And how can you learn the communication techniques necessary to hear your significant other and be heard by that person, too?
Renowned Christian author Gary Chapman (of The Five Love Languages) offers insightful, Biblically based answers in his nonfiction work Now You're Speaking My Language.
Chapman contends that success in marriage means communication combined with intimacy, and that four principles will provide that foundation so that neither spouse feels ignored, unappreciated, or overlooked. Those four principles are underscored by his belief that the Bible is the final word on marriage according to God's design and that a close, personal, and growing relationship with God is vital to the stability of a marriage.
This work is eminently readable, well-researched, and approachable, like all of Chapman's books that I've had the privilege of reading. Its explanation of the five levels of communication, from surface-level talk to the deepest and most intimate conversations possible, left me openly pondering my own current relationships, whether romantic or platonic, to learn whether I could find ways to improve my communication and listening skills with others.
Chapman speaks with authority, patience, and compassion, having "been there" himself with his wife in their marriage. His anecdotes and personal stories are heartening and refreshing reminders that we all have room to work on ourselves and our relationships with God and others, whether we've been married for one day, one year, fifty years, or are yet single.
Thought-provoking and closely written, Now You're Speaking My Language is a read I can highly recommend.
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Author: Gary Chapman
Title: Now You're Speaking My Language
Publisher: B&H Group
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1O5HWPN
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.