||The American family is in serious trouble. We've all heard about dysfunctional families. Along with their escapades, they are the topic of TV talk shows, best-selling books, and popular magazine articles. Everyday something else that parents or children do is labeled "dysfunctional." So what should we do? All of the talk is getting us nowhere. Is it inevitable that their problems will become our families' problems? Dr. Chapman answers a resounding "no!" Despite the problems that are prevalent in today's society, you can make the dream of having loving family relationships come true. But success lies not in focusing on the elements shared by unhealthy families, but in studying thriving, loving, healthy families. Just as bankers study authentic bills to make it easy to spot the counterfeits, we must focus on what makes a family successful, not dysfunctional. You desire a loving family life? It's time to abandon the counterfeit and discover how you and your family can achieve the "real thing." Embrace the characteristics common to all healthy families and learn to instill them in your own home with Dr. Gary Chapman's Five Signs of a Loving Family.
||The FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES refers to the many ways in which couples communicate with each other. Understanding which language one's spouse "speaks" will result in a more successful marriage, claims Dr. Chapman, who is a marriage counselor and pastor and has authored a number of books on relationships.
||Gary Chapman believes that a healthy marriage is one in which two partners grow toward one another, and good communication is essential to that growth. This has been the message of Pastor Chapman's popular radio program, "A Growing Marriage," as well as his books, videos, and seminars. In THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, he acknowledges that any two people may give and receive love in very different ways. He identifies five "languages," or ways of communicating affection: Quality Time; Words of Affirmation; Gifts; Acts of Service; Physical Touch. He explains each, showing couples how an appreciation of their partner's "language" can make communication possible, strengthen the love bond, and lead to a growing marriage. THE FIVE LANGUAGES OF LOVE was first published in 1992, and has been a perennial seller since.