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I have read three of The 5 Love Languages books back to back: the gift sized version: The Heart of The 5 Love Languages The Secret to Love That Lasts, the full sized version: The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, and The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively. I do not recommend reading all of them, unless you’re really ambitious. I will tell you the main differences between the three books below.
The Heart of The 5 Love Languages The Secret to Love That Lasts
This is the gift-sized edition of the marriage version and also the shortest book. It is 80 pages long and the book size itself is very small, pocket sized. This version is best for those who want to get straight to the point or who don’t have much time to read. Nonetheless, it still contains short descriptions on each of the love languages and examples as well. It also contains tips on how to apply the love languages in your marriage. It is the gift version and makes a great gift for those who are going to be married or those who need help in the love department. For my full book review click here.
The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
This is the full-sized edition of the marriage version and is 208 pages long. It has many more details, many more marriage stories, and is longer overall. I would recommend this version to anyone who loves to read and may want to read more stories of other’s marriages as examples. For my full book review click here.
The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively
This is the version for our relationships with our children. It is 224 pages long and is filled with details about the 5 love languages and how they apply to our children. It has many examples of others’ relationships with their kids and how the kids feel about their parents’ love for them. Children are asked questions about the love their parents have for them and their answers are provided in this book. It also has tips and advice on how to implement the 5 love languages with our children. The 5 love languages are the same as the previous books, but the actionable steps are not always going to be the same. For example, the love language of physical touch are going to look different when expressing that love to our children than to that of our spouses. It is a great book to read for those who have kids and who want to learn how to express our love for them in a way that they will feel loved. For my full book review click here.
Should I read them all?
No, unless you want to. After reading the gift sized edition first and the full sized edition afterwards, I was thinking to myself didn’t I hear this already? I have because they were the same exact words/examples used in both versions. I recommend reading one of the marriage editions (based on preference) and the children edition if you have kids. The love languages are the same, but the examples and applications in both editions make all the difference.
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