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In this best-selling book, America's #1 love and marriage experts Drs. Charles D. and Elizabeth A. Schmitz show what it takes to create and sustain a long-term loving marriage. Step-by-step they reveal their "Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage" that define a happy relationship—togetherness, truthfulness, respect and kindness, staying fit, joint finances, tactile communication, and surprise and unpredictability. Taking an upbeat, positive approach to living happily ever after, Building a Love That Lasts helps couples focus on what's right in their partnership rather than on what's wrong. The book includes many inspiring and beautiful stories of couples who've been together for at least 30 years.

Praise for Building a Love That Lasts

"This book will make a positive difference in your life." —Dr.Cheryl Beamer, vice president, The Gallup Organization

"The resonating theme of this wonderful book is that love is simple to understand and to make work." —Dr. Mark Pope, past president, American Counseling Association

"[This book] gives tips and anecdotes about how to help build loving and lasting marital relationships." —Sandy and Pris McDonnell, benefactors for Character Education; Sandy McDonnell, former CEO, McDonnell Douglas Corporation

"Provides a refreshing and uplifting perspective into one of society's most valuable institutions." —Dr. Robert Frank, Ph.D., president, Illuminor LLC, Dallas, Texas

"I know for a fact that the Schmitzes have captured what it takes to make marriage work. I love their book!" —Dr. Blanche M. Touhill, former chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis

About the Author

Dr. Charles D. Schmitz is dean and professor of counseling and family therapy, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz, is president of their joint enterprise, Successful Marriage Reflections, LLC. Married for 43-plus years, they live in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470571543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470571545
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Allyn on September 11, 2011
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This is a great book for anybody looking to improve their marriage and make it survive. The book gives you information on each topic then gives you examples from couples they have interviewed over the years. The books breaks it down in easy steps with real life examples from couples. I think this is a great book for any married couple.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian counselor on June 1, 2012
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With all the books available on marriage, this book is truly a breath of fresh air. The power of this book is in it's absolute simplicity - no deep psychological reasoning or profound theological explanations of how to achieve a sound and happy marriage. In fact the sheer power of the simple truths can easily be missed by the reader if one reads without paying too much attention. The art of enjoying the simple things in marriage like laughter, sharing in fun together, touching, and lots of communication are well discussed. As a marriage counselor, I highly recommend this book for the both the young and not so young.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on July 29, 2014
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So great to learn practice techniques of happy people instead of hearing about brokenness and what should have been done. We pull out this book on long car trips and I read a bit. Great foundation building that speaks well to the male and female thought process.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Frank on December 31, 2009
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How often is it that you read a book that is so enjoyable, so informative, so thought provoking and so valuable that over the course of the next two years you purchase and give away nearly 20 hardback copies of that book? That is what I have done with Charles and Liz Schmitz's book, Building A Love That Lasts. I am 58 years old and have been divorced for over 15 years after nearly 20 years of marriage. I not only have learned more about relationships through their book than through any other means. I have found the book to be so compelling and insightful that I have given copies to many single men and women that I socialize with as well as newlyweds and those who have been married for decades. Their books and research are not only applicable to "loving" relationships, but they detail the principles and behaviors that are necessary for ALL relationships such as compassion, commitment, concern, attentiveness and respect. They show us, through their decades of research on "successful relationships" that it is often the little and simple things that matter and that hearing "I love you" at the end of a phone call often means more than a diamond necklace. We can all learn from the research and stories Charles and Liz provide. I can't wait to get my hands on their next book!
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