The DIY Guide to Building a Family that Lasts: 12 Tools for Improving Your Home Life

The DIY Guide to Building a Family that Lasts: 12 Tools for Improving Your Home Life

by Gary Chapman, Shannon Warden


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Is it really possible to have the home life you want with the people you love?

The most exciting part of any home improvement show is the big reveal—that moment when a drab, run-down house becomes a breathtaking new home. What if you could have that with your home life?

That’s what the DIY Guide is all about. In it, you’ll find practical tools for transforming your home life and dramatically improving your family’s culture from Shannon Warden and Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller The 5 Love Languages®. Each chapter teaches you a new home life skill and pairs it with a home improvement metaphor that makes it fun and easy to remember.

You can’t hire a contractor for this work, but if you’re willing to put in the sweat equity (hard work), you’ll see results fast. Don’t wait any longer. Get started today and give your relational space the renovations it deserves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802419149
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 232,200
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(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

DR. SHANNON WARDEN is a professor of counseling at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, NC. Previously, she was an assistant teaching professor of counseling at Wake Forest University and an assistant professor of counseling at Gardner-Webb University. As a licensed professional counselor for over twenty years, she has counseled with hundreds of couples and families. For more information about Shannon, visit

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 Building Kindness 15

2 Increasing Gratitude 31

3 Cultivating Love 45

4 Seeking Compromise 63

5 Choosing Forgiveness 81

6 Improving Communication 101

7 Enhancing Trust 117

8 Developing Compassion 133

9 Increasing Patience 151

10 Getting Organized 169

11 Creating Fun 183

12 Building Connection 197

Epilogue: Home Maintenance 215

Home Life Inspection Quiz 221

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 229

About the Authors 233

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