Love Talk: Speak Each Other's Language Like You Never Have Before : Monday, April 18, 2005
April 18 2005 by Les and Leslie Parrott. Zondervan Publishing. 2004. 185 pages. $19.99.

Love Talk: Speak Each Other's Language Like You Never Have Before : Monday, April 18, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005

Love Talk: Speak Each Other's Language Like You Never Have Before

By Les and Leslie Parrott. Zondervan Publishing. 2004. 185 pages. $19.99.
Review by Wayne Hager

When it comes to speaking "languages" in marriage, Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages owns the market. A perennial bestseller, the book has spawned numerous sequels, as well as marriage enrichment groups, which focus on the "love languages."

The premise of Love Talk is the same: we need to learn about our partner's communication style in love, both as a talker and a listener. The book, however, is no threat to Chapman's dominance when it comes to talking love.

The Parrott's contend the secret to loving conversation is determining what needs you and your partner have. Basically, they make an adequate case for their point. My problem with the book is the marketing. The marketing itself keeps the book from having the impact it could.

When I pick up a book I expect to get the full measure of what the author has to offer. Instead, as you start reading Love Talk, you are confronted with the need to purchase a workbook in order to get a full understanding of what the authors are saying. The workbook exercises are more than reinforcements, which I would have no problem with; they hold new information and insights. Another problem is that during a quick check of major Christian bookstores, no one was carrying the workbook in stock. In addition, the only assessment tool is on-line and carries an additional cost. True, you get one assessment free, but what good is one assessment in a two-person relationship?

I do not quarrel with the content of the book per say: the Parrots have a good point about figuring out what our deepest needs are. But in reading this book, I found the experience wanting. And the only way to fill the gap is to open my pocketbook and add to the already high price of $19.99. There are better and less expensive options to improve communication in marriage.

4/18/2005 12:00:00 AM by Les and Leslie Parrott. Zondervan Publishing. 2004. 185 pages. $19.99. | with 0 comments




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