Dr. Gary Chapman has spent his life helping people communicate love more effectively and in turn build more satisfying and lasting relationships. His book "The Five Love Languages" is a regular on the "New York Times Best Sellers" list - even after being in print for fifteen years - and has made the term 'love language' a part of everyday speech. "Love Is a Verb" takes his teaching to the next level. Rather than a typical marriage self-help book filled with lengthy explanations of principles and techniques, it is a compilation of true stories displaying love in action. These stories - written by everyday people - go straight to the hearts of readers, who often say that illustrations are the most effective parts of a book. Gary Chapman adds a 'Love Lesson' to each story, showing readers how they can apply the same principles to their own relationships.
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About the Author
Since 1979, Gary Chapman has written more than 20 books. His book The Five Love Languages has sold four million copies in English alone and has been translated into thirty-six languages, including Arabic and Hindi. He has his own daily radio program called A Love Language Minute that can be heard on more than 100 radio stations across the United States.
In addition to his busy writing and seminar schedule, Gary Chapman is a senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he has served for thirty-six years. Gary and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for forty-five years and have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Gary Chapman is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively. He received MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Duke University.
Table of Contents
Introduction Gary Chapman 11
Loving Lavishly Tamara Vermeer 15
The Potato Fiasco Eileen Roddy 21
The Changeling Louise D. Flanders 26
A Simple Cup of Cheer Steven L. Brown 31
Drinking Milk With a Spoon Doris E. Clark 35
The Hug I'll Never Forget Rebecca Willman Gernon 40
Between Mountain Streams and Ferris Wheels Sheila Farmer 45
The Little Girl Who Changed My Life Laurie A. Perkins 50
Opposites Attract-Then What? Emily Osburne 57
The New Love-Room Betty J. Johnson Dalrymple 61
A Christmas Miracle Loretta J. Eidson 65
Between the Baby and Basketball Kevin Lucia 70
A Reason to Live Sudha Khristmukti 76
Better Than Chocolate Midge DeSart 83
Who's Winning the War? Laura L. Bradford 87
Lost and Found-Four Sisters Sarah B. Hawkins 93
My Knight Knows Leslie J. Payne 97
The Heartbeat of Springfield Jon Hopkins 102
The Girl Who Pierced My Heart Barbara L. Scott 109
A Wounded Heart Set Free Amy Chanan 114
Entering Molly's World Elsi Dodge 118
Just Call Me Babe Donna Smith 124
When Sara Taught Me Freedom Nancy Page Sheek 130
The Good With the Bad Sheila Farmer 135
Everyday Adventures With Mom Faith Waters 140
Trials and Errors Billy Cuchens 146
It's Not About Me Christine McNamara 152
Not the Girl for My Son? Ann Varnum 157
Silver-Boxed Kindness Pamela Dowd 161
A Spring Tulip in Frozen Ground Gena Bradford 165
All She Needed Was Time Katherine J. Crawford 171
The Day My Husband Prayed I'd Die Laquita Havens 177
The Battle of the Dishwasher Susan Stanley 182
The Weather Kitten Nancy J. Farrier 187
Say Good-bye to Your Mistress Jennifer Devlin 191
The 50/50 Proposition Sandy Cathcart 196
For Richer or Poorer Chris Wright201
The Price Is Worth It Jacquelyn Sandifer Strange 206
Pulling Weeds on Blossom Trail Connie Pombo 210
Love's Doorway Nora Peacock 215
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In his new book, "Love is A Verb," Gary Chapman has collected several short stories about love being lived out. This is different from some of his other books, but this book is great none the less. This is not so much a guide on how to love, although these stories provide teaching points and Chapman does include helpful insights at the end of each chapter. Instead it is a collection of stories about how people have lived out their love for one another. These are not your typical love stories though. These are inspiring stories about how love has changed lives through difficult circumstances. Chapman includes a variety of different situations and shows what can happen when someone decides to live out their love instead of giving up. He does a great job of reminding us with these stories that love is much more than a word. Love is demonstrated through actions and decisions. This book is powerfully written. I highly recommend this book.
Gary Chapman has a new book called Love Is a Verb. As with all the books I've read by Chapman, including The Firve Love Languages, this is an excellent book and well-worth your time. Love Is a Verb is a compilation of stories told by various men and women about situations in their lives that taught them a lesson about love. The forty stories are about marriage relationships as well as relationships with family members, neighbors, parents and children. After each story the Gary Chapman writes a short overview of the love lesson taught by the story. The stories are well written and enjoyable to read. The book is one that you can pick up and read one story or several at a time. When my husband asked about the book I told him it reminded me of the "Chicken Soup" books. I would recommend this for your personal library as well as a nice gift book to give others.
Love is a Verb by Gary Chapman is subtitled Stories of What Happens When Love Comes Alive, and this book is full of love! In a format similar to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Chapman has collected several stories about how the power of love has completely transformed lives. Marriages reborn, children who teach about the true meaning of love, and love even through illness, every story is an illustration about how God uses other people to teach us how to love and how He loves us. After each story, Chapman gives a short summary about how the reader can apply the message to his/her own life. Every story is uplifting, and many may induce some tears. This book brought a smile to my face every time I opened the covers.
When I began reading, my initial reaction was, "Oh, no. Not another 'do this and everything will be coming up roses' book." However, being that Gary Chapman has proven himself with his other writings, I was willing to carry on and continue reading. I am glad that I did. Filled with short stories of how different people overcame some of the more difficult situations and seasons of their lives, the reader is allowed the time to reflect on and process through what they've read, and possibly apply it to their own life. An excellent nightstand book or even a group study book.
I have not actually read all of the book but after hearing a review of it on Christian radio decided to buy it as a gift for Father's Day. I gave it both to my daughter's significant other and for my new grandson in law (love) on an audio book. Audio is great for those who have a certain amount of difficulty reding or are time limited. I thought the premise of love being something that is expressed with loving action rather than reaction to wanting more from the beloved to be very forceful. I sincerely believe that in loving others we do become more lovable. It is in giving love that we are able to truly receive love. It is so like the grace of God who loves us in spite of how we fail to respond to his unfailing love with the expectation that He will continue to love us if we have the faith to believe in His love. I do intend to read All the book for myself in the future.
As part of Bethany House's blogger program I received a copy of Love is a Verb: Stories of What Happens When Love Comes Alive by Gary Chapman. This book was not at all what I thought it would be. I totally expected it to be more along the lines of a self-help book, authored entirely by Chapman. Not that that would have been a bad thing, but I was pleasantly surprised as I opened the book and began to read. Inside I found stories written by everyday people who actually understand that love truly is a verb. These are people who have learned to love in situations when the world, and sadly, sometimes the church, would have easily allowed them to, or even encouraged them to, justify giving up on, leaving, or even hating those they instead chose to love. Parents, children, spouses, neighbors, and strangers have all become lovable, not because of who they are, but because someone chose to love them. Unconditional love is the theme of this book. At the end of each story, Chapman adds a short commentary to give us something to think about Though I have many, one of my favorite stories in the book is about a woman, Louise, whose young son, Jonathan, suffered from a stroke and changed from a happy little boy, to a cruel young child who commonly spewed hateful things from his mouth such as "I hate you" and "You're dumb and stupid." Louise had to try to learn to love him all over again. And she did. With every story I was convicted. How many conditions have I placed on my love for others? Too many, I hate to say. This book made me realize that we really can love unconditionally, if only we look past ourselves, and simply remember that love really is a verb.