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The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide: An 8-Session Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily

The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide: An 8-Session Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily

by Ron L. Deal
The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide: An 8-Session Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily

The Smart Stepfamily Participant's Guide: An 8-Session Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily

by Ron L. Deal


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Get the Most out of The Smart Stepfamily

Discover the key steps to building a healthy family with stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal. This interactive workbook is guaranteed to help you benefit from The Smart Stepfamily book and DVD. It includes:

· discussion questions for before and after each DVD session
· space to take notes
· bonus question-and-answer section
· group leader instructions
· guidelines for facilitating effective groups

Through eight engaging sessions, you'll learn useable solutions for everyday living and glean valuable insight and practical tips for becoming a smart stepfamily.

Ideal for small groups, premarital counseling, or personal study. Use with The Smart Stepfamily book (Revised and Expanded Edition) and Small-Group DVD Resource.

"The most highly practical program I know on this topic."
--Gary Chapman, PhD, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Five Love Languages

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441264213
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 112
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ron is a marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist. He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife. 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 Remarriage Checkup. 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

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. For more information, visit and

Table of Contents



1. Through Wilderness Wanderings
2. Key Stepping-Stones

3. Smart Step One: STEP Up!
Discover a redemptive God who loves, forgives, and provides strength and discretion for the journey
4. Smart Step Two: STEP Down
Adjust your expectations and learn how to cook a stepfamily
5. Smart Step Three: Two-Step
Your marriage must be top priority
6. Smart Step Four: STEP in Line (Part 1)
With the parenting team
7. Smart Step Four: STEP in Line (Part 2)
Parent and stepparent roles
8. Smart Step Five: Side STEP
The pitfalls common to stepfamilies
9. Smart Step Six: STEP Through
The wilderness: Overcoming special challenges
10. Smart Step Seven: STEP Over
Into the Promised Land: Stories of those who are making it
11. Smart Questions, Smart Answers

12. Ministries to Stepfamilies

Appendix A: Medical Permission to Treat a Minor Child
Resources for Stepfamilies and Churches

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