The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive!

Ron L. Deal & Laura Petherbridge

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You Can Be a Smart Stepmom

In today's complicated stepfamily, the stepmom often doesn't know where to turn for help. Let stepfamily expert Ron Deal and experienced stepmom Laura Petherbridge show you how to survive and thrive as a stepmom, including:

* How to be a positive influence on children who are torn between loyalty to their biological mom and to you.
* What to do when you feel ostracized, rejected, or lonely.
* When and how to step back during conflict and let your husband take the lead.
* How to handle holidays, adult stepchildren, between-home communication, and much more.

Here is the hope, encouragement, and practical information to assure you that you are not alone in the stepmom journey.

Written by Ron L. Deal and Laura Petherbridge

Features: Bibliography, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 0.65" H x 8.3" L x 5.78" W (0.73 lbs) 267 pages
Carton Quantity: 52
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
US SRP: 14.99 US
Binding: Paperback
Pub Date: October 01, 2009

Ron L. Deal is Founder and President of As For Me And My House Ministries, LLC and Successful Stepfamilies, an organization that empowers stepfamilies for healthy living and equips churches to minister to the unique needs of stepfamilies. He is author of the book The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family and creator/presenter of the 'Building A Successful Stepfamily' seminar. Currently Ron is serving as Stepfamily Educational Consultant to Focus on the Family.

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. Ron and his wife, Nan, and their sons live in Amarillo, Texas. Visit his Web site at

Laura Petherbridge is an international speaker and author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't": Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce. She has been featured on FamilyLife Today, HomeWord, and the Crown Financial Ministries' radio broadcast. Laura is featured on the DivorceCare video series, used by over 12,000 churches worldwide and has taught on divorce recovery at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Laura and her husband, Steve, reside in Lady Lake, Florida. Visit her Web site at

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The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive!
Ron L. Deal & Laura Petherbridge





9780764207020 Paperback 0764207024 $ 11.95
Exploding the myth of achieving a blended family, Deal provides seven effective, achievable steps toward building a healthy marriage and a workable and peaceful stepfamily.







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