The Smart Stepfamily  -     By: Ron L. Deal
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Bethany House / 2005 / Paperback

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Ron Deal understands the inner workings of the step-family and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues they face. With a biblical perspective, he helps remarried and soon-to-be-married couples solve the everyday puzzles of step-parenting, learn communication skills with ex-spouses, deal with the common pitfalls and so much more. A Focus on the Family Recommendation.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 271
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 076420159X
ISBN-13: 9780764201592
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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

Author Bio

Ron L. Deal is Founder and President of As For Me And My House Ministries, LLC and Successful Stepfamilies, an organization that empowers stepfamilies for healthy living and equips churches to minister to the unique needs of stepfamilies. He is author of the book "The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family" and creator/presenter of the "Building A Successful Stepfamily" seminar. Currently Ron is serving as Stepfamily Educational Consultant to Focus on the Family.

Ron is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a member of the Stepfamily Association of America's Advisory Council and Institute Faculty. Ron and his wife Nan are also members of the National Advisory Board for The Association of Marriage and Family Ministries.

Ron's national radio appearances to address the needs of stepfamilies include "Focus on the Family" (and numerous FOTF broadcasts), "FamilyLife Today," "HomeWord" with Dr. Jim Burns, "America's Family Coaches" with Dr. Gary & Barbara Rosberg, "Live the Life" with AACC president Dr. Tim Clinton, "Josh McDowell radio," and many others. National TV appearances include "Reality Talks" with Dr. Kevin Leman, "A New Harvest," and "At Home Live," and "100 Huntley Street" in Canada. He has written feature family and ministry articles addressing a variety of family matters for a number of publications and online magazines.

On a regular basis Ron trains family ministry professionals at the Association of Marriage & Family Ministries conferences and has spoken at the National Stepfamily Conference, the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference, the national Smart Marriages, Happy Families conference, and the Utah and Arkansas Governors' conferences on the family. He and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Arkansas.

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Author: Ron L. Deal
Located in: Amarillo, TX
Submitted: October 05, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am President of Successful Stepfamilies and specialize in family ministry to stepfamilies.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  After working in family ministry for many years, I noticed that stepfamilies were neglected by most marriage and family education programs. We started a local ministry that soon became in high demand around the country. That ministry has now given birth to multiple books, a DVD curriculum, conferences nationwide, and the largest Web page in the world for Christian stepfamilies. We simply want to prevent redivorce and help the church to become relevant to stepfamilies.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Practical guidance, understanding, and hope. Also, I pray ministry leaders will learn how they can better minister and equip stepfamilies.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It has changed my life. This is the first practical resource our ministry created and is now the backbone of our message. It is crucial that couples and churches understand how stepfamilies are different.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Too many to mention. God has used so many to encourage, challenge, and teach me. I'm thankful for all of them!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Visit us: 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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