Stepdad: It can be a role full of landmines–and at the same time, a role vital and unsung. Author Gil Stuart offers ideas to do it wholeheartedly and all-in within the complexities of your blended family.
“Always Forward” is Gil’s motto. His desire is to share heartfelt concern for people during life’s testing challenges through the eyes of Christ. Gil spent 30 years in the property / casualty insurance business which provided a real world prospective to his present career as a counselor. Gil has pastored, lead small groups, raised teenagers, seen them launched as well as crash. He is a co-author of Restored and Remarried with his wife Brenda, about their personal story of blending a step family of 7 kids.
Their ministry, Restored and Remarried grew from sharing their own story. They have encouraged blended family couples via TV and radio, live seminars, workshops, intensives, and retreats. They produced a DVD to accompany their small group materials for stepfamilies and a podcast series to encourage others in their journey offering practical tools. They offer “tips, tools and tingles” through their Social Media outlets.
The Stuart’s are a counselor / coach team in the areas of marriage / remarriage and stepfamily dynamics. Gil especially loves to encourage stepdads by letting them know they are in good company with a “dude by the name of Joseph” who happened to be Jesus’ stepdad. Another tool of encouragement is Gil’s video series – Unsung Hero’s - an 8 part series dedicated to men being a dad in the stepfamily arena.
Gil integrates biblical context into matters you interact with daily so solid mental health can be part of the counseling experience addressing body, soul and spirit.
Gil and Brenda live in Brush Prairie, WA on a little lane called Glory Road. Their 7 kids, they lovingly refer to as “Those People” and have the pleasure of feeding sugar to a few grandkids.
Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at FamilyLife.com/blended.