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Building Love Together in Blended Families by Gary Chapman
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it was amazing

I am a step parent of 3 now adult young men, a co-parent (with my ex) of one lovely young woman, and parenting a teenage son with my husband of 16 years. Oh...and one of those handsome stepsons of mine and his wife have blessed us with a grandbaby. So, I'm a step-grandma, too!

We are passionate about marriage and particularly marriages that create blended families. We have been leading a short term small group at our church since 2014 utilizing Ron Deal's The Smart Stepfamily materials. We love Ron's heart of redemption and grace! About the same time, if not a little sooner, we encountered Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages and literally recommend it to every couple we encounter!! The blending (pun intended) of these two dynamic teaching concepts into one book is an outstanding tool for anyone in a stepfamily or in a relationship that will lead to a stepfamily!

Learning how to express love to people who you haven't known their entire lives...when to lean in and when to back off a bit...how to show love to someone who is basically shutting you out...why it may be necessary to dial back your expectations a bit.

It's a fast read...even for slow readers like me, and it is full of real life examples of how things weren't working and ways you can redirect and get on better footing with your "steps." Getting married and have grown kids? There's an entire chapter dedicated to how to deal with adult stepkids who may not be too keen on this new marriage. Have a child who has married and is now a step-parent...making you a step grandparent? This book talks about that, too!

Seriously, do yourself a favor and get this book and a highlighter. You're going to be marking a LOT of new ways of thinking and approaching seemingly insurmountable situations!
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