Millions of children were raised in stepfamilies. Today many of these kids have grown up and become parents or stepparents in their own stepfamilies. Remarriages can be very challenging, but help is available.
I rarely recommend books unless I’ve at least scanned it, but a recent entry warrants this exception. Ron Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily, has released a new book titled, “The Smart Stepfamily Marriage.”This work, co-written by family therapist Dave Olsen, starts by calibrating the “CPS” or Couple Positioning System. “It provides a map for couples on the unique journey of remarriage.”1 This is a critical first step because remarried couples bring so much past into the new union.
Ron deal has a decades-long ministry focused on helping stepfamilies cope with the endless challenges that are unique to stepfamilies. His material is real, biblical, and each page has helpful nuggets; some of which may be hard to accept because of their where-we-live truthfulness. However it is this where-we-live truthfulness that is the strength of Deal’s books and his ministry. Smart stepfamilies can be found at www.smartstepfamilies.com
The Smart Stepfamily Marriage” and “The Smart Stepfamily” are invaluable tools for spouses and parents in stepfamilies or those planning to create one.
1The Smart Stepfamily Marriage, Bethany House Publishers, p. 17.