A Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages: How to Understand Yourself and Improve Relationships with Those You Care About  -     By: Gary Chapman, Paige Haley Drygas
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Teens' relationships matter---and learning the five love languages can help them communicate with their peers, parents, siblings, teachers, and coaches! Helping young adults identify what motivates and inspires them, Chapman also offers advice on how to best express love to others, what it means to be a friend, and more. 144 pages, softcover from Northfield.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Northfield Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802414354
ISBN-13: 9780802414359

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The secret to great relationships—just for teens

#1 New York Times bestselling book The 5 Love Languages® has sold over 10 million copies, helping countless relationships thrive. Simply put, it works. But do the five love languages work for teens, for their relationships with parents, siblings, friends, teachers, coaches, and significant others? Yes!

Introducing A Teen’s Guide to the 5 Love Languages, the first-ever edition written just to teens, for teens, and with a teen's world in mind. It guides emerging adults in discovering and understanding their own love languages as well as how to best express love to others.

This highly practical book will help teens answer questions like:

  • What motivates and inspires me?
  • What does it mean to be a caring friend?
  • What communicates love to my family?
  • What is the best way to get along with the opposite sex?

Features include:

  • A straight-forward overview of the 5 love languages
  • A profile/assessment instrument specifically geared to teens
  • Practical examples/tips for how to apply each language in a teen’s context
  • Graphics that drive home key concepts

Teens' relationships matter, and these simple ideas will help them thrive.

Author Bio

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 www.5lovelanguages.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Thanks to NetGalley, I received a pre-publication copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. As a result of this preview, I have already ordered a paper copy for my 13-year-old daughter, ordered a copy for my middle school library, and suggested that my husband, who is a pastor, order copies for our youth group AND I have offered to lead a book study with that youth group, which I never do! Does this tell you how terrific I think Dr. Chapman's Teen's Guide to the 5 Love Languages is? It should. Dr. Chapman does a wonderful job of breaking down his love languages theory for young people, delving in to what it might look like to love someone through service, words, touch, gifts, and time. Each love language has its own chapter with follow up questions, and chapters are also dedicated to family, anger and apology, and figuring out your own love language. The information and guidance Dr. Chapman provides in this book is perfect for young people in building and maintaining healthy relationships throughout their lives."

Reviewed by Samantha McManus on NetGalley, Apr 26, 2016

 

 

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    This could change so much for our teens
    June 29, 2016
    Melissa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a great book for teens. This could really change they way teens interact with each other.

    It's funny because I have been having conversations with my daughter about making sure she is asking her friends about themselves, not always talking about herself. And as she is enter the stage of liking boys and boys liking her I can see how this book can help her navigate some areas.

    This book also addresses how to interact with moms and dads, brothers and sisters. I really think every teen should read this book. If they did I can see them developing much healthier relationships then I ever had.

    Can you imagine having this knowledge going from a young age, I think I would be a much better wife if I had gained this insight early on in life instead of after I got married.

    A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Filling the Love Tank
    June 28, 2016
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For Mothers Day 2015, my boys collaborated on a load of bark mulch for my flower gardens and then faithfully spread every last particle. What a gift! They were certainly speaking my love language!

    Gary Chapmans five love languages have become woven into the fabric of our culture. Any conversation centered around interpersonal dynamics and relationship building is going to, eventually, come around to a discussion of understanding the other persons love language. But what if the conversation started during the teen years when relational habits are still being formed before life partners are chosen and language barriers are already in place? Although Rosetta Stone hasnt come up with a series on love languages, Paige Hayley Drygas has lent her voice to Garys classic material and the result is A Teens Guide to the 5 Love Languages.

    Since there are only five fundamental love languages, all humans express love emotionally in five distinct ways. Each of us has a primary love language, which means that one of the five speaks more deeply to us than the other four. This is crucial to understand in a relationship because no matter how much I love my husband and sons, if I am not communicating that love to them in a way that is meaningful to them, they will not feel loved. We have a tendency to speak the language that fills our own love tank, when that may not be the most effective means of communication to our loved ones. Too, we should not speak only the primary love language of the people we care for. Love can be expressed and received in all five languages. However, keep in mind that if you dont speak a persons primary love language, then that person will not feel loved, even though you may be fluently speaking the other four.

    Through the use of engaging illustrations and personal examples, Gary and Paige present all five love languages with related tips on enriching teens relationships and very practical examples of what each love language would look like in real life. The goal is to identify ones own love language and then to key into the preferences of family and friends:

    Words of affirmation Truthful words spoken or written from one person to another to uplift, to encourage, and to make the recipient feel loved. Specific and intentional words can communicate how much we value those we love by expressing appreciation, encouragement, praise, and kindness. Warnings against flattery are wise.

    Quality time Intentional, deliberate time spent with a person to make the individual feel loved. With each of the five languages, there are dialects that guide exactly how the love is received. For instance, quality conversation may fill the love tank of one person while shared activities may be the preference of another.

    Gifts More than a material item, a gift is a visual symbol of love representing the giver. A gift is a tangible object that says, I was thinking about you, and I wanted you to have this. The value of the item does not correspond to its price tag but to its meaning to the person.

    Acts of service Doing something kind, intentional, and unexpected that helps someone else. Once again, were looking for impact: what will mean the most to the recipient? This may not necessarily be judged in the amount of time spent, or even by how hard you work. Attitude and eagerness are important, and service does not imply becoming someones doormat.

    Physical touch If someones primary love language is touch, then your touches will speak more loudly than your words. Boys and girls will express affection differently and individual personalities, the parameters of the relationship, and timing all play a huge role in communicating love through touch. Obviously this is a tricky one for teens, for, sadly, no other love language has been more distorted than touch.

    Some important considerations:

    It is critical to learn to both receive and give love in all five languages.

    All the love languages can be learned. Some may feel more awkward than others, but all of us need to be able to speak love in a variety of ways.

    Every love language has an opposite. Quality times evil twin is deliberately leaving someone out; the twisted version of gifts would be bribery and manipulation.

    The Five Love Languages Profile is a diagnostic test to help readers evaluate their own love language, and a helpful chart is provided for analyzing the go-to language of loved ones.

    Just as missionaries labor to communicate in the heart language of the people group they serve the language of their thoughts, feelings, and dreams we communicate love and respect, value and appreciation for others by learning their love language and using it to speak deeply to them.

    All of us want to be known and loved. Thats universal. However, how we want to be loved is unique to each of us.

    A terrific study for a youth or college-aged group, A Teens Guide to the Five Love Languages is a helpful tool for better communication and the laying of a good foundation for healthy relationships.

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    This book was provided by Northfield Publishing in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for teens on communication and relationships
    June 11, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I remember the insight and understanding I gained the first time I read about the five love languages. Teens really need the information and I'm glad to see it presented in a book written especially for them.

    If you're not familiar with the love languages, here's a synopsis. It's been found that each person receives messages of love and appreciation in a particular way. Some accept spoken (or written) words. Some recognize love by the amount of quality time you are willing to spend with them. Others recognize love through gifts. Others need to see acts of service. And some accept love best when expressed through touch.

    I like how the authors expand on each of the languages. For example, with the love language of time, that can be expressed with quality conversation (with tips on communicating), quality listening (with tips on listening skills), and quality activities. The authors have included some suggested ways of expressing love in each of the languages. They also include how to recognize the love language of another. And, especially suited for teens, there are warnings for each language as to how it can be misused (such as the most misused touch).

    The method of presentation and the graphics are great. I really like the emphasis on feeling loved and how the feeling is created when the right love language is used. We tend to use our own love language and that may not work with someone else. Recognizing another person's love language and expressing love in that way may take some effort. But teens will really see the benefit in relationships.

    The authors give examples of each love language and how the message is received. They also include cautions, like not being phony. This book will help teens understand communication and relationship problems. Recognizing differences in communication languages, teens be better able to make good relationships. The authors even include tips for family relationships (parents and siblings) and a chapter on anger and forgiveness.

    Tips and questions are included at the end of each chapter. This would be a good book for parents to read along with their teens as the questions would provide good discussion. Everyone in the family could work through the love language profile and determine their own. Those results would make for good family discussion too.

    I highly recommend this book for teens and parents. Even if you've read about the five love languages before, this is a good book to refresh your memory. If you've never read about the love languages, this is a good place to start. You're in for a treat and a future with better relationships.

    Food for thought: Learning to speak love and appreciation in a language the other person can receive is the key to enhancing all human relationships. (16)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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