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

Ron L. Deal, Author

Ron L. Deal is a marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist (www.rondeal.org). He is founder of Smart Stepfamilies™(www.smartstepfamilies.com), Director of FamilyLife Blended™ (a division of FamilyLife®) (www.familylifeblended.com), and is the author/coauthor of numerous books including The Smart Stepfamily Marriage, The Smart Stepmom, The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, and the bestselling The Smart Stepfamily. In addition, he is the Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series and has published over a dozen videos and study resources, and hundreds of magazine and online articles. His work has been quoted/referenced by many news outlets such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Ron's books, conference events, social media presence, online resources, and one-minute radio feature FamilyLife Blended (heard daily on hundreds of stations nationwide and online) make him the leading voice on blended families in the U.S.. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist who frequently appears in the national media, including FamilyLife Today and Focus on the Family, and he conducts marriage and family seminars around the country and internationally. He and his wife, Nan, have three boys.

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Dianne Neal Matthews, Author

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 LIVEThe 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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