Gary Chapman really takes the Five Love Languages and runs with this with this couple devotional. It’s a short and sweet, meant to be a daily, devotional to walk through either on your own or with you spouse. Aside from it being purple, my only hesitancy with digging in is how much the daily devos tend to only penetrate the “surface”of relationship.

If you are willing to devote more than the two minutes it will take to walk through the lesson, that is, if you are willing to really sit with what is being shared and apply it to your own situation — and see what the Bible has to say about the issue — I would say that this is a good devotional. On the other hand, if you are looking for a time to be stretched and strengthen by the Word and how it applies to your life, this might not be the book for you. Like I said, the lessons are short and only catalyze your mind and the applicability of the short devotional so much. You’ve got to want to walk the extra mile on your own.

All that said, the text is coming from a man who has done much work in marriage counseling and the focus of the devotionals tends to be less on “God’s promises for you and your spouse” (as the title suggests) and more on communication, selflessness, respect, and forgiveness. The devotional is a great daily nudge in the right direction for anyone in a relationship (but many of the lessons dig into matters like sex, which might be worth meditating on until marriage). I’d recommend it to someone who is self motivated and does not need an entire daily devotional mapped out for them.

 

*This book was free with my promise to post an unbiased review.