Book Review: The 5 Love Languages

The 5 Love Languages book is a great tool professionally and personally. I first came across The 5 Love Languages book while researching practical books to use with couples in therapy. I have since used this book with many adults, including individuals and couples, both in my professional duties as well as to friends and family.

Author & Publisher: Gary Chapman; Northfield Publishing

Number of Pages:  208

Amazon Summary  

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life? In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today. The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work. Includes the Couple’s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.

Why this makes our bookshelf better

Relationships take work. Consequently, key factors of doing the work are communication and understanding. I have worked with individual and couple clients who express frustration in feeling that their partner does not “really get” them. Moreover, couples are also often frustrated with their partner not acknowledging their efforts in showing their love and affection. This books is a great tool for couples to better understand how they and their partner receive and show love.  By learning more about your own, as well as your partner’s “love language,” couples can work on strengthening their relationship through concrete and meaningful ways.

I have used this book as a tool with individuals and couples in therapy wanting to work on their relationships. Additionally, I have also recommended it to friends and family wanting to strengthen, rekindle, or reconnect with their partners. Dr. Chapman does a great job engaging the reader, making the concepts easy to understand, and connecting real life examples. The book is therefore very practical and an easy read. Consequently, I have received positive feedback from those who took the recommendation. This is a great tool for professionals and individuals alike!

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