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 Gary Chapman, Hardcover Edition, Moody Publishers—2012, 1376 Pages, 978-0802408532, $29.99
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