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Finding Healing and Hope After an Abortion (Part 1 of 2)

Finding Healing and Hope After an Abortion (Part 1 of 2)

Author and speaker Patricia Layton describes how God has helped her find emotional and psychological healing after an abortion she had when she was younger, offering encouragement and hope to women who are struggling with similar pain. Pat also discusses her ministry to post-abortive women and dismantles the cultural lie that "abortion hurts no one." (Part 1 of 2) 
Original Air Date: March 30, 2016

Opening:

Teaser:

Woman #1: I kept the secret for so long, I didn’t want to let go.

Woman #2: I was so angry at the doctor, my boyfriend, at God. Why did they let this happen to me?

Woman #3: I felt ashamed because everyone would judge me for my mistakes. I felt like a terrible person.

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John Fuller: Those are heartbreaking emotions that so many women have today, and you probably don’t know their story – even though they live in your neighborhood. They attend your church. They might even be a close friend. This is Focus on the Family with Focus president and author, Jim Daly, and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, abortion has been a part of the public dialogue for more than 45 years now, bitterly debated in courtrooms and political arenas here in North America and around the world. In fact, a few weeks ago, Focus on the Family took a very public stand on this issue with our “Alive from New York” event. That’s where we displayed a live ultrasound on the huge screens in Times Square. And everyone could clearly see the viable, valuable life of a baby inside the mother’s womb. But behind all of the debate and moral arguments, there is a deep pain and shame for the women and men who have taken part in an abortion – maybe more than one. Many have lived with that terrible secret for years, and they don’t know how to express it or even talk about it. If that describes you, we want to help by giving you some godly encouragement and practical steps that you can take toward forgiveness and healing.

John: Yeah and Focus on the Family is here for you. We have caring, Christian counselors. They will listen to your story, they’ll pray, and offer some ongoing help in your local area. They hear from so many. And unfortunately, Jim, they hear from a lot of folks who have held this inside for 10, 20, 30, 40 years. Call today. The number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY – 800-232-6459. Or even find details at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: And let me say right at the beginning that Focus on the Family’s position has always been pro-life. We know there are difficult circumstances and decisions with an unplanned pregnancy, but we also believe that life for that child is the better choice and it’s always the right thing to do. That’s what we stand for. Today we’re gonna hear from a woman who experienced the toxic secret of a hidden abortion for many years, until God spoke into her heart and revealed His forgiveness and love for her in remarkable ways.

John: For more than 25 years, Pat Layton worked in post-abortion recovery and helped women who were facing unplanned pregnancies. And she also led a Christian adoption agency in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. She’s written a powerful Bible study for post-abortion recovery called, Surrendering the Secret. Here’s how we began that conversation with Pat Layton on today’s episode of Focus on the Family.

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Jim: Pat, let’s start with kind of the broad perspective here – the background, the numbers. From your research, how many women have experienced abortion in today’s culture? Just and I know this is not an exact science, but give us some dimension of what we’re talking about.

Patricia Layton: Well, the statistic that we use is approximately 43 percent or estimated 43 percent of women of childbearing age have had a past abortion. Some use the statistic 1 in 3. I use real-life statistics and with any group of, you know, three or four women, the majority of them have had a past abortion. So, you know, it’s hard to be in any group of women and not have many of them who’ve had an abortion.

And again, the issue here is the brokenness of it all. It’s not to say that this is the unpardonable thing.

Patricia Layton: Mmhmm.

Jim: There is a way for people to mend and to heal and that’s through forgiveness through Christ. He understands the situation and we’re gonna talk about that today. But according to the date you’ve collected, 75 percent of women said their baby would interfere with their lives. This is why they have an abortion – 75 percent. I think it’s multiple answers here, because it doesn’t add up to 100 percent. In addition to that, 66 percent said they couldn’t afford a child.

Patricia: Right.

Jim: A lot of people in their 20’s and 30’s…

Patricia: That’s right.

Jim: …feel like they can’t afford a child. That’s not uncommon but that’s not the right answer to that issue. It’s you – you find a way. Fifty percent said they didn’t want to be a mother at the time. Now get this. Those are big numbers: 75 percent, 66 percent, 50 percent. Now you look at the issues that Planned Parenthood is saying, “The well-being and health of the mother.” Only four percent of women who had an abortion said it was because the doctor said they had a complication – one percent, fetal abnormality; one percent victims of rape or incest. And that catches my attention because those who support abortion play up those numbers as if they were the majority of cases.

Patricia: Right.

Jim: And obviously, they’re not. Talk about that for a moment.

Patricia: Well, the first thing I think about when you give those statistics is that I’ve been doing this ministry for 25 years, over 25 years, and have discovered first of all, as you say, it is the minority that have an abortion due to health of the mother or rape or incest. But those women who come to us, who’ve had an abortion because of rape or incest, had the same heartbreak as the large majority who had the abortions out of convenience, like I did. So, the pain and the loss is the same for those women and in fact, abortion adds loss and pain to a rape victim.

Jim: Pat, I want to be sensitive to that comment that I’ve alluded to and you just made, which is “abortion for convenience” because I can hear some women saying back through…

Patricia: Right.

Jim: …these microphones, “You don’t know where I was at, at that moment.” Speak to that person.

Patricia: Well, I do know, I guess. That’s my strongest word is – and the word “convenience” obviously, is a rough word. I mean, I certainly, as a college student, was not thinking of having an abortion for convenience. I was truly thinking and decided to have an abortion because I was, number 1, petrified. Well, you know, found myself in an unwanted, unplanned, unready pregnancy, that I had been convinced during my college years, “This is the right way to handle this. It’s the logical way. It’s the prudent way to handle, you know, being in this situation.” So “convenience” is a rough word. I mean, you know…

Jim: And we don’t mean it in terms of…

Patricia: …right.

Jim: …the shaming thing, but when you look at the rationale, we really want to grab the way you’re thinking about it, the way perhaps, if a woman’s listening, she’s considering, “I’m not in a life stage where I can do this.”

Patricia: Life circumstances would be a big thing…

Jim: Right.

Patricia: …to say my life circumstances aren’t right for this at this time.

Jim: And that’s such an easy way to justify the action. But today we want to talk about a different way of thinking about it. In fact, you describe how you reacted to the word “abortion” when you were post-abortive…

Patricia: Right.

Jim: …and you accepted the Lord and not long after you heard Christians talking and using the word “abortion”…

Patricia: Yes.

Jim: …which kind of appalled you.

Patricia: Right, well, it totally shocked me.

Jim: Why?

Patricia: Well, I didn’t know that God had an opinion about abortion. I had no idea that God had anything to do with abortion. And these moments like being on your show today means so much to me for that reason, because I was riding down the road just like some of your listeners are right now, listening to a Christian radio show and they started talking about abortion. And I was a new Christian, new to God’s Word, had no idea what God thought about abortion. I had fallen on the altar basically, when I surrendered my life to the Lord, but it was a bunch of other things I was thinking about, you know, the sin in my life that I was thinking about. Abortion never crossed my mind.

Jim: Why do you think and I’m thinking, you know, I’ve had conversations like that with the media or others who look at us with a bit of suspicion.

Patricia: I totally get this.

Jim: Why would we be that interested? I mean, this is really between a woman and her doctor.

Patricia: Right.

Jim: Give the best case you can for why this is important to the culture at large, to the woman, the individual, to her husband, to her boyfriend. Why should be people listening to the abortion issue?

Patricia: Because this culture needs spiritual renewal and we need God. And at that point in my life, I had been in college and I had had very little background to the church just as a young child. But in college I was very convinced about a woman’s right to choose abortion. And I had, in fact, been involved in a teenage marriage and I had a son and was left abandoned. My teenage husband abandoned us, so I was a single mom. So, it was logical to me that women should have a right to choose when to have a baby and…

Jim: Was there ever a moment you regretted keeping your son?

Patricia: …no, and you know, those are the things that come back to you as you learn and get the truth and as the truth comes in on you. And so, you know, of course not, but at that moment, I thought, “I cannot be a single mom again. I’m just finishing college. I can’t take a chance.” And I had been so brainwashed about women’s rights. I’d been writing articles for NOW and different organizations.

Jim: National Organization of Women.

Patricia: Right. In college, I wrote published articles for them and so I was very convinced that this was the right thing to do. So, when I became a Christian and I started changing all my radio channels from rock to Christian music and I mean, I fell for the Lord hook, line and sinker. I mean, my life was such a mess.

Jim: You were changed?

Patricia: I was dramatically changed and so, I changed everything in my life including my radio shows. So, I was driving down the road and I remember the time and the place. I’ll never forget it, but I was driving down, listening to a Christian radio show and there was an interview just like we’re sitting here doing today and somebody’s hearing today where this discussion was going on. And I had to pull my car over. I just started crying.

Jim: Why that lynch pin? Why do you think that broke the emotion loose for you?

Patricia: You know, I guess because I had just surrendered my life just a few months before at a Christian women’s retreat. I didn’t know that much about God’s Word and I’d given everything I knew at the altar. So, then I’m driving along and thinking, “Well, I didn’t give this. And so, I must not really be saved and you know, I must not really be forgiven.” So, it was like a whole new elephant in the room.

Jim: Let’s talk about the guilt for a minute that women, particularly, and some of their partners, the men, have regarding that decision. Paint that picture for us of the guilt that a woman particularly has after abortion.

Patricia: You know, at that moment, I didn’t have any guilt because I didn’t know I was supposed to feel guilty or I thought I had made the right decision for everyone. And so, when I’m listening to this show and I’m listening to these women who are being interviewed share the results of their abortion, the aftermath of their abortion, then I realized in that moment that I had been living seven years of the aftermath of an abortion, that everything that I had brought to the altar – the sin and the mess of my life – had really all started. Obviously, I’d been immoral before the abortion, but it all, you know, there’s something about sacrificing the life of your own innocent, unborn child that takes the cake, so to speak, in a woman’s heart. And that it’s not that the sin is bigger.

Jim: It’s hard to feel forgiven…

Patricia: Yes.

Jim: …because it’s big.

Patricia: So, all of a sudden, that moment in the car, I was confused about God’s forgiveness, about whether I had really gotten saved and whether He really knew about this. So, all this stuff came flooding in on me about the abortion – a lot of revelation, of realizing some of these things that I had mentioned, the symptoms that I talk about in my book.

Jim: Let’s talk about those. What were some of the symptoms?

Patricia: Well, in the book I tell the story of having had my abortion. It was supposed to be a simple in and out procedure.

Jim: That’s what you were told.

Patricia: Mmhmm, but instead I had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia that they used on me that day.

Jim: How old are you again?

Patricia: I was 23…

Jim: Okay, so you’re there…

Patricia: …just finishing college.

Jim: …alone or with your…

Patricia: No, my husband was there. We’ve been married now 39 years which is a God story. But he was there with me and it was supposed to be in and out, you know, then you’re gonna go on with your day. But instead, I woke up on a respirator with my husband and my parents standing at the foot of my bed. And I had had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia they used and if I had had that same abortion down the street at the abortion clinic, which I was going to have, instead of at the hospital, I wouldn’t be sittin’ here today.

Jim: You would’ve died.

Patricia: So, my husband and parents were at the foot of the bed. I ended up being admitted to the hospital instead of, you know, you go home in a few hours. I was admitted for a few days. After a few days, I started burning up with fever. I had to go back into the doctors, was rechecked and during that checkup, they said during the emergency procedure when you stopped breathing, parts of the fetus were left behind. We’re gonna have to do the abortion again.

Jim: Mmm.

Patricia: So here I was, a 23-year-old unsaved woman or didn’t know the Lord, and they’re telling me parts of the fetus were left behind. So, from that day I did go back and have the abortion again and I became dead woman walking. I had no idea what was goin’ on in my life but all of a sudden, all I could think of instead of abortion and women’s rights and a simple procedure that’ll make you safe and free, all I could think of were parts of the fetus. And so, I would have nightmares for years. I would wake up in the middle of the night with baby parts reaching out at me…

Jim: Oh.

Patricia: …little baby hands. I’d see baby pieces and so that immediately. So, when I shoved that aside, just you know, just pushed it aside, never even let the realities of that come forth until I heard those women on the radio. And then when they started sharing about nightmares, about just all kinds of marital and relationship dysfunctions, physical issues that happen as a result of abortion, emotional issues. My husband and I got married and spent seven years hating each other because we had had an abortion of our own child together. So, all those things they defined, in that moment on that radio show, it all kinda came to light.

Jim: Pat, in fact, in your book you describe very vividly the closing of the casket of your heart after your abortion experience and that’s powerful imagery. What were you getting at?

Patricia: I felt like I got off that table and I was not the same young woman. I was empty and afraid and confused about the decision I had made. And at that point, didn’t have the spiritual awakening, didn’t know why I was confused, so talk about confusion. With women who go in and have an abortion and they’re very convinced this is the right thing to do and it’s good for everybody and this is the only thing I can do, then their emotions surprise them.

John: There’s been so much transparency that our guest has brought today, Pat Layton on this edition of Focus on the Family. Pat has a wonderful resource for women who’ve experienced the tragedy of abortion – it’s a Bible study called, Surrendering the Secret. And we’d invite you to contact us about getting a copy of that. Also, get in touch if you’d like to speak with one of our Christian counselors about this or anything else in your life that you might just need some extra help with. Our number is 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY – 800-232-6459, or visit focusonthefamily.com/broadcast to learn more. Okay, here’s more from our conversation with Pat Layton on Focus on the Family.

Jim: Pat, let me refer to your statistics again, because I’d like your comment on this. You say 92 percent of post-abortive women experience emotional deadening. That’s what you meant when you talked about closing the casket of the heart. And 86 percent experience anger or even rage.

Patricia: Right.

Jim: Why? Why do they turn to anger or rage? Is that toward the people around them or the doctor, the boyfriend or husband or a family member? Talk about that rage and where it’s coming from?

Patricia: And it comes from a variety of places for women who’s have a past abortion. In my case, most of my rage was self-focused. But as I have ministered to women through Surrendering the Secret over these years, many times it comes from the boyfriend who leaves them, drops them off at the clinic and drives away. Or the parent who drives them to the abortion clinic, thinking that that’s the right thing to do or the doctors who are rough or aggressive or tell you not to cry and, “This is your decision” or, “You got yourself into this mess.” I mean, I’ve heard everything. So that’s where a lot of the rage and anger rises up in women. But the majority hold on to a lot of that for themselves, that they made the choice. It’s their decision. And honestly, we have to help them see that it wasn’t always just their decision, that there often…

Jim: That’s so true.

Patricia: …is a lot of outside influence.

Jim: Well, and again, we’ve got to think of that woman who’s in that position. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s frightened. She’s getting advice from different people and the easy advice is, “Hey, just do this and it’s all good.” I’ll give an example of that and some people will remember this. We did a Super Bowl ad with Tim Tebow. And many of the pregnancy resource clinics participated…

Patricia: Right, I know Tim.

Jim: …with us in that. Millions of people hit the website to look at that, but one woman in particular, to give you an idea of what these women face sometimes, she was watching the Super Bowl with her boyfriend and that ad came up. She was pregnant with their child and the boyfriend had told her that if she didn’t get an abortion, he was gonna commit suicide.

Patricia: Oh, great.

Jim: Now think of that. Think of what she was faced with. And she contacted us after seeing that Tim Tebow Super Bowl ad with his mom, Pam. And we were able to counsel her and to give her a different option and I just thank the Lord that through all that effort – that was about 5 or 6 donors who contributed specifically to that – that we were able to save that baby. And that little girl is growing up now with her mom, and I just think that’s an example of what can be done. But they need to hear what the options are.

Patricia: Right.

Jim: And they need to be told what the future will look like. I want to ask you this. It may be a tough question but given we’re talking about that sense of guilt, that abandonment, that rage, that anger that post-abortive women have, some in the abortion community say, “Well, that’s because of people like you – religious people – who lay that guilt on them. They would not feel that guilt if they did not have you telling them they should be guilty.” Respond to that accusation.

Patricia: Well, it certainly wasn’t true in my life because I had no Christian influence for seven years after my abortion. And from the moment of my abortion, I knew I had done something that was going to hurt me and that I had, had a great loss. And that was the tough part. It was when the Christian community came in to help rescue me, that I found hope. I found a place to go, somewhere to share my pain and loss and someone to me the way to healing. So, that was the opposite truth for me. I had had all the facts and figures and the rationalization from the world that I needed to make an abortion decision. But the world was nowhere around from the moment I got off the abortionist’s table.

Jim: So, really and the world says, “Here’s your option. It’s one.”

Patricia: That’s it.

Jim: This is it.

Patricia: Right.

Jim: And in the Christian community we’re saying, there’s more ways to think about this and for that, we’re scorned, you know, that we’re coming with guilt and shame. Talk about the lies that the enemy of our soul speaks to our hearts in this regard…

Patricia: Well, and…

Jim: …not just those around us.

Patricia: …right and honestly that part I’d have to say, as I became a Christian and I became more aware of darkness and light, of God’s truth versus what the enemy’s trying to tell us, it was then that those kinds of feelings and thinkings began to rise up in me, so that I would hear more from the enemy. “God didn’t really forgive you. You’re not saved. God doesn’t forgive abortion. That’s murder. You murdered your own child. You’ll never be healed. You’ll never be part of the Christian community.” I heard this radio show when I was just being embraced by a new Bible study group and so I, all of a sudden, walked away from that group. I was petrified that they would see abortion on me and that if they knew that I’d had an abortion that I would be excluded. So those – the enemy is the one that put in the shame and the guilt and all those unredeemable emotions.

Jim: Well, and eventually you did break the news to…

Patricia: I did, yes.

Jim: …this group of friends, these Christian believers.

Patricia: Right.

Jim: What was the response?

Patricia: It was amazing, and one of the reasons I believe the Christian community needs to be educated about post-abortion recovery and pastors and you know, that they learn how to share this, is so that we do know how to embrace those that have had a past abortion. And so, I shared with a girlfriend. I had dropped out of the Bible study for a while. She kept pursuing me to find out where I was and I finally decided I’m gonna have to tell her. And so I met her for lunch. I sat and poured my heart out to her and she just embraced me. She said, “Pat, I’ve never had an abortion, but I’ve had other sin in my life and this is what God says about this.” And then the next thing I knew, she was introducing me to her pastor and I had never met a pastor face to face before. And he listened to my story and he said, “Pat, God’s gonna use this story and He’s gonna save women through your story.” So, that was spoken over me as a brand-new Christian. I didn’t even know what that meant, but little did I know a few years from that I would be starting a crisis pregnancy center where I would share truth with women.

Jim: Boy, what a powerful word that he gave you and it’s been fulfilled.

Patricia: It did; he spoke it over me that day, you know after we had lunch and so, my argument is such the opposite. The body of Christ is here to share redemption and love and healing and restoration. The reason we fight against abortion is to protect women, not to put them down.

Jim: You know, Pat, I’m reminded of that Scripture and usually I think of this Scripture in the pro-life context, because the parallel is so strong, but it’s John 10:10, where Jesus said, “The thief (meaning Satan, the enemy of our soul, the one who wants to rob of us everything), that he comes to steal, kill and destroy us.”

Patricia: Right.

Jim: And that’s really – that’s it, isn’t it?

Patricia: That’s it.

Jim: I mean…

Patricia: That’s clear.

Jim: …if he can get you in the womb, he’s taken you out early. He doesn’t have to worry about you and he does that through that decision-making power. And again, our goal here is not to lay that guilt on anyone and I love the friend who said, “Listen, we all do things that grieve the Lord’s heart.”

Patricia: That’s right.

Jim: And I just want to say to you, if you’re that woman who has made that decision, maybe not even just once, maybe twice, I don’t know, call us. I mean, we are here for that reason and you won’t get that condemnation. You will hear the Gospel. You will hear the way forward, the light at the end of the tunnel.

Pat, your story is outstanding and I so appreciate the fact that you’re willing to share it, because many will be touched by it. And I want you to come back tomorrow to talk more about the guilt and grief that many post-abortive women have and how they can handle that in Christ and get that healing that we’ve talked about. I also want to know why you urge these women to share their stories with their friends and family and no longer hide behind this awful secret. Can you come back next time to bring more hope and healing to these wounded souls?

Patricia: I’d love that. Thank you.

Closing:

John: We’re looking forward to hearing more of Pat Layton’s heart and her passion for hurting women and families next time. And we just want to say, if you’ve experienced any of the pain and shame that she described today, contact us here at Focus on the Family. We’ve mentioned our Counseling team, and we can set up an initial consultation for you with one of those counselors. Simply call 800-232-6459. Or you can learn more at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: And John, before we close this program, I want to encourage our listeners to get a copy of Pat’s Bible study guide – Surrendering the Secret. This resource will help post-abortive women finally experience the love and forgiveness and freedom that God wants to give you. Don’t miss this opportunity. Get a copy for a friend or for your church. It’s an excellent tool God is using to help women find redemption within a caring, Christian community. And we can send you a complimentary copy of Surrendering the Secret when you send a financial gift of any amount to Focus on the Family today.

John: And again, our website is focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or donate when you call 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Well please plan to join us tomorrow for a wonderful story from our guest about discovering God’s forgiveness and grace after her abortion.

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Patricia: But then, um, as if God hadn’t done enough, we found ourselves the parents of a beautiful, adopted baby girl who had been born to a 16-year-old birth mother. And we just, you know, I heard the voice of God say, “This is what I’ve called you to save. This is what I knit together in a mother’s womb.”

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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!

Thank you for committing to pray for the pre-born!

Sign up below for your free seven-day prayer guide. This daily guide will help give direction to your prayers for the pro-life movement. We will be praying with you!