Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily

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Wisdom and Inspiration for Blended Families

Got a minute? Then you have time for a daily dose of practical advice, reassurance, and insight for your stepfamily journey. These 365 short and sweet readings will keep your family blending and bonding throughout the year.

Topics include:
· parenting and stepparenting
· strengthening your marriage
· grief in the stepfamily
· bonding with children
· co-parenting with exes
· readings for special days like Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, and other holidays
· and plenty of inspirational stories to lift your spirits and keep you stepping in the right direction!

Each daily dose of encouragement includes a prayer for your home. Sharing these readings with your spouse and, when appropriate, your kids will spark valuable conversations that will strengthen your family and bring you closer together!


RON DEAL, Author

Dianne Neal Matthews, Author

Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books, including The One Year Women of the Bible, which won her the 2008 Writer of the Year Award at the Write-to-Publish Conference. She also writes regularly for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations, and enjoys speaking and teaching at writers' conferences. A mother and grandmother, Dianne currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Richard. Learn more at www.DianneNealMatthews.com.

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Ron L. Deal, 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.

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