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Ron L. Deal, Dianne Neal MatthewsBethany House / 2018 / ePubOur Price$9.994.5 out of 5 stars for Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily - eBook. View reviews of this product. 3 Reviews
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Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Daily Encouragement for the Smart StepfamilyAugust 1, 2018Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, written by Ron L. Deal with Dianne Neal Matthews, is a wonderful tool that is designed to bring wisdom and inspiration to blended families in a simplistic manner.
This book is designed to offer simple/practical advice to families trying to blend together from two different distinct families into one new family unit. The 365 short devotions are written with the idea that they will only take about a minute or less to read, because families are often busy with day to day activities and obligations.
Topics include parenting and step parenting, strengthening your marriage, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, and grief. Each also includes a prayer for the home. Some are designed for the parents, and some are written expressly to share with children.
This is a marvelous devotional for any blended family Seeking to draw closer together, thus it is a recommended purchase for personal use or as a gift.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5StepfamiliesApril 17, 2018KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, by Ron L. Deal with Dianne Neal Matthews, is a wonderful tool for any stepfamily. It is designed to bring wisdom and inspiration to blended families in a simple manner.
This book is designed to offer practical advice to families trying to blend together. The 365 short devotions are written to take one minute or less to read, because families are often busy with day to day activities and obligations. Topics include parenting and step parenting, strengthening your marriage, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, and grief. Each also includes a prayer for the home. Some are designed for the parents, and some are written to share with children.
This is a marvelous devotional for any blended family. I especially like the authors note to begin reading on the date you receive the book and not pressure yourself to read every day but to pick up wherever you are when you have time again. I also like the idea that the devotions can be read together or individually and discussed later.
I would recommend this book to any couple attempting to blend two families together.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
thelegendarylibrary4 Stars Out Of 5A devotional perfect for blended familiesApril 3, 2018thelegendarylibraryQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4As a mom and stepmom, I can absolutely see the value in this book for myself and my family. This daily devotional can be implemented at any time with the ability to pick up with whatever day you are starting. And although this devotional is geared toward stepfamilies and the prismatic dynamic of those relationships, many daily passages could easily apply to a nuclear family or other family group dynamic.
It contains nuggets of thought perfect for individual reflection or family/couple reflection. While geared toward the parental units of the family, several of the passages are 'kid' friendly. The author encourages the reader to share these passages with their children, with consideration to the age appropriateness of each passage.
Each page is a useful tool with insights for that days reflection and from page 1 gives the reader ways to look at things from more than just 1 perspective. There is a prayer specific for each of day as a guideline that corresponds to the principles discussed for that day.
The only negative I have is that not each day shows a corresponding biblical passage, though they do go over different biblical principles and moral standards. The pages that do have a corresponding biblical passage makes sure to give an example of how that passage can be applied to that day.
The book overall stresses the importance of communication, love, and compassion which are things important to all relationships, especially blended families. This will be my go-to devotional for this year. I highly recommend this book!
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