Ron L. Deal

Ron L. Deal

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RON L. DEAL is a family therapist, an international conference speaker specializing in marriage enrichment and stepfamily education, and a podcaster. His top selling books, online articles, and media appearances make him one of the most widely read and referenced authors on blended families in North America. His widely endorsed bestselling books include Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (coauthored with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman) and The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family. His latest book designed for engaged and pre-engaged couples is Preparing to Blend: The Couple's Guide to Becoming a Smart Stepfamily. Ron is founder and president of Smart Stepfamilies™ and director of FamilyLife Blended®, a division of FamilyLife®. He is author and editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the Amazon bestselling books The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepfamily Small Group Resource DVD and Participant Guide (8-session video series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (with Dr. David Olson, formerly titled The Remarriage Checkup), Daily Encouragement for The Smart Stepfamily (with Dianne Neal Matthew), The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning (with Greg S. Pettys & David O. Edwards), Preparing to Blend, and Building Love Together in Blended Families (with Dr. Gary Chapman). He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center and is a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor. Ron is also a featured contributor on the video curriculum FamilyLife's Art of Parenting (2018) and Single and Parenting (2011), and his resources are widely recommended and distributed by a variety of family education initiatives. Ron's popular podcast is called FamilyLife Blended. He has appeared on numerous national TV and radio programs and his work with stepfamilies has been published/quoted by the New York Times, Good Morning, The Wall Street Journal,,, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world. Ron's daily one-minute radio feature FamilyLife Blended can be heard on social media and on over 800 radio outlets around the world. He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Find resources and conference information at and
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