My eyes on the Iowa caucus. Having lived in Iowa for 9 years, I have friends who will be voting tomorrow, so I'm interested to see how it turns out for the candidates. I am not a fan of any of the front runners, on either side. More and more, it seems Republicans and Democrats are basically the same. They want power and prestige and will say whatever they think will get them elected.
The 5 Love Languages. The first completed book I've "read" this year. I'm participating in #26BOOKSwithBringingUpBurns this year (and audiobooks count). I was searching for audiobooks on Hoopla and decided to listen to Chapman's book because it's a book with a number in the title. As of January 31, 1/26 books is now read.
Chapman's thesis is there are 5 love languages: 1. Words of affirmation, 2. Receiving gifts, 3. Acts of service, 4. Quality time, and 5. Physical touch. My two primary love languages are physical touch and acts of service. Drew's love language is words of affirmation. Overall I enjoyed this book. Since words of affirmation is not my love language, I sometimes downplay its importance for Drew. I often (wrongly) think, "How many times does he need me to complement him? It seems like I'm saying the same thing over and over, again and again." Hearing words of affirmation from me is important to Drew.
Some things should be taken with a grain of salt. I did not agree that I request, not demand things from Drew. In our marriage, there have been times when both of us needed to be hit over the head with a 2 by 4. We needed to use discernment about when we needed to sit down and have a serious conversation; there are times in marriage when it's appropriate to bring up issues that one sees in his or her spouse and talk, pray, repent, and forgive each other. One thing I noticed with many of the examples Gary Chapman gave is the couples had stopped communicating their wants, needs, and desires with their spouse. Husbands and wives need to be open and honest with each other.
What book have you read recently? Have you read The 5 Love Languages? If so, what did you think of it?