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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 ...
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
The Marriage Quiz.
Chapter 1 How Will I Know I Am in Love?
Chapter 2 Learning to Dance.
Chapter 3 Character in Love and Marriage.
Chapter 4 It's the Little Things That Matter.
Chapter 5 Nicknames: the Private Code for Love.
Chapter 6 And Then . . . Along Came Kids.
Chapter 7 Seven Secrets #1: It Takes Two to Tango.
Chapter 8 Seven Secrets #2: No Sacred Cows.
Chapter 9 Seven Secrets #3: the Golden Rule.
Chapter 10 Seven Secrets #4: Your Body Is Your Castle.
Chapter 11 Seven Secrets #5: Filing a Joint Return.
Chapter 12 Seven Secrets #6: the Loving Touch
Chapter 13 Seven Secrets #7: Beyond Boring.
Chapter 14 Seven Secrets to Avoiding the Seven-Year Itch.
Chapter 15 the Stress Test.
Chapter 16 Marriage as a Torch Red Convertible.
Chapter 17 a Tribute to Lasting Love.
Chapter 18 Failure Is an Option.
Chapter 19 Reflections on Love and Marriage.
The Benefits of Marriage.
A Seven-Week Program for Developing Ongoing Sharing in Your Marriage.
Salad Recipes from “America's #1 Love and Marriage Experts”.
Filing a Joint Return Activity.
Marriage as a Torch Red Convertible Activity.
About the Authors.
Posted October 14, 2009
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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