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A problematic take on the stepfather role
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2018
Other reviewers did mention that they found the book to be ‘preachy’, but I took that to mean the author had a superior tone in the prose. It’s not that, however: the implication is that a ‘smart stepdad’ is one who acts according to the Christian faith, and by extension anyone else - even if they simply belong to a different religion- is not a ‘smart stepdad’.
I did manage to power through to the end and did find much of the actual advice to be helpful, but I generally felt that the author, who constantly quoted scripture and actively discouraged cohabitation or sex before marriage, even with couples going through it all a second time, seemed to be talking to someone else entirely, like I wasn’t the target audience and was just eavesdropping on someone else’s conversation, rather than having one with the author myself.
I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what you want in a book. Limiting your readership so drastically seems like a bad idea, too. If you belong to a different faith or eschew religion altogether you should probably keep looking.