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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 partner and I found this book to be very helpful, however we did notice the author often assumes the military service member is male. Every since reading this book it has helped us understand each other a little bit and has given us insights on how to fill each other's love tanks. We found that we have the same love languages, but we express them differently. The book helped us with ideas on how to fulfill each other when we are away for long distances of time. We recommend this book to all looking to strengthen their bond with their spouse.
Good book for someone with a spouse or significant other in the military. I wish we both would have read this before she was deployed. Easy and fast read. After reading, I had about three pages of notes that I keep and read over while she's deployed. A lot of good information on how to keep a close relationship while AND after spouse is deployed. I don't think it goes very deep into relationships but it does help you understand how to better listen and empathize with your significant other.
It really helps but it is VERY VERY similar to the other 5 love language book. I mean word for word with just different examples. I have to say though I still love the book and am working with my husband after he reads it and comes back! I’m sending it to him once I’m completely finished and written all my notes/ highlighted sections!
I learned some interesting things. I am in a dual-military marriage and we are also inter-service. I think this book (and most relationship books aimed at military couples) have in mind the couple with a civilian and a service member. But it still had some eye-opening information. Since our first long deployment separation my husband and I decided we wanted to do relationship maintenance often instead of waiting to do repairs later. So we didn't read this with any particular problems to solve but we did enjoy it.
I love the information in this book. It was no news to me that my spouse has a completely different view of showing love. Anyone who pays enough attention to their spouse should be able to see that. Its well written and may give you some insight into your spouse, it also has activities for the couples. The scenarios in this edition are specific to Military couples but as far as I can tell the content is otherwise the same. If you have already purchased the first version I wouldn't waste your money on the Military Edition however if you haven't made a purchase this edition has scenarios that hit closer to home. I believe it still comes with an E copy for your Soldier so you can read it together. I didn't know this and purchased one separately for mine. Honestly my only issue is that it could hold more info about struggles we face specifically as military families and getting my spouse interested enough to read it was impossible. She replied "BLUF". I had better luck just getting her to take the test online.
I have not personally read this version yet, but my husband did and he said he finds that it does not offer much more than the original title. There are a few tips for how to speak your love language when half-way across the world, but he said most for the physical touch or acts of service(our two main languages) are a little corny or things that he knows one of us would never be comfortable doing. If you are military and have not read the original already, might be a better place to start though!
This book gave me so much insight throughout my husbands deployment. Gave me useful tips and encouragement for not only while he was gone, but also for when he came home! I would highly recommend it to any military couple. Though I will say I do believe that people can and do sometimes have more than one or two love languages.