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by Gary Chapman

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Perfect for : Personal Use, Bible-Study group

In a nutshell: The authors have written a wonderful little faith-based devotional that aims to help the reader focus on the seven characteristics involved with loving a person, whether that person is your spouse, relative, friend, or co-worker. Each devotional starts with a scripture from the Bible, then continues with a few paragraphs pertaining to the topic of the day.

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Content: The book contains 9 sections, including seven characteristics of a loving person, an opening section called "Love as a New Way of Life" and a closing section called "Making Love a Way of Life Every Day." In between these two sections are the seven traits: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, honesty.

Format: Each topic is listed at the top of the page (there are a total of 90 topics), and is followed by a scripture from the Bible, then a few paragraphs that address the topic, ending with a thought or prayer for the day.

Readability: These topics are quick and easy reads, and will provide you with a nice start (or break) to your day.

Overall: These inspirational devotionals only require a few minutes to read, but will provide you with wonderful life stories that you can learn from and share. ( )
  wbarker | Sep 10, 2009 |
When Gary Chapman penned The Five Love Languages its sweeping popularity paired with the effectiveness of his work embedded the concept of varying love styles deeply within our society, nearly making him a household name. His work on love then expanded to include love languages for children, teens, languages of apology, languages of communing with God, as well as other titles building upon the basic foundation of love.

When the entirety of scripture is examined it becomes apparent that not only is God’s love the most powerful emotive force in existence, it’s also the very foundation of the tapestry that He began weaving when He created the world. As followers of Christ our highest ambition is to embody and reflect this love to the world around us - from family and friends to acquaintances and even strangers.

In The Love as a Way of Life Chapman encouraged believers to put love in the center of their lives by developing the qualities of Kindness, Patience, Forgiveness, Courtesy, Humility, Generosity, and Honesty. The Love as a Way of Life Devotional, co-written by Elisa Stanford, provides 90 micro-devotionals to encourage and inspire Christians to develop each loving quality in their lives.

Each devotional segment includes a topical heading, scripture verse, illustration or personal anecdote and a practical action step or prayer. The anecdotes are drawn from scripture, Chapman’s life, those of notable Christians such as Mother Teresa, pastors, literary characters and many other sources. The action steps and prayers are practical, helpful ways to become mindful of the unloving behaviours we often exhibit, and provide encouragement to strive to more faithfully represent Christ’s love to others.

Each devotional is approximately two brief pages in length and is easily squeezed into the busiest schedule. To be honest, I kept my copy in the bathroom while I was reading it. It’s so simple to get in and out of a devotional segment in a matter of minutes, yet the insights stay with you throughout the day. I found myself continually asking if I was behaving in loving ways with my family, and asking God to reveal my weaknesses in each quality listed above. Even my husband (who is not an avid reader) found himself reading through the devotionals’ short sessions and would then discuss the impact they made on him.

Though The Love as a Way of Life Devotional is written as a companion devotional to The Love as a Way of Life, it lends itself just as easily to independent study. Not having read the original volume myself, I can attest to the fact that reading it alone will still result in effective self-examination and a desire to press on towards Christ-likeness.

Apart from the daily devotional experience itself, several of the illustrations have stuck with me. Each time I recall them I’m challenged anew, crying out to God to give me His heart for people; that I would be filled more completely with His love; and that others may come to know His love for them through my example.

Reviewed at http://quiverfullfamily.com ( )
  jenniferbogart | Mar 28, 2009 |
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Start Developing the Best Habit of All

To become a person who consistently loves others, you first need to be a loving person. In this companion devotional to Love As a Way of Life, you’ll find inspiration for letting love guide the way you respond to others in every situation. The daily readings capture God’s wisdom and direction in practicing the seven traits of a loving person. Compelling stories and biblical illustrations will show you how to live out the characteristics of kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.

These ninety short devotionals–perfect for reading on your own, with your spouse, or with a friend over coffee–deliver the inspiration and encouragement you need to make love a lasting habit. Whatever your love language, you’ll enjoy richer, more rewarding relationships as you embark on an exciting daily adventure in loving others.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:40 -0400)

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