Item description for The Smart Stepfamily: New Seven Steps to a Healthy Family by Ron L. Deal...
Overview Exploding the myth of achieving a blended family, Deal provides seven effective, achievable steps toward building a healthy marriage and a workable and peaceful stepfamily.
Publishers Description Ron Deal explodes the myth of the "blended" family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that stepfamilies face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses Honor families of origin while developing new traditions Invest the time to grow their stepfamily slowly rather than look for instant results
Community Description Ron Deal explodes the myth of the "blended" family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that step-families face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples
Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member
Solve the everyday puzzles of step-parenting and stepchildren relationships
Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses
Honor families of origin while developing new traditions
Invest the time to grow their step-family slowly rather than look for instant results
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 076420159X ISBN13 9780764201592
Availability 0 units.
More About Ron L. Deal
Ron L. Deal is the founder of Successful Stepfamilies, which empowers stepfamilies toward healthy living and equips churches to minister to their unique needs. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in national media, including Focus on the Family, HomeWord, Reality Talks, and FamilyLife Today. He speaks at conferences including the National Stepfamily Conference and the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Amarillo, Texas. Laura Petherbridge is an international speaker and author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't" Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce. She has been featured on FamilyLife Today, HomeWord, and the Crown Financial Ministries' radio broadcast. Laura is featured on the DivorceCare video series, used by over 12,000 churches worldwide and has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Laura and her husband, Steve, reside in Lady Lake, Florida.
Ron L. Deal currently resides in Jonesboro, in the state of Arkansas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Smart Stepfamily?
The Smart Step Family Mar 21, 2007
You have to be very religious to read this book and believe that god will solve all your problems. I was not aware that this book was christ based.
A step-family must read Mar 16, 2007
I have personally led step-family groups using this book as the material and have found it very helpful for many of the issues that step-families face today.
The Smart Stepfamily Mar 8, 2007
This book proved great insight into what a step-parent needs to be. The author has done his homework and is knowledgeable on the concerns of step-parenting.
Encouraging and Practical Book Feb 1, 2007
Ron Deal gives very practical advice on how to make step situations work in the face of divided loyalties, marital problems, parenting differences, toxic ex-spouses, etc. With the divorce rate at 74% for second marriages with children, there's obviously unique dynamics in a step family that couples must face along with all the other normal challenges of life and marriage. My family was helped by the explanations on how to gradually move the step parent into authority at various levels, and how to develop realistic expectations for the amount of time it will take for family members to accept each other and ultimately bond as a family. For people who are considering a second marriage, please don't get discouraged by his "warnings" and occasional negativity. I wish that someone had told me the struggles that I might face before I remarried, and that someone had been straight with me about how hard it really is to blend two families. Thank God that we read the book before we threw in the towel. His recommendations really work, and our family has a lot less tension and pressure since reading The Smart Step Family.
Great help for your stepfamily. Wonderful group study book. Jan 15, 2007
I lead a stepfamily Christian study group. We are using The Smart Stepfamily as a study guide for the group. Everyone is getting a lot out of the book. Mr. Deal really seems to understand the true needs of the stepfamily.
If you take Mr. Deal's advice seriously, you and your stepfamily will be changed for the better. His 7 steps are amazing. All 7 steps are very Biblical and all are essential. They are presented clearly and logically.
I highly recommend the associated overview DVD "7 Steps to Stepfamily Success" which is presented in lecture format by Ron Deal. It quickly discusses each of the 7 steps in the book.
If you are in a stepfamily and are Christian, you need this book!