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Dr. Gary Chapman believes you have a God-given yearning for complete and unconditional love. But you'll never be able to express it, or receive it, until you learn to speak the right "love" language. The Five Love Languages for Singles reveals how different personalities express love in different ways. In fact, there are five specific languages of love:

  • Quality Time
  • Words of Affirmation
  • Gifts
  • Acts of Service
  • Physical Touch

Gary Chapman's first best-selling book, The Five Love Languages, has already connected with more than three million readers. Now he tailors that message to meet the unique needs of singles, using real-life examples and anecdotes taken from his 30 years of interaction with single adults.

Whether you are young or old, widowed, divorced, separated, or never married, these proven principles of communicating and receiving unconditional love can apply in all your relationships, including friends, coworkers, classmates, or roommates.

©2004 Gary Chapman (P)2005 Oasis Audio LLC

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The best book on how to love!

I was very impressed with this book. No matter what your religious beliefs are, your relationships will be transformed after reading and applying the principles of this book. The premise of this book teaches that there are 5 different ways people give and receive love. Basically, we all tick differently and we all have needs that are met in different ways. Because the author incorporates many real life examples, it is very easy and enjoyable to listen to. This book is designed for singles, but married individuals will learn something also. As singles it shows you how to relate to your future spouse, roommates, co-workers and friends. However, I would recommend his book on marriages for couples. Please take the time listening to this book, it will not only benefit you but all those you come in contact with.

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  • beta
  • United States
  • 10-09-12

It works

I've listened to most of this book several times. The 5 Languages worked as I tried them out on co-workers at the office. The only thing I didn't care much for was the target seemed to be for young singles and I'm an old guy wanting to try again before it's too late. The examples had to much church stuff in it. But Gary is a church guy. So I extracted the content parts I needed.
Wish he had a book for old folks, that for the most part have given up on finding happiness from a relationship. Much of the tactics were very hard for me. I was married twice, both ended in disaster and this book showed me why. I recently passed up a chance at a beautiful younger (by ten yrs) women at work. I'm so sorry I did that now. I have to live with that every day now. That was before I listened to this book. That's what inspired me to find some self help. Get this book or the one for married couples. It has changed my life.

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Digressing too much

The original Love Languages book was better - pretty clear without too much digression. I had hoped this version would be directed more at every other aspect of life, including work, friends, and family, but it focuses on dating, as opposed to married, people and only sprinkles in other relations in the end of the book.

Furthermore, this version spends too much time off topic conveying religious and political ideals. It distracts from the otherwise splendid idea and moves away from the original anthropological research that emotional language spans several cultures and nations.

It still contains the framework of five languages, but I didn't get more facets out of this book than the original. That is too bad, because it could really have been great.

I would recommend this book to a heterosexual, monogamous, and conservative Christian who is in a dating relationship and would like to understand why s/he and the partner react in certain ways.

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  • Hope
  • Rockingham DC, Australia
  • 04-02-12

Everyone should read this book!

Basically a book about the different ways individuals show and receive (feel) love and appreciation. Glad I got the singles ones, it talks about how to get more out of your family, friends, housemates, work colleagues etc... and a definite must read for anyone in a relationship or marriage.

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  • Adam
  • Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 03-02-06

Amazingly Insightful and Broadly Useful

First of all, it needs to be noted from the outset that this is a religious book and you will be proselytized to / at. Even so, this book is very, very much worth a read.

This book manages to keep the vast world of interpersonal relationships simple enough to comprehend what to do next, but doesn't try to reduce the complexities of our lives into a tagline. Gary focuses on devising a plan of attack for improving the relationships in our lives, not on making out a set of rules or a proscription for universal success.

Overall, I feel like he does a great job -- I learned a lot about myself, a lot about many of the people I've dated in the past, and I came to better understand my parents, my sisters, and my co-workers.

That said, there are a couple of problems with this book that keep it from a five star rating. As I mentioned before, this book is openly religious, and by that I mean Christian. I seldom desire a sermon, and when I do I would like fair warning.

Secondly, and much more alarmingly, this book has a very sex-negative view of the world, bolstered by some of the shoddiest research I've seen since the last time I watched Bill O'Reilly. Since I was already being preached at, I wouldn't have minded a sermon on the evils of the flesh, but trying to make his arguments seem factual with clearly biased "facts" just insults my intelligence.

All in all, though, despite one or two uncomfortable moments, an amazingly enlightening read.

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  • David
  • Nehalem, OR, United States
  • 01-04-12

Wonderful

What did you love best about The Five Love Languages for Singles?

I was thinking that maybe this was just a bunch of garbage but then I was surprised. This is a great book. I know why it is so well know it is just amazing and it has help me understand relationships and how to make them work.

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  • Ramah
  • ARLINGTON, TX, United States
  • 11-29-11

Awesome, Informative MUST Read

Awesome, Informative MUST Read for anyone who seeks to better understand his own emotional state and love language, as well as those surrounding him. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking to improve relationships of any type!

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A good reading style and you might just learn something about yourself and well as those areound you.

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  • Bobby
  • lewisville, TX, United States
  • 05-18-13

A must read.

What made the experience of listening to The Five Love Languages for Singles the most enjoyable?

It added value to my life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really applicable.

Which character – as performed by Gary Chapman – was your favorite?

Again...

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

How you can love and not have that love felt.

Any additional comments?

On my top ten most important books list.

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  • Evie
  • WALDORF, MD, United States
  • 09-21-15

Excellent book

I really helped me change my view on how I interact and show love to the ones close around me!

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  • Cowrie9
  • 12-09-17

Interesting new perspectives on relationships

The 5 love languages made complete sense, can use lessons in many areas of life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-17

This book challenged my thoughts about love

Gary Chapman has a lovely voice. He is easy to listen to and his advice is practical. There are several helpful case studies throughout the book that illustrate the relevance of love language today.

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  • SarahOz
  • 06-12-16

Heavy Christian Agenda

The ideas and the love languages are solid but I found this to have a heavy American Christian agenda which made it difficult to absorb the underlying messages of love. The prejudicial moralising regarding sex before marriage was worrying. His previous book The 5 Live Languages is not nearly as heavy handed with the Christian fables and Jesus references so would be a better choice for anyone who doesn't want to have to wade through sermonising and God-bothering and just wants to listen to the actual information.

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