The Smart Stepfamily
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Number of Pages: 271
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)|
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 11/14/16.
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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
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.
Grammyof8GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5All stepfamilies must readJune 14, 2012Grammyof8GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A must read for all who are in any stages of stepparenting.
Before the wedding, beginning of the marriage, middle or any phase it gives a very Godly positive and hopeful perspective.
JtraynTennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I'm not alone.February 22, 2012JtraynTennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is such an encouragement! My step family life is a process, slow maybe, but at least I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. This book provides info on different situations that may arise and gives you the tools to deal with them! I feel like Ron Deal has secretly been watching my family and knows exactly what I'm going through! I will be sharing this book! It's a lifesaver, or should I say marriage/family saver!
sispoohAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 11, 2011sispoohAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very good book. It covers so many topics that are real life. I would reccommend this book to anyone who is a blended family or is thinking about it.
johncoloeJacksonville, FL5 Stars Out Of 5A must read for prospective or new stepfamiliesNovember 7, 2010johncoloeJacksonville, FLQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Quite simply, The Smart Stepfamily is possibly the most important resource I could recommend for anyone who is either experiencing difficulties in a stepfamily situation, or for those who are contemplating or are committed to becoming a a stepfamily.
Ron Deal's message is unmatched in it's relevance, as well as it's delivery.
Please, do yourself, and those you love, a huge favor. Read this book. Even better, see if your church offers a small group study on The Smart Stepfamily.
I read the book and watched the videos as part of a small group study at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL, and can't recommend these materials more highly.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ron Deal.
Amanda Lancaster5 Stars Out Of 5June 19, 2010Amanda LancasterThis is a great book - definite must-read for those in and/or considering a step-family.
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: 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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