Meet The Experts
Ed & Lisa Young
Ed Young is a straightforward communicator who uniquely connects God's unchanging truth with a diverse culture through compelling and creative teaching methods. He is the founding and Senior Pastor of Fellowship Church. The church has its main campus just north of the DFW Airport and operates three satellite campuses in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area and one in Miami, Florida. Ed and Lisa have written a couple of books about marriage: The Marriage Mirror and The Creative Marriage.
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. & Helen LaKelly Hunt, M.A., M.L.A.
Harville holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Theology from the University of Chicago and has received an honorary doctorate and two distinguished service awards. Harville has appeared on many national television shows including sixteen guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. One of his appearances won her an Emmy award for the "most socially redemptive" daytime talk shows and was included by Ms. Winfrey in her top twenty shows. Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., in partnership with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, M.A., M.L.A., co-founded Imago Relationship Therapy, a unique healing process for couples. Harville is a pastoral counselor with more than thirty years of experience as an educator and therapist. He works with couples in private practice, conducts couples workshops, and teaches marital therapy. Helen is a psychologist and women’s activist. She was elected to the Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in empowering women. They have six children and live in New Jersey and New Mexico. Harville is author of best-selling Getting the Love You Want and has made several appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show illustrating key principles from Imago Relationship Therapy.
Gary Chapman has traveled extensively around the world challenging couples to pursue healthy, growing marriages. Since 1979, Gary has written more than 20 books. His book, The Five Love Languages, has sold 4 million copies in English alone and has been translated into 36 languages including Arabic and Hindi. He has also appeared on several television and radio programs and has his own daily radio program called "A Love Language Minute" that can be heard on more than 100 radio stations across the United States. In addition to his busy writing and seminar schedule, Gary Chapman is a senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he has served for 36 years. Gary and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for 45 years, have two adult children, and two grandchildren.
John Van Epp, Ph.D.
Dr. Van Epp has conducted numerous seminars and workshops over the past twenty years on topics related to marriage, family, recovery, singlehood, emotional make-up, relationships, and divorce. His popular curriculum, PICK (Premarital Interpersonal Choices & Knowledge) a Partner, is being taught in seven countries and 45 states by hundreds of churches, single organizations, educational settings and agencies-- with more than 500 military chaplains certified in the last year. His new book, How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk, published by McGraw-Hill. He was recently chosen as one of AOL's Love & Sex Coaches.
Willard F. Harley Jr.
Willard F. Harley, Jr., Ph.D. is best known as author of the internationally best selling book, His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-proof Marriage. The hard-cover American edition alone has sold over one million copies, and it is has also available in paperback and sixteen foreign translations. Every year for the past twenty consecutive years more copies of this book have been sold than in each previous year. He has written 15 other books and hundreds of articles. His latest book, I Promise You: Preparing for a Marriage That Will Last a Lifetime, was published in November, 2006. Dr. Harley and his wife, Joyce, appear together several times a year in various cities for Marriage Builders Weekend, which introduces couples to his highly successful plan for marital recovery.
Pat Love, Ph.D.
Distinguished professor, Certified Love Educator, Pat Love, Ph.D. is known for warmth, humor and commitment to learning. For more than twenty-five years, she has contributed to relationship education and personal development through her books, articles, training programs, speaking and media appearances. Dr. Love has published several professional articles, been featured in many professional books, and has developed relationships education media and materials being used nationally and internationally. Her ever-popular books Hot Monogamy and The About Love have literally taken her around the world spreading the good news about marriage and committed relationships. She released her new book in February 2007, co-authored with Dr. Steven Stosny, and entitled How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It. Pat is in demand as an expert presenter at national and international conferences. She has appeared numerous times on Oprah, The Today Show and CNN.
Steven Stosny, Ph.D.
Steven Stosny, PhD, is the founder of CompassionPower. He has written many books and articles on anger and relationships and has been featured in most major print and broadcast media, including several guest appearances on Oprah. His interest in emotional transformation and the healing power of compassion grew from his childhood in a violent home. A consultant in family violence for the Prince George's County Circuit and District courts, as well as for several mental health and driving safety agencies in Maryland and Virginia, he has served as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials. He has treated more than 4,500 clients with various forms of anger, abuse, and violence.
Michele Weiner-Davis, MSW is an internationally renowned relationship expert, best-selling author, marriage therapist, and professional speaker who specializes in helping people change their lives and improve important relationships. Among the first in her field to courageously speak out about the pitfalls of unnecessary divorce, Michele has been active in spearheading the now popular movement urging couples to make their marriages work and keep their families together. She is the author of seven books including her best-selling books, DIVORCE BUSTING: A Step-by-Step Approach to Making Your Marriage Loving Again, and THE SEX-STARVED MARRIAGE: A Couple's Guide to Boosting Their Marriage Libido.
David Popenoe is professor of sociology at Rutgers University, where he is also co-director of the National Marriage Project and former social and behavioral sciences dean. He specializes in the study of family and community life in modern societies and is the author or editor of nine books. His most recent books are Life Without Father: Compelling New EvidenceThat Fatherhood and Marriage Are Indispensable for the Good of Children and Society and Promises to Keep: Decline and Renewal of Marriage in America.
Rabbi Steven Z. Leder
In addition to his duties as senior rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Rabbi Leder teaches homiletics at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, and has published essays in Reform Judaism and the Los Angeles Times. His Torah commentaries in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal have been read weekly by over 50,000 people. His first book, The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, received national acclaim and brought him appearances on ABC's Politically Incorrect and NPR's All Things Considered. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein called him "everything we search for in a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny, and non-judgmental, he offers remarkably healing guidance ... he finds the true fabric of our spiritual lives."
Dr. Helen Fisher
Helen E. Fisher, PhD, is Research Professor and member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. She has conducted extensive research on the evolution and future of human sex, love, and marriage. She has written four books, including WHY WE LOVE: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. Helen is currently Chief Scientific Advisor to Chemistry.com where she has collaborated in the development of their Chemistry Profile™ personality assessment and matching system.
Laura Sessions Stepp
Laura Sessions Stepp, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Washington Post, has written for 15 years about the lives, legends, and culture of youth. She first drew national attention with her critically acclaimed book about middle school children entitled Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence. She garnered even more attention for her second book about young women in high school and college, Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both.
William J. Doherty, Ph.D.
William J. Doherty is an educator, researcher, therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and community organizer. He is Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Family Social Science, College of Education and Human Development, at the University of Minnesota, where he is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He has authored or edited nine books for professionals, numbers articles in professional journals, and five books for lay audiences on the topics of family rituals, confident parenting, marriage, overscheduled kids, and the family dynamics of wedding planning.
Kristine Carlson is the wife of the late Dr. Richard Carlson, Author of the New York Times bestselling "Don't Sweat the small stuff" book series. Kristine is also an internationally recognized author of several books including: "Don't Sweat the small stuff for Women", " Don't Sweat the small stuff in Love", and "An Hour to Live, An Hour to love: The true story of the best gift ever given." She will be releasing; "Heartbroken-Open: a memoir through loss to Self discovery" in 2010. She lives in Northern California with her daughters.
Author of Married for 5000 Years: A research book which analyzes the marital institution and present sociological and cultural factors to determine whether or not long-term successful marriages are possible in today’s environment. Research has been conducted with successfully married couples to identify individual building blocks of long-term love and what these couples found to be critical success factors. The work will provide a rich resource for married couples and candidates to obtain insight into key dimensions of “interconnection” and marital longevity. An accomplished marketing, sales and operations executive with successful records in startups to the Fortune 100, with an MBA that was received at California Lutheran University and undergraduate work at the University of South Florida,
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From the Emmy nominated series, Song of Songs, comes the feature film – "How Will We Love?". This documentary explores romantic love, relationships, and the challenges and rewards of long term commitment.
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