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A Conversation With Governor Greg Abbott

A Conversation With Governor Greg Abbott

Texas Governor Greg Abbott discusses current issues which have garnered national attention, including the Texas "Heartbeat Bill" which protects babies from abortion starting at nearly six weeks from conception.
Original Air Date: November 1, 2021

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Governor Greg Abbott: We believe in pro-life policies. But a part of those pro-life policies is promoting adoption so that every child can have a life. But also providing adoption in a way that a child can go to lead a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. And that’s exactly what we wanted to provide.

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John Fuller: Texas Governor Greg Abbott joins us today on Focus on the Family, talking about some of the challenges that families face, and how Texas seems to be in the center of our cultural conversation about families in so many ways. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, we’re living in some incredibly turbulent times in these days, and probably things are occurring that even a decade ago would not have been thought imaginable. And families are concerned about their children’s education and safety and creating an environment for life. There’s a lot happening. Religious liberty is another issue. The state of Texas is very much in the national conversation on these topics and these issues, and the Governor of the state has been in the news a lot this past year, really, the last couple of years in some tremendous ways. And we have the privilege today to talk to the Governor of Texas, Governor Abbott, and we are looking forward to it. Apart from the government duties, there’s also a human side of this equation, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to visit with the Governor about who he is and what he’s learned over the years.

John: Indeed. And Governor Abbott has been in his role since 2014. He was elected the 48th Governor of Texas then. And prior to that was the longest serving Attorney General in the state’s history. He’s responsible for the ninth largest economy in the world…

Jim: (chuckling) Amazing…

John: … which is really something to think about. Married to his wife, Cecilia, for 40 years. She’s a former teacher and principal. The first Hispanic first lady of Texas. They have a daughter who just graduated from college. And today, Jim, we’re sitting in the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, Texas.

Jim: Governor Abbott, welcome to Focus on the Family.

Governor Abbott: Great to be with you. Thank you so much. And I might add welcome to the Governor’s Mansion of the Great State of Texas.

Jim: This is a beautiful home.

Governor Abbott: Well, thank you. Quite historic home.

Jim: Let me start because some of our listeners that especially those that live outside of Texas, don’t know your story. And you have an amazing story. And I’d like to start there…

Governor Abbott: Sure.

Jim: … because you graduated law school, you married your wife, Cecilia, and then you had this tragic accident. What happened?

Governor Abbott: Well, interestingly, it’s a question I get so often because I’m on national TV a lot, right? And I’ll go to different locations across the country and people will meet me and they’ll say, I had no idea you were in a wheelchair. What are you doing in a wheelchair? And so actually, I do get this question quite a bit across the country.

What happened is my wife and I’ve been married for just over two years and moved to Houston, Texas, where I had taken a job to begin our career…

Jim: Right. An exciting time.

Governor Abbott: Right. An exciting time, and when you’re building for the future. And I was studying for the bar exam to be a licensed lawyer, and I took a break from studying for the bar exam and went out for a jog. I was an avid runner. And I was out running this particular day and an enormous oak tree fell as I was running. And it crashed down into my back, fractured my vertebrae and my spinal cord, leaving me immediately paralyzed. And I was taken to a hospital. I was in an intensive care unit for about 10 days as they were trying to figure out how to remove all these vertebrae fragments from my spinal cord, which is very, very difficult. Going through lengthy surgeries and then in a rehabilitation center for months. And so, it was a long recovery period. I got to tell you, it’s a time when you really have to question life, and a lot of questions are raised. But I’ll tell you this. I was born and raised a Christian, but we often do is we have challenges in life when our faith is tested. And I call myself a born-again Christian, because it was during these times that I fully realized that the only pathway I had for the future of my life was by leaning on Christ and having my relationship with Christ, be what would pull me through this most challenging time of my entire life.

Jim: And Governor, let me ask you this. You’ve lived it. So many people are listening who have had tragedy strike them. How did you get through that aspect of it? The old question, “Why me, Lord?”

Governor Abbott: So, in that… that is the question. And I’m glad you asked the question the way you did, because I know that there will be people who were watching, who may be going through a physical challenge, an emotional, or family, or whatever type of challenge they’re facing. And I would strongly urge them to learn the lesson that I learned. And that is we… we, it’s common to ask,  “Why me?”. But it’s important to answer, “Let God lead the way.” And if you let God lead the way and truly turn your life over to God, God will build a pathway for you. There is a reason, I believe, why everything happens. And I have found meaning in the accident that I sustained. The recovery that I’ve been through. The pathway that I’ve been down since that recovery. And what I found when I have looked back is every step of the way, there was God guiding me every step of the way

Jim: And what a wonderful example you are of not letting those limitations, you know, curtail what you can do in this life. I mean, you’re the Governor of one of the biggest states in this country. And it’s amazing to see what God has done through your faithfulness.

Governor Abbott: And that’s a good way to put it. Because as we all know, with God, anything is possible.

Jim: Sure.

Governor Abbott: And even a person whose life and body has been broken in half can rise up and be governor of one of the largest states in the world. So, we have today the ninth largest economy in the entire world.

Jim: That’s amazing,

Governor Abbott: But it shows that you can rise up and be the leader of the ninth largest economy in the entire world, with God guiding you down that path.

Jim: It’s one of the great examples of the many things this country allows to occur. And let me… let me get into some of the issues that you face every day as Governor. One of the things you’re very pro-adoption. You have an adopted daughter.

Governor Abbott: We do.

Jim: And we do something called Wait No More at Focus on the Family. The last 10 years has been working with foster adoption. I’m very proud of that. Thousands of kids have been adopted through that program. Speak to that issue personally, and as well as… as a policy, as a public policy matter, the idea of adoption.

Governor Abbott: So, as I understand the situation, the birth mother of our daughter had considered perhaps an abortion. But was really seeking discernment for the right path of what to do in her life. And she met and got to know some people who were involved in crisis pregnancy centers. And… and she was led down the pathway of giving birth to the daughter that we adopted. And so much so, that I was actually the first person to hold our daughter after she was born. But it connects to something that we believe in. We believe in pro-life policies. But a part of those pro-life policies is promoting adoption so that every child can have a life, but also providing adoption in a way that a child can go to lead a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. And that’s exactly what we wanted to provide.

Jim: Yeah, and it’s so good. And you know, those of us that Focus on the Family along with the constituency, we have a weekly listenership of about seven million. There’s a big swath in this country that believe in life, believe in adoption, believe in a better choice. And recently, you’ve signed the heartbeat bill. You know, it’s been in the news. I’m sure just about everybody listening and watching knows about it. Talk about the strategy of that, if you can, and then what you were attempting to do signing that bill into law.

Governor Abbott: Sure. So, a lot of the lead strategy behind this came from a person who is my former Solicitor General when I was the Attorney General of Texas. The strategy was twofold. One, we really wanted to pass a law that did more to protect life than ever before. And I think that we can all agree, we should all be able to agree, that every child with a heartbeat should be spared from the ravages of abortion. It’s just that simple. So, from a policy perspective about saving life, we wanted to make sure that a child’s life would be protected. Part of the strategy was one that we knew that government enforcement of mandates like that would be more likely to be overturned legally. And so, we came up with a new enforcement mechanism, an enforcement mechanism, by the way, that’s been around since the entirety of the United States of America. And that is, it provides third parties, it’s called a Qui Tam. Just to get into details called a Qui Tam lawsuit, where proposed third parties, the enforcement power, is used in Medicaid and Medicare claims, is used in any type of false claims act against the federal government. And so, it just imported into the enforcement mechanism, a strategy that’s been used for well over a century in the United States.

Jim: When you look at it, today is Monday. We’re airing the program as oral arguments are being heard on this very case, the Texas case.

Governor Abbott: Right

Jim: If you were here before a Supreme Court justice, what would you say to them to try to persuade them that this is good?

Governor Abbott: One thing that the Supreme Court has said in the past, has written in the past in abortion cases, and that is states have the authority and the responsibility to look after both the health and safety of the mother and the child. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We continue to support the health and safety of the mother through this law, but also we do more to promote the health and safety of the child. And so, this really does dovetail with what the Supreme Court has written in the past. And the reality is, with the advancements of medicine, children are being saved at earlier and earlier ages. And this is the step that Texas has taken is just consistent with the advancements that we’ve seen in medicine and the ability to protect children at the earliest of ages.

Jim: It seems one of the missing ingredients has been the political spine to actually step up and defend these, you know, preborn children. I think that’s why the country is really rallying around you and other governors that have expressed such support for the pre-born child. So, thank you.

Governor Abbott: Sure. I’ve had so many people, as I’m traveling literally every day, and strangers will come up to me and thank me for signing this law. It’s just so Texas, because it does send such a strong signal about the support in the reverence…

Jim: Right.

Governor Abbott: … that we have for children.

Jim: Which is so good. In fact, my wife sent me a picture. I was going to ask you about that. It was a billboard in Colorado Springs, and it was a bunch of puppies. And I want to get this quote correctly. It said on the billboard, “With all these puppies, if Planned Parenthood was killing puppies instead of babies, then would you care?” I mean, isn’t that interesting? It’s a… it’s a great eye-catching moment, right? That maybe our emphasis is on the wrong thing.

Governor Abbott: Well, I think we just need to clarify the emphasis because some people claim and argue that by focusing on the child, we are ignoring the mother. And that’s not the case.

Jim: That is an old argument.

Governor Abbott: We strongly support all women, including women who are pregnant and women who will be giving birth to a child, and we continue to do so in this law.

Jim: Yeah.

Governor Abbott: And Texas continues to pass laws to support mothers who do get pregnant, who do give birth.

Jim: Yeah.

Governor Abbott: But also, we need to support the children.

Jim: Absolutely. And thankfully, I know many pregnancy resource clinics right here in Texas that do an outstanding job of that, helping them with budget training and job training and job placement and goods for their children. The cribs, the formula, whatever they need.

Governor Abbott: And so along those lines, at the same time that we pass this bill, we also added funding in our state budget to provide more of those types of services.

Jim: Mmm. Let me ask you a question that really irritates me, if I could say it that way, and I get it from reporters all the time. As evangelical Christians, why do you get so wrapped up in the Republican Party? And I would say, I think from my perspective, I say to them, when was the last time you asked that of a liberal or progressive? That the candidate that they support actually puts forward policies that they can adhere to, right?

Governor Abbott: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And I think it’s such an absurd question. I’d love for both Democrats and Republicans to be pro-life, pro-family, pro marriage, in order to, I think, create a more stable culture for ourselves. But how would you respond to that, that, you know, Christians being wrapped around a certain party? We identify with the policies that we’d like to live out, right?

Governor Abbott: Right. I mean, to look, conversely, socialists define with a particular party.

Jim: Right.

Governor Abbott: It is not the Republican Party. And but there is, if you would, some tension between the those who are pro-life and those who are socialists. We believe that the family is the centerpiece of the United States of America.

Jim: And you’ve been bold about that.

Governor Abbott: Right. And so, we, we naturally promote pro-family policies. And children are a core component of that.

John: Our guest today on Focus on the Family is Texas Governor Greg Abbott. And we’ve been talking about the value of life and about our Wait No More program. You can find out more about supporting foster care and adoptive families when you stop by our website, focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or call 800, the letter A, and the word Family.

Jim: Here in Texas, you’ve taken a strong stance on protecting children from ideological or radical ideas. Speak to some of those strong things that you’ve done to try to get education back to education.

Governor Abbott: I know. You said it well. We need to get education back to education.

Jim: Right!

Governor Abbott: We need, if we’re going to keep up in this international economy, we need to make sure that our students are learning the core principles of math, of science, and the hard skills they need to learn as opposed to the ideology that the educators are trying to indoctrinate our children in.

I’ll just give you a couple of quick examples concerning some laws that we passed. And those we… we see this effort to try to allow boys to participate in girls’ sports.

Jim: Yeah.

Governor Abbott: It just makes no sense whatsoever. And that’s why we passed a law to prevent boys from participating in girls’ sports in the state of Texas.

Jim: Can I ask you?

Governor Abbot: Sure.

Jim: There is so often you hear the argument, “You’re being mean spirited.” Bat that down because that’s not it. We care about everybody.

Governor Abbott: Right. So, I think it’s being mean spirited to allow girls, who have worked for years to be a state champion, only to lose that state championship to a boy competing against them. This is actually being pro-girl, pro-woman. And as a father of a daughter, I support those very principles.

But another thing that we’ve been fighting against in the state of Texas, that we’ve seen across the entire country, and that is this indoctrination through Critical Race Theory…

Jim: Mm-hmm…

Governor Abbott: … that is being taught in our schools. And so, we passed, during the regular session and then during a special session, what I think is the strongest ban on the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the United States of America because it’s in every grade, it’s in every subject, and it seeks to root out and eliminate any teaching of Critical Race Theory in our schools.

Jim: Let me ask you, in that regard, you’re sitting in an incredibly important position as Governor of Texas. What is the big issue there with Critical Race Theory? What is the threat to our freedoms in that regard?

Governor Abbott: There are several. One is a key component of the teachings of Critical Race Theory is the antithesis of what God teaches. The antithesis of what the United States was founded upon. Because what it does is, is Critical Race Theory divides people on the basis of race…

Jim: Yeah.

Governor Abbott: … and then uses strategies to have them attack each other, using race as the reason to attack each other.

Jim: Mmm…

Governor Abbott: So, as opposed to uniting people it’s dividing people. And it teaches the contrary of what Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. And that is, we’re to be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.

Jim: Yeah. And that is so true. It’s the opposite of what Martin Luther King Jr. shared with us, right, which I think everybody aspired to. That’s a good thing.

Governor Abbott: Right.

Jim: Let me move to the border crisis.

Governor Abbott: Sure.

Jim: I mean, Texas, you’re at the epicenter. I was able to go down to McAllen, Texas, and take a look at the border issues a couple of years ago, and it seemed like things were reasonably under control. Things have exploded. As the Governor, what do you see? What are the concerns? And again, it’s not that we dislike, or you dislike anybody. It’s can we put this into a legal process, I’m sure.

Governor Abbott: Well, and so I’ll expand on some key points that you made. Last year, and a few years ago, the border was under better control than had been maybe in decades. But this year is the worst that it’s ever been. And it’s because of lawlessness. It’s because the Biden administration has promoted open border policies that have abandoned the rule of the laws passed by the United States Congress that established the immigration system in the United States.

Whenever our country leaders go down a pathway of abandoning the rule of law that is articulated by either Congress or by state legislatures, you’re gonna sow chaos.

Jim: Yeah.

Governor Abbott: And chaos is exactly what we are reaping as a country right now because of what the Biden administration has done. And that’s what I’m trying to correct as Governor of Texas. I’m, with the largest border of any state in the United States, I’m seeking to enforce the rule of law in our state, to restore order and to get rid of the chaos, but also to restore public safety.

We need to understand – this is more than just people who are seeking food and hard work and a better way of life. There are cartel members. There are gangs. There are very dangerous traffickers of the deadly drug fentanyl. There’s all kinds of dangerous elements, including people who are coming from terrorist-based countries. There’s people coming from more than 150 countries across the entire globe across our border. Somebody has to stand up and say, “We are going to protect the sovereignty of the United States of America.”

Jim: Yeah. Governor, many people ask me this question, which I can’t answer because I don’t serve in a public capacity like you do. But why is it getting so difficult for people to agree on these things? I don’t care what letters behind your name, a D or an R and I. But this is so self-evident that we need to protect the borders to have orderly immigration. Why have people lost their way in this regard? Why has it become purely politics?

Governor Abbott: Because… politics have become more polarized. You do see just, quite candidly, a socialistic agenda. These are policies that the Democrats all campaigned upon, and that is open border policies. And it’s chaotic. But they want to see America have open borders, which is no immigration system and a country without borders is not a country.

Jim: Does any country in the world do that?

Governor Abbott: No.

Jim: I’m just curious.

Governor Abbott: Let’s look at Israel, for example, in the way that they secure their borders. In fact, even look at Mexico and the way it secures its borders. And so almost every country in the entire world, they understand that what… part of what makes them a country are the physical lines…

Jim: Yeah.

Governor Abbott: … of their region. And if we abandon those lines, we abandon our country. We abandon all the values that have been a part of our country since our very founding.

Jim: I have friends down on the southern border, Bill and Kerri. They own property down there. They said that small towns, Uvalde, and other places, are just getting overrun.

John: Hmm.

Jim: That it’s diminishing their lives

Governor Abbott: People’s houses are being broken into. There are a lot of ranches down there and the ranch fences are being cut. Cattle and livestock are being let out. There’s great destruction just by the sheer number. Just this year alone, there have been over a million people coming across the border illegally, and those numbers add up and they lead to all kinds of challenges in all the border related communities.

Jim: Mmm. Another policy area is human sex trafficking. You have been very strong. Texas is rated as one of the strongest states in the country. You get an A from our good friend, Linda Smith, from Shared Hope. And they give every state a grade. I tried to do some things in our state of Colorado to improve the grade. We took it from an F to a B+, so we’re not quite where you’re at, but we’re trying. And I just think that’s an amazing achievement for the state of Texas under your leadership. What is capturing your attention in that area of sex trafficking? Why do you care so much?

Governor Abbott: Well, it’s something I got involved in when I was the Attorney General. Before I became Governor, I was very active in using the tools as Attorney General to, as a prosecutor, to crack down on it. But since I’ve been Governor, I’ve signed a lot of laws that continue to crack down on it.

In fact, this session I signed nine laws cracking down on this heinous crime of human trafficking because it is a depravity of life itself for anyone to be trafficked or to be violated the way that these victims of human trafficking are being violated. And that’s something that President Biden and the others who are open borders need to understand. And that is by enticing people to come to this country, they are enticing people to go through the horrors of what human trafficking is all about. And many people coming across the border are victims of that human trafficking because of the open border policies, as opposed to having people go through the proper asylum process to come to the United States correctly.

Jim: Yeah. And again, that’s the big point. Do it orderly, do it legally. And I think everybody’s favorable towards that.

Governor Abbott: But listen. The United States has been a pro legal immigration state from the very beginning, and there are very legal ways to do it and people need to follow those legal pathways to do it.

Jim: Governor, I know you’re on a tight schedule. Let me ask this final question, and it’s a personal one, I think. How can we pray for you? And in that context, what keeps you up at night? What do you worry about?

Governor Abbott: Well, first on the prayer, always pray… pray for health and safety. But mostly pray for God’s continued grace and guidance. If we all have God’s grace and guidance, everything is going to work out. And so, I what, what I pray when I go to bed is for God’s grace and guidance.

Jim: Yeah.

Governor Abbott: And knowing that everything will be just fine.

Jim: I love that idea of wisdom. Solomon prayed for that. I think that’s a good one. And anything keeping you up?

Governor Abbott: If you if you have God on your side, you can sleep well.

Jim: I like that, too. Governor Abbott, thank you so much for your time, and we so appreciate your leadership. Truly. On behalf of millions of people, at least the Focus listenership. So, thank you.

Governor Abbott: Thank you, all.

John: What a great conversation. And I hope you’ve been encouraged by the Governor and his stance for biblical perspectives on the issues surrounding us. One of those being life. Jim mentioned Wait No More. Let me also make mention of Option Ultrasound, which Jim, is a terrific program saving pre-born babies.

Jim: It is. And you know, almost 500,000 babies have been saved, John, and I’m proud of that. I want to see a million saved over the next three or four years. And I think the Lord will smile if we can achieve that. I think he’s smiling now.

But you heard the Governor mention that today oral arguments are being heard right in the Supreme Court on the Texas heartbeat bill. Those that sell abortion, that promote the taking of pre-born babies, they are attempting to squelch that. To turn it around, to overrule it. I would say pray. Pray today for the wisdom of the Supreme Court to do the right thing. And it’s possible. I think life, there is wind in the sails of life in this country. And there’s been a lot of effort from so many organizations and people. And we need your prayers now.

And also, obviously, if you can support Focus on the Family with Option Ultrasound, we’d really appreciate it. It only costs $60 to save a baby’s life. And I would encourage you to consider saving a baby’s life today.

John: As you’ve said time and again in the halls of Focus, Jim, a million alive by 2025. Join us in this effort to save every baby’s life that can be saved through our Option Ultrasound program. You can do that by donating a $60 gift when you call 800, the letter A, and the word Family. Or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: John, let me say one last thing about interviewing a governor. I don’t care if there’s an R or a D behind that person’s name. I would wish that everybody would be concerned about the family structure. About traditional marriage. About children. About the issue of taking an innocent child’s life. Wouldn’t it be a better country, if politically, all those things were seen as normal, and that we all championed? It is not a political thing. These are moral issues in the public square. And I hope you understand that. Don’t consider abortion politics. Abortion is an evil in this country. An immoral situation that we, the body of Christ, need to correct in our culture.

John: One other thing that comes to mind is your opportunity to stay up to date with cultural currents, things that the Governor has addressed, and much, much more. The Daily Citizen is a service that we provide. And you can find out all the details about how to get updates in your email inbox on a regular basis. Check out The Daily Citizen. And also make a donation, if you can, to the Option Ultrasound program that we have. The link is at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast, or call 1-800, the letter A, and the word Family.

On behalf of Jim Daly and the rest of the team here, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family.

Next time, we’ll hear from Dr. Tony Evans about having a kingdom marriage, and once again help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Have you ever wondered what a baby looked like in the womb? With today’s technology, Moms and Dads can see the baby’s heartbeat, facial expressions, and movements! You’ll find out why more women choose life once they hear their baby’s heartbeat and realize it’s a real living human!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 5: It’s Going to be Amazing!

After a couple has chosen life, hear the heartwarming stories of children that culture would have cast aside, yet are making tremendous impacts in their communities. Whether the diagnosis was adverse or the circumstances were difficult, these stories will inspire you to come along side of families who have chosen life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

So, after all you’ve seen through the SeeLife ‘21 Episodic journey; what can you do now? We’ll share how you can partner with some amazing organizations that are making significant impacts in the pro-life movement! You want to Celebrate Life!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

To be an effective parent, you must be a leader in your child’s life, guiding with a gentle hand and setting a solid example. Dr. Randy Schroeder provides the insight you need to be a leader-parent. As he explores the foundational Rs—relationship, routines, responsibilities, and rules—you’ll better understand the role you play in your child’s life. You’ll learn great phrases to employ such as “Either/Or/You Decide” and “When You/Then You”. While there is no perfect parent, this nuts-and-bolts material will equip you to lead your child in a loving, confident manner.

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

Dr. Randy Schroeder has spent more than four decades writing, counseling, speaking, and teaching. For nearly 25 years, he was Vice President of Student Personnel Services, Dean of Students, and a professor of pastoral counseling at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. He’s also led a successful counseling practice helping individuals, couples, and families to thrive in their lives and relationships.

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

Effective parenting is now within your grasp! With this inspiring how-to comprehensive book, achieve extraordinary results in raising a child to be self-assured, self-reliant, and responsible! You will be able to successfully lead and lovingly encourage your child toward a Godly life!

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

God designed marriage to reflect His love to the world; and because of this, the enemy wants to destroy God’s beautiful design. Based on his book, Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. Couples will be encouraged that they’re not alone in the fight for a godly marriage and better equipped to be a shining example for the world around them.

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff is a professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in family communication, interpersonal communication, apologetics, gender, and conflict resolution.  Tim and his wife, Noreen, are both on staff with Biola’s Center for Marriage and Relationships  where he is a co-host of The Art of Relationship podcast. 

Defending Your Marriage

Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you’re facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

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Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

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Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

Cover image of the book "Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life"

Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

Headshot of Focus on the Family broadcast guest Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

Yes, I Promise to Pray for the Pre-born and Their Moms!

Will you pray for the pre-born and moms that are facing unexpected pregnancies? We will send you a 7-day prayer guide that will help guide you along this journey with us!! You can even choose to receive this great resource by text!

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