The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive
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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2009
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Availability: Expected to ship on or about 02/16/15.
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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.
Dana3 Stars Out Of 5Not for both parents bringing in kidsNovember 26, 2014DanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 2I thought this book would be geared towards blended families, but it seems to me that it is for a child-less mom marrying a man with children. The principles can be applied to two families blending, but it is a stretch for those hurting to be able to do this.
It is great and eye-opening for the child-less woman....
Maggie5 Stars Out Of 5Read this before considering remarriage w/ kids!January 2, 2014MaggieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book tells the whole truth of the challenges specific to step families. A must read before you say 'I do' that will also be helpful if you already have remarried.
reviewer5 Stars Out Of 5March 28, 2011reviewerQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5It was for my wife, she asked for it, I got it and she is very happy with it.
Step in VAWinchester, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing BookMarch 28, 2011Step in VAWinchester, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Being a step mom at 47 and never having children has been trialsome, but through the understanding of this book I have been able to release alot of burdens that I have been carrying. Boundaries are a huge asset to being an effective step mom, but knowledge of the loyalty no matter what deepens my faith and trust that they love me under all the pain whether they say it or not. Actions speak louder than words in step parenting.
MadameSulphur, LAAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Did not fit the mould!January 7, 2011MadameSulphur, LAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2I have an entirely different stepmom "situation" than those two that were covered in the book. I am a woman raising the child of an absent biological mother and twins who don't remember their parents really being together because they were two when the split happened. It did give good "general" advise, but I did not get the deeper understanding of my own situation that I was seeking...
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Submitted: October 05, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. Married since 1986, Nan and I have three boys. We tragically lost our 12-year old son, Connor, in February '09. Walking with God after life throws you a curve is not usually easy. I think stepmoms know what I mean.
What was your motivation behind this project? I've spent more than a two decades now writing, speaking, and training couples and families. After writing The Smart Stepfamily a few years ago, it became obvious that stepmoms have unique challenges that needed to be addressed. Stepmoms need encouragement and specific direction; books on motherhood just don't cut it.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope stepmothers discover that they are doing a better job than they thought. I pray they find encouragement and practical guidance for their most admirable role as stepmom. "Wicked" is an over-used fairy tale; it doesn't have to be your future.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Over and over again I found myself inspired by the stepmoms who consulted with Laura and I and reviewed our chapters. They, like our great God, choose love every day. Awesome!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I have been blessed by many, many people (too numerous to list), and gain hope from everyone who walks in humility. "Regular" people who walk the walk, every day, despite their circumstances, keep me inspired.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Visit us: SuccessfulStepfamilies.com and share The Smart Stepmom or The Smart Stepfamily with your pastor or ministry leader. The church must become more educated about stepfamilies if we are going to lower the redivorce rate.
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