Posted by: Anne | February 26, 2011

The Five Love Languages

by Dr. Gary Chapman

An introduction to the book, from

After many years of counseling, Dr. Gary Chapman noticed a pattern: of the countless ways we can show love to one another, five key categories, or five love languages, proved to be universal and comprehensive—everyone has a love language, and we all identify primarily with one of the five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

Since The 5 Love Languages® debuted in 1992, over five million copies have been sold, making The 5 Love Languages® a perennial New York Times bestseller. But numbers don’t measure the influence the book has had on couples and their marriages.

The 5 Love Languages® has helped countless couples identify practical and powerful ways to express love, simply by using the appropriate love language. Many husbands and wives who had spent years struggling through marriages they thought were loveless discovered one or both spouses had long been showing love through messages that weren’t getting through. By recognizing their different love languages, they witnessed the rebirth of the love they thought had been gone for good.

Since I read this book last year, I often notice examples of what Dr. Chapman wrote about. He does a great job of putting into words an idea that is very basic and yet many of us don’t even know to ask: namely, how do I feel most loved, and how do those around me feel most loved? This is the idea behind him classifying and expounding on “the five primary love languages” that he has identified in his many years as a relationship counselor.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to grow a relationship, whether it’s with a spouse or simply with another family member.

Learn more at the book’s official site:

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