{Book Review:} The Five Love Languages of Children

{Book Review:} The Five Love Languages of Children

Many of you may be familiar with New York Times bestselling author Gary Chapman’s popular marriage book The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts. Having read and enjoyed that book, I was curious to see how the love languages concept applied to children. I’d put The Five Love Languages of Children on my Amazon wish list a while ago, and when I saw it offered to bloggers for review, I ordered my print copy {I’m old-fashioned like that} right away.

“You know you love your child. But how can you show it so they really feel loved?” asks the book cover.

5 love languages pull

We’re a busy household with three kids — ages 3, 8, and 10 — as well as stay-at-home-mom me, and dad, who travels all too frequently {he’s been gone two ENTIRE WEEKS out of the past five, though that’s extreme}. I write/blog, run a small Etsy shop, sell essential oils, and, of course, cook, clean, run errands, and wrangle kids. I like to decorate and bake and dive into everything seasonal. I cook from scratch often. I host a local foods dropoff-pickup on my front porch. I recently began leading a weekly women’s Bible study in my home.

Long story short, I like to keep active and get my hands into lots of different things — but this translates into far too many “not nows” and “Mommy’s busy.” I’ve been suspecting for a long time that I care for my kids’ physical needs, but don’t always do as good at filling their emotional “love tanks,” as Drs. Chapman and Campbell would say.

Enter “The Five Love Languages of Children.” I found the book imminently readable and packed with real-life examples and stories. I enjoyed reading chapters on each of the five love languages and found each of these chapters’ ending sections with specific ideas on how to “speak” that love language to your child very helpful.

5 love lang questions

I have to admit I jumped pretty early to the “Love Language Mystery Game” in the back of the book and had my daughters select their answers from a list of questions designed to uncover their love languages. {My son, obviously, is still too young, so I have to observe over time to discover his love language.} But, as I read the chapter “How to Discover Your Child’s Love Language,” I realized I need to practice careful observation, as well as referring to their “test” scores, to really discover how to speak my children’s individual love languages fluently.

The book also delves into issues such as:

  • Discipline and the Love Languages
  • Learning and the Love Languages
  • Anger and Love
  • Love Languages in Single-Parent Families
  • Love Languages in Marriage

I enjoyed this book, and found it a welcome reminder of Paul’s wise words in Corinthians that “the greatest of these is love.”

So, what’s the bottom line?

Would I buy a copy of this book? Yes.
Would I check it out from the library? Yes. 
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Moody Publishers. This post also contains affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage, which helps keep this site up and running… so, thank you!

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{Book Review:} The Bible Savvy Series

{Book Review:} The Bible Savvy Series

As I mentioned a few weeks agoI recently joined up with several Christian publishers to review books. My first review was fiction; today I’m taking a look at a new nonfiction series.

I jumped at the chance to review The Bible Savvy Series by Jim Nicodem because I’ve been wanting to improve my Bible knowledge, and just didn’t know where to start. Turns out, this series is perfect for me.

Though I attended Sunday School as a young child, as I got older, our family had a hard time finding a church home. We eventually ended up at the one-room church a mile from our rural home, which had such a small congregation, we didn’t even have a full-time pastor.

My Dad volunteered to teach adult Sunday School, and my mom taught the kids in the foyer to the church. Since I was a teen by then, I became a helper — but our simplistic approach to basic Bible stories for little kids didn’t teach me much about the big picture.

I have to admit throughout college and young adulthood, Bible learning wasn’t really on my radar. By the time I realized the gap in my Biblical knowledge, I was a mom, and being actively recruited to teach kids again. This year I said a hard no to Sunday School teaching and started attending the adult class for the first time. And, that’s where I began to realize I needed to commit to real Bible study.

This Bible Savvy series fits the bill for a fledgling learner like me. Though I’m sure a pastor or theologian would find it overly simplified, Jim’s clear, down-to-earth, straight-talking approach kept me engaged. As a mom of three young kids, who’s always doing about ten things at once, I really appreciated that the books were broken up into four small volumes {a handy size to tuck into a purse}, which made them feel accessible.

Here are the four books and what they teach:

  • Epic: The Storyline of the Bible unveils the single theme that ties all the various parts of scripture together: redemption.
  • Foundation: The Trustworthiness of the Bible explains that the Bible is God’s book, not merely man made, and why it can be wholly trusted.
  • Context: How to Understand the Bible shows readers how to read the different parts of the Bible as they were meant to be read and how they fit together.
  • Walk: How to Apply the Bible helps readers put their greater understanding of the text into practice and how to draw real-life applications from it.

I’ve learned a lot already about the Bible’s big picture, and I’ve been inspired by this series to dig deeper and learn more. I feel like these books will continue to be a resource to me as I delve into God’s word. I’ve marked up my Bible’s table of contents, as Jim instructs readers in Epic, so I won’t forget — for example — what books in the Old Testament are the Books of the Law and which New Testament books are Epistles. I’ve purchased a new study Bible. And, I’m going to download Jim’s four-year Bible reading plan, since I always seem to fall behind as soon I get started on the one-year plans.

And, I’m feeling well-equipped, for perhaps the first time, to really pull forth a new level of meaning from God’s word.

So, what’s the bottom line?

Would I buy a copy of this set? Yes.
Would I check it out from the library? Yes. 
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes from Moody Publishers. This post also contains affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage, which helps keep this site up and running… so, thank you!

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