I am SO excited to bring you this next show. I met Deb DeArmond at the AWSA (Advanced Writers & Speakers Association) event at the International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis. As I heard about her relationships with her “daughter-in-loves” and about her new book on the “in law” topic, I KNEW I had to introduce her to you!
“Related by Chance, Family by Choice: Transforming Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law Relationships” – What does it take to create true family unity between moms and the women who marry their sons?
The caricatures are everywhere, the jokes are inexhaustible, and the stereotypes fill the screens. From Marie Barone (Everyone Loves Raymond) to Viola Fields (Monster-in-Law) to Internet sites and social media pages like ihatemyinlaws.com and a Facebook page for ihatemymotherinlaw there is no shortage of examples of the caustic relationships that can develop between the two women in a man’s life.
Deb DeArmond and her three daughters-in-law have conducted their own exhaustive research into the status of the women-in-law relationship. Their research, which incorporated online surveys, interviews, and discussions, included asking about the faith factor in the relationships they studied. Of the respondents, nearly 90 percent claimed they were Christians, and 79 percent said their faith was foundational and guided their actions and decisions. As discouraging as it may be, the numbers of those they surveyed who reported that their women-in-law relationships were “bad” were nearly identical to those in a survey conducted by a popular secular website that recorded no statistics on faith.
Beyond the statistics and their analysis, Deb brings to this book more than thirty years working with adults to improve communications and deal constructively with conflict. Aside from her research and her professional expertise, perhaps the most important asset Deb brings to this work is her own relationship with her three daughters-in-law that is so obviously and unusually positive that she—and they—are often asked to explain the secret of the relationships they share.
This practical and unapologetically scriptural book covers issues of personal perceptions, strained communication, the roles of sons and fathers in the relationship’s success, how to begin these relationships on the right foot, and the necessity of trust and love. Deb’s one motivating objective is to help women-in-law move from women who are simply related to strong and confident members of a truly spiritual family.
For 25+ years, Deb has worked in the field of learning and development. She has trained in corporate settings across the nation and around the world in areas of leadership, communication, conflict resolution and relationship building. In 1998, Deb opened her own practice, DeArmond & Associates, became a certified executive coach and
added this to her roster of skills and services available to clients.
Although she has been active in ministry throughout her life, God redirected Deb’s focus in 2011—to use these skills and abilities to minister to the body of Christ. She is co-founder of My Purpose Now, a website devoted to Christian women 50+ and also can be found on her website http://mypurposenow.org/
Deb is wife to her high school sweetheart who led her to Jesus 40 years ago. Mom to three incredible sons, three fab daughter-in-loves and Gigi to three perfect grandboys. But Jesus is her favorite, and the guys have learned to live with it. She considers her family to be an incredible gift from the Lord and spending time together doing life tops her list of favorites.
During the second half of the show, I’ll introduce you to Vern (Pinky) Hutcherson, Founder of Inspired Looks Ministries & PINK Hope & Love Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.
A graduate speaker of Proverbs 31 Ministries – Veronica will inspire you with humor and grace as she passionately & openly speaks about the journeys she has been brought through. Once consumed & delayed with cancer, fear, defeat and shame, she now testifies gratefully of a life that has been Healed, Set Free and Fashioned By God! You will be inspired by her message of Hope & Love that has the power to transform your countenance, heart, hope and health!
Veronica is a wife, mother, grandmother, mentor and friend who loves the color Pink & Puppies, Family & Friends, Music & Mexican Food and Jewels & Jesus! Not necessarily in that order!;)
She resides in San Antonio, Texas with her family and requires Chips & Salsa daily!
After meeting Pinky, you will be inspired to make a difference!
AND, since both my guests will be in the studio with me, we would all love to have you join us to continue the conversation off the air at El Jarro’s from 12:30 to 2:00pm.
So, listen to the show at 11AM CST on AM630 KSLR or streaming live at www.kslr.com, and then come and fellowship with us afterwards. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday!