The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman is a book for parents, teachers, mentors, administrators, counselors, and more. Chapman describes in detail how to identify the love language of teenagers. The main audience of this book is parents. I believe that all individuals connected to teenagers can benefit from reading this book. Gary Chapman identifies 5 ways of showing love to teenagers. He starts with words of affirmation and emphasizes how important it is to speak encouraging words to your teen. He then goes on to describe physical touch, quality time, acts of service, and gifts. Not only does Chapman describe the languages, he also discusses the appropriate times or inappropriate time with the use of real-life examples. Gary Chapman supports his reasoning with the use of research, his experience as a family counselor, and Biblical text.
I truly enjoyed this book not only from the perspective of a parent but also a teacher and mentor. It was a very easy read but is very detailed. I don’t normally care for non-fiction books, but this one is amazing. This book kept my attention and I didn’t want to put it down. Gary Chapman wrote in a very loving tone and also caused me to reflect on my relationship with my pre-teen.
Also, Chapman only repeats or emphasizes those areas that he wants parents to really focus. This is a handbook to be utilized often. I would recommend that individuals put aside their set way of thinking and open their mind to this great resource.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I selected it to review because I wanted to understand my son’s stages of development and why he responds different now that he is almost a teenager. This book answered many questions for me.
I gave the book 5/5 stars, and I would recommend it to all individuals that interact with teenagers. You will not be disappointed.
*I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Hope-in-Christ Book Club has been reading the true story of "Laura." This book has pulled at our heart strings to say the least! Laura is a very brave young lady who shares her testimony of abuse as a child. If I could select a theme for this book, I would say "God is Faithful Even in Our Pain." Laura couldn't go to her parents because her home was the source of her abuse. Throughout the story, she shares how she found the strength to continue to call on our heavenly Father.
Many of us, like Laura have cried out to God even when we did not understand our struggles or even who He really is as Creator and LORD. God promises to take care of us even when our parents forsake us. He is our heavenly Father. So as we continue to go through life's struggles, remember that God uses individuals like Laura to record His greatness in their lives. We all have a testimony to share. It was only God's grace that kept Laura through ever test and trial. She experienced extreme abuse, but God remained faithful in her life. The God that Laura called out to is the same God that we can depend on in our time of need. He is faithful and just!! He knows the plans that He has for us. He will be with us and keep us even until the end of time!!