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5.0 out of 5 starsMust have for young and older military couples.
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018
I got this book for my son and daughter-in-law. My son is active duty Navy. My daughter-in-law told me "This book was exactly what they needed!" She also said "Our communication is much more open because the book has taught us(them) how to communicate in the manner of which the other person needs to understand what the other is trying to convey." Yes, it's written by Gary Chapman, but it's not filled with biblical teaching. Couples who are military have a bunch more obstacles than couples who are not military. There is another book in this series called "The Five Languages of Love." I recommend both books!
It pains me to rate this book so low, as I'm a fan of Dr. Chapman. But this book is the exact same book as the original, but with fictional modifications to the same stories. just get the original, it reads better, doesnt incorrectly use military jargon, and even if the original stories are fake, at least they sound real.
My husband is a Marine Corps OIF/OEF Combat Vet. He is emotionally shut down and doesn't test for any single Language, I hoped that this book would give me better insight into how we can grow from this experience. It was basically the same book that we already have; I was hurt that there was not a greater attempt at helping military couples keep it together. I found the experience of buying and reading the same book again very frustrating.
Totally bummed about this book. After reading the original, I was hoping for some guidance with military life. After reading a few pages I thought to myself, this is exactly the same story from the original book. So I pulled it out and nearly the entire military book is word for word with the original. The only difference is the author changed some of the details in the stories to make it sound more like a military scenario. Very disappointed!
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
Save time and money. Just take a free online 5 love language quiz with your spouse and read the descriptions of your love language and give your spouse some specific examples of what that language means to you. Ex) act of service: is that doing the dishes without being asked or what? If you read this entire book your waste time with a lot of examples that don't help. Maybe its because the guy writing it is only a counselor through a church, his degree is a phD in anthropology not actually psychology. It's got a lot of religious undertones and that's not going to help everyone and it's very heteronormative. The idea is good but the execution is preachy and outdated for people who aren't looking for a 1950s style language.
I bought the original edition and had mixed feelings. I like the idea behind it, but didn't feel like I could apply it to my military marriage as intended. So when I saw a military edition I got excited! I am and was super disappointed to read pretty much verbatim what I read in the first book. This military edition is 95% verbatim. Copy and paste from the original. There are a few military stories, however the very first story is verbatim, names and all except he added "lived off post" there are some new stories, but not many. I was really hoping that this book would expand and differ from the original love languages since our lifestyle can't always apply the languages. I bought this via iBooks and not amazon, but still wanted to write a review here in hope to help other military families from wasting money on 2 of the exact same books with different titles.
If you don't have the original, buy this one because it does have good info.