatreally fills your wife’s love tank? (It may not be what you think.) How can you let her know what you’re thinking and feeling?  What can you do to make sex more meaningful and pleasurable for you both? This book offers a straightforward approach that will equip you for relational success.

Discover the secret that has already transformed millions of relationships worldwide. As you learn this simple, yet profound, concept for communicating love, you’ll be more confident and courageous in the ways that matter most. Really!

“When you express your love for your wife using her primary love language, it’s like hitting the sweet spot on a baseball bat or golf club. It just feels right-and the results are impressive.” -Gary Chapman

Includes an updated version of The 5 Love Languages® personal profile.

Tom: The Five Love Languages is the one book Julie and I most often recommend to others.  The principles are so simple and can work in any relationship, even business. With the revised 5 Love Languages for Men I learned that there are three updates that set it apart from the others—helpful illustrations, how to handle anger, and crafting apologies.

A lot of the book is familiar to me and yet it was a good refresher. It’s tempting to offer my primary love language to Julie and the book reminded me that doing that doesn’t fill her love bank. I have to speak her love language. Because her primary language is words of affirmation, that isn’t natural for me, so I appreciated the tips the chapter gave. They do the same for each love language.

The authors also go through anger and how it isn’t a bad thing if processed the correct way.  “Anger can be your friend” sounds odd, but the tools they gave to communicate through it made sense.

The apology section is a summary of the 5 Languages of Apology and is definitely worth a read. This is helpful not just for marriage, but with kids, extended family and business relationships.

There are also resources in the back, including the 5 Love Languages personal profile.

As Julie and I close in on two decades of meeting and dating, it’s easy for us to take each other for granted and let our marriage coast. The Five Love Languages for Men gives me tools, illustrations, challenges, tips and ideas to make sure I be proactive in filling her love bank by using her languages, not mine. There’s even a golf swing illustration that helped me grasp the concept.

It’s a book I hope men will be intentional in buying, reading, and using in marriage.

Your wife will thank you.

To purchase The 5 Love Languages for Men, click here.

We received The 5 Love Languages for Men in exchange for an honest review.

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