When Waterbrook Press/Multnomah Books asked me to be a part of the blog tour for Love as a Way of Life, I was excited to participate. Written by Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of New York Times bestseller, The Five Love Languages, I knew it would be a very practical book I could put into practice.
Dr. Chapman embarked on major study of love by asking what are the characteristics of loving people and how were these characteristics developed? How can weput our focus on the giving of love and rather than on getting it? Observing seven main characteristics in loving people: Kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity and honesty, Chapman believes these are the foundations for every language of love. With the premise that the most satisfied adults are those who have invested their lives in giving love away and that self-centered living leaves us alone and empty he encourages a cultivation of authentic love in everyday life. Chapman teaches that this authentic love is what brings out our authentic selves, the people we want to become. It's all about having a positive impact on everyone who crosses our paths.
I only recieved this book this last Friday, but I have been soaking it up. It is written in very easy to read, every day person's language, not full of big psychological words and phrases. The book itself is laid out in an easy study manner. Each characteristic is given a chapter and each chapter has clearly divided headings. There is a definition of each characteristic and a questionnaire to take that challenges you to think of where you are honestly with that characteristic in your life. He shows you habits to aquire to help build the characteristic into your life and then takes a look at the things in our lives that would "compete" or work against developing that particualr characteristic. I have been underlining and taking notes as it is chockful of wonderful advice and encouragement.
And guess what? The Giveaway: Multnomah books have generously provided me with two copies of this wonderful resource to give away. I think everyone, no matter where they are in life, can benefit from this book. So if you've read this post don't leave without leaving me a comment so that you can be entered. I'll make the draw on Saturday evening and announce the winners then. As usual only one comment per person please, and make sure there is a way to get a hold of you whether through a link or an email address. You won't be sorry!
You may also purchase a copy at Amazon.