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Simple ways to strengthen any relationship

With more than 10 million copies sold, The 5 Love
Languages
® continues to transform relationships worldwide. And
though originally written for married couples, its concepts have proven
applicable to families, friends, and even coworkers.

The premise
is simple: Each person gives and receives love in a certain language,
and speaking it will strengthen that relationship. For singles, that
means you can:

  • Understand yourself and others
    better
  • Grow closer to family, friends, and others you care
    about
  • Gain courage to express your emotions and
    affection
  • Discover the missing ingredient in past
    relationships
  • Date more successfully
    and
    more

Whether you want to be closer to your parents,
reach out more to your friends, or give dating another try, The 5
Love Languages
®: Singles Edition will give you the
confidence you need to connect with others in a meaningful
way.  

"Nothing has more potential for enhancing
one's sense of well-being than effectively loving and being loved. This
book is designed to help you do both of these things effectively."
— Gary Chapman

Includes a quiz to help you learn
your love language, plus a section on the pros and cons of online
dating.


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Reviews for The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition: The Secret that Will Revolutionize Your Relationships:

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Feb 14, 2010

I didn't really learn anything in addition to the original "The Five Love Languages". I recommend just sticking with that book. The examples he gave were either people who were currently dating or past tense examples of relationships that have came to an end. This is helpful for identifying what your own or what other's love languages are or have been, but really does nothing to help the single person enter a new relationship. It really did not give a very positive outlook on dating, with dating I didn't really learn anything in addition to the original "The Five Love Languages". I recommend just sticking with that book. The examples he gave were either people who were currently dating or past tense examples of relationships that have came to an end. This is helpful for identifying what your own or what other's love languages are or have been, but really does nothing to help the single person enter a new relationship. It really did not give a very positive outlook on dating, with dating being something you have to suffer through to hopefully eventually find the person you can live with after years of trial and error. It also paints a negative portrait of singles, that singles are just looking for what is out there to take (not givers) and that there is no way a single person can be truly happy since studies have shown that married individuals are happier and more economically secure. This book would also better if he could cut the church chat and just get to the point. His 1950's views on sex and sexuality got to be downright annoying after awhile. ...more
3

Jan 05, 2014

I was recommended this book by co-workers and students because they felt so profoundly that it helped them with building better relationships with friends and loved ones. There were a lot of concepts from this book that I really enjoyed; however, I wish I had been warned about the heavy Christian agenda behind some of the authors ideas. For me, the book would have been more effective if the Christian themes were left out or more generalized in nature.
5

February 13, 2017

This book will change your life, just from reading the first chapter, lol but read the whole book!!
4

Jul 04, 2011

This book is, essentially, the same as the original The Five Love Languages. Some of the examples are more fitting for unmarried folk and the illustrations also deal with different singles or dating couples he has come across throughout the years. Different chapters deal with how to love friends, roommates, coworkers, family members, siblings, and other relationships outside of romantic ones. Those chapters are mainly what distinguish this book from it's predecessor.

The main issue I had with This book is, essentially, the same as the original The Five Love Languages. Some of the examples are more fitting for unmarried folk and the illustrations also deal with different singles or dating couples he has come across throughout the years. Different chapters deal with how to love friends, roommates, coworkers, family members, siblings, and other relationships outside of romantic ones. Those chapters are mainly what distinguish this book from it's predecessor.

The main issue I had with the content of this book was how much of it dealt with dating couples. While this isn't a bad thing, I had thought with the title of "Singles Edition," this book would have been more for those who are not currently involved in a romantic relationship. A personal dislike I had with this book was Chapman's casual view of dating/romantic relationships. He seemed to promote the popular idea that dating someone doesn't mean you might want to marry him/her or are committed to him/her in any way. In fact, it is simply what you do get to know someone better--forget friendship! As a psychiatrist, I would have thought he'd have witnessed enough to know this method of dating to not necessarily be the best for mental health reasons. Did he choose to write to the culture rather than promote a different relationship style? Perhaps. But, it is rather inconsistent to write a book suggesting ways to make relationships long-lasting and more cohesive to a target audience of casual daters. ...more
5

June 19, 2017

Reading a book and driving, don't go hand in hand. Waiting patiently for this to become an audiobook. Will go to 5 stars afterwards. I have bought most of your stuff, but for now, only getting audiobook. I just recently learned of your single version. Have listened to most of your other books. TYVM & God bless you for bringing us into the light!!
2

Mar 23, 2008

Great theory--in fact, I think I buy into it in a pretty big way. I plan on applying some of the things I've read. He relates a great way of looking practically at how to relate better to people. That being said... I wouldn't recommend the book to most people for two reasons: 1. it is poorly written with extremely "hokey" examples, which makes it hard to take the theory seriously at points and 2. it's written from a very Christian perspective, which makes it sometimes difficult for many to Great theory--in fact, I think I buy into it in a pretty big way. I plan on applying some of the things I've read. He relates a great way of looking practically at how to relate better to people. That being said... I wouldn't recommend the book to most people for two reasons: 1. it is poorly written with extremely "hokey" examples, which makes it hard to take the theory seriously at points and 2. it's written from a very Christian perspective, which makes it sometimes difficult for many to relate to and, to my mind, does not actually add much to the message of the book--which is to love others in ways they will understand. I really wish he'd written it for a non-Christian audience; I think his (very good) theory would be more respected throughout the world and would reach greater heights if he'd been a little more inclusive of his audience. So... if the presentation is less important to you than the theory, feel free to read the book (because the presentation kind of stinks). It's got a great message: love others in a way they will understand. And practically, it breaks down and explains different ways to do so. Like I said, I like the theory... but the author maybe shouldn't be writing books. ...more
5

Jan 30, 2013

When I was finished with this book, I felt as if everyone I know should read it or another version of it (not necessarily the "Singles" version.)

This book not only will undoubtedly help me understand future relationships, but it had me stop and examine the love languages of every member of my family, close friend.. I even went through and examined the love languages of colleagues. A total "a ha" moment was when I looked at the love languages of my parents. Prior behavior which I, at times, felt When I was finished with this book, I felt as if everyone I know should read it or another version of it (not necessarily the "Singles" version.)

This book not only will undoubtedly help me understand future relationships, but it had me stop and examine the love languages of every member of my family, close friend.. I even went through and examined the love languages of colleagues. A total "a ha" moment was when I looked at the love languages of my parents. Prior behavior which I, at times, felt were smothering or controlling, weren't that at all - they were truly my parents acting out in their own love languages. Similarly, I saw how my own personal need for words of affirmation, and ways that I felt discouraged in the past, were because of others not speaking in my love language.

I thought back to failed relationships and saw how I may not have been speaking that person's love language - but ultimately, how they were not speaking mine. It helped me to realize that people may not always be intentionally hurting me with their words; they are simply just not speaking my love language or understanding how they make me feel.

If nothing else, this was a fantastic book on the human psychological condition and deepening your ability to relate to other people and understand both them and ourselves. Add in the fact that it's a Christian book based on Godly principles, and I think that the Christian reader pulls even more out of it than the non-Christian. Either way, I truly feel that anyone (Christian or non-Christian) looking to have a deeper understanding of their interpersonal relationships should definitely take the time to read this book and take the concepts to heart. It can definitely be relationship changing. ...more
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March 27, 2018

Reading a book and driving, don't go hand in hand. Waiting patiently for this to become an audiobook. Will go to 5 stars afterwards. I have bought most of your stuff, but for now, only getting audiobook. I just recently learned of your single version. Have listened to most of your other books. TYVM ...Full Review
5

Apr 03, 2017

Why I Choose this Book:

I was first introduced to the 5 Love Languages about six or seven years ago when I was in my late teens, and my world was literally changed. Around that time I read one of the 5 Love Languages books, but I'm not sure what edition. I figured it was time to do a refresher course, hence the reason for requesting this book.

What I Thought about this Book:

If I hadn't already known about the 5 Love Languages and a lot of the material in this book, I think I would have had Why I Choose this Book:

I was first introduced to the 5 Love Languages about six or seven years ago when I was in my late teens, and my world was literally changed. Around that time I read one of the 5 Love Languages books, but I'm not sure what edition. I figured it was time to do a refresher course, hence the reason for requesting this book.

What I Thought about this Book:

If I hadn't already known about the 5 Love Languages and a lot of the material in this book, I think I would have had millions of light bulb moments going off. This book is a treasury of so much helpful information and explanations and logic that it's crazy.

For those of you who don't know, the 5 Love Languages are 1) Words of Affirmation 2) Physical Touch 3) Quality Time 4) Acts of Service and 5) Gifts. These are the five primary way that people give and receive love. It's amazing how much sense this makes after you've studied it for a bit. Then pieces start falling into place, and the relationships you have can be greatly enhanced just by learning how to speak other people's primary love languages.

I was a bit surprised how much of the book focused on the romantic side of the love languages (how to treat someone you're dating, etc...), but I'm not saying that's a bad thing. I've just found the love languages work incredible well for everyone - including family, friends, and even somewhat distant friendships such as co-workers. The book does go into how to apply the love languages to all the above situations, just not to the extreme that I had imagined it would.

If you ever feel like you're not connecting with people well - especially those who you should have a good relationship with, such as family members, then this book will most likely revolutionize your relationships. It is so eye opening and practical. I'm incredibly thankful to have learned how to relate to people better.

Conclusion:

There were a few places with a bit of content that I wouldn't be okay giving to children, but that's perfectly fine, because it wasn't written for children. (For instance on the chapter about physical touch being one of the love languages, they talk briefly about abuse. But, they handle everything in a way that I found very appropriate.)

I don't agree with everything that's in the book, but for the most part the information is incredibly helpful and totally spot-on. I highly recommend the book.

Rating:

I’m giving The Five Love Languages: Singles Edition 5 out of 5 stars, and 10 out of 10.

*I received this book from Moody Press ...more
4

Apr 11, 2017

I picked this up at a thrift store and thought it might would work well for character development for my stories. However, after reading into just the first chapter, I grabbed out a notebook and pencil for me to take notes for myself. The "Five Love Languages" explores five common ways that most people express love: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, physical touch. I have known about the five love languages for several years, but reading the book helped me to analyze I picked this up at a thrift store and thought it might would work well for character development for my stories. However, after reading into just the first chapter, I grabbed out a notebook and pencil for me to take notes for myself. The "Five Love Languages" explores five common ways that most people express love: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, physical touch. I have known about the five love languages for several years, but reading the book helped me to analyze how it really does help show love to others--and how to do so specifically.

I know that after reading any personality book, you tend to see those traits explored in everyone. I would say that five love languages has a Christian backbone, but the book itself was not an exploration of Scriptures but more of a human analysis. There were Scripture verses shared, but it wasn't the emphasis of the book. At the same time, I do think that the principles shared are Scriptural--such as looking out for others' needs, and not for only yourself.

Though this was written for singles, I felt a heavy lean toward "singles and dating, or wanting to date." While some of the information given was solid, I don't quite agree with where Mr. Chapman stands with dating (such as "date around so you know what personality will fit with you").

So, all-in-all, this was a book that I could filter out some things I disagreed with yet glean a lot of good from. ...more
5

Sep 19, 2017

I first read this book a few years ago and I found it to be life changing. I started reading it again just to remind myself of the concepts of the book. There are 5 love languages: 1. words of affirmation 2. Receiving gifts 3. Acts of service 4. Physical Touch 5. quality time. My primary love language is quality time followed by receiving gifts. Understanding the 5 love languages actually made me understand people better (as well as myself) and to be able to express love in a way that makes them I first read this book a few years ago and I found it to be life changing. I started reading it again just to remind myself of the concepts of the book. There are 5 love languages: 1. words of affirmation 2. Receiving gifts 3. Acts of service 4. Physical Touch 5. quality time. My primary love language is quality time followed by receiving gifts. Understanding the 5 love languages actually made me understand people better (as well as myself) and to be able to express love in a way that makes them feel more loved. I think this is one of those books that the whole world should read! ...more
5

Sep 22, 2009

I'm very happy to have finally read this book. I knew I would benefit from and enjoy learning about the love languages, and already agreed with what I had heard of them. What I wanted to gain most was a better understanding of each language and how to apply the knowledge in my life, especially as a single. So the version was perfect! Well-written and informative, the only reason I didn't read it fast enough was because there was much for me to contemplate, analyze, and set goals with. I'm pretty I'm very happy to have finally read this book. I knew I would benefit from and enjoy learning about the love languages, and already agreed with what I had heard of them. What I wanted to gain most was a better understanding of each language and how to apply the knowledge in my life, especially as a single. So the version was perfect! Well-written and informative, the only reason I didn't read it fast enough was because there was much for me to contemplate, analyze, and set goals with. I'm pretty sure this is going to go right up there with my keen interests in such things like birth order and learning techniques. A perfect time in my life to be reading this book considering experiences over the past few years, currently reading "A Single Voice," and trying to work on this year's gift to the Savior. ...more
4

Jun 09, 2009

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while because the author’s love language concept resonates with me. It’s simple and sensible but not widely applied. He explains that people give and receive love in five different ways (through words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch, and gifts) and that the best way to love someone is through their language rather than your own. Your well-meant gift might not mean as much as a word of encouragement and a hug to someone whose primary I’ve had my eye on this one for a while because the author’s love language concept resonates with me. It’s simple and sensible but not widely applied. He explains that people give and receive love in five different ways (through words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch, and gifts) and that the best way to love someone is through their language rather than your own. Your well-meant gift might not mean as much as a word of encouragement and a hug to someone whose primary love languages are words of affirmation and physical touch—despite your best intentions. Knowing what makes people feel loved and appreciated will help you to convey to them effectively (in ways that are meaningful to them) that you love and appreciate them.

I finally decided to read the book after being inspired to love people better. Not because I was doing a particularly poor job of it, mind you; it was just a desire that had been bubbling up inside me, a worthwhile pursuit and part of a decision to really focus on, develop, and appreciate my relationships with people. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in love the action as opposed to simply love the feeling. Loving people well is not always an intuitive business, though I think many of us feel it should be; and this is especially true when people receive love in ways that are different from our own preferred ways of giving and receiving love.

The older I get, the more I recognize the importance of devoting time and attention in this area of life. Corny but true—love is a wonderful, enriching, and heavenly gift, second to none, and I don’t want to take it for granted. ...more
3

Jul 20, 2017

3.5 stars

I thought this had solid, though not groundbreaking, advice. It did make me think how I could improve my relationships with those around me which I'm going to follow through with.

2017 challenge: a book with career advice (this book contained information on how to improve your relationship with co-workers, so I'm counting it)
5

Jan 06, 2013

You can translate the fundamental teachings of this book to all relationships in your life - romantic love, friendship, and even professional relationships. I read in high school and am going to read his book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace which is specifically focused on professional relationships.

His concept is so simple yet has a profound impact on the way we understand and interpret relationships.
5

Jan 28, 2009

Being a single who has had his struggles with the female gender I found this book very enlightening. This book isn't geared solely towards dating it also deals with friendships, work relationships, parents and your kids. Basically there are five types of love languages that we all speak and we each have one that is predominate. If you figure out what the person's love language is you can "speak" it to them and fill their love tank. The five love languages are 1) words of affirmation, 2) gifts, Being a single who has had his struggles with the female gender I found this book very enlightening. This book isn't geared solely towards dating it also deals with friendships, work relationships, parents and your kids. Basically there are five types of love languages that we all speak and we each have one that is predominate. If you figure out what the person's love language is you can "speak" it to them and fill their love tank. The five love languages are 1) words of affirmation, 2) gifts, 3) acts of service, 4) quality time and 5) physical touch.

It gives you hints on how to figure out what the other person's love language is. It also contains a test to take to determine what your love language is.

I also found it interesting that the author has found that there is a two year period in a new relationship in which speaking the love language of the other person isn't necessary. This is the "tingle" period. Once this two year period ends, and it will, you need to work at maintaining the love that was soooo present in the relationship before.

Good read and can be done quickly. Love is what seperates us from animals so we should find ways to express it to those who are important to us. ...more
3

Dec 06, 2011

This was a pretty easy read. Chapman uses good flow and all his arguments are smooth and organized. I found this book insightful in that I don’t think I ever fully realized that people love and receive love in different ways. It is a bit difficult to see myself before learning what was in the book, but I think I tended to believe that some of the love languages were good and some were just superficial. This book changed my views on that and has helped me realize that people do actually receive This was a pretty easy read. Chapman uses good flow and all his arguments are smooth and organized. I found this book insightful in that I don’t think I ever fully realized that people love and receive love in different ways. It is a bit difficult to see myself before learning what was in the book, but I think I tended to believe that some of the love languages were good and some were just superficial. This book changed my views on that and has helped me realize that people do actually receive love in ways that I understand in my mind but not in my heart. All this is pretty much what Chapman explains is typical of most people. I think this should help me to understand and love the people that I am close with, but in my opinion is far less effective for acquaintances than he seems to suggest. It’s very hard to implement these ideas with people I only see casually once or twice a week on just a social basis. I read the singles edition and I don’t really know how different it is from the original. However, I was disappointed to find that many the examples were about couples in romantic relationships. Do people not have deep relationships outside of a significant other now? I guess single doesn’t have the same connotation now. ...more
2

Oct 17, 2016

This book was unnecessarily long by about 100 pages. The example stories were boundless, banal and repetitive. I felt like I was reading a "Read 'The 5 Love Languages' book if you want your life to change forever!" manifesto from candidate Gary Chapman and I was an undecided voter. Every story culminated in the fact that it all worked out thanks to the book. I kept saying out loud "Alright already! You've got my vote!", in the hopes that it would magically take me to the conclusion of yet This book was unnecessarily long by about 100 pages. The example stories were boundless, banal and repetitive. I felt like I was reading a "Read 'The 5 Love Languages' book if you want your life to change forever!" manifesto from candidate Gary Chapman and I was an undecided voter. Every story culminated in the fact that it all worked out thanks to the book. I kept saying out loud "Alright already! You've got my vote!", in the hopes that it would magically take me to the conclusion of yet another story within the story. As I mentioned in my previous update...I think it was a bit vapid for my taste. It's not one a my favorites which is a let down because I had high hopes for it. :( ...more
5

Jul 10, 2014

Sometimes with this sort of book, the advice seems "airy-fairy" or unrealistic to me. However the love languages concept resonated with me,. I was able to see myself reflected. Even more significantly, I had a potentially difficult conversation coming up and this caused me to stop and rethink my approach and think that is the true mark of success. The book was able to apply to my life, and in a positive way.
2

Jul 13, 2009

I think that the five love languages part was really good. The rest of the book was a lot of repeating etc...Like what I used to do when I needed to extend my college paper. Also not to fond of all the Christianity references OVER and OVER.

Overall helpful info, but could have done the same good if written in an article and not a book.
5

Mar 07, 2017

This is an awesome book to help people not only have more meaningful and loving romantic relationships, but relationships in all areas (friends, family, children, etc). This is a MUST read for everyone. And it's less than 250 pages, so why not?
4

Feb 26, 2013

I'm not usually that into self help / psychology books, but our book club read this and I found it well written, well thought out, and useful. Not just in terms of my marriage, but in terms of how I interact with my children, other family members, and even friends.
5

Sep 26, 2019

Five years ago, in the context of a volunteer team, I was introduced to "the five love languages." It's the concept that every expression of love falls into one of five basic categories. Now, for the first time, I read one of Gary Chapman's books on the subject, The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition. It explores this concept from the viewpoint of various singles (never married, widowed, divorced). According to the Goodreads rating system, "it was amazing"—that's 5/5 stars from me.

As an avid Five years ago, in the context of a volunteer team, I was introduced to "the five love languages." It's the concept that every expression of love falls into one of five basic categories. Now, for the first time, I read one of Gary Chapman's books on the subject, The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition. It explores this concept from the viewpoint of various singles (never married, widowed, divorced). According to the Goodreads rating system, "it was amazing"—that's 5/5 stars from me.

As an avid story-lover, I thoroughly enjoyed Gary Chapman's use of true stories to illustrate how an awareness of the five love languages has helped people cultivate, mend, or excel in their various relationships. Romantic, familial, platonic—the nature of the relationship doesn't matter. Of course, he's promoting his idea, so it's not in his interest to share instances of failure. Nonetheless, the book's versatile selection of success testimonies inspires confidence that there is great insight to be found in this philosophy. It's evident that the author really believes what he teaches.

There are some nuances or side points of The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition that I question, but for the most part, it was an enriching read. The languages of love that this book teaches are "Words of Affirmation," "Acts of Service," "Receiving Gifts," "Quality Time," and "Physical Touch." Though it isn't common knowledge in the general public, it seems intuitive, once explored, that different expressions of love will hold different levels of importance to different individuals. For one person, uplifting and affirming words are the key to the heart, while for another it's quality time. In His Word, God exhorts us to look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4) and to consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). The fact is, while we all need love (from both God and people), our interests look different at a grassroots level. It takes thoughtful consideration to know what will stir up love in another. I really appreciate the attention this book gives to exploring the dynamics of human relationships.

The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition by Gary Chapman was insightful and delightful, hence the 5/5 stars I give it. I would be interested in reading more of his spinoffs based on the core concept of the five love languages, and I would recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring the dynamics of human relationships as God has made it. ...more
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Apr 16, 2013

I had always heard people referencing this book as if everybody else was already aware or in tune with it's content and I just missed the meeting the day it was discussed. So I finally took the time and sought out the edition that suited my lifestyle the best. Ahem... the Single's edition. Being a night reader I tend to read only a couple chapters a night, pass out, then pick up where I left off the next night or even a couple nights later if I'm not really into the book. However, the five love I had always heard people referencing this book as if everybody else was already aware or in tune with it's content and I just missed the meeting the day it was discussed. So I finally took the time and sought out the edition that suited my lifestyle the best. Ahem... the Single's edition. Being a night reader I tend to read only a couple chapters a night, pass out, then pick up where I left off the next night or even a couple nights later if I'm not really into the book. However, the five love languages, singles edition spoke to my soul in a way that I needed so badly and yet had no idea I was in need. It was as if Gary Chapman was having a personal 50 minute session with me each time I picked up the book. Yes, there are religious references and for some that might not be palatable. But for myself, I welcomed the references. There is a personality Assessment, so to speak, at the end of the book that helps you to determine what love language you 'speak'. This is exceptionally helpful for those like myself whom are finding that they might fall somewhere between two or three languages. I would say the only thing I did not care for was after working your way through the in depth study of the five love languages and how to navigate them in both romantic and personal relationships there was a chapter that simply did not resonate with me. I am not a single parent or have children of any kind, and I am pretty certain there is an edition just for this or close to it. However, don't get me wrong, many people need that chapter. I just skipped over it. Overall I enjoyed this read very much and am grateful to have discovered my love language(s). I would and have recommended it to friends and family alike. ...more
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Jan 06, 2018

This made a lot of sense to me, though I do think our needs change, sometimes from day to day. Mine are words of affirmation, quality time, and physical touch. None of these are a big surprise.

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