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Compiled by Ron L. Deal, President, Smart Stepfamilies — updated August, 2016
National Ministry Organizations:
  • FamilyLife Blended (a ministry of FamilyLife): his ministry combines the best of FamilyLife and Smart Stepfamilies. Ron L. Deal, Director
  • InStep Ministries: InStep Ministries is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community by providing practical, Biblical resources, support and counsel to single, divorced and remarried individuals, their families and the churches who minister to them. Jeff Parziale & Judi Babcock-Parziale, Directors; 2506 N. Alvernon Tucson, Arizona 85712. Phone: (520)721-0800; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Restored and Remarried: Gil and Brenda Stuart, Founders
  • Smart Stepfamilies: This site provides resources for pre-remarital couples, stepfamilies, and the churches who serve them. Site includes free articles as well as books, curriculum, audio/video resources, and information on live conferences around the country. Ron L. Deal, President
Other Christian Stepfamily Web Sites:
Other Helpful Web Sites:

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Books for Christian Stepfamilies & Couples Considering Remarriage:
  • Adkins, Kay, (2004). I’m Not Your Kid: A Christians Guide to a Healthy Stepfamily. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books
  • Barnes, Bob. Winning the Heart of Your Stepchild. Zondervan Publishing, 1992
  • Becnel, Moe & Paige, (2000). God Breaths On Blended Families: A Testimony of the Becnel Family. Baton Rouge, LA: Healing Place Productions, Inc.
  • highly recommended Broersma, Margaret, (2003). Daily Reflections for Stepparents: Living and Loving in a New Family. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregal Publications
  • Broersma, Margaret, (2004). Stepparent to Stepparent: Answers to 50 Common Questions Stepparents Ask. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregal Publications.
  • highly recommended Deal, Ron L. Dating and the Single Parent. Bethany House Publishers (2012). Ideal for single parents and the people dating them. Contains discussion questions.
  • highly recommended Deal, Ron L. The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family. Bethany House Publishers (2006). Contains a discussion guide for stepfamily groups and questions for pre-remarital couples.
  • highly recommended Deal, Ron L. & David H. Olson. The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family. Bethany House Publishers (2015). Includes an online relationship profile. Also available with a small group study guide.
  • highly recommended Deal, Ron L. & Laura Petherbridge. The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive! Bethany House Publishers (2009). Contains discussion questions for stepmother groups.
  • highly recommended Deal, Ron L. The Smart Stepdad: Steps to Help You Succeed! Bethany House Publishers (2011). Contains discussion questions
  • Douglas, Edward & Sharon. The Blended Family: Achieving Peace & Harmony in the Christian Home. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 2000.
  • highly recommended Gillespie, Natalie Nichols, (2004). Stepfamily Success (formerly titled The Stepfamily Survival Guide). Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.
  • highly recommended Goodman, Karon Phillips (2002). The Stepmom’s Guide to Simplifying Your Life. Culver City, CA: EquiLibrium Press
  • highly recommended Goodman, Karon Phillips. (2004). A Stepmom’s Book of Prayer.
  • Kniskern, Joseph W. (2003). Making a New Vow: A Christians Guide to Remarriage. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers
  • Lauer, R.H. & Lauer, J.C. (1999). Becoming Family: How to Build a Family That Really Works. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress
  • Parrott, Les & Leslie. (2001). Saving Your Second Marriage Before It Starts. Zondervan.
  • highly recommended Petherbridge, Laura (2014). 101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom: Expert Advice From One Stepmom to Another. Bethany House
  • highly recommended Partridge, Donald R. (2001). Single Parents Savvy Partnering: Stage 1—Dating. Pleasanton. CA: Ginger Court Press. Designed to help pre-remarital couples date intentionally and anticipate stepfamily issues
  • highly recommended Partridge, Donald R. (2001). Single Parents Savvy Partnering: Stage 2—Engagement. Pleasanton. CA: Ginger Court Press.
  • highly recommended Partridge, Donald R. (2001). Single Parents Savvy Partnering: Stage 3—Merging. Pleasanton. CA: Ginger Court Press.
  • Smoke, Jim (2004). 7 Keys to a Blended Family. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Pub.
Educational Curriculum, Videos, & Ministry Resources for Churches, Christian Stepfamilies & Couples Considering Remarriage:
  • highly recommended Adler-Baeder, Francesca. (2002). Smart Steps for Parents and Children. 6-week curriculum for stepfamily adults and their children. Includes two videos and a CD with Power Point and handout masters. A Christian supplement entitled “Growing in Wisdom” by Ron Deal is included. Order from
  • highly recommended Deal, Ron L. (2004). Blended Families: Helping Yours, Mine, and Ours Become a Family. DVD produced by AACC; designed for stepfamily educators and counselors. Available from
  • highly recommended Deal, Ron L. The Smart Stepfamily DVD (8-session small group curriculum). Based on the bestselling book The Smart Stepfamily. For groups or home study use. Available at
  • highly recommendedDeal, Ron L. The Remarriage Checkup: Tools to Help Your Marriage Last and 10-week Small Group Study-Guide. Includes an online relationship profile. Available at
  • Focus on the Family (2004). The Blended Marriage. Colorado Springs: Focus on the Family. A 4-session study based on their small group marriage series. The study provides good discussion questions but unfortunately does not provide the leader with any background study material to help answer the many questions that arise in stepfamily classes. Recommended for advanced stepfamily educators only.
  • highly recommended Parziale, Jeff (2004). How to Start and Lead a Stepfamily Support Group. Tucson, AZ: InStep Ministries. A self-published guide for ministry leaders.
  • highly recommended Parziale, Jeff & Judi (2002). Looking Before You Leap…Again! Preparing Yourself for the Adventures and Challenges of Remarriage. Tucson, AZ: InStep Ministries
    also Jeff and Judi have a 10-session group study available based on Looking Before You Leap. It is called Second Chances: Preparing for Remarriage in the 21st Century. A Leader’s Guide and Couple’s Workbook is available. Tucson, AZ: InStep Ministries.
  • Pratt, Lonni Collins. Making Two Halves a Whole: Studies for Parents in Blended Families. Elgin, Ill: David C. Cook Publishing Co., 1995. A 13-week Bible study curriculum for adult groups.
  • highly recommended Taylor, Carri & Gordon (2003). Designing Dynamic Stepfamilies: Bringing the Pieces to Peace (video series). Eight-part VHS or DVD series includes a study guide. "Ready-to-use" for workshops, conferences, and small groups. Order from
  • Townsend, Loren (2002) Pastoral Care with Stepfamilies. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press
Resources for Therapists and Family Life Educators:
  • Bray, James. Stepfamilies: Love, Marriage, and Parenting in the First Decade. New York: Broadway Books, 1998
  • Browning, Scott. Stepfamily Therapy: A 10-Step Clinical Approach. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2011
  • Deal, Ron. Video: Blended Families: Helping Yours, Mine, and Ours Become a Family. Part of the AACC Caring for People God’s Way series, Vol. 2, 2004
  • Emery, Robert E. Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation. New York: Guilford Press, 1994
  • Hetherington, E. M. & Kelly, J. (2002). For Better or For Worse: Divorce Reconsidered. W.W. Norton & Co., New York
  • Gamache, Susan. “Parental status: A new construct describing adolescent perceptions of stepfathers.” Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia, 2000
  • Ganong, Lawrence H. & Coleman, Marilyn (2004). Stepfamily Relationships: Development, Dynamics, and Interventions. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
  • Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. The Haworth Press, Inc. 1-800-342-9678
  • Kelley, P. (1995). Developing Healthy Stepfamilies: Twenty Families Tell Their Stories. New York: Haworth Press Inc
  • Martin, Don & Martin, Maggie. Stepfamilies in Therapy: Understanding Systems, Assessment & Intervention. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1992
  • Papernow, Patricia. Becoming a Stepfamily: Patterns of Development in Remarried Families. Analytic Press, 1998
  • Stewart, Susan D. Brave New Stepfamilies: Diverse Paths Toward Stepfamily Living, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2007
  • Visher, Emily & Visher, John. Old Loyalties, New Ties: Therapeutic Strategies with Stepfamilies. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1988
  • Visher, Emily B. & Visher, John S. Therapy With Stepfamilies. New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1996