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Publisher's Summary

Leading stepfamily expert Ron Deal offers a revised and expanded edition of his signature resource, which addresses key concerns and practical issues facing every stepfamily.

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Book relies on your commitment to god

If you aren’t into god, then this book isn’t for you. I thought I could persist and just got the parts out of it that I needed and ignore the god parts, but it got too much so had to stop listening.

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  • Fenixhaus
  • 11-12-2019

Good content, but the reader sounds like a robot

The content was valuable, however the reader sounded like a robot. He sounds like the old Mackintosh computers where you type in words and the computer reads it out.

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  • Aaron H.
  • 09-12-2021

Cringe-worthy framing. No real actionable advice.

I picked up this book because I enjoyed the five love languages many years ago, and am in a relationship with a partner with kids. This is my first time being in a relationship with somebody with kids, and I am striving to do my homework so that I can be an excellent as a partner and in whatever role I end up playing in the kids' lives.

I had hoped that this book would give me actionable steps that I could take with my partner and her children to build our relationships.

Unfortunately, this book seems written from a very narrow, conservative Christian perspective. Divorce is framed as a failure that requires redemption and it seems that, although not explicitly stated, the author believes that marriage is the only path to redemption. Advice is generally something trite like "trust in god" or "try to be Christlike." Many of the actionable steps involve things like reading your Bible more, or joining a Christian support group.

There are also a lot of irrelevant stories and long-winded biblical metaphors that don't add any value. The shout out to Charles Koch in chapter 2 introduces some borderline right-wing conspiracy theory references.

If you are looking for an actionable guide to building a strong blended family, and especially if you are not a conservative Christian, look elsewhere. This book is a waste of your time.

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  • Kelly
  • 09-01-2018

Good info but not for the faint of heart

Felt like I learned some things and but the overall tone was depressing and stressful. Basically as a stepparent you get a rough life was the message I took away...would have liked some more encouraging sections

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  • Nicholas Wanamaker
  • 03-03-2020

Wonderful book

This book is a must read for step families. There is so much to take into account that it is overwhelming. However, if you do the work, you stand a good chance.
The narrator was painful to listen to. I sped it up a bunch to get through some of it. It did feel better in the latter half of the book though. I determined that it was because the content was so good and his consistent voice managed to get out of the way a bit.
I recommend having a physical or e- book for this as well for review, highlights, and discussion.

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  • Nicole Sanchez Schraeder
  • 18-11-2019

Eye opening for Christians in stepfamilies.

❤️ Love it! I want to re-listen to this several times. As an adult of a blended family, this helped me heal & understand my life. As the second wife and stepmother of pre-teen age girls, this hit my heart. All of my struggles were laid out as normal.

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  • J. K.
  • 29-08-2019

A must read!

Loved it! A must read to obtain some much needed guidance to support your growing family.

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  • Chris
  • 01-02-2019

terrible performance

The performance reading this audio book is absolutely terrible... Text to speech would sound better. It's an outstanding book though... the content kept me listening!

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  • Yusuf N.
  • 01-03-2018

Educative and interesting.

loved it. Educative and interesting. Must read for step families or prospective step family. covered most areas of importance

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  • R. Silva
  • 14-10-2017

Needed Perspective

The content was excellent! The narration was hard to listen to but the information helped compensate for the painful voice over

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  • Kelcey
  • 18-07-2022

get a new narrator

the book is awesome. the narrator is awful though and makes it hard to follow.

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