Dianne Neal Matthews
Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Welcome, readers. Davalynn Spencer from Colorado here, where it’s snowy and Christmassy already. Please welcome today’s featured author, Dianne Neal Matthews.

Dianne, please give us a quick overview of your book Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily.

Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily offers a daily dose of encouragement and wisdom for your stepfamily journey. Topics include parenting and step-parenting, strengthening your marriage, grief in the stepfamily, bonding with children, co-parenting with exes, and practical wisdom for bringing family members together.

This already sounds like a book someone in my family would benefit from, Dianne. What led you to write it?

Dianne Neal Matthews

Dianne Neal Matthews

Ron L. Deal is a nationally recognized expert in the area of blended families, the Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies, and Director of Blended Family Ministries for FamilyLife. I was honored to work on this devotional book with Ron. His compassion and understanding of the unique needs and circumstances of stepfamilies are evident throughout his writings and his ministry. Read More →

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)Greetings from Sarah Sundin on a drizzly day in northern California. As the year draws to a close, we begin to plan for the coming year. What a wonderful time to feature Dianne Neal Matthews, the author of four daily devotionals! Her newest offering, Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation, just released, and it looks like a fabulous way to tour the Bible in 2013.


CAN Dianne MatthewsDianne, how did you get into writing?

I always fantasized about being a writer but didn’t do anything about it. Then in my mid-forties, I began writing occasional articles for my church’s newsletter. When a pastor friend urged me to pursue writing professionally, I attended a writers’ conference (Write-to-Publish Conference, Chicago area). My only desire was for God to show me if writing was His will for me or my own self-centered dream. He answered clearly that week, and I’ve never doubted my calling since then.

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CAN BlogDianne Neal Matthews here, hoping to encourage you with a Christmas-related message—even though it’s the second week of January. About a month ago, I heard a story at church that has stuck in my mind.

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