Category Archives: Books

Five Love Languages

In the midst of choosing a color scheme, booking the church, choosing a dress and oohing and ahhing over every teensy tiny wedding detail I thought it was important to  spend an equal amount of time focusing on the actual marriage. Afterall, A Wedding is a Day, A Marriage is a Lifetime (I totally stole that from the Engaged Encounter).

So I’ve been spending some time finding books that are relevant to relationships and the first on my list was The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Committment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman. This book was recommended by a couple of my friends and even a few who had studied psychology. I’m not ashamed of the self-help genre and I thought I would give this book a try.

Just to clarify – I am still gloriously in love with Travis and besides the normal squabbles we have over things like dishes, laundry, and taking the dog out, we have a pretty amazing relationship. But I think marriage is a relationship that requires you to be present and it should be treated with some preventative maintenance (I’m the daughter of an engineer so forgive random phrases like preventative maintenance). Why not put the time in now to learn more about marriage and healthy relationships rather than putting in the time later when you are knee deep in misery and can’t remember what that in love feeling felt like?

The idea of the book is that every person expresses and feels love in a different way. These are broken down in to Five Love Languages – Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Services, and Physical Touch.

Each language is described in detail and the author gives examples of couples who have had problems in their marriage and overcome them by exploring their spouse’s love language.

What I like about this book is that it provides advice that is easy to start implementing right away. Once I started reading the book it was easy to identify my love language. They weren’t a big surprise to me. My primary language is Words of Affirmation and my secondary language is tied between Quality Time and Physical Touch.

The book is an easy read and there is even a quiz to help you determine what your love language is. The great thing about this book is that it applies to more than just married couples. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about how to communicate love to the people in your life.

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Pancakes Anyone?

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions or done any of these things:

  • What color paint would make people eat more?
  • What smell would make people buy more?
  • Written to a 6th grade reading level because your audience can’t handle words with more than two syllables
  • Pondered what radio station women who are considering plastic surgery might listen to
  • Thrown out words and phrases like ROI, focus group, image study, perception or reputation management

syrupthen you, my friend, are a marketer. And because you are a marketer you must read this book – Syrup by Maxx Barry.

My friends Fayth and Stephan lent me this book and I haven’t been able to put it down. The plot focuses on a young man who comes up with an idea for a new cola product (appropriately named Fukk). He pitches the idea to Coke and hilarity ensues. Please, please pick this book up and when you have finished lets be nerdy and get together and discuss! Because lets face it book clubs are cool and cool people like book clubs.

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The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings

Great Resource on Destination Weddings!

Great Resource on Destination Weddings!

Last week I took a trip to the library with my friend Stacy. I forgot how much I love the library – so many options and so many aisles to get lost in. I must have looked lost (damn Dewey Decimal system – I’ve never understood it) because the nicest, most stereotypical librarian found me and ushered me under her wing. I told her I was looking for wedding books and she quickly found the right location and began pulling book after book off the shelf and handing them to me.

I was so excited when the first book she pulled off the shelf was The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings. I had been contemplating purchasing this book from Amazon,  but just couldn’t bear the thought of spending $15 bucks on a book that I would only truly need for a year or so.

This book is awesome and super detailed with checklists designed specifically for destination weddings. It is also full of great etiquette advice and creative ideas.

If you are looking for a great book that caters to the destination wedding crowd think about taking a trip down to your local library.

I brought a pile of books home so more book reviews to come!

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