This book on relationships is written for MEN, so I asked Steve to guest post for me today :) Scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a copy! (And slyly leave it on your husband’s nightstand.)
Gary Chapman, well-known for his “The 5 Love Languages” series, has released an updated version of his Love Languages book for men: “The 5 Love Languages for Men: Tools for Making a Good Relationship Great.” This edition comes five years after his first “Men’s Edition” of 2010, and twenty years after the first Love Languages book came out in 1995.
So my first question was: how is this any different from the other versions he’s written in the past 20 years?! Considering there are Love Language books for children, teens, parents trying to love their teens, single people, people in the military, and couples, not to mention workbooks, study-guides, and study/devotional Bibles, why is the new edition for men something I should take a look at?
First of all, although I would imagine that the information in this edition is found in the standard 5 Love Languages book, this copy is designed with men in mind. It’s relatively short (and thin); it has a lot of illustrations, bullet lists, and checklists; the anecdotes come from a man’s perspective; the writing style gets to the point; it’s blue. It’s also comforting to note how the beginning pages are completely different from the previous edition’s “Look Inside” Preview on Amazon.com—it seems like Dr. Chapman has put new work into this edition.
If you’re not already familiar with the 5 Love Languages, they are Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Gift Giving, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Chapman walks the reader through each one, explaining briefly what they are, how to ID if your spouse “speaks” that language, and a brass-tacks list of how to improve your “fluency” as you work on your relationship.
Perhaps more importantly, as it is geared for men, it also spends a few chapters on determining what language(s) we (as men) speak, working with our wives through anger issues, and learning the art of apologizing. On an even more foundational note, the text repeatedly and consistently calls men to be men of God—to seek God’s purpose for us as we seek to show our wives the love they are designed to receive.
It’s a good reminder if you’re familiar with the concept, and a great go-to handbook if you’re not. Rachel is giving away for a free copy—you should enter. If you don’t win, you should probably get a copy from your local library, or even buy it if it impresses you that much (older editions/versions are available for the price of shipping on Amazon). Depending on your situation, it might even be beneficial to buy the original and work through it as a couple. . . or even buy the couple’s edition! I digress . . . ).
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