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Ron L. Deal, Author, Speaker, Therapist

"I'm getting married on Saturday and we will be creating a blended family. We have read all of your books and have dated intentionally. We know that we will face obstacles and challenges, but we feel somewhat prepared! Thank you for your ministry and for what you do! ...Thank you and please, keep it up! Not sure where we would be without it."  -- Mindy


Ron Deal is husband to Nan (since 1986) and proud father of Braden, Connor, and Brennan. Everything else is just details.

Ron L. Deal is a bestselling author, licensed marriage & family therapist, podcaster, and popular conference speaker who conducts “laugh and learn” marriage and family seminars and professional training around the country and online. He specializes in both marriage enrichment and stepfamily education.

Frequently featured in the national media, Ron is a leading national expert and the most widely read and viewed author on blended families in the country. He serves as President of Smart Stepfamilies™ and Director of FamilyLife Blended®, a division of FamilyLife®.

Ron is author and Consulting Editor of the SMART STEPFAMILY SERIES of books including the bestselling books Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart with Dr. Gary Chapman, The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson, which is based on the largest survey of stepcouple strengths ever conducted), a one-year devotional Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, and The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning (with Greg Pettys and David Edwards). His latest book Preparing to Blend: The Couple’s Guide to Becoming a Smart Stepfamily (2021) has been highly endorsed and is designed to prepare engaged couples for blended family living. He is a featured contributor to Loveology.orgDivorceCare® (2020 edition) and GriefShare® (2022 edition), Single and Parenting™, One Heart Two Homes, and FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ video curriculum. He is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

In addition to his book and video resources, Ron’s video teaching (through the Stepfamily Network), audio teaching (including the podcast FamilyLife Blended with Ron Deal and his one-minute radio feature that is heard daily on over 950 outlets nationwide), and numerous book chapters and articles (for,, ParentLife, Christianity Today, HomeLife magazine, and reach thousands every day with practical help for their family.

Ron has extensive experience with TV, radio, and online media having been interviewed on dozens of national and international broadcasts including Fox News, CNBC (see video below), ABC Nightline, WGN-TV News, FamilyLife Today, NewLife Live, Family Talk, Chris Fabry Live, DayStar TV (pictured), and Focus on the Family, and his work has been published/quoted by the Institute for Family Studies, New York Times, Good Morning, The Wall Street Journal,,, ABC,, New York Daily News, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world.

He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Their middle son Connor died unexpectedly in February, 2009 at the age of 12. In his memory, the Deal's have partnered with Touch a Life Foundation to rescue and rehabilitate children in Ghana, West Africa from trafficking and child exploitation. They would be honored if you would help them sing Connor's song. Learn more at

Twitter: @RonLDeal    |    Facebook: @SmartStepfamilies    |    Facebook: @FamilyLifeBlended    |    Instagram: @FamilyLifeBlended 


Watch & listen to more videos, podcasts, and broadcasts here

Ron featured on CNBC and NBC New York (Nov 2019) regarding his book with Greg Pettys and David Edwards The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning. See the full CNBC article and video here

Ron's appearance on Focus on the Family (Sept 2020) with coauthor Dr. Gary Chapman regarding their bestselling book Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Watch part 2 here.

Ron Deal's interview on the 700 Club about his book Preparing to Blend - (Dec, 2021)

During the COVID-19 crisis, here's one of Ron's many media interviews about coping with fear, anxiety, relationship stress while at home, and blended family challenges. On WPTV, West Palm Beach, Florida, April 2020.

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A sampling of organizations and churches Ron has spoken for include:  numerous FamilyLife® events & cruises  |  Watermark Community Church's Marriage Ministry Conference  |  North Point Community Church, Atlanta  |  American Association of Christian Counselors  |  WinShape Retreat  |  Archdiocese of Chicago  |  Arkansas and Utah Governor’s Conferences on the Family  |  Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY  |  Wheaton Bible Church, Chicago, IL  |  Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago, IL  |  Pepperdine University, Boone Center for the Family, Malibu, CA  |  Bay Side Church, Sacramento  |  Lifest Christian music festival  |  Break Forth One, Edmonton, Alberta  |  Heartland Community Church, Rockland, IL  |  Second Baptist Church, Houston  |  The Hills Church, Fort Worth  |  New Mexico Marriages First  |  Smart Marriages Conference  |  National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME)  |  Various state Marriage & Family Therapy conferences  |  National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers  |  Prepare-Enrich  |  National Conference on Stepfamilies  

Ron Deal speaking during an appearance on Focus on the Family with Coauthor Dr. Gary Chapman.