I chose to review The 5 Love Languages Military Edition: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary D. Chapman from Moody Publishers because:
1) I had heard a lot about The Five Love Languages book series for years now. Back when I was a teenager my church used to give these books away at retreats and special events, and being an unmarried teenager, I didn’t care to pursue the book at the time.. but it was something on my “to read when it’s relevant” list! And it’s certainly relevant now, hehe.
2) Being in the military (and unfortunately, already feeling some of the strain in our marriage from a new military lifestyle) I figured this would be an amazing book to read together as a couple. Being aimed specifically at Christian military marriages, this best selling book seemed like a no brainer to have in our personal library!
About the Book:
Marriage is hard enough for the everyday civilian. But imagine marriage when you’re separated by thousands of miles… when one of you daily faces the dangers of combat… while the other shoulders all the burden of homefront duties. Add to that unpredictable schedules, frequent moves, and the challenge of reintegration, and it’s no wonder military marriages are under stress. Husbands and wives in all five branches of the military need a special resource to help them navigate marriage in the midst of it all. These men and women who are giving so much for so many need a way to love one another – a way that powerfully communicates to the heart.
The 5 Love Languages has a successful track record of helping military couples heal broken relationships and strengthen healthy relationships. Now this #1 New York Times bestseller has been adapted specifically for military couples.
Special features of the Military Edition include:
Stories of military couples from every branch of service who have found ways to use the 5 love languages in their unique lifestyles
A Decoding Deployments section at the end of each love language chapter, offering tips on how to express love when you are apart.
A new chapter, Love Language Scramblers, explains how to speak the love languages through some of the most challenging times of a military marriage.
An updated Q&A section to include questions specific to military marriage.
The 5 Love Languages profile will help you and your partner identify your love languages so you can put the principles to work for you immediately. Guided by input from dozens of military couples in all stages of their careers, authors Gary Chapman and former military wife Jocelyn Green offer you an unparalleled tool for your marriage with The 5 Love Languages Military Edition.
My Thoughts On The Book
Jonathan and I read this book together during car rides. We have read a number of marriage strengthening books together this way, but this one was especially riveting. Normally, when the car ride is over we close the book mid-paragraph and put it on hold till the next trip, but we found ourselves bringing The Five Love Languages into the house with us to continue reading.
Although I had never read any of the Love Language books, I was surprised to discover that I was familiar with the concept through references from other Christian marriage books. It is reference OFTEN in similar Christian books. In my experience, the concepts and “Love Language” theory is spot on.
While we entered each chapter pretty assured of what our individual love languages were, as the chapter would unfold we were amazed to learn that we were discovering new aspects and elements, not just of each other, but new insights into ourselves as well.
This book sparked some lively, insightful and endearing conversations between my husband and I, some taking up our entire evenings in constructive relationship building fellowship. The additional tips and hints for keeping romance and intimacy alive in a military marriage we found to be extremely helpful.
Out of all of the marriage books we’ve perused over the years (and we are marriage book junkies!), this one definitely ranks within the top three books we’ve discovered. So powerful and influential did we find this book, that we actually ordered another copy for a young newlywed military couple we met in Pensacola, Florida!
This is a book I would HIGHLY recommend! If you’re a Christian military couple.. you NEED this book!
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