The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

General Description (from Amazon.com)
Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together.

Gary Chapman hosts a nationally syndicated daily radio program called A Love Language Minute that can be heard on more than 150 radio stations as well as the weekly syndicated program Building Relationships with Gary Chapman, which can both be heard on fivelovelanguages.com.

The Five Love Languages is a consistent new York Times bestseller – with over 5 million copies sold and translated into 38 languages.  This book is a sales phenomenon, with each year outselling the prior for 16 years running!

Why the President Should Read This Book
Wait…what does love have to do with being the President? Isn’t this a marriage book? What gives?

Ok, give me a second to explain. First, what person generally has the most influence over the President? Wouldn’t it be his or her spouse? If the President is having marital problems, do you think he can keep those personal problems from influencing his job performance? Good luck. Second, this book isn’t strictly about marriage relationships–it applies to relationships between any two people, whether they’re in love or not.

Consider this potential scenario–the President assigns a staffer to do some research on a military issue. The staffer feels unappreciated, resents the new assignment, and does a sub-par job on it. As a result, the President makes a decision based on faulty information, and somebody in Iraq dies as an indirect result. If the President had only know that this staffer thrives on statements of affirmation (or “praise”), he could have taken 10 seconds to express appreciation, and it would have meant the difference between life and death for someone else. But if the President’s “love language” is gift giving, he most likely has been rewarding that staffer with bonuses or gifts, not realizing those things mean little to the staffer compared to a 10-second verbal compliment. Get the picture?

The President should read this book in order to help him communicate well and maintain good working relationships with the thousands of people he will know during his time in office. If you don’t believe me, read the book. It certainly will help your marriage, but it will help your other relationships as well.