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Book Club: The 5 Love Languages

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Join us this month as we’re reading The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts!

Add your comments below, OR join us in the Facebook Group for lively conversation!

Question #1 actually comes from group member Anne Cox, and it was SO good I’m skipping my “first question” and putting her’s first!!!! I’ve expanded on her thought a bit, too:

“Do we have love languages with God? Do we respond more to “gifts” or words of encouragement, etc… ? Do we look for God in our life based on our own personal love language?”

Here’s the description of the book:

Simple Ideas, Lasting Love

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Includes a His and Hers Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one. Review

Unhappiness in marriage often has a simple root cause: we speak different love languages, believes Dr. Gary Chapman. While working as a marriage counselor for more than 30 years, he identified five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. In a friendly, often humorous style, he unpacks each one. Some husbands or wives may crave focused attention; another needs regular praise. Gifts are highly important to one spouse, while another sees fixing a leaky faucet, ironing a shirt, or cooking a meal as filling their “love tank.” Some partners might find physical touch makes them feel valued: holding hands, giving back rubs, and sexual contact. Chapman illustrates each love language with real-life examples from his counseling practice.


Book of the Month: “The Lost Art of Dress”

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Book of the Month!

Book of the Month: The Lost Art of Dress

January’s Book of the Month!

This month we’re reading, The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish!

Get a copy and join us on the Facebook Group  OR comment below!

Why did Americans dress so well, and why don’t they anymore?

Some reviews:

Columbus Dispatch
“A witty look at well-dressed women …”

Threads Magazine
“If you’re interested in the history of fashion in America, or have just always wondered why Americans don’t dress well anymore—and what that means—read The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish…. The Lost Art of Dress is an engaging and fascinating history of the evolution of fashion and America’s approach to clothing itself

Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel
“Linda Przybyszewski’s remarkable, enchanting, well-researched history of America at its most stylish reminds us that once upon a time we were classy and fabulous. After readingThe Lost Art of Dress, you’ll think twice before running to the store in sweat pants.”

Lois Banner, Professor Emerita, Dept. of History and Gender Studies Program, University of Southern California, author of Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
“Linda Przybyszewski takes her readers on an imaginative journey through a largely forgotten universe of women writers in the twentieth century who wrote about the art of dressing well. The book is sprightly and well-written, and it suggests new directions for research in the history of fashion and of women. Przybyszewski offers useful critiques of the restrictive clothing of the nineteenth century, the sloppy clothing of the 1960s, the periodic infantilizing of women through dress design, and the increasing commoditization of products and pleasures. She mourns the loss of the elegance of the 1930s, when women looked both liberated and chic.”

Here are the first two questions we’ve started to discuss:

Q1. Have you ever kept track of how many times you wore something and realized either that it was a great bargain or a terrible waste of money?

Q2. Did you take a Home Economics course in school? What did you learn? Do you think it helped you? What do you wish you HAD learned?

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