Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Love as a Way of Life": A book review and 2 giveaways!

~Congratulations to the winners of the Love as a way of Life, book. They have been contacted. Contest is now closed.~
Dr. Gary Chapman's book Love As A Way of Life, is a great guide book to help us to love others in our relationships. We are relational people, and designed to love our "neighbor." I got so much benefit out of reading this book! I learned how I can change different ways I respond to people in situations.
Dr. Chapman view's love not as a single entity, but as a cluster of traits, which if developed will enhance all of life. These traits are:
Kindness: discovering the joy of helping others
Patience: accepting the imperfections of others
Forgiveness: finding freedom from the grip of anger
Courtesy: treating others as friends
Humility: stepping down so someone else can step up
Generosity: giving your time, money, and abilities to others
Honesty: caring enough to tell the truth
In the book, Love As A Way of Life, Dr. Chapman presents poignant stories of real people who have discovered the joys of living out the seven characteristics of authentic love. There is so much to learn, and I am thankful to have this book to always go back to for good, and helpful tips. I really liked the Habits to Acquire (how we can use what we learn in the book, to make it a good habit), Questionnaires (self tests to challenge our thoughts), and the Competitor (or the enemies that work against developing our character traits) sections in the book. I think that Dr. Chapman is so insightful, and God has given him such wisdom with relationship topics.
About the Author:
Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. His daily radio program, A Love Language Minute, is broadcast on more than 100 stations nationwide. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, Wake-Forest University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, serves on the pastoral staff at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
WOULD you like to WIN YOUR OWN COPY of Love As A Way of Life? This is open to all non-bloggers and bloggers of the United States! There will be 2 winners picked at random. Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite holiday is. If you want, you can tell me why. Click here to see how you can earn extra credits. Good Luck! This contest is open until July 28th at 7:00 PM CST.

110 comments:

Laureen said...

My favorite holiday is Halloween as I love to see all the creative costumes people and children dress up in.

Anonymous said...

I have to say christmas as that is my birthday and it is a time I don't have to send invitations and everyone gathers not only to celebrate the christmas holiday, but also I get to spend time with others on my birthday. To me that is pretty special.

platt
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Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday is hands down Christmas. I love everything about it, from the decorations, to the time spent with family, to the feeling of peace and joy.

Jillian (jordan.jillian@yahoo.com

Laura K. said...

I love Christmas because the season lasts for a month and everyone seems so happy, pleasant and content that time of year. I love gathering with my family and just enjoying each others company.
Laura
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Anonymous said...

My favorite is Thanksgiving--great time to spend with family and friends without much commerical frenzy

Sonya said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. It's just a great time.

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tollesons4him said...

My favorite holidays are Christmas because we celebrate Jesus birth then Easter because we celebrate His resurrection.

Alicia said...

Its hard to pick one holiday but I really like Christmas and Valentines day!!! One for all the family and one to celebrate love!

fangirl said...

Definitely Christmas. It is a time of year that brings my family together and reminds us of how much we love each other and how much we share.

fangirl said...

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s said...

to be honest I love the summer holidays especially fourth of july- yes I love Christmas but we get together because of school, weather over the summer nad the fourth is so beautiful celbrating freedom, family and the beauty of the outdoors

lovedandamazed said...

I know this is not original - however true it may be :-) - but Christmas is my favorite holiday. It is the only one I do much decorating for, and I definitely believe that the Christmas holiday starts Dec. 1st and goes all the way through Jan. 1st. :-) I love the music, the lights, the giving to others, the food and the family time.

Thanks for the chance to win! This looks like a really great book.
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Anonymous said...

I would definitely have to say that Christmas is my favorite holiday. It's the one time of the year, that the WHOLE family gets together to just have fun, no excuses!

vmkids said...

I love Christmas

gkstratos said...

I've always loved Halloween.
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gkstratos said...

Also a subscriber. Thanks.
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Cjnedrow said...

My favorite holiday is definitely Christmas. I still look forward to that time of year even as I did as a child!

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Snowpuff said...

My favorite holiday is the 4th of July, as it is also my birthday, it's warm and summertime, and I love BBQs and fireworks!

dwarzel said...

gotta be Christmas

susan1215 said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas

mverno said...

christmas what else

kygirl said...

My favorite is Easter.

susies said...

I love Halloween! Such a fun time of the year with the wonderful decorations and the beautiful fall weather. And I know there aren't a lot of sad people out there missing their loved ones like at Christmas and Thanksgiving.
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agordon10 said...

Xmas.

blueviolet said...

I love Christmas because of the togetherness and the giving feeling surrounding the season.
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Anonymous said...

Christmas, by far. I love the intimacy of my family all getting together, and no matter what are problems are, we can all come together and share in the same holiday and the same experience.

Danielle
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Jenn S. said...

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love getting together with family and all that yummy food. I also like all the fall/harvest decorations.

Ghost said...

I love Halloween.

Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday is Halloween.
Love seeing the kids dressed in costume, handing out candy, watching scary movies, and going to haunted houses.
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Leigh said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I start getting pretty giddy in...well...October lol I just love the excuses that the month+ between Thanksgiving and give us to be with our family and to say "thank you" and "I love you." I know we shouldn't need these excuses, but it just gives us all a reason to slow down a bit, and be with our family. (In theory, ya know lol)

Leigh said...

I also subscribe to your blog through my google homepage :) I love checking back, and seeing your blog button on the other blogs I cant stay off of ;)

Anonymous said...

Christmas! I love all of the decorations and lights. We like to drive around at night and see some of the amazing displays that people put up at their home.

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Anonymous said...

Easter - the Ultimate Love !

Mya said...

As a football freak, I'm gonna say Thanksgiving. Not for the food, but for the football...LOL

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Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. We have the big gathering of family, which I like, but the stress is not there and the decorations are simple and natural.
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toughturtles said...

Christmas

sweetsue said...

My favorite holiday is Easter. It is such a beautiful time of year.

idahomom said...

I love Christmas. I collect Santas and they stay out year round.

byoc said...

Christmas it is. That book sounds like just what I need right now.

Patty said...

Thank you for having this contest. I really appreciate it.

Princess Golden Hair said...

christmas of course. I love how it feels. i love how it smells. and i love how it tastes. it is truly the most wonderful time of the year

Mike said...

easter- it reminds me of the sacrifice made on my behalf

palaminodee said...

I love Thanksgiving; the crisp yet not too cold time of year, the great food, family and friends...christmas shopping the day after too!

trishden said...

Thanksgiving has always been a favorite holiday since I was young. We would go to grandma's house watch the Macy's parade, have a big meal and watch football. All very memorable.

msrodeobrat said...

thanksgiving.. good company and great food make a fantastic holiday

deemkooo said...

I have no favorite holiday. I distain them all. I wish I could embrace them....b

BrineS said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday!

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michelle said...

My favourite holiday would most likely be Christmas. We always just make it a simple family day, but the food is always awesome.

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sabb266 said...

We all love Christmas of course but I have avorite holidaywould have to be Easter because it is the sign of Spring for me with everything getting ready to bloom and the World waking up from it's winters sleep!

emily n. said...

definitely Christmas! as soon as it's over I start looking forward to the next year's.

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Kathy Mullins said...

Christmas is my fave...I love going to my Aunt Mary's on Christmas Eve. In years past before my favorite uncle fell ill, I used to pick him up on Christmas eve and bring him back the day after Christmas. He would spoil me rotten with wonderful lunch treats on both days. I love Christmas beause of the time with friends and family. The cold air in the wintertime is refreshing and there's nothing like seeing people's homes decorated for Christmas. My Dad used to call me his "spirit of Christmas". I miss Dad so much. He, too, loved Christmas.

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Megret said...

I love Easter. I love the newness of the spring season pairing with the hope of all Christ did for us. Easter baskets aren't too bad, either! :0)

Thanks! This book caught my eye a while back.
Megret
musesofmegret@gmail.com

Dena said...

My favorite is Christmas because that usually means that I get to go home and spend time with my family.

I also subscribed via Yahoo and I've added a link to the contest on my blog.

Dena said...

I guess I should have done this seperately.

I subscribed.

Dena said...

I just did my post about the contest.

Heather M. said...

My favorite holiday has always been Halloween! It's near my birthday, and I love autumn and dressing up :)

georgie said...

We love Halloween around here,mainly because we love the fall season that so quickly rolls into the holiday season

pancak said...

I love Christmas and try to keep it meaningful. Second fave is Halloween!

willblogforshoes said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I'm not crazy about all the fuss leading up to it, but I love the excitement and being around family!

DePro said...

Christmas

Angela said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love everything about it, from the decorations, to the time spent with family, to the feeling of peace and joy.

carol drury said...

Would love to win this - thanks!!!
cdrury@gmail.com
it would be christmas!!

Smooshy said...

Christmas!

Scrappy Do said...

I love Christmas because of the togetherness and the giving feeling surrounding the season.

Megan said...

I love everything about Christmas! Dirty Secret: I put my tree up after Halloween, not Thanksgiving! I love the smells, giving, time with family, road trips to get to the family! No look, you have me all worked up about it! Maybe I can get the tree up before Hubby gets home! lol (Drives him crazy that I put it up so early... it's just a month! lol)

Christine said...

I love Christmas because of all the anticipation leading up to the big day. I love shopping, wrapping gifts, and enjoying the decorations.

Anonymous said...

Christmas

MoonMaiden said...

My favorite holiday is Valentine's Day because I love romance :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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deedleweedle said...

I love all the festivities, decorations, and food of Christmas!

Karen said...

Fav holiday is Halloween !

Dallimomma said...

I just heard him talk about his book on the radio the other day. I would really like to read it.
My favorite holiday is Christmas, especially if all my kids make it home this year. Thanks.

yadgirl said...

I love Easter

Hippolyta said...

I love Christmas, but my second favorite is Independence Day. I love fireworks, time outside with the family, swimming, and watching a boat parade. And of course, I love celebrating living in this wonderful country. Although it is not perfect, there's no place I'd rather live.

stampedwithgrace said...

I love Christmas and Easter!

Julie D said...

We love holidays. My hubby and I got married on Valentine's Day. :) Our first son was born on Pearl Harbor Day. Our daughter is a firecracker (born on the 4th of July!). Our youngest son wasn't born on a holiday, but some years his birthday falls on Memorial Day.

Andrea said...

My favorite holiday is the 4th of July. NOT because of fireworks but because it is the holiday we all gather (the entire family) at the lake for a GREAT week! I'm sad it is already over!!

CHERYL A FRANCISCO said...

Christmas because of the joy of the season, and because more family gets together
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purplepassion126 said...

Thanksgiving--good food, good people, and relaxation.

kmartin said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love all of the traditions and sharing time with all of my family together! Thanks for the opportunity!

chromiumman said...

christmas - everybody loves christmas

Aisling said...

I love Christmas. I love the religious aspect, the decorating, the shopping and wrapping and giving, the baking, the get-togethers, and . . . obviously, just everything about it.

Julianne Bell @www.familyblueprint.org said...

Honestly, I am torn between this decision. Selfishly, I would choose Christmas, because I love the nostalgia of it. It makes ME feel warm and fuzzy! Sure, I try to make it about Christ, but it still ends up being about snowmen, hot chocolate, Christmas trees, singing carols, buying gifts, etc.

But I also love Resurrection Day. Why? Because it keeps me in awe of a God who loves me so deeply that He gave Himself a ransom for someone like me! And not only did He die, but then He gave me the power in His resurrection to live for Him. And so I love the silly things my children and I do to keep that resurrection truth in our lives and celebrate with much joy!

Blessings to you!

Carolyn said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas - tha anticipation, family, presents...
Carolyn
ceimusic@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Christmas is my favorite! I love getting together with my extended family! sarahpauzauskie@yahoo.com

Wendy said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas, my far! I love spending time with family, and seeing the excitement in my children's eyes on Christmas morning.

Roseann K. said...

My favorite holiday would be Thanksgiving. I love to make the complete turkey dinner and have my family over. Plus it's the all American holiday!

Anonymous said...

Christmas can, at times, get away from me, so I choose Thanksgiving!

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yellowlabs said...

Definately Christmas!

Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday is Valentine's Day which is also my birthday! Two gifts instead of one. Very romantic too.






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DorothyR. said...

Thanksgiving, A day we give Thanks as a family

Anonymous said...

Christmas is my favorite.

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Jinxy & Me said...

I love Christmas!

Larry said...

Christ's Birthday

kananee said...

Christmas! I know alot of it is commercial but it's so much fun, esp for the kids! And the whole atmosphere with the decorations, music, mood and the food, makes it so much merrier!

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Jessilyn82 said...

I love Halloween, it's so much fun to get creative with decorations and whipping up spooky themed treats

Jayfr said...

Groundhog Day is my favorite. Love the movie version.

Samantha P said...

i loooove Halloween and Chanukah!

Valerie said...

Christmas, as my two little girls are at the right age to so enjoy all the lights and the joys of getting gifts from Santa.

purango said...

Christmas is my favorite hokiday. garrettsambo@aol.com

Sylvia P said...

i really like New Years, lots of drinks!

bev said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the decorations and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Thanks for the contest!

penguin28 said...

Halloween is my favorite!

carissaad said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas because of what it represents and I enjoy getting together with family and friends. Although, this Christmas is going to be a little sad for my family because my brother will be deployed.

Thanks!

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carissaad said...

I subscribed.

Susanne said...

Halloween

klp1965 said...

i love halloween :)

masonsgranny59 said...

My favorite holiday is definitely Christmas.

lilyk said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas.

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I love Christmas !!!!!

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