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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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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We pull out this book on long car trips and I read a bit.
Mary
Joe and I have been married for 12 years and do believe that we are well on our way to Building a Love that Lasts.
Venice
This is a great book for anybody looking to improve their marriage and make it survive.
B. Allyn

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1 of 1 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. 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.
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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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