Related by Chance, Family by Choice: Transforming Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law Relationships

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

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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.

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Diane M. Bolton says:

Every word counts… From my experience, Deb makes every word count in her speaking and in her writing. That sums up my assessment of her first book (more to come!) Related by Chance, Family by Choice: every. word. counts. Deb’s insights and experiences as a mother-in-law (and daughter-in-law) are carefully crafted into a practical handbook for those MILs (Mothers-in-Law) and DILs (Daughters-in-Law) in us all. Much of her writing covers topics that are important and practical, e.g., how to improve our…

Cindy S says:

Insightful and practical Mother-in-Law/Daughter-in-Law relationships have been notoriously portrayed as “minefields” of heartache, competition and regret. Related by Chance, Family by Choice by Deb DeArmond presents a fresh, positive, biblically-based approach to a subject that is fundamental to harmony in families. The book uses biblical principles, practical applications and personal challenges. 

avid reader says:

Life Changing I have been married for just over a year and I wish I’d read this sooner! I have a wonderful MIL but she is so wonderful that sometimes it makes it hard to feel like there is any room for me. This book shows me how to develop my bond with my husband AND love and support his mother. I’d recommend this to any women starting a new relationship as MIL or DIL.

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