Monday, July 14, 2008

Blog Tour Plus Giveaway - Love!

Love makes the world go 'round. Love, love me, do. Love me tender, love me sweet. Love means you never have to say you're sorry. All out of love.

Love one another. God is love. The greatest of these is love. The love of money is the root of all evil. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love covers a multitude of sins.

LOVE. Easy to talk about, sing about, write about. Harder to define. And even harder to do.

What does it really mean to love?

I'd like to introduce you to a new book that is full of practical ways to apply the theoretical concepts that many of us know and long to live out on a daily basis.


LOVE AS A WAY OF LIFE

by

Dr. Gary Chapman

You may know Dr. Gary Chapman as the author of the popular book The Five Love Languages. In this book he lays out seven traits that must be developed in one's life in order to demonstrate authentic love. Five love languages. Seven traits. Huh? What's the difference? He explains right at the beginning:
Love languages are important ways to communicate love, but without a basis for the love languages, our words and actions are empty.

The seven traits of a loving person are not an add-on to the five love languages; they are the foundation for every language of love. In order to love effectively in any relationship, we need to use these seven habits to cultivate an attitude of love in the most ordinary of interactions.

Cultivating the seven characteristics of love helps us build the strongest possible relationships through our attitudes, lifestyles, and actions. When we fail to value relationships through these seven characteristics, we are negative toward others, restless, and ready to attack or defend.

From Chapter 1: The Satisfaction of a Loving Life

This is a highly practical book. As Dr. Chapman puts it, it is written "not in the technical language of psychology or sociology but in the language of the man and woman who live down the street." It includes brief questionnaires to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses related to each trait, practical ways to develop specific habits to demonstrate each loving trait, as well as questions for discussion or reflection. Another helpful aspect of each chapter is the opposing competitor which must be overcome to develop that loving trait.

SUMMARY: The author of the perennial bestseller The Five Love Languages examines how a lifestyle of love can lead to deeper satisfaction in relationships and life goals. Eye-opening self tests, practical ideas for building daily habits of love, and inspiring examples guide readers in putting love to work in their daily interactions.

AUTHOR BIO: Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. His daily radio program, A Love Language Minute, is broadcast on more than 100 stations nationwide. Chapman, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, Wake-Forest University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, serves on the pastoral staff at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

GIVEAWAY!
The publisher has generously provided 2 copies of this book for me to give to 2 of you! To enter, please leave a comment on this post by 10 PM CDT Friday. (Continental US Residents only) I'll draw 2 winners and post the results over the weekend after I return from my mission trip. Please feel free to link to this post and spread the word on your blog.

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15 comments:

A Stone Gatherer said...

Can't get enough love! Have a very blessed time on your Mission trip! By the time you get back I will be flying to CA! Please pray for us on the 19th and 30th! Those are flying days! I'm a little YIKES right now!

Angela said...

Such a great author, and sounds like a great book.

Natalie said...

Everyone should read The Five Love Languages. A must for every library!

kamewh said...

This sounds like a great book!

Bethany@MyLifeinBlack&White said...

I loved learning about the 5 Love Languages, so count me in!

Also, I can't wait to hear more about the mission trip.

Tammy said...

Oh, this sounds wonderful!
My hubby and I took a love language test and found out we were on opposite ends of things when it came to how we give and want to receive love! It actually explained a lot and helped us to work on showing love the way the other person needs it. Sometimes we accidently slip back...this book sounds like it would be great to read!
Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Becoming Me said...

I love the 5 Love languages book and have the 5 apology one but have not yet read it. This one sounds wonderful too. so, will you be doing lots of touring this week? Hint hint.

Cheryl said...

Add my name to the pot!!!

Mel's World said...

Are you serious??? We love all Gary Chapman's books, and as a matter of fact dear hubby and I are both reading (and discussing on our date nights) the Four Seasons of Marriage!

Thanks for the opportunity...please count me in!

Thanks,
Melissa

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

I so need this book right now 'cause I'm not feeling the love towards our cruddy vacation rental agency.

sara said...

I love his books and try to keep in mind the love languages of the people in my life. I would love this book! I hope your mission trip is going well, I leave for mine on Thursday!!

BP said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. I loved the Five Love Languages and learned so much from it.

I came over to link to you for copying your "B is for Bookworm" meme from a while back.

boutcrazy said...

I've heard alot about his writing, but not read anything yet. I've seen this one at the stores and have been eyeing it.

I left a surprise for you over at my blog. Stop by when you get a chance.

Deborah

cpullum said...

Very nice giveaway!!!!!
I need some good summer reads!
cpullum@yahoo.com

southeastcountrywife said...

i am really interested in reading this book so please enter me!