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Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2021
Ron Deal has pulled together an indispensable, hope-filled, and practical resource guide to help couples who are marrying again build a strong and healthy blended family. Mr. Deal carefully and compassionately explains why “marrying someone means marrying not only their expanded, multi-household family structure; it means marrying their relationship patterns and dynamics, their personality quirks, their credit score, and their spiritual values.” Activities after each chapter are strongly encouraged because becoming family – the emotional process that builds trust and affection – doesn’t just “happen,” you have to work at it. Deal understands how to dialogue with children – young, teen, or adult – to feel included, valued, and important, as their experience may be quite different from the happy couple’s. From planning the wedding, to blending different parenting styles, and ultimately to acknowledging and honoring the grief of the previous family unit and merging financial issues, Ron Deal teaches how to have “faithful love in the midst of ambiguity.” An excellent book for blended couples, extended family, clergy, and therapists.
Ron Deal is the leading expert on blended families. In his latest book, he now provides just what step couples need before tying the knot. In a kind and compassionate tone, Deal offers practical wisdom on what to expect for your blended family and easy-to-follow applications on how to navigate the journey. Do yourself a favor and prepare for your stepfamily life with Deal's book. Your family will thank you.