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How I Found God Through My Abortion Journey (Part 1 of 2)

How I Found God Through My Abortion Journey (Part 1 of 2)

Cynthia Wenz shares her incredible testimony of discovering God’s love and forgiveness. As a teenager, Cynthia lived recklessly and strayed away from the Lord. By age 29, she had three abortions, numbing herself from the reality of killing her children. After realizing her mistakes, Cynthia became pro-life and experienced many years of turmoil and grief before undergoing post-abortion recovery. She now advocates for pregnancy resource centers across the nation. (Part 1 of 2)
Original Air Date: January 20, 2022

John Fuller: I’m John Fuller, and today on Focus on the Family with Jim Daly, we’ll hear about one woman’s unbelievably tragic journey of risky and harmful choices that could’ve easily destroyed her life, and this is not going to be a topic for younger listeners. Uh, we need to warn you that what you’ll hear today represents, um, how lost and blind some people are today as they try to medicate and fill those holes and pains in their life with drugs and drinking and sex to the point that they lose all sense of right or wrong and can’t even comprehend the consequences of their bad decisions, and that was illustrated by this dramatized entry in Cynthia Wenz’s journal when she was just 15 years old.

Dramatized Reading:  Thursday September 16th, went and had my kid murdered. They knocked me out with an IV, so I didn’t feel a thing. I wanted mine and Jay’s baby so bad.

Jim Daly: John, one of the worst tragedies in our modern world is how many teen girls and women are facing a horrific decision just like that. Maybe they’re confused and afraid. They don’t see another option. Worse, they’re not exposed to other options in some cases. Um, all too often, these girls and women don’t have anyone to confide in-

John: Mm-hmm.

Jim: … a responsible, Godly adult who might give them practical help and hope for that budding new life within them. As a result, millions of precious pre-born babies are literally destroyed every year. And, man, folks, this is why Focus on the Family has been a consistent voice for life for more than 40 years now. We believe God created each one of us in His image, believer and non-believer, which gives us great worth and importance. And in the Christian community, we have a responsibility to protect and speak up, not only for the pre-born children who are at risk of abortion, but for their mothers as well, and that’s why we’ve chosen to address this difficult, yet important topic during Sanctity of Human Life Week. And we hope what we share today, uh, will challenge you to get involved in the pro-life movement.

John: Mm-hmm. Yeah, we’ve been encouraging our Focus friends and, uh, the community of believers to continue praying about the upcoming Supreme Court decision later this year regarding Roe v. Wade in the ongoing battle to roll back pro-abortion legislation. Uh, later on today, we’ll explain how you can help save lives through our Option Ultrasound Program. Right now though, we’re going to introduce you to Cynthia Wenz. Uh, she’s an author, a speaker, a pro-life advocate. She’s written a powerful memoir about her own experiences with loss and despair from abortion. Uh, the title of her book is Healed for Life: A Story of Redemption. And we’ll encourage you to look for a copy of that at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast, or call 1 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Cynthia, welcome to Focus on the Family.

Cynthia Wenz: Thank you so much. Life matters.

Jim: It does.

Cynthia: I- I’m so appreciate you care so deeply about it.

Jim: Well, and your story is so amazing, and that’s why I’m looking forward, you know, it’s a heavy story, but what an amazing thing God has done in your life.

Cynthia: Yes.

Jim: And that’s what matters most. Let’s get right into it. You paint a picture of yourself as this vibrant, well-loved child in a loving home. Sounds like a Focus on the Family home (laughs) if you could say it that way.

Cynthia: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And describe what that younger childhood was like.

Cynthia: Oh, she was cutie patootie.

Jim: (laughs)

Cynthia: She was tiny, tiny. I was little, little, little, um, dancing on top of the Volkswagen Bug in South Philadelphia. Um, the life … You know, maybe the black sheep of the family, but the life of the family. Dancing didn’t need an audience; the audience was in my mind. You know, there was the bridge that the town homes dead in- into in South Philly, there’s the row homes and all the steps and I can remember being just larger than life, but tiny in person.

Jim: That’s so fun. I can relate. I mean, I, when I was a five-year-old boy just running around playing Batman in the alleys and having-

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: … a great time, right? Just trying to enjoy life.

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: That’s what it sounds like. Uh, we would’ve been a dynamic duo in our neighborhood.

Cynthia: (laughs)

Jim: But, uh, your grandmother, Nanny, I think you referred to her-

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: … she was a very important part of your life. Why and then what happened?

Cynthia: This is my mom’s mom. We’re Italian, so we kind of commune together. She lived with us until I was 12 and I remember being scared and I was under my canopy at night, and she didn’t speak English, don’t ask me why I’m not bilingual in Italian. But I understood her and there would be nights where I was the kid that would wake up in the middle of the night at 4:00AM screaming from the bad dream, for whatever was in the dream, and she would be the one shuffling down that hallway, and in her way of sharing her faith, she had that beautiful blue crystal Rosary, that was her way of giving me a piece of her faith. She’d put it in my hands, she’d pat my hands, she’d say, and in Italian, [foreign language], she’s say, you know, “It’s okay.”

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: And I remember holding just that thing that meant something to her and I remember looking up at the canopy and I just remember feeling comforted by her faith.

Jim: In that way then, from 12 to 15, there was a bit of that wandering feeling, right? Where’s Nanny?

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: And where’s my rock?

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: And your parents weren’t doing well at the time. Describe, kind of, up until 15 when, uh, it kind of came off the rails for you. But that’s so many young people that are in homes that have a lot of destabilization and, you know, kids struggle processing that sometimes and I want to capture that for people, for parents to better understand perhaps what their 12, 13, 14-year-olds are feeling when there’s not God’s peace in the home.

Cynthia: It’s such a challenging thing, isn’t it, as a parent, how do you provide that in your imperfection?

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: And I think if we’re sharing with parents at large, my parents got wrapped up in self. My dad, who had a very rough upbringing, abandoned in eighth grade, supported three sisters, turned to the ponies, the horse racing, gambling-

Jim: Sure.

Cynthia: … and the bottle for comfort and escape, and you could almost understand it and rationalize it. My mother was his prom date. I mean, these are South Philly kids, Italian families that grew up. My dad wanted nothing more than to be the father he never had-

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: … and in a way, provided it in his character, his work ethic, his provision and who he was. But he couldn’t provide it emotionally and spiritually ’cause he had no point of reference.

Jim: He had no well.

Cynthia: He had no well. And when they began to do this, I began to do this.

Jim: Yeah, when they begin to separate. Yeah. In that context, 15 then became kind of a demarcation point it sounded like in reading the book that, you know, that was when you started looking for those hugs, right, in places that weren’t healthy.

Cynthia: At all (laughs).

Jim: So, describe that. Yeah.

Cynthia: Yeah, um-

Jim: I mean, this again, your story is, is not your story alone. I mean, this is a very common story, especially for teen girls that don’t feel like there’s adequate love in the home. So, that … I mean, you’re speaking to many, many people.

Cynthia: Yeah, and you’re a minor.

Jim: Yeah.

Cynthia: You’re not wired to process what’s going on, and so you grasp at things. And so, at 14 actually, looking for love in all the wrong places, I began acting out with promiscuity. I mean, we’re Italian, there’s plenty of alcohol in the house, um, and you can find the outlets and begin drinking. Of course, the neighbors didn’t help. They were down the townhouse, um, alleyway and began, um, you know … My friend and I began going over to these older men’s home and, uh, the alcohol and the drugs were provided. You know, we kind of became the object, if you will, tragic.

Jim: Mm-hmm.

Cynthia: The door was open in my home. My father was remote, my mother was working. Just because I was home alone and there were neighbors that thought I was cute; the open door does not mean walk through it. I walked through it. I was sassy. I thought I could get out there and take the world by storm, and yet, the world took me.

Jim: Wow.

Cynthia: And I naively went into those environments.

Jim: Cynthia, tell us about, um, that first abortion. What age were you? What happened and what were the circumstances?

Cynthia: So, right about this time I walked through that door, I walked into the arms of strangers. A couple of months go by, my mother realizes I have not had a menstrual cycle. I go to my mom, I said, “Mom, I’m pregnant.” She says, “I’ve noticed. You haven’t asked for feminine product. You haven’t-

Jim: Sure.

Cynthia: “I’ve noticed.” And I looked at her and she had the solution, and this is where, to your point, you can’t look back and blame, but you can look back and go, she was doing what she thought would help me.

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: There’s a law in the land that said it was okay, and she borrowed cash so there would be no receipts for my father to see. She got her friend, Annette, who, you know, was our support system. We drove over to, you know, a road out where there was an abortion facility. She checked me in under her best friend’s name, paid cash. I had just turned 15, enter first abortion.

Jim: Wow. That journal entry that was read at the beginning of the program expressed that desire even as a, a late 14-year-old, 15-year-old, you wanted to keep the baby, and that’s what I got from that.

Cynthia: Isn’t that interesting? Yeah.

Jim: Yeah. I mean, so the longing of your heart was there, even as a young woman, a girl. Describe that.

Cynthia: Well, I didn’t know that longing was there.

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: Here’s why. As a minor, that abortion enters in, that veil of sin comes over that young woman and she doesn’t know how to process, she has no resources to process. So, what does she do? She numbs, she acts out. So, it wasn’t until years later that I had found that journal and I remember my husband and I were decorating for Christmas and, um, pulling things out of the attic and I found the journal, “Look, oh, so sweet. Look at her handwriting.” Oh, and I hit the page and it became a trigger in my healing journey because I had thought, I had thought she just wasn’t aware, she was blindly carried away to the abortion clinic at 15 and just had no comprehension, and that diary entry, that journal entry was she knew. She knew. She was very aware that that was the taking of a life. Our children may be naïve, they be young, but they’re not blind and they’re not … They have the capacity to understand, and that journal entry showed me I understood what was going on.

John: Well, this is Focus on the Family with Jim Daly, and our guest today is Cynthia Wenz and, uh, she’s sharing with candidly about pain in her life. Um, there is hope as the story continues. Uh, but the book is called Healed for Life: A Story of Redemption. So, contact us today for your copy and keep listening. There’s a lot more to hear. Our website is focusonthefamily.com/broadcast or, uh, call 1 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY.

Jim: Cynthia, i- in recounting that, I mean, that feeling of loneliness, I’m just touching that and hearing your heart. I can’t imagine 15 and you think your dad’s gonna go into this blazing rage. You’re whisked away secretly. Your mom, the girlfriend, all of that. It had to be such a lonely place.

Cynthia: It really was. I remember, we went from the abortion clinic to Denny’s. We went from the abortion clinic, from the removal of life from a young adolescent girl to breakfast.

Jim: Wow. And probably didn’t really talk about it.

Cynthia: Ever again.

Jim: Wow. Um, boy, I hope you feel that I can certainly see it, and that’s … I mean, I appreciate that, the vulnerability-

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: … of it. I mean, it’s still tender for you. Sometimes we can say these things so often that you lose the, the heart part of it, but you haven’t, and that’s amazing. And let’s keep moving.

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: It’s gonna get a little more-

Cynthia: (laughs)

Jim: … you know, dicey. Um, you had another heartbreaking story, um, from your book, Healed for Life, which involved … Even though I don’t wanna choose the words well-meaning coach. I mean, you had a swim coach. What happened?

Cynthia: Well, so, that’s interesting, right? So, here’s a broken child who is strong, but immature. Here’s this healing agent that comes along, perceived healing agent, we’ll say, and these coaches keep me busy. What does a young, promiscuous child looking for love, misplace?

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: The type of love that’s being administered and I couldn’t distinguish between the two and I became, oh, wait, there’s something being given to me, and I’m being taken care of, now something is due in return, and I became the aggressor, if you will, and I don’t think it was aggressive, like, let’s … You have to remember, sex at that time was painful, but it became, I think in that young girl’s mind, a way of this must be love, therefore sex must be part of it, and it became this stumbling.

Jim: And what happened in that relationship and who was that?

Cynthia: Um, that was me aggressing, uh, displacing love for the coach, thinking you’re my savior and now I wanna put my arms around you because I wanna feel safe with you and misplacing that and taking it into a sexual relationship.

Jim: And that happened. That’s what I was getting at. That’s what I remember in-

Cynthia: That happened.

Jim: … the book, I mean, that, that he, you know, again, he’s the adult, so, he should’ve known better.

Cynthia: He should’ve known better.

Jim: But you did move in that direction.

Cynthia: Oh, yes, for three and a half years.

Jim: Ah.

Cynthia: It was when he left the picture the acting out returns, enter second abortion.

John: You sought; you sought another relationship to sooth the pain of that broken relationship.

Cynthia: Sorry, Jim, promiscuity at its best. I mean (laughs)-

Jim: No, no, I’m trying to just-

Cynthia: … the young girl acting out, yeah.

Jim: … piece that together. I mean, you were really struggling obviously.

Cynthia: Oh, yeah, absolutely.

Jim: And so, that, in essence, that third relationship also resulted in a pregnancy. Take us through that.

Cynthia: You’re very gracious to say third. I think there were many to count. When promiscuity enters a young woman’s life, promiscuity does not mean the first, the second and the third. It means where can I act out in relationship and where can I feel loved?

Jim: Yeah.

Cynthia: And it just becomes part of the norm.

Jim: Right.

Cynthia: Part of the tragic norm.

Jim: And, you know, it’s important to make this statement because some people, they haven’t had that experience, you know, they didn’t have that, that pull, they didn’t have those warring powers within them, and I, I get it. But, you know, it’s amazing and this is the statement, Jesus loves you.

Cynthia: Oh, and through it all.

Jim: Regardless of that. That’s the amazing thing. And I think we, you know, we can lean into a judgmental attitude, say, wow, Cynthia, really? I mean, how come you couldn’t get your head together on this? You know, multiple relationships, now you had an affair with your coach, you brought it on, it sounds like. So, the guilt of that, it was me being the aggressor and then a rebound relationship when you’re looking for that affection again with this next man and you get pregnant.

Cynthia: Mm-hmm.

Jim: And, I mean, I’m telling you, I just think it’s so important for people to realize, yeah, God’s love can extend to you-

Cynthia: Absolutely.

Jim: … obviously. So, keep it going. What happens in that situation?

Cynthia: And I would even go so far as to say as, it doesn’t extend to me, he was present with me the whole time-

Jim: Wow, yeah.

Cynthia: … grieving every wrong turn I took, and I later prayed that out with the Lord, you know, ’cause you can look back as a redeemed woman of God and you can go, where were you, Lord?

Jim: Right.

Cynthia: And the comfort was I was with you, you’re alive because I was with you.

Jim: Huh.

Cynthia: You’re here today because I was with you. And so, I think as adults, we need to look back and say, when sexual promiscuity, drugs and alcohol enter a young woman’s life when she’s a minor and she’s too young to process it, she becomes a predictable statistic, and she begins acting out. She may have had this affair; doesn’t mean he was the only one.

Jim: Yeah.

Cynthia: And what happens when he leaves? She goes off to college, she tries to begin a journey, a new journey and as a 19-year-old, a freshman in college, here she is with a boyfriend in college, sex is the norm. The habits have been formed. Sex is now the habit of what you do with men-

Jim: Right.

Cynthia: … because you’ve already been there. You know the sacredness of it, but you don’t know the application of how to the sacredness of it. And at 19, drinking, partying, the collegiate life that can kind of consume you, um, I entered a second pregnancy and a second termination, and it was tragic. I had gone to home to Houston, I had let him know, “I think I’m pregnant.” I went to the OBGYN. He mailed me 190 bucks, paid for the abortion. But in this particular one, I was so drugged out, zoned out, just … You kind of in your mind just, you justify, right? Your mind just goes a place where it can make it all okay. Well, I was doing drugs and it probably, you know, damaged the baby anyway and it was probably, you begin to tell yourself, it’s probably a miscarriage, it was probably-

Jim: The right thing to do.

Cynthia: Probably the right thing to do.

Jim: Yeah.

Cynthia: Yeah.

Jim: Which is kind of what the abortion industry says today, no matter what the circumstance of the young woman.

Cynthia: Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Jim: This is always the right thing to do and that’s the problem that we have-

Cynthia: Oh.

Jim: … ’cause it’s actually not.

Cynthia: It’s a convenience and it’s a misnomer.

Jim: Right.

Cynthia: It’s a perceived convenience and misnomer.

Jim: Yeah.

Cynthia: Neither are true.

Jim: So, Cynthia, I just wanna make sure as we end here on day one that we capture that conversation with your doctor, the third pregnancy, the third abortion, your pattern of abuse-

Cynthia: Mm-hmm.

Jim: … to yourself and-

Cynthia: Oh, yeah.

Jim: … to those children. Um, what did that doctor say to you?

Cynthia: So, I began acting out. I think we’ve seen this pattern back in 15, you know, at 15 it was a coach. At 29, it’s, uh, it’s an employer who’s on the outs with his wife. I mean, it’s so sad the predictable pattern could’ve been disrupted, and it wasn’t. And at 29, I have this Guido, machismo boyfriend of five years and I have this relationship outside of this one with a married man and we’re acting out of course. What are we doing? We’re drinking, sex becomes a part of that. Enter in third pregnancy.

Jim: And that doctor, when you have that third pregnancy, that doctor says what to you?

Cynthia: Well, I go to the doctor, I am not bleeding through the pregnancy, and I’m thinking, why am I bleeding? She does a pregnancy test. She says, “You’re pregnant.” I go into hysterics at the doctor’s office. “I can’t be pregnant. I don’t know if it’s his. He’ll kill me.”

John: Hmm.

Cynthia: At that moment, I couldn’t carry on and she says, she sees my distress and she says, “You’re bleeding.” She does a blood test; HCG levels are dropping. She says, “You’re probably miscarrying.” At that time, she walked me into the next office. She performs a complete D&C in office, in the OBGYN suite. I’m clinging to the nurse that’s beside me, I had my hand on my stomach, I’m like, “I can’t,” and she’s saying, “Relax,” and I’m like, “I ca- … You feel the weight of the world and I can’t get out of my own way. And I’m like, “Hurry up,” and she says … She holds up a jar. That visual haunted me for years. She says, “I think we got everything,” and we complete the procedure and I go on. I come back two weeks later for a checkup. She does a pelvic exam. When you’re pregnant, your uterus enlarges. When you extract a child from the uterus, your uterus should shrink down. She says, “Your uterus is still very enlarged.” This is where the Holy Spirit was with me at my deepest, darkest moments because I said, “What? What does this mean?” She looked at me and she said, “We probably didn’t get everything.”

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: What does that even mean? And my arm went up and I said, “Can I see what’s inside of me?” Oddest request-

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: … because you don’t know what you’re asking at the time. And she sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound so we could determine what’s going on. And it was at that time the technician is scanning, scanning, scanning, scanning, and I’m like … She goes out, gets the supervisor. The supervisor comes back in, and the supervisor says, “The baby is moving so quickly we can’t get a still image.” And I’m like, “The baby?”

Jim: Right.

Cynthia: “What baby? I had a D&C two weeks ago.”

Jim: Uh-huh.

Cynthia: And she flips that screen around and you see a little tiny baby just moving, wiggling, wiggling, and you see a deflated sac on the right side of the screen, and I had been carrying twins.

Jim: Oh, my.

Cynthia: And at 29, bleeding in the OBGYN’s office, we had terminated a twin. How did a twin survive? And thank God for the arm that said, “Can I see?”

Jim: Mm.

Cynthia: Because medically, we know when we didn’t get everything, it’s retained fetal matter, what are you gonna see on a screen?

Jim: Right.

Cynthia: And yet, my son survived an abortion procedure.

Jim: And at this point, Cynthia, I mean, this is where we’re ending, uh, that son, you did give birth to that son.

Cynthia: His name is Roman for Romans 8:28. He stood in the Capitol of Texas with me and testified that sonograms should be required before abortion.

Jim: Ah.

Cynthia: The law passed in our state in 2011. He is noble and wonderful, a father of three himself now. He has twin daughters, a four-year-old grandson and twin granddaughters. Uh, at that point, I had to choose life.

Jim: Cynthia, this has been so powerful, and man, I hate to stop at this point in your story, but we have run out of time today, so let’s come back tomorrow and complete the story. Tell us more about your son, Roman, and the ways God began to heal the trauma of your past. That’s so important for all of us to hear. Uh, for our listeners and viewers, I hope Cynthia’s story has touched your heart. I know it’s touched mine and motivated all of us to get more involved in the prolife movement, helping to bring God’s love, truth and hope to people who really need it. And one way you can do that is through our Option Ultrasound Program where we raised funds to equip pregnancy centers to get ultrasound machines and training and all the resources, they need to be a compassionate voice and offer practical help to women and girls who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Uh, thanks to the generosity of friends like you, we’re getting close to get this, a half a million babies saved from abortion through Option Ultrasound. I’m so proud of that work that’s being done and what a blessing that is to these women and obviously to their children.

John: Yeah, and to the glory of God, we are just so grateful that this is happening. Um, you can be a part of it, and you can be a part of the Option Ultrasound program. Uh, we’ve done the research and it’s, uh, very clear that your gift of $60 saves a baby’s life through this program. So, please consider stepping up and, uh, donating on a monthly basis to save a baby a month, or if you can, a onetime gift. Uh, either way, when you contribute to the work of Focus on the Family, we’ll send a copy of Cynthia’s book, Healed for Life. Our number’s 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY, or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: And John, let’s remind the listeners and viewers that if you’re struggling, if this has brought up emotions for you that are difficult, um, contact us here the Focus on the Family. We have caring Christian counselors who can talk with you and help you with a referral to a counselor in your area or with other resources. Certainly, they can pray with you and give you next steps toward your healing.

John: Yeah. Give us a call, let us know how we can help. Our number again, 800, the letter A, and the word FAMILY. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team here, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back as we continue the conversation, and once again, help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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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.

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,

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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!

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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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