This is the story of how two strong willed individuals  created a successful, exciting and rewarding 50+ year marriage– becoming more of who they are as a couple than as individuals, without stifling the personal growth of either one.  There is sage wisdom here, whether you are married or not


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Click here to order Rev. Marilyn and Kent Pelz met on a blind date in June, 1961, were engaged five days later and married six months later.  Marilyn had just graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Math, and Kent had graduated 3 years earlier with a BS in Journalism from Kansas University.  Their marriage began in Kansas City.  They moved to Malibu, CA in 1970 and raised their family there for 30 years, after which they to San Jose, CA in 2000.  They have two grown daughters, Molly and Mindy and four grandchildren.

After moving to San Jose, they both earned RScP spiritual practitioner certificates from Centers for Spiritual Living, and Marilyn followed that with an MS in Higher Consciousness  from Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles.  She flew from San Jose to Los Angeles 33 weeks a year for four years to earn her ministerial degree. 

They co-founded Heart Space Teachings in San Jose in 2011 a nondenominational, new-thought, ageless wisdom spiritual center.  More about Heart Space Teachings at




5.0 out of 5 stars
Clear, honest and valuable.
on January 27, 2017
Marylin and Kent have written a wonderful book, clear, honest, from the heart. A very interesting sharing of the unique path of their relationship, with some real nuggets of wisdom gained from their direct experience. I am sure it will be very valuable to a lot of people looking to bring more aliveness and a more spiritual dimension of love to their relationship.  


Thank you for the opportunity to edit Forever Just Married, a book chock-full of useful nuggets of wisdom for those seeking to live more fully and spiritually. The wisdom you have shared from a lifetime of experience making relationships work will be highly valued by readers. On a personal note, this edit came at a time when I was dealing, not for the first or last time, with my own preprogrammed belief system, and your admonition against believing everything your mind thinks was both a well-timed reminder and a source of comfort.

Ryan Young

Editor for Balboa Press


Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.          Sydney J. Harris.

Like most everyone else in the mid-20th century, we entered into marriage without a plan.  If you were in love, marriage was the thing to do.  Society definitely condoned it; maybe even expected and demanded it.  The fact that divorce was becoming a national epidemic didn’t faze us for a minute.  There was no official “marriage” operating manual.  None was needed; our parents had made it look easy, so what’s the big deal.

The big deal is, it turns out, that marriage is a lot of work; it doesn’t just automatically work out for the best.  They say if couples knew how much work and expense kids were, they’d never have them, and the same can probably be said about marriage….except you can never change your mind about being a parent.

We’re not against divorce, per se, but we do think many couples give up too soon, and what’s more, the dysfunctional behavior patterns that caused the first marriage to fail are going to be carried forth into subsequent marriages.  Ultimately, we have to embrace and manage our own dysfunction if we want successful relationships of any kind in our lives.