5 Love languages

The 5 Love Languages

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The Secret to Love that Lasts

Health Professional Reviewer: Sheryl Shipley, Psychologist.

  • The book is easy to read and well set out. It flows well from chapter to chapter.
  • The overview of the 5 love language is easy to follow and makes intuitive sense.
  • However, some of the examples come across as sexist and the lengths needed to ‘succeed’ verging on psychologically abusive in good 1950’s style. Whether this in intentional or because it has a religious grounding I’m unsure.

I would suggest reading this book with the idea of learning something about yourself and your partner. Approach this book as an overview rather than a lesson in how to do it well.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Sheryl Shipley, Psychologist. Reviewed 2 April 2014.

Book Title: The 5 Love Languages. The secret to love that lasts

Author(s): Dr Gary Chapman is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively. He has received M.R.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and taken postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University. Dr. Chapman also serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Date published: 2010

 Suitable for: Married adults. Reading level – easy.

Problems addressed: Communication within marriage.

Book Summary: This book guides couples in identifying, understanding and speaking each others primary love languages. The five love languages are – quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, personal touch. Dr Chapman states that couples can truly love each other and build a lasting loving marriage or partnership by understanding your own love language and being able to work with your partners love language.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

  • The book is easy to read and well set out. It flows well from chapter to chapter.
  • The overview of the 5 love language is easy to follow and makes intuitive sense.
  • However, some of the examples come across as sexist and the lengths needed to ‘succeed’ verging on psychologically abusive in good 1950’s style. Whether this in intentional or because it has a religious grounding I’m unsure.

I would suggest reading this book with the idea of learning something about yourself and your partner. Approach this book as an overview rather than a lesson in how to do it well.

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