Dr. Gary Chapman, noted counselor, relationship expert and author of, "Five Languages of Love" that teaches language of love concepts adds his practical and helpful devotions to the NLT version of "Love Languages Devotional Bible." It's a perfect choice for couples of all ages with readings that apply "text to real-life relationships and deepens couples' understanding of God and of each other."
His devotions are a perfect addition to this translation, already appreciated for its straightforward approach and "clear, dynamic writing style," which can also be said of Dr. Chapman's teachings and devotions.
Dr. Chapman's devotions focus on different aspects of relationships, enhanced by a topical, "relationship oriented" index of relevant Bible verses and devotional themes. Bible books start with summaries that note the author, time frame and overall theme of the book. Three easy-to-follow reading plans are also included:
- "Read through the Bible in one year"
- "Getting to know God"
- "Growing your faith."
More than 260 devotions touch on communication issues, gender roles, conflict, finances, children, guilt, manipulation, confession, forgiveness and more. For example the devotion on "Temper, Temper" cites the example of Moses who struck the rock in anger instead of trusting the Lord to do what He promised. (Numbers 20:1-13).
The reading illustrates anger has negative consequences, while acting in love neutralizes a hostile situation. Examples of provocative situations, recommended responses and suggestions for prayer complete the devotion. The "if you have more time" segment offers extra relevant scriptures and questions.
Since weekends are busy times for couples and families, the 52 "weekend studies" are intentionally short, contain supplementary scriptures, several questions and a "challenge" to consider and discuss. Besides a "powerful, life-changing resource," devotions and reading plans encourage individuals and couples to read the Bible.
Dr. Chapman also provides free study guides on the love languages of marriage, parenting, teens and children. To listen to why Dr. Gary Chapman believes this Bible is good for all ages, click on the link, or visit Dr. Gary Chapman.
'The Love Languages Devotional Bible,' by Dr. Gary Chapman, Hardcover Edition, Moody Publishers—2012, 1376 Pages, 978-0802408532, $29.99
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'The Love Languages Devotional Bible,' by Gary Chapman
Dr. Gary Chapman has become a trusted expert on relationships. His teaching is based on the timeless wisdom of God's Word. Gary has been described by his readers and listeners as passionate, relevant, hopeful, effective, and practical.
He brings this expertise and style to The Love Languages Devotional Bible. Its straightforward approach to reading through Scripture, complemented by brief devotional readings that apply the text to real-life relationships, will deepen couples' understanding of God and of each other. This Bible gathers together in one powerful, life-changing resource all the best of Gary's decades of counseling experience.
The Love Languages Devotional Bible covers numerous topics, including: communication, expectations, roles, sex, conflict, money, children, in-laws, and more.
Key features include:
New Living Translation: clear and elegant, ideal for reading aloud
Scripture reading plan: makes it easy to read through the entire Bible in a year
260 daily devotions: one for each weekday
52 feature articles: one for each weekend
Prayer guides: reduce awkwardness by providing specific cues
Select readings: address a wide variety of couple-oriented topics
Bible book introductions: provide context and essential background information
The Marriage You've Always Wanted, by Dr. Gary Chapman
From America's favorite marriage expert and author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, The 5 Love Languages®
Respected marriage counselor Gary Chapman looks at the key issues that will help you build the marriage you've always wanted, answering such real-life questions as . . .
- Why won't they change?
- Why do we always fight about tasks and responsibilities?
- Why should we have to work at sex?
In the warm, practical style that has endeared him to audiences worldwide, Dr. Chapman delivers advice on all the "big issues" of:
- Decision making
Each chapter includes a "Your Turn" opportunity for reflection and interaction with between spouses.
Now You're Speaking My Language: Honest Communication and Deeper Intimacy for a Stronger Marriage, by Gary Chapman [Kindle Edition]
Now You’re Speaking My Language from multimillion selling author Gary Chapman (The Five Love Languages) encourages husbands and wives to offer steadfast loyalty, forgiveness, empathy, and commitment to resolving conflict, thus encouraging each other in spiritual growth.
With great clarity, Dr. Chapman shows how communication and intimacy are key points in developing a successful marriage by focusing on these principles: Lasting answers to marital growth are found in the Bible, Your relationship with God enhances your marriage relationship, Communication is the main way two become one in a marriage, and Biblical oneness involves sex, but also intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and social oneness.
One More Try: What to Do When Your Marriage Is Falling Apart, by Gary Chapman
When doors slam and angry words fly, when things just aren't working out, and even when your spouse has destroyed your trust, there is hope. If you feel like your marriage is near the breaking point - even if you have already split up - Gary Chapman will show you how you can give your marriage one more try.
Separation does not necessarily mean divorce is imminent. Matter of fact, it's possible that separation may even lead to a restored, enriched, growing marriage. The outcome of this time of transition is determined solely by the individuals involved. If you're willing to make the most of that process, begin the journey with confidence as Gary walks you step-by-step towards healing and hope.
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, by Gary Chapman & Paul E. White
The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People, by Gary Chapman and Paul White, applies the love language concept to the workplace.
This book helps supervisors and managers effectively communicate appreciation and encouragement to their employees, resulting in higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships between managers and employees, and decreased cases of burnout. Ideal for both the profit and non-profit sectors, the principles presented in this book have a proven history of success in businesses, schools, medical offices, churches, and industry. Each book contains an access code for the reader to take a comprehensive online MBA Inventory (Motivating By Appreciation) - a $20 value.
The inventory is designed to provide a clearer picture of an individual's primary language of appreciation and motivation as experienced in a work-related setting. It identifies individuals' preference in the languages of appreciation. Understanding an individual's primary and secondary languages of appreciation can assist managers and supervisors in communicating effectively to their team members.
Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married, by Gary D. Chapman
"Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage,” No wonder the divorce rate hovers around fifty percent.
Bestselling author and marriage counselor, Gary Chapman, hopes to change that with his newest book. Gary, with more than 35 years of counseling couples, believes that divorce is the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates.
So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for. It’s the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married.
This is not a book simply to be read. It is a book to be experienced. The material lends itself to heart-felt discussions by dating or engaged couples. To jump-start the exchanges, each short chapter includes insightful “Talking it Over” questions and suggestions. And, the book includes information on interactive websites as well as books that will enhance the couples experience.
Dr. Chapman even includes a thought-provoking appendix. By understanding and balancing the five key aspects of life, dating couples can experience a healthy dating relationship. A revealing learning exercise for dating couples is included at the end.
The 5 Love Languages, by Gary D. Chapman
Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.
By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together.
Gary Chapman hosts a nationally syndicated daily radio program called A Love Language Minute that can be heard on more than 150 radio stations as well as the weekly syndicated program Building Relationships with Gary Chapman, which can both be heard on fivelovelanguages.com.
The Five Love Languages is a consistent new York Times bestseller - with over 5 million copies sold and translated into 38 languages. This book is a sales phenomenon, with each year outselling the prior for 16 years running!
Includes a promotional code to gain exclusive online access to the new comprehensive love languages assessment.
The 4 Seasons of Marriage: Secrets to a Lasting Marriage, by Gary D. Chapman
Spring, summer, winter, fall. Marriages are perpetually in a state of transition, continually moving from one season to another—perhaps not annually, as in nature, but just as certainly and consistently. Sometimes we find ourselves in winter—discouraged, detached, and dissatisfied; other times, we experience springtime with its openness, hope, and anticipation. On other occasions, we bask in the warmth of summer—comfortable, relaxed, enjoying life. And then comes fall with its uncertainty, negligence, and apprehension. The cycle repeats itself many times throughout the life of a marriage, just as the seasons repeat themselves in nature.
The seasons of marriage come and go. Each one holds the potential for emotional health and happiness, and each one has its challenges. The purpose of this book is to describe these recurring seasons of marriage, help you and your spouse identify which season your marriage is in, and show you how to enhance your marriage in all four seasons.
When Sorry Isn't Enough, by Gary D. Chapman & Jennifer M. Thomas
Relationships are fragile. And whether fractured by a major incident or a minor irritation, the ensuing emotions can often feel insurmountable preventing the relationship from moving forward or the offended from moving on. In order to make things right, something more than "sorry" is needed. #1 New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas have teamed up to deliver this groundbreaking study of how we give and receive apologies.
It's not just a matter of will, but it's a matter of how you say, "I'm sorry" that ultimately makes things right with those you love. This book will help you discover why certain apologies clear the path for emotional healing, reconciliation, and freedom, while others fall desperately short.
101 Conversation Starters for Couples, by Gary D Chapman & Ramon L Presson
Your spouse is a unique person, filled with amazing insights, thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Communication is key to really knowing and fully loving that person.
Bestselling author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman has developed this handy tabletop resource to get you and your spouse talking. With 101 probing questions, couples will find their relationship enhanced, their intimacy deepened, and their romance ignited. 101 Conversation Starters for Couples is the perfect companion to the bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages. It also makes an excellent Valentine's Day, wedding, and anniversary gift. It helps you and your spouse get the conversation flowing.