The 5 Apology Languages: The Secret to Healthy Relationships

The 5 Apology Languages: The Secret to Healthy Relationships

The 5 Apology Languages: The Secret to Healthy Relationships

The 5 Apology Languages: The Secret to Healthy Relationships


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“I said I was sorry! What more do you want?”

Even in the best of relationships, we mess up. We say and do things we deeply regret later on. So we need to make things right. But just saying you’re sorry isn’t enough. That’s only the first step on the road to restoration.

In The 5 Apology Languages, Gary Chapman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the 5 Love Languages®, partners with Jennifer Thomas to help you on the journey toward restored relationships. True healing comes when you learn to:

  • Express regret: “I’m sorry.”
  • Accept responsibility: “I was wrong.”
  • Make restitution: “How can I make it right?”
  • Plan for change: “I’ll take steps to prevent a reoccurrence.”
  • Request forgiveness: “Can you find it in your heart to . . . ?”

Don’t let hurts linger or wounds fester. Start on the path to healing today and discover how meaningful apologies can make your friendships, family, and marriage stronger than ever before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802428691
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2022
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 77,063
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

GARY CHAPMAN—author, speaker, counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the #1 bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit his website at

JENNIFER M. THOMAS, Ph.D., is a motivational speaker specializing in the five love languages and communication. She is a business consultant and psychologist. She recently gave a TEDx talk on the two essentials for healthy relationships. Hint: They involve a love tank and forgiveness. She is co-author (with Gary Chapman) of When Sorry Isn't Enough and The Five Languages of Apology. Her books have been translated into fifteen foreign languages and sold hundres of thousands of copies around the world. Jennifer has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, as well as a BA in Psychology and Religion from the University of Virginia. Visit her website at to take a free apology profile and register for her enewsletter.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why This Is Important 9

1 Righting Wrongs 13

2 "I'm Sorry": Expressing Regret 21

3 "I Was Wrong": Accepting Responsibility 33

4 "How Can I Make It Right?": Making Restitution 47

5 "I'll Take Steps To Prevent a Recurrence": Planned Change 63

6 "Can You Find It in Your Heart…": Requesting Forgiveness 81

7 How Do You Say You're Sorry? 93

8 What If You Don't Want to Apologize? 103

9 Learning to Forgive 121

10 Healing Your Family Relationships 139

11 Choosing to Forgive Yourself 155

12 Truly Sorry, Truly Forgiven 167

Things Not to Say When Apologizing 173

Things to Say When Apologizing 174

The Apology Language Profile 177

Acknowledgments 189

Notes 191

About the Authors 195

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