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Abortion Pill Reversal

Abortion Pill Reversal

Rebekah Buell Hagan shares her powerful story of pursuing a chemically-induced abortion and then experiencing a change of heart which led to saving her baby's life. Dr. Bill Lile, a pro-life OB/GYN, explains how the abortion pill works, how its effects may be reversed, and how this option is being provided to women and teen girls who have second thoughts about having an abortion.
Original Air Date: October 3, 2022

John Fuller: Today on Focus on the Family, we’re tackling a tough subject that won’t be appropriate for younger listeners. So we’d advise you to, uh, have them elsewhere. We’re going to be covering, uh, the matter of the abortion pill. And let’s go ahead and hear from one of our guests.

Rebekah Buell Hagan: I knew I couldn’t go back in there. And I just prayed to God, and I said, “God, if there’s a way out of this, please help me find it. And if not, please help me to forgive myself.” And it dawned on me, and I really think it was no coincidence, that it was in this moment, that I began to really think about this th- the day I took the first abortion pill, was March 13th of 2013. And the following day, the day I was set to complete the abortion, where the pregnancy was supposed to expel, was March 14th. And that was my son Eli’s first birthday. And I quickly realized, “Oh my gosh, March 14th will forever be a day that I literally brought one baby into this world and took another one out.” And it was that thought that made me think, “You have to do something different. You have to go back. You have to find a way out of this.”

John: That’s Rebekah Buell Hagan, and you’ll hear more of her story today on Focus on the Family. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, we’re returning to a program we shared in 2020 with Dr. Bill Lile and Rebekah Hagan, because it is so important right now. The landmark Dobbs decision overturning Roe v Wade is definitely worth celebrating. But we still have so much to do to protect life and to care for the people in situations where abortion seems to be the only available option – so they think. If you’re in that position, you may be fearful and confused about what to do. There’s so much rhetoric in the culture right now. Here at Focus on the Family, we hope to be a beacon of wisdom, reason, and truth for you. And let me urge you to give us a call. We have caring Christian counselors and many other resources to help you make an informed decision that will honor life.

John: Yeah, we’re a phone call away. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459.

Jim: At the top of the program, you heard a small portion of Rebekah’s story. And I know you will be intrigued by what she has to share. Dr. Lile, uh, fills in some of the gaps, describing more about the abortion pill and the medical aspects of the procedures. Uh, let’s dive in, then we’ll come back for an update from Dr. Lile on what the pro-life landscape looks like now after, uh, Roe v Wade.

John: And Rebekah Buell Hagan is a pro-life advocate and speaker. And, uh, she’s the mom to four. Dr. Bill Lile is an OB-GYN and a staunch advocate for pro-life values. And Jim, we’ll begin, as you asked Rebekah to share her rather heart-wrenching story on today’s episode of Focus on the Family.

Jim: Let’s start with you, uh, and your story. You grew up in a Christian family, but ended up, uh, pregnant at the age of 17. Describe what that situation, what that circumstance was like. You’re in a Christian home at that point.

Rebekah: I was. And, you know, despite being Christians, and despite my parents being on the Worship Team, we never talked about relationships or abortion. And so it was quite shocking to find out, A, that I’m pregnant, and then thinking, B, what do I do next?

Jim: Was there a reason for that in your home?

Rebekah: There actually was. And I didn’t realize that it was rooted in such deep shame. But my mom had actually been forced to have three abortions.

Jim: Yeah. And that’s tough. Um, you chose to give life to your child. And you married your boyfriend. But he was abusive and abandoned this little family that you started at 18. Correct?

Rebekah: Right.

Jim: And I think you discovered you were pregnant once again after you’d broken up with your husband. Is that right?

Rebekah: You’re absolutely right. This all happened in really, um, less than a year. So I delivered that baby, turned 18, got married, the relationship, uh, turned very abusive and dissolved. And right at that time, found out I was pregnant again.

Jim: Can I ask you, Rebekah? Because, uh, you know, we’re going through the kind of the clinical aspects of this. But what were you feeling and thinking? I’m sure there may be a 17-, 18-, 19-year-old that’s listening now. And she’s in that spot. Connect with her: what were your emotions like at the time?

Rebekah: I was terrified. I knew now how hard it was to have a child, and to be a single mom. I was scared of letting my family down. And I thought, really, in a moment of panic and fear, that abortion was my only way out of this. It was the only option.

John: Hm.

Jim: So you had no real support in that way. So you find out you’re pregnant with your second child. And you’re agonizing over that decision. What happened?

Rebekah: So basically, from the moment I found out I was pregnant, which I took that pregnancy test at a grocery store bathroom-

Jim: Hm.

Rebekah: alone-

Jim: Wow.

Rebekah: uh, before even walking out of that grocery store, knew I had to have an abortion.

Rebekah: And so like so many young girls do, I turned to the internet on my phone, and typed in “abortion clinics near me.”

Jim: Hm.

Rebekah: Also learned about, um, medication abortion. And found out how it was marketed as easy and convenient and cheaper. Easier to hide, less painful, overall less invasive. And so immediately sought out a medication abortion.

Jim: Man. Uh, Bill, you’re the doctor. W- what is that medication abortion?

Dr. Bill Lile: The medication itself is called mifepristone, also known as RU486. And it is a very effective blocker of a hormone called progesterone. Progesterone, if you break that word down … pro-gesterone, pro-gestation … this is the conductor of the orchestra of pregnancy, that organizes everything and says, “Our new full-time job is supporting this pregnancy.” RU486 blocks that signal, separates the pregnancy from the mother, and then allows for the cervix to open up and the uterus to contract, and the baby is passed away and is delivered.

Jim: Yeah. I mean, and unfortunately, usually in your home, in the bathroom.

Dr. Lile: Correct.

Jim: In a toilet. I mean, that’s the truth. Uh, Rebekah, I want to return to your story. Uh, you were determined to get the abortion. You’re in this dark place. Thank you for sharing that.

Rebekah: Absolutely.

Jim: Um, you took the first pill. And what happened?

Rebekah: I did. So I took that first abortion pill, and I remember th- sitting there in a- a Planned Parenthood clinic, and I started to kind of tear up. And the nurse practitioner that was giving me the first abortion pill, said, “You know, Rebekah, just because you’re sad, doesn’t mean you’re making the wrong decision.”

Jim: Hm.

Rebekah: And right before I took it, she said, “But once you do this, there’s no going back.” And I just said, “Okay.” So I took that first pill. And by the time I got to my car, which maybe only took, you know, 90 seconds or so, it was like everything hit me. And the best way I can describe a person that is making the decision to have an abortion, what goes through her mind, is you’re walking down this path and it seems well lit. It seems illuminated. And all of a sudden, you, uh, make this turn. You make that choice. And it’s like all of that light goes out. And you realize that it was actually Satan, and he says, “Gotcha.”

Jim: Hm.

Rebekah: And that’s how I felt when I got to my car. I was looking at that second set of medication. It was like Satan said, “Gotcha. And now you know pain, and now you know grief, and now you know what it’s really like to regret, uh, having just had an abortion and taking the life of your child.”

Jim: Wow. You have said so much there, so well. The emptiness of that.

Rebekah: Absolutely.

Jim: I mean, feeling like, “What have I done?”

Rebekah: Right. And people, abortion providers especially, make it seem like no woman ever goes into this underinformed. Very few women ever regret their decision or change their mind. And it’s just simply not the truth.

Jim: Right. It’s propaganda.

Rebekah: Right.

Jim: To make the machine work for them. How did God reach your heart? I mean, you beautifully described the sense that you were going down the road to darkness, taking the life of your child. How did God grab you?

Rebekah: While I was still sitting in my car outside of this abortion clinic.

Jim: Yeah.

Rebekah: I knew I couldn’t go back in there. And I just prayed to God, And I said, “God, if there’s a way out of this, please help me find it. And if not, please help me to forgive myself.” And it dawned on me, and I really think it was no coincidence, that it was in this moment, that I began to really think about this: th- the day I took the first abortion pill, was March 13th of 2013. And the following day, the day I was set to complete the abortion, where the pregnancy was supposed to expel, uh, was March 14th. And that was my son Eli’s first birthday.

Jim: Hm.

Rebekah: And I quickly realized, “Oh my gosh, March 14th will forever be a day that I literally brought one baby into this world and took another one out.” And it was that thought that made me think, “You have to do something different. You have to go back. You have to find a way out of this.”

Jim: And what did you do to find your way out – practically?

Rebekah: After praying, which I (laughs) highly recommend before turning to Google, right? I did turn to the internet, and I started typing in things like, “I took the first abortion pill, and I changed my mind.” And after a while, it seemed women just like me post similar questions. I found the hotline number.

Jim: Oh, that’s fantastic.

Rebekah: It was. And when I called, I spoke to a nurse of a pregnancy center in San Diego, which was about eight hours away from me in Sacramento. And she was calm, and, uh, responsive and asked me questions that the abortion provider never did. Like, “How did you get here?” And “Why did you think this was your only option? What is your home life like? Your spiritual life like? And then, why have you now changed your mind?” And then she started talking to me about abortion pill reversal.

Jim: Powerful. I’m tearing up here.

Rebekah: Ah.

Jim: I’m sorry; I’m just going, “Wow.” This is good!

Rebekah: It was amazing. Uh, it was one of those moments where you look back and you know she was led by the Holy Spirit. It was a- an ordained conversation. And what I didn’t even realize was that throughout this whole process, I wasn’t even told what the abortion pill actually did to my body. I wasn’t actually told that 24 hours later, I was going home to take a medication that women are given when they’re in active labor. I was so frustrated that I was so misled and underinformed-

Jim: Hm.

Rebekah: uh, that now she became the person I could trust.

Jim: This is your go-to person.

Rebekah: Right.

Jim: Which is beautiful; that’s how it should work. Right?

Rebekah: Right.

Jim: Bill, what is that reversal medically? What’s going on there to better inform women-

Dr. Lile: Sure.

Jim: and their husbands?

Dr. Lile: Well, the RU486 blocks the hormone progesterone. We actually reverse that by supplementing with more progesterone and overwhelm the body. So the woman’s body will, at first, say, “Hey, we’re pregnant.” And they’re giving the RU486, and then there’s the- the signal is lost. And the body says, “Well, I guess we’re not pregnant.” Well, then we give more progesterone. And the body response is, “No, it’s okay. We are pregnant.” And so all the support for the pregnancy is then re-established.

Jim: And to Rebekah’s point, what is that window of time?

Dr. Lile: Sooner is better. We have been very effective within the first 72 hours. In fact, our success rate of reversing an abortion pill is about 70%, if we can initiate reversal therapy within the first 72 hours. And this is- it can be a pregnancy up to 10 weeks, which is very different from the morning-after pill, which is 72 hours. This is 70 days from the first day of the last menstrual period.

Jim: Yeah. That is so good. Uh, John, uh, let people know how they can get ahold of us-

John: Yeah.

Jim: at the website.

John: Yeah, as you’re listening, you’re thinking, “I really want that website.” Uh, stop by ours, and we’ll link over to all the details. And, uh, it’s focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Rebekah, folks are thinking, “Okay, where is she at today? What happened?” Uh, describe your family.

Rebekah: Sure. So, thankfully I did take the advice of that nurse. We found a physician, stayed on the progesterone reversal regimen that Dr. Lile just talked about. And maintained a healthy pregnancy, a full 40 weeks.

John: Hm.

Rebekah: And delivered another little boy. And he, despite what the abortion clinic told me, that he would have, uh, severe abnormalities or that I would probably miscarry, he’s perfectly healthy. And his name is Zachariah, which means “the Lord remembers.” Because clearly, as I look back on this story, um, in our experience, I see God’s hand over it all.

Jim: Mm-hmm. Fantastic. And now you have no regrets.

Rebekah: Absolutely not. I am so thankful for abortion pill reversal, and for the physicians and the nurses that went before me and made it possible for our story to have ended this way.

Jim: Yeah. Uh, Bill, um, your passion in this space is wonderful. But let’s take a moment and deconstruct the arguments of the other side.

Dr. Lile: Sure.

Jim: When they talk about it being safe, and it being simple, and no regrets: everything that Rebekah just shared. What do you see in your practice from women, perhaps who’ve had an abortion in their background? What is the truth of what women experience?

Dr. Lile: This is a medical induction of a miscarriage, where the support for the pregnancy is taken away, and then contractions are forced onto the woman’s body.

Jim: Boy.

Dr. Lile: So the pain from the contractions is intense. The bleeding is there. The clotting. And usually, just like you had said, they are home, they are alone, they might be in their dorm, they might be in their bathroom. It’s a miserable experience, which is why a lot of this medication is given out at the end of the week. The clinics are closed on the weekend.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Dr. Lile: There’s nobody to call.

Jim: Wow!

Dr. Lile: And by the time Monday rolls around, everything has already been done.

Jim: Yeah. Can there be further complications in that moment? I’m thinking of a couple of women’s testimonies that I’ve heard, where you can have things go wrong in that private moment, after you’ve taken the additional medication.

Dr. Lile: Sure. There can be excessive bleeding, hemorrhaging, complications, in addition to the pain that is there. And when they’re experiencing that, there’s nobody to turn to. There was a psychological article that was part of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; this was January of this year. And they looked at women who had had either a first-trimester miscarriage or a first-trimester ectopic pregnancy. One month after that experience, 28% of them had classic defined PTSD from that experience.

Jim: Hm.

Dr. Lile: Nine months later, 18% of those women still had classic PTSD symptoms from that miscarriage. These were events where they did not choose to have this, but they still had the psychological impact of the loss of that pregnancy. With this, this is a women’s health issue. Physically, yes, but also mentally, yes. Because if somebody is having these sort of symptoms nine months later, then with a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, surely when they have made the decision to cause this loss of life, they’re going to be having similar symptoms.

Jim: I mean, that is so profound. And, uh, you know, the goal here is to value life. In this culture, unfortunately, and globally, because of the work of Planned Parenthood and other abortion industry, uh, clinics, I mean they- they’re convincing women that this is the way to go. And it’s so unfortunate, because what you see on the other side is a lot of misery.

Jim: And of course, then they attack us, like Focus on the Family-

Dr. Lile: Correct.

Jim: and say that “If you didn’t put that stigma on these women, then there wouldn’t be a problem.” It’s kind of like saying, “If you wouldn’t allow the Holy Spirit to convict, everything would be fine.” Well, sin is not fine. And forgiveness is the goal.

Dr. Lile: Yes.

Jim: And, you know, we need to recognize that and be bold enough to talk about that. God doesn’t condemn women who are in terrible positions, often being influenced by their husband or boyfriend to get the abortion; that’s a common pattern. And so, we’re all guilty as a culture: that we’re not doing enough to wake the culture up and say, “This is about protecting babies.”

Dr. Lile: Mm-hmm.

Jim: These are human beings. And may God bless you for your efforts. As I’ve said before, Rebekah, God bless you for that decision you’ve made. Thank you both for being with us today.

Dr. Lile: It’s been a pleasure.

Jim: Yeah. Thank you.

Rebekah: Absolutely.

John: That’s Rebekah Buell Hagan and Dr. Bill Lile today on Focus on the Family. And we trust you’ve heard their heart – our heart – uh, and our desire to help women and men who might be facing an unexpected or unplanned pregnancy.

Jim: Well, John, as you heard Rebekah’s story, those, uh, are powerful stories. And she’s not alone. There are so many stories like hers. Uh, children are a gift from God. And we’ve gotta change this idea in the culture that they’re disposable.

John: Yeah.

Jim: And, uh, it’s one of the things I know our guest fights each and every day. And here at Focus on the Family, we do the same through Option Ultrasound, in trying to save as many babies as we can together. And just because Roe v Wade, uh, was overturned, it doesn’t mean the battle is over. It really has put the battle into all 50 states, and, um, magnified the battle in some ways. There’s just no federal constitutional right to an abortion. And, uh, you know, we’ve got to be able to respond accordingly. Uh, since that momentous decision came down from the Supreme Court in June of this year, we’ve seen widespread panic from some in the culture. You know that this is the end of it. And there’s so much disinformation in the culture, that I’m glad we have Dr. Lile here to help, uh, clear up some of these misconceptions. Uh, Dr. Lile, it’s great to have you with us. Thank you for joining.

Dr. Lile: Well, I thank you very much. It’s a privilege to be back.

Jim: You did, uh, such a, uh, magnificent job in that broadcast, just bringing the medical, uh, expertise and the observation of being a doctor, a scientist, into that. Uh, and describing the abortion pill and its impact – and the reversal. And now that the Supreme Court recognized that abortion is not a constitutional right, it’s up to the states to decide, like I just said. Uh, some states have banned the procedure completely, like Texas, Louisiana, Idaho, and several others. But Plan C, the self-managed at-home abortion pill, is on the rise. That’s, I think, one of the more used abortion methods right now. In fact, people order that online because in some states, that’s completely legal. And they don’t even have to see a doctor. Am I describing that correctly?

Dr. Lile: You are. And one of the things we need to define and educate is the difference between the morning-after pill, which is evil, and the abortion pill. The morning-after pill is indicated for the morning after a woman has had intercourse. The abortion pill is very, very different because it should really be called the 70-morning-after pills. Because it is indicated to kill a baby in the womb up to 10 weeks gestation: 70 days. It’s very different. 98% of the time, it will kill a baby in the womb. And this is a baby with a heartbeat that has arms and legs that are moving, that you could see on ultrasound. And that is the level of evil when we can now have that sent mail order, from a virtual visit where they never even met the physician. They never even had an exam, and they never had an ultrasound. And that is where we are. Prior to the pandemic, 39% of all the abortions were performed with the abortion pill. Now that number is 54% nationwide.

Jim: Well, and you’ve led the way in so many ways. One of those is, uh, the pill reversal website, the hotline, which are great resources. And your medical expertise, again, backing that. In fact, on the website, uh, John, there’s a chat box for immediate assistance and there’s 24/7 help.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: So a woman can always get access to that. And we’ll have that information, uh, I think on the episode page.

John: Right on the website.

Jim: Uh, for those listening, Bill, who can’t go that episode page right now, how can they get help if they’re hearing this, and a woman’s saying, “I need to talk to somebody.” How would they do that?

Dr. Lile: Sure. Well, if they’ve already taken the first pill of the abortion pill cocktail, they can contact our website, which is abortionpillreversal.com. That will put them in touch with a nurse at our hotline, who can connect them with an OB-GYN in their area to assist them. An abortion is not healthcare. And we are here to assist women to have a healthy mom and a healthy baby. Because there are side effects to abortion. There are side effects to the abortion pill. There are side effects to the, uh, surgical abortion. In fact, if a woman has a surgical abortion, she has increased her risk of having a pre-term delivery with a subsequent pregnancy by 35%. If she’s had two surgical abortions, she has increased that risk of delivering a future baby by 90%. So there are risks. And we want healthy moms, and we want healthy babies as OB-GYNs.

Jim: That’s so true. You know, a common question in light of the Dobbs decision, Bill, is if, uh, the Supreme Court’s ruling impacts women who experience, I- I guess what- how I would call it is just natural things that occur in a pregnancy: ectopic pregnancy, et cetera. Uh, miscarriages that, uh, coming from nature, not from a decision to terminate the baby’s life. Make that distinction for us, and the fact that m- most states still, if not all states, will cover those kind of medical emergencies.

Dr. Lile: Sure. Well, let’s talk miscarriage first. My wife and I have two beautiful daughters. We suffered through four different miscarriages. If a woman has an incomplete miscarriage and is scheduled for a D&C by her physician, in no way is that an abortion. Abortion is done when there is a heart beating on that baby on the inside. Regarding ectopic pregnancies: there’s also a lot of fake news out there that these laws that are protecting the lives of babies in the womb are gonna prevent women from getting access to healthcare when they have an ectopic pregnancy. The number one pregnancy-related killer of women in the first trimester of pregnancy here in the United States is still a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. And an ectopic pregnancy is when, yes, there’s a positive pregnancy test. Yes, there is a pregnancy. But it is not in the lining of the uterus where it should be. But it has landed outside the lining of the uterus. The most common place is in the fallopian tube. And we need to surgically do a procedure to save the life of that mom. That is only because we are trying to save the life both, but we can’t save the life of the baby. So we must save the life of the mom. And when we do that, that is not an elective abortion. Mom did not choose that. That’s also one of the dangers of the abortion pill. When the abortion pill is prescribed because of a virtual visit, there’s a positive pregnancy test, and the mom is just guessing how far along she is. But she does not know, number one, how far along she is in the pregnancy. But she also does not know where that pregnancy is. And 1% of the time, that pregnancy will be in the tube instead of within the uterus. And if she takes the abortion pill, she’s told, “You’re gonna have bleeding, cramping, and pain.” Well, guess what the symptoms of a rupturing ectopic pregnancy are? The exact same symptoms: bleeding, cramping, and pain. And we have already had cases reported where girls have had a virtual visit. The abortion pill cocktail has been mailed to them. They have taken the abortion pill. And then they have had bleeding, cramping, and pain. And then they have been found dead, because they’ve had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy because they were denied an ultrasound to see, number one, how far along they were. And number two, where that pregnancy is. That is not healthcare. Abortion risks the lives and health of mother. But abortion primarily takes the life of a healthy baby. A healthy baby created in the image of God, not when they’re born, but at that moment of conception. So we’d be happy to debate somebody who denies what the truth is.

Jim: Sounds like an open invitation, Dr. Bill Lile.

Dr. Lile: Absolutely.

Jim: Thank you so much for being with us. Appreciate your time.

Dr. Lile: You’re welcome, my brother. And God bless you all.

Jim: And also, let me remind you to stand firm. Uh, you heard Bill Lile there, Dr. Bill Lile. Don’t cower to what people are trying to tell you: uh, especially when it’s false.

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: What a great resource Dr. Lile is. And, uh, you can get more information right from us here at Focus on the Family. As I said, there’s still so much to be done to protect life and care for those women in those situations of difficult pregnancy, and those decisions that come with it. And one of the things here at Focus on the Family, we’ve done I think a good job with Option Ultrasound. I think we’re nearing 500,000 babies saved through that effort. And that’s really placing training and services in these, uh, pregnancy resource clinics, along with, uh, machines. The ultrasound machines that actually give a woman the opportunity to see her baby in her womb. And that can change the mind of that woman-

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: especially the abortion-minded women. And we need to expand that program. That’s what I’m hoping for. I believe the Lord has given me that insight to say, “Okay, how do we make the pregnancy resource clinic the champion in that community, and provide a plethora of resources and, uh, kind of creative ways to help that woman? Such as job training, job placement through the Christian business community. Uh, working with hospitals to provide, hopefully, reduced or free medical services for these women. We’re gonna try to do that state by state. And I hope you’ll consider, uh, joining us in that effort to provide even more help to these women who are desperate and not knowing what to do.

John: Yeah, we’re expanding our efforts, uh, at a local level. And we need your help to do that. It takes just $60 to save a baby’s life, and to support a mom and a dad. Um, so please, step up, donate today as you can, at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459.

Jim: Uh, John, also for all of us to know this, that 80% of post-abortion women said they would have considered keeping the baby if one person would have come alongside them. And I think that’s what we’re suggesting: can we, together, be that person that comes alongside that woman to help her?

John: Hm.

Jim: And to make a decision for life? And then be there for her? Uh, the Christian community has done that for centuries. And we’re not gonna stop now. So, consider joining us in this effort.

John: Yeah, you can do that through a pregnancy center. You can do that by opening your home. Jim, we have had colleagues here who, uh, opened their home and support that young lady in that time of need.

Jim: Hm.

John: Uh, we can all do something. And so please, prayerfully consider what you can do. And if you can join us, donate today to, uh, support the Option Ultrasound effort here at Focus on the Family. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening today to Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back as we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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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

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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.

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

Do you love your spouse, or do you truly cherish them? Gary Thomas encourages couples to make a daily effort to go beyond the ‘duty’ of love, and combat the natural inclination to drift apart, by choosing to see the best in their spouse.

Mr. Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is an international speaker and best-selling, award-winning author whose books include Married SexSacred Marriage and Sacred Parenting. He has also written numerous articles for several prominent national magazines. Gary and his wife, Lisa, reside in Texas and have three children. You can learn more about Gary by visiting his website, www.garythomas.com.

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

“Most marriages survive by gritting teeth and holding on. But marriages can and will not only survive but thrive when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another.” Those are the powerful words of bestselling author Gary Thomas in his newest book–Cherish. And in a world desperate for marriage redemption, it is needed now more than ever. Thomas shows that although there are a countless number of marriages consisting of two people just going through the motions, there are real ways this pattern can be reversed: when husbands and wives learn to cherish one another in proven, loving, and everyday actions and words.

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

Discover the amazing work our PRC’s Directors, Nurses, and Volunteers are making in their communities! You’ll see firsthand testimonies of a PRC in action, and that there are other options outside of abortions! You’ll also discover how your family can support your local PRC!

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 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

Hear real life stories of parents who have made the decision to choose life even though the circumstances were overwhelming. You’ll see why “ALL” life is precious to God and why choosing life is always the right decision!

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 3: The Power of a Picture

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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 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!

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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 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!

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