FamilyLife Blended®

Ron L. Deal

20 Simple Words

February 18, 2020

You know, life can be complicated. So, sometimes, we just need to dumb it down a little.


Dr. H Norman Wright is one of the most prolific Christian authors on the subjects of marriage, parenting, and family. He’s also been a personal mentor to me. In one daily dose of relationship wisdom he offers 20 simple words for stronger relationships. “Thank you.” “I was wrong, you were right.” “I am sorry.” “I love you.” “I forgive you,” and “Please forgive me.” No, words like these don’t fix everything. But they sure keep your heart in the right place. And that’s a good start.

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Ron L. Deal is the Director of blended family ministries at FamilyLife®, and is the author/coauthor of the books The Smart StepfamilyThe Smart Stepdad, The Smart Stepmom, Dating and the Single Parent, and The Remarriage Checkup. Ron voices the FamilyLife Blended short feature and is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist who frequently appears in the national media, including FamilyLife Today® and Focus on the Family, and he conducts marriage and family seminars around the countryRon and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys.

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