Building a Love that Lasts: The Seven Surprising Secrets of Successful Marriage by Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz

building-love-that-lastsIn 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.

Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz’s award-winning book reveals how to sustain a long-term loving marriage. In addition to exploring the seven key ingredients that define a successful marriage—togetherness, truthfulness, respect and kindness, staying fit, joint finances, tactile communication, and surprise and unpredictability—the authors have included hundreds of insightful and practical interviews with happy couples.

Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz are renowned love and marriage experts and multiple award-winning authors. As the Marriage Experts for, the National Marriage Advice Examiners for and “The Official Guides To Marriage” and the Love and Marriage Experts for, the Doctors provide inspiration and guidance to readers around the globe.

As America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz know that simple things matter in relationships. They understand what makes relationships work because they have conducted three decades of research on successful marriages, as well as sharing personal experience drawn from their own 43-year marriage.

Dr. Charles D. Schmitz is a highly successful faculty member and administrator in higher education. He is currently the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a longtime Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy, where he focuses on counseling psychology and leadership. During his distinguished career, Charles has received more than 40 local, state, and national awards; published 200 articles, manuscripts, books, and scholarly papers; delivered 600 speeches and professional presentations throughout the world; and has frequently appeared on radio, television, and in print. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri–Columbia.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz is a full-time author and lecturer. She has served as an award-winning administrator and educator for 36 years. She received her Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has lectured at numerous colleges in the areas of counseling and leadership. Elizabeth has received 25 local, state, and national awards; published over 150 articles, manuscripts, and books; delivered over 400 speeches and presentations; made numerous radio and television appearances; and been quoted extensively in the media. She is president of Successful Marriage Reflections in St. Louis, Missouri, where she and Charles reside.

Together, the Schmitz’s have written the award-winning book, Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage, and are popular speakers and talk show guests. Their latest book, Building a Love That Lasts, provides more surprising insights on creating successful relationships from America’s favorite love and marriage experts (Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2010).

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