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Love Is a Verb: Stories of What Happens When Love Comes Alive

Dr. Gary Chapman has spent his life helping people communicate love more effectively and in turn build more satisfying and lasting relationships. His book The Five Love Languages is a regular on the New York Times bestsellers list–even after being in print for fifteen years–and has made the term “love language” a part of everyday speech. Love Is a Verb takes his teaching to the next level. Rather than a typical relationship self-help book filled with lengthy explanations of principles and techniques, it is a compilation of true stories displaying love in action. These stories–written by everyday people–go straight to the hearts of readers, who often say that illustrations are the most effective parts of a book. Gary Chapman adds a “Love Lesson” to each story, showing readers how they can apply the same principles to their own relationships.


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Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Chapman—author of the bestseller The Five Love Languages—posits that our culture often seems to have a love-tracked mind. This time he takes his expertise in the area to a more personal level by offering readers 40 stories written by everyday folks who have practiced what Chapman preaches: love is a verb. Readers will discover a husband and wife who make I’m sorry part of their lives; a father who sacrifices coaching basketball to help care for his infant daughter; a university staff member who learns to see an outcast girl through God’s eyes; and a mother-in-law who learns to love her son’s wife. Chapman follows each story with several paragraphs highlighting a key point that can help in developing healthy relationships, drawn directly from the preceding story. Those who have read and applied Chapman’s love languages to their lives will find inspiration; newcomers to Chapman’s work will find that love takes on many forms and is worth the effort. (May)
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From the Back Cover
Be Inspired by Lives Changed by LoveGary Chapman, bestselling author of The Five Love Languages, shares forty uplifting true stories from everyday people like*Doris, who chose to love her husband when what she really wanted to do was run away*Loretta, whose family was mended by love in action*Faith, who learned how to love a mother who had become a stranger*Laquita, who finally fell in love with her husband after forty years*Jacquelyn, who found the courage to love someone who seemed truly unlovableBecause love isn’t just a feeling.Love is a choice, and love is something we all need to do.Love is a verb. Since 1979, Gary Chapman has written more than twenty books. His book The Five Love Languages has sold five million copies in English alone and has been translated into thirty-six languages including Arabic and Hindi. In addition to his busy writing and seminar schedule, Gary Chapman is a senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he has served for thirty-six years. Gary and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for forty-five years and have two adult children and two grandchildren.


2009 Hardcover






Gary Chapman


Bethany House


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