Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily


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ISBN-13: 9780764230479
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 817,420
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ron L. Deal is a marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist (www.rondeal.org). He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies (www.smartstepfamilies.com) and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife (www.familylifeblended.com). Ron is author of The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepdad, and Dating and the Single Parent, and coauthor with Laura Petherbridge of The Smart Stepmom and with David H. Olson of The Smart Stepfamily Marriage. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor who frequently appears in the national media including FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, HomeWord, and The 700 Club. He's also been interviewed by Ladies Home Journal, New York Daily News, WGN-TV and ABCnews.com.

He is a popular conference speaker and his video series The Smart Stepfamily DVD is used in communities, churches, and homes throughout the world. Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a featured expert on the video curriculum Single and Parenting. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dianne Neal Matthews is the author of four daily devotional books, including The One Year Women of the Bible (Tyndale House) and Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation (Baker Books), a 2013 Selah Award winner. She writes regularly for The Quiet Hour and has been a contributing writer for Guideposts' Mornings with Jesus since the 2013 edition. Her stories and articles have appeared in LIVE, The Christian Communicator, Focus on the Family periodicals, Guideposts magazine, and several compilation books. She has also published Bible studies and newspaper features and frequently writes guest posts for bloggers and content for websites, including More to Life and CBN.com.

Dianne enjoys teaching at writers' conferences, leading Bible studies, and occasionally speaking at women's events. She is a CLASS graduate and a member of Christian Authors Network and Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She and her husband, Richard, have three grown children and three grandchildren. They currently live in southwest Louisiana. To learn more, please visit DianneNealMatthews.com.

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Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
thelegendarylibrary More than 1 year ago
As 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!