If you're about to take the plunge into a ready made family be prepared. This book will give you some heads-up of what to expect and perhaps how to avoid making mistakes that be difficult to undo between you and the child(ren).
If you're already into a family marriage and want to make good connections with your new family members then this book may just be the ticket to help you build a solid foundation of trust and understanding between you and the child(ren).
Good luck, and good blessings.
I confess to not being able to get through this book. The author writes in such a dry, stale tone I found reading the entire book too painful an undertaking. I was so hopeful with the title: "7 Steps..." I was looking forward to some practical information I could apply and actually put into action to better my relationship with my stepchild. Instead, there is dry, staged dialogue (sp?) that doesn't mimic how a biological child would react to thier bio parent, much less a realistic example of how a stepparent can expect to communicate with a stepchild. Very disappointing. If you are a stepparent, or you know a stepparent please spare them the drudgery of this book. I definitely recommend they check out Sally Bjornsen's sassy read for stepmoms, though (maybe that was my mistake...reading a great book on stepparenting first, and then reading this one second...maybe my expectations were raised).