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What Others Are Saying


"Listen to this guy.  He knows what he's talking about."

Dr. Kevin Leman
Bestselling Author
As heard on Reality Talks

Smart Stepfamilies is the most highly practical program I know for helping couples who are dealing with the common struggles of stepparenting.  The church desperately needs to offer hope to this large segment of our society.  Ron and Nan Deal are available to help you with the process.  Ron is an excellent presenter and his book The Smart Stepfamily is the most helpful book I know on this topic. I highly recommend them and their ministry.”


Dr. Gary D. Chapman

author of The Five Love Languages

and The Five Languages of Apology

 "Ron Deal has developed a highly insightful and practical seminar that has impacted the lives of thousands...This is a must series and I'm delighted to recommend it."

Dr. H. Norman Wright
Director, Christian Marriage Enrichment
Author of over 60 books on the Christian family

"Ron Deal is a true minister to stepfamilies.  His professional expertise, love for the Lord, and his compassionate heart make for a perfect platform from which to teach remarried couples how they can successfully combine their families in healthy ways.  It is no secret that these families face countless complications and with the help of Ron Deal, they will be better equipped to face them head on and be stronger because of it."
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
Seattle Pacific University
Authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

"This seminar may have just saved our marriage.  We weren't able to discuss our problems without extreme conflict.  We talked calmly for two hours last night.  Thank you for doing this seminar."
Seminar Participant

"Ron Deal is truly the expert on matters dealing with stepfamilies.  In an engaging and caring manner, Ron walked our soldiers at Fort Bliss through the challenges and difficulties of 'Building a Smart Stepfamily' for which we are sincerely grateful.  His conference is a must for all stepfamilies if they expect to rise above mediocrity and experience real success."

U.S. Army Chaplain Scott Koeman
Fort Bliss
El Paso, Texas

"Your seminar was absolutely wonderful.  The excitement and enthusiasm shown by the attendees tells me that it was truly beneficial.  It is a life-changing seminar for stepfamilies.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your heart."

Gordon Smith, Pastor of Adult Ministries
Second Baptist Church
Houston, Texas

"Stepfamilies in our congregations and communities present unique opportunities for ministry.  Through this seminar, Ron Deal equips church leaders to minister more effectively to this important, but often neglected, segment of society.  His materials are thorough, timely, relevant, and practical.  Ron is an excellent communicator and presenter."

Dennis Lowe, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Center for the Family
Pepperdine University

"Ron Deal teaches easy to apply biblical principles for stepfamilies to be successful...and he does so as a gifted speaker, engaging and humorous, encouraging and equipping."

Randy Neal
Director, Shoulder to Shoulder Ministries
Sacramento, CA

"The next frontier for churches is marriage enrichment with remarried couples.  By addressing the dynamics of stepfamilies that pull couples apart, Ron's seminar strengthens the couple bond, increasing the chances for a lasting remarriage.  I highly recommend this seminar for your church and community."

Dr. Carl Brecheen
Abilene Christian University
Co-Presenter, Marriage Enrichment Seminar

"I wanted to thank you for the fine workshop on stepparenting that you presented at our Governor's Conference on Marriage in Salt Lake.  The fact that you had such high attendance to both sessions of your class is a tribute to your program...The subject area is so important; there is such need, and your materials are so clinically sound and applicable.  Your evaluations were all very positive; I hope you feel good about the positive impact you are having in people's lives.  Thank you for coming.  The First Lady was very pleased with the large attendance and positive feedback you got."

Abbie Vianes, Executive Director
Governor's Initiative on Families Today
Governor's Commission on Marriage
Salt Lake City, Utah

"Ron Deal's "Building A Smart Stepfamily" seminar is a must for churches who want to reach out to all types of families.  All of the stepfamilies who attended the Memphis seminar gave Ron rave reviews.  The church can provide a very valuable ministry by providing this seminar..."

"Thank you Ron for coming and sharing the stepfamilies seminar.  Your day-long event and our publicity for it woke our congregation up to the needs of stepfamilies.  Since the seminar, we have held a stepfamilies support group and also a special 'His Needs, Her Needs' group specifically for stepfamilies.  We have used your manual and tapes with several couples who could not attend the seminar.  They all seem to be helped greatly.  Keep up the good work."

Keith Fussell, LPC
Sycamore View Church of Christ
Memphis, Tennessee

"Ron Deal presented a workshop on stepfamilies for us and I was very impressed with his knowledge and presentation.  The feedback from participants was most favorable.  This is a very important topic that churches need to be addressing."

Terri O'Sullivan
Family Life Office
Catholic Diocese of Orlando

"Ron... thanks for a great workshop!  The material was excellent--well presented--and a blessing to those who participated...
we were well-pleased with the quality of all your lessons!"

Dan Williams
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
El Dorado, Arkansas

"'The Building A Smart Stepfamily' seminar was excellent.  The information was relevant and presented in a caring and professional manner..."

Frank Scott, Ph.D.
Family Life Minister, Madison Church of Christ
Madison, Tennessee

Participant Comments:
"We want to thank you again for a wonderful weekend--a weekend filled with tears, laughter, love, knowledge and God's Spirit.  We are so very happy we were touched by God to come and attend the seminar.  We are already using some of the techniques that you shared and taught.  WOW!"
Seminar Participant, Biological Mother

"Ron's realistic approach to roles and expectations within a newly blended family has flowed into our lives like a fresh breeze and demystified the stepparenting process!  It is a blessing to have a strategy that makes sense."
Seminar Participant, Stepfather

"I attended Ron's workshop on stepparenting in anticipation of our upcoming marriage.  Now that we are married and blending two families, I see that Ron's insights, experience, and advice were right on target.  Knowing what to expect and having some techniques to handle various situations has helped to ease the stress for all of us."
Seminar Participant, Stepmother

"Just a note to say thank you for the stepfamily seminar last Saturday.  It helped us tremendously...Our marriage was definitely in the crisis stage.  It really made a difference coming to a Christian-based seminar.  Already we are doing so much better."
Seminar Participant, Stepmother

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