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Dr. Gary Chapman of The 5 Love Languages (ep. 280)

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman joins John O’Leary on the Live Inspired Podcast to share about the importance of expressing love.

Dr. Gary Chapman is just the man to turn to for help on strengthening our most important relationships. Two decades after publishing his continuous New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, millions of readers credit him with saving their relationships by providing simple and practical ways to communicate their love.

As we face great uncertainty, there is a profound need for love in our life. Today’s encouraging conversation will inspire you to better express your love + develop stronger relationships.

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  • Growing up, Gary’s parents worked opposite shifts at the local textile mill to ensure someone was home with the children.
  • As his dad was serving in WWII, Gary recalls how every generation faces challenges + how fragile life is.
  • In its first year, The Five Love Languages only sold 4,000 copies. Today it’s sold more than 13 million and has been on the New York Times bestseller list since 2007.
  • “The deepest emotional need we have is the need the feel love by the significant people in our lives.”
  • “What makes one person feel loved does not make the other person feel loved.”
  • People express + receive love through one of the five languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, physical touch.
  • “Love is an attitude that is the opposite of selfishness.”
  • “Every couple will have conflict. As a culture, we will always have conflict because we’re not always going to agree on everything. But we can treat people with dignity and respect.”
  • What’s your love language? Take The 5 Love Languages quiz!
  • Get a copy of Dr. Gary Chapman’s bestseller The 5 Love Languages.


1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Choose Greatness: 11 Wise Decisions that Brave Young Men Make by Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Clarence Schuler.

2. What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as a child that you wish you still exhibited today? Carefree.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? The Bible I’m currently reading.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Dawson Trotman, the founder of The Navigators.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Recognize that if you’re going to accomplish anything worthwhile in life, there will be opposition. Treat them with kindness + dignity, listen to them and learn from them.

6. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? Make the most of where you are. Don’t wait to serve people.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? Faithful onto death.


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