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Loving People: How to Love & Be Loved

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Your personal guide to learning how to love.

When you say or hear the words "I love you" it can change your life forever. Love is one of God's most important gifts to anyone, yet there are many misunderstandings about how to make love work in our families, friendships, marriages and dating relationships. In Loving People, best-selling author Dr. John Townsend shows you that...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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Christopher M.
The reason I can't give this book 5 stars is twofold. First, for a book about love, written by a Christian, Townsend didn't do too well at tying the topic back to the gospel. If we truly only know what love is in the context of Jesus' sacrifice for us while we were still sinners, I think that ought to play a major role in any book about love between people or otherwise. Secondly, Townsend defines love as "seeking and doing the best for another person." I like this definition, but he does little...more
An excellent book on what love is and what it takes to accept love from other and to give it in return. The aspects of love that it deals are connecting, truth telling, healing, letting go, and romancing. [return]This is a book that for me is one that I will want to get and refer to again and again as I seek to grow in the many areas it covers. The authors advice and explanations all made excellent sense to me. It has a Christian persective but that is not overstated I think anyone would benefit...more
Emil Bredahl
This book is one of the best books that I have read for a very long time. A master piece that I would like to suggest to anyone who is looking for a good book to read. It is so challenging and convicting and through this book you will grow through hundreds of "Aha" moments.
Amazing book that is surely worth reading

Jeff Bobin
We all want to be loved and knowing how to love and be loved is something we learn to do. It is not something that we do well without effort.

As our relationships change over time so does the way we express and experience love.

It starts with doing what is best for the person we love before looking to our own needs and desires.

I think this will go on my must read list for marriage and family life but there is something to learn here for everyone.
I really enjoy the books I have read by Dr. Townsend, but this one seemed a bit elementary. The information seemed obvious (such as how to connect with people) unless you are just totally socially inept. Maybe I am wrong, but it seems obvious to me to pay attention to what the person is saying, lean forward, to genuinely be concerned and interested in them etc. But it might be helpful to certain people, just not me.
This book starts with I love You! These three words can change your life! How truly infinite is God's perfect love, And what a journey is to try to fully recieve His love and fully Give it away! I have read a chapter of this book and look forward to completing it and applying the truths in my life.
Sep 29, 2008 Shevonne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have issues showing emotion
Recommended to Shevonne by: No one
Townsend had great tips and solutions for people who have issues with showing and receiving love. I started using some of his advice, and people in my life started being more receptive. Definitely a great read.
We were put on this earth to follow the mandate of Christ: to love God and to love others. Sometimes its hard to love people--especially if you think that they do not deserve your love.
One of those I would like to read again and again jsut to remind myself of its lessons... :)
Packed with great concepts. Read it twice.
Edmund Walton
One of the best books ever~
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