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Keeping the Promise of American Liberty

Keeping the Promise of American Liberty

Author Eric Metaxas encourages listeners to re-ignite their patriotic passion for America by discussing the nation's inspirational beginning, why the Founding Fathers viewed faith, virtue and freedom so highly, and the importance of remembrance and rituals in our communities.
Original Air Date: July 1, 2016

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Teaser:

Eric Metaxas: Without the faith of George Whitfield, which led to the faith of most of the people during the Colonial Era, there is no America. Without the faith of those who led the Abolitionist Movement, there is no end to the slavery in America. Without the faith of the people in the Civil Rights Movement, there is no Civil Rights Movement. Faith from beginning to now has been the thing that has blessed all Americans.

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John Fuller: Eric Metaxas on today’s “Focus on the Family and he’ll be talking about the importance of faith and American liberty. Your host is Focus president and author, Jim Daly and I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: John, as we celebrate Independence Day on Monday, we want to remind ourselves of the deep and rich history of America’s founding and how it applies to our lives today. It highlights one of our goals here at Focus on the Family, to empower you to engage your culture for Christ. It’s one of the things we survey and ask you whether or not Focus has done that for you.

We also want to give you the tools to transform the culture through civic action and that’s part of our duty in a democracy. We live in turbulent times. I’m sure you’re watchin’ the news, thinkin’ this has to be the end days, I mean, where right is wrong and wrong is right. It can be say to get discouraged by the erosion of many of the biblical values we all hold dear.

But I think today we’ll be encouraged that you can make a difference in your world by remembering what it means to be an American. On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., we were able to sit down with our good friend, Eric Metaxas, to talk about his book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. And John, I am delighted to share his insights with everyone.

John: It was a really engaging conversation and Eric is a speaker. He’s a radio host. He’s written a number of books. He’s really smart and (Laughter) he’s got a great sense of humor, as well.

Jim: Yeah.

John: He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter and let’s go ahead and hear how that conversation began.

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Jim: When you look at the culture, especially Christians, we can see so much negativity. I mean, we feel like we’re losing our grip, that those things that seem to be common throughout the culture, Judeo-Christian values let’s say, and they’re seemingly slipping away.

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: And we get fearful.

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: So, when you look at this big picture and we talk about culture wars and fighting for our rights and all these things, why is it important to love our country?

Eric: Well, who said it was important to love our country? At the end of my book, I do say that, but I take a long time getting there, because you really have to think. It sort of can be a cliché, “Oh, I love my country.” Most people in our day and age associate loving your country with kind of a chest beating jingoism, you know, a nationalistic, “We’re great.” That’s tribalism, you know; that’s “We’re great because we’re we,” you know. And I’m a cheerleader for my team and my team’s better than your team, you know.

And honestly, when you look at what it means to say America is great, which I do in this book, when you look at what it means to say we’re exceptional, there’s a powerful irony or even a paradox at the heart of it. The reason America is great and the reason we need to love our country is because this is really the first country in the history of the world to be a country for others.

Jim: In fact, the title of the book is, If You Can Keep It. Talk about where that came from—

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: –’cause it’s an interesting title.

Eric: Yeah and we should all know this and this is how I start the book. I mean, basically, you know, you have 1776 and you know, we declare ourselves. We’re a country. So, now we’ve got the Articles of Confederation, great. Well, guess what? In 1783, ’84, they started noticing that the Articles of Confederation aren’t doin’ such a great job. We need a slightly stronger federal government, not too strong, because if it’s too strong, we’re gonna lose all the liberties we fought for in the first place. So, what are we gonna do?

Well, Benjamin Franklin and the whole gang get together in Independence Hall in Philadelphia for the sweltering summer of 1787 to figure out how can we make this work? We need to create the Constitution. They create a Constitution. But we didn’t know what they were gonna come out of there with. We had no idea. The battle was vicious. You had the slave states sayin’, we’re not gonna compromise.

And by the way, we want more power, because we have a greater population. And the north said, yeah, your population is slaves. You should get zero credit for that population. Why should you get more power or whatever? So, that’s where they made the famous 3/5th compromise, which actually was a win for the people who didn’t believe in slavery, right? That’s one of the great ironies. But there was this incredible battle; can we come together, 13 colonies, to figure out how to make this work?

So, on the last day of the Constitutional Convention, out walks Benjamin Franklin, the sage of the Constitution and he had been living in Philadelphia for 60-something years at this point. And some woman, we don’t know who it was, Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia, she probably knew him, she says, “Dr. Franklin, what have you given us? A monarchy or a republic?”

Now you imagine people had been arguing about this. What are they gonna come up with? What’s it going to be? Maybe they’re gonna settle on the fact that this can’t work unless we have a sort of benevolent monarchy or something like that.

Jim: Yeah, it was probably covered in the newspapers—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –of the day.

Eric: Okay. So, Mrs. Powell says, “What are you giving us, a monarchy or a republic?” And Benjamin Franklin, 81-years-old, never short on wit says to her immediately, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” And that sums it up, if you can keep it. What we’re giving you will not keep by itself. You must keep it. You the citizens, you are America. We, the people means the people. The people must keep it.

Eric, let me ask you this. The concept, those naysayers, as you’ve described them, certainly there’s a good time for self-reflection, even the Scripture talks about getting the plank out of your own eye before removing the speck in your brother’s. So, talk about that a little bit, because as you’ve described it, it is kind of run amok—

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: –the denigrating of the country.

Eric: Right

Jim: Where is that balance where you can be honest to say, “You know some of the things that we did in order to—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –make our lives easier, we may have done some things as a government.”

Eric: Right.

Jim: I don’t think the people got together and said, “Let’s do this.”

Eric: Well, but the point is, that America, first of all, I mean, if you’re a Christian, this is easy. America, every American has just as much original sin as anybody else in the world.

Jim: Right.

Eric: We are no different than any human beings who have ever lived or will ever live. And that’s a fact. So, to say I’m better, we’re better, already that’s a lie from the pit of hell. You are no better than anyone before God.

Now let’s face it, in our generation, since the ’60s, we have begun to stop thinking about the greatness of America and the great heroes—Nathan Hale, Paul Revere. We’ve started to focus more on the anti-heroes, on the villains, on the shortcomings, on the things we’ve gotten wrong. As you just said, it is utterly important to know those things so that we don’t repeat them, to understand that we have not been perfect. We’ve done all these things wrong. But if you get to a point where you’re only focusing on that, it’s exactly the same as if you’re saying, I will not hear one negative thing said about my country. It’s America; love it or leave it. Get out. Both are wrong, right.

God calls us to be honest, but what has happened again is, just as you said, it has swung so far that when I was in college let’s say and since then, all I have heard has been the bad stuff America did, the bad stuff that we’ve done in history to other countries.

And you think, look, at some point, you’ve gotta be honest. You’ve gotta say that whatever America has gotten wrong, do you understand that we abolished slavery voluntarily? That we decided in a war, a horrible war, to end this terrible thing? Do you understand that we have something called “The Civil Rights Movement?” Do you understand that all of that good stuff that happened was put in place by the Founders in the 1780’s? They created a government that allowed us to be self-critical and to evolve past our worst weaknesses, especially slavery.

And you have to start understanding that this country has been used as a force for good by God and that God wants us to be introspective, but only so that we can be better and we can do more good things, not so that we’d say, you know, what, yeah. We’re horrible and let’s just like sit in the corner and we don’t want to even stick our necks out, because we know how horrible we are. That’s a lie.

Jim: You know, when you look at it, Eric, too, that idea of patriotism can come under fire. It typically divides Left and Right—

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: –but I don’t want to be

Eric: Right

Jim: too stereotypical with that.

Eric: Yeah

Jim: Probably both ends of that spectrum would say no, I’m patriotic.

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: But when you look at it in the research that you’ve done, how do you think God perceives patriotism?

Eric: Well, it’s just what I was saying in the beginning, that you have to have a balance. God’s idea of patriotism is not jingoistic, chest-beating nationalism, like we’re better! That’s childish and that leads to denigrating others.

True patriotism, like anything good, leads us to a love for all that is good, right? In other words, if I can love what is good in my country, it will enable me to see the good in other countries and that’s the irony of God, right? is that, you know, the more you give away, the more you get. I mean, God is always … He traffics in ironies and paradoxes.

And so, if you love your country too little, you’re wrong. If you love your country too much, you’re wrong. You’ve gotta love your country, it’s like the way we love our parents, right? Are parents perfect? Of course not. Love is not about saying that person is perfect. It’s something else.

And I talk about it in the book, how both sides have gotten this wrong. I even say that Left and Right have gotten the idea of liberty wrong, that this idea, what is liberty, right? I talk about, you know, in some ways, the Left thinks that liberty is license. But the Right after 9/11, when we went to war in Iraq and so on and so forth, there was this idea there that it’s easy to bring liberty and freedom to these other countries. Like it’s not a hard thing. We’re born to be free and once we, you know, get rid of Saddam, everybody’s gonna suddenly, you know, pull out their muskets, wear tricorn hats and start, you know, behaving the way we did in the 1776. Why didn’t that happen?

It didn’t happen and again, I tell this long story and throughout the book is, that freedom is a very fragile thing. And if you think that it’s easy, you’ve got it mixed up. To get to where we were in 1776 took a long time. We had a culture that was steeped in English law. It was steeped in literacy. It was steeped in the Bible. It ended up being, as I say, as a result of George Whitfield, kind of, you know, ready for self-governance. Now Iraq was not ready for self-governance in 2003. It needed all kinds of help and so, to go in there assuming that liberty is, you know, it’s this easy thing. I just sprinkle this–

Jim: Well, it’s desired.

Eric: –fairy dust, whatever. So, the Left and Right both have gotten it wrong and this brings us to humility. We’re all screwed up. We’ve gotta refocus on what is God’s idea of liberty and you know, really what is the Founder’s idea of liberty? It’s a fragile thing. Most people don’t understand it.

I really didn’t understand it until I read Os Guiness’s book. He’s a friend and I dedicate this book to Os Guiness, because I wouldn’t know any of this without him.

He wrote a book called A Free People’s Suicide and he wrote about something he calls the Golden Triangle of Freedom. It blew my mind. I said, how have I grown up going to, you know, an Ivy League school in the United States of America and I don’t know this?

Jim: What is it?

Eric: I mean, it’s an unbelievable thing. Os Guiness basically came up with this formulation, but the Founders totally took this for granted. They assumed this, but we have totally forgotten about it. And the Golden Triangle of Freedom is simply this.

You have the idea of faith virtue and liberty. Liberty, according to the Golden Triangle of Freedom, which is really self-governance, requires virtue. How can you govern yourselves unless you have virtue? Why should I govern myself? If somebody points a gun at my head and says, “You steal that, I’ll shoot you,” okay, then I’m not gonna steal it.

But why should I govern myself? Why do I not need someone to rule over me? Well, okay, I can govern myself. Why? Why should that be possible? And Os Guiness says, well, it’s possible for the same reason the Founders said it was possible. When people are virtuous, this Constitution will work. A religious and virtuous populace is what this Constitution requires. If you don’t have a virtuous populace, self-government is not possible.

So, they said, okay, we need that and we pretty much have that. But virtue requires faith. Why would people just be virtu[ous] unless they believe in something higher, whatever. Now it doesn’t mean that there’s no such thing as a virtuous atheist, but by and large, for a culture to be virtuous, it requires some, you know, I would say critical mass, a faith community, right?

And that was here in spades in the 1770’s, so the Founders understood that what we have given you is this triangle that self-government requires virtue absolutely. Virtue requires faith, absolutely. And guess what? Faith requires liberty.

In other words, it goes around and around, because faith itself cannot flourish unless the government understands this idea of freedom of religion, that you are totally free to live out your faith. So, this thing, it goes round and round and round. And the piece about faith and virtue has been lost.

Some people think liberty exists. All we need is the free market and we’ve got liberty. All we need is democracy and we’ve got liberty. People voted in Iraq. They had democracy and they haven’t had much liberty.

And so, when you take faith out of this equation and then you take virtue out of the equation, you are undermining freedom. That is what’s been happening in America in the last 40 years. I learned it from Os Guiness’s book and the more I thought about it, it turned into a whole book of my own.

Jim: I totally agree with that. Let me give you a hypothetical. When I was doing research for ReFocus, a book I wrote a couple of years ago, I was kinda shocked to realize that up until 1924—

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: –processing of immigration was the same day. You showed up at Ellis Island—

Eric: Right, right.

Jim: –you got cleared as long as you weren’t unhealthy—

Eric: Right, right.

Jim: –you didn’t have a communicable disease that they could identify. You got processed and you were brought in to begin to embrace the American dream, as you’ve just described it. Today, let’s touch on this difficult subject—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –where immigration, it does create a “them and us” mentality.

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: We’re upset that the rules aren’t being followed—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –that those that are breaking the law are not held accountable. How do we put a Christian context to the issue of immigration?

Eric: Well, I mean, to me it’s not difficult at all. I say that this country, I say it up front, in the middle of the book and at the end of the book. This country exists for others. Just as Bonhoeffer said, we, the church exist for others. Now we don’t exist for the church. We want to thrive specifically to bless others, okay.

I want to get rich so I can give my money to people who have no money. I want to get powerful and safe, so I can use my power to protect those who are vulnerable. That’s the Gospel. That’s what we’re supposed to live out in our Christian faith.

And I really believe this country was ordained by God as a nation to serve others. And that idea, such a noble beautiful idea and in so many ways that’s been lived out over the years. My parents saw that.

What has happened most recently I would say is, we forget that it’s kinda like, you know, I think I say in the book, if a mother says, you know, “I need to stay healthy. I need to take care of myself, otherwise I won’t be able to take care of my kids.”

Now you wouldn’t say to her, well, she’s being selfish ’cause she says I want to stay healthy. She’s saying that if I don’t stay healthy, my children will suffer. And I would say that if America is not strong, it cannot help many countries around the world that have depended on us in all kinds of ways, for leadership, I mean, we forget that for most of this country’s history, this country has been the knight on the white horse. I mean, I can tell you stories from my parents in war-torn Europe.

When the Americans showed up, they knew good things were happening. They knew that they’re gonna come with food and chewing gum and chocolate. And there’s something about that in the American character. Now it’s not innate. It’s what we believe about ourselves and we bring aid when earthquakes happen. We rush to them. Does Iran rush? Does Namibia rush? Some of these countries are too poor to do anything to help anybody. We have given out of our largesse. That’s part of our history.

And when it comes to the immigration situation right now, I mean, I think it’s real clear that you don’t take something. It’s kinda like saying, like of course I’ll lend you money. Well, you better make sure you’ve got money before you lend money. Don’t lend your grandchild’s money, right? In other words, if you’re borrowing from the future to help somebody now, that’s not gonna work.

So, I would say it’s a commonsense balance, that you know, that we want to help others, but if we’re goin’ down the tubes, there will be no one to help others. And so, I think we have to be honest with ourselves. What can we afford to do? And I would say if we stick to these principles, we’ll be able to help more and more and more people around the world.

Jim: Well, and what’s difficult, Eric, as we move into this unknown zone, as the democracy as the Founding Fathers have framed it for a moral people, for a virtuous people, as we lose more and more of that virtue—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –it does begin to polarize the culture and people get angry, because—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –they’re not seeing decisions going their direction. So, the point I’m tryin’ to make is, how do we in the Christian community—

Eric: Yeah.

Jim: –apply biblical standards—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –to some of these political issues, so that we can hopefully, deliver light?

Eric: Well, I would say this. First of all, just because you’re right and you do everything perfectly, doesn’t mean people on the other side are gonna get it. Jesus did everything perfectly and He was nailed to a cross. I think sometimes Christians have this idea that if I only say it right, everyone will do it. They won’t. Some of them will spit in your face, because they do not like the way you look.

And I gotta tell you that, you know, you can do everything right. To my mind, protecting our borders and all that kind of stuff, that ultimately I would say in my heart, is so that we can eventually help those people. In other words—

Jim: Right.

Eric: –it’s not because we say we don’t like the different people. On the contrary, we are all different people. My parents came to this country, met in an English class in Manhattan, okay. These are two foreigners. They have accents to this day. They met in an English class. That’s what America’s all about, is that they were able to come here. They were grateful to come here and right away, they wanted to learn the language. They were not compelled to go to take English classes, you know.

And so, I think there’s a lot to it, but what I honestly tried to do in the book is, I try to tell the story of America to help the reader fall in love again with America.

Jim: Eric, when you put it in that perspective and when we bring it to the modern era and we’re looking at religious liberties slipping away and you know, we’re talking about it behind the scenes, what are we gonna do? Go fight it in court? We put up a valiant effort to retain those rights.

But in many ways, the picture here that you’re painting is, this is quite natural what’s going to happen because of the lack of virtue and because of the power and the control of the human heart and how we want to make sure—

Eric: Right, right. Right.

Jim: –it goes our direction and not the other guy’s direction. The loss of these things is almost predictable.

Eric: Right.

Jim: And so, what do we do to best represent God’s heart in this situation where we’re not on the ascent?

Eric: Right.

Jim: We’re on the descent—

Eric: Right.

Jim: –in terms of our liberties in this country.

Eric: Right.

Jim: How do we behave in such a way that brings God honor and we don’t lose our soul in the process?

Eric: Well, there’s two things I would say. First of all,to fight for religious liberty, we need to make the case and I make that case in this book, is that religious liberty is not for Christians.

In other words, you’re fighting for all of America, so that somebody can have the right to be an atheist, so somebody can have the right to live out whatever faith. This affects everybody. Once Christians frame it like, “Oh, protecting our rights.” Who cares about our rights? We care about the rights of every human being.

Now if religious liberty isn’t about that, then people could rightfully accuse us of saying, “You’re just fighting for yourself. It’s a zero-sum game, postmodernism. The most powerful one wins. We’re gonna try to win.”

But if you frame it, they say, no, no, no. The very heart of American liberty depends on religious liberty and freedom of conscience for everyone. Again, we’ve forgotten this. We don’t understand this. We need to make that clear so that anybody, you’ve got a gay activist like Andrew Sullivan. He’s making this case. He understands that the other side has gone too far. He was advocating for gay marriage since the beginning of time and then suddenly, they get gay marriage and he says that the people on my side are now not behaving the way they should. In other words, he understands that respecting those with whom we disagree, loving those with whom we disagree is the right way.

So, this is something that, you know, we need to understand it’s a fundamental idea. It’s not a Christian idea. This is an idea that is true. When you have religious liberty, you have liberty for all, period, case closed. So, that’s the first piece.

The second piece is when we frame it in that way, we’re sort of fighting defensively. We’re fighting in the courts and that kind of thing. And really, what we oughta be doing is fighting offensively and again, in the book what I try to do is, I try to say to everybody, without the faith of George Whitfield, which led to the faith of most of the people during the Colonial Era, there is no America. Without the faith of those who led the abolitionist movement, there is no end to the slavery in America. Without the faith of the people in the Civil Rights Movement, there is no Civil Rights Movement.

Faith from the beginning to now has been the thing that has blessed all Americans. I mean, I would even say in terms of gay rights and women’s rights, the very idea of saying, “Oh, I care about these other people,” even though we could outvote them. We could crush them with the votes, but we said, we don’t care. We say, what is right? To love somebody, to treat somebody with respect, all of these ideas, these are ideas for everyone agrees on.

These are ideas from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and the whole gang. These are not ideas I came up with or my right-wing posse came up with. This is what every American, the heroes of the Left at the beginning, they believed these things and these things are meant for everybody.

And so, I want to sort of, I say by telling the story of America and by telling how faith is important in the story of America, to re-enchant Americans with our own story, so that we fall in love with America and to realize that the role faith has played has been so important that most of the things that we say are good would never have happened. And the future that we have, we have to put faith at the center. It doesn’t mean everybody has to become a Christian, but it means that if you start pushin’ that out, you will lose everything—

Jim: Yeah.

Eric: –not the Christians; you will lose everything.

Closing:

John: We’ve been hearing from Eric Metaxas on today’s “Focus on the Family,” reflecting about the impact that faith had and continues to have on this great country.

Jim: I thought was Eric had to share about our country and the founding of it was fascinating and we don’t always learn about those details. This conversation serves as a good reminder of the godly influences our Founding Fathers provided as they brought the most amazing country ever constructed into fruition. Um … we can’t take our freedoms for granted and that’s the point of Eric’s message in his book. Don’t lose it and we also can’t lose sight of the fact that God has us in His hands and I trust in that. Boy, that is something I am very aware of.

As we celebrate Independence Day, let’s lift the U.S. to God and ask Him to guide us as we look toward the 2016 election and those who will become our leaders. We also want to put Eric’s book, If You Can Keep It in your hands. It’s a captivating read that goes beyond the history lessons that you probably learned in school. And it challenges us to actively seek the vision the Founding Fathers set into motion. We’ll send that to you today as way of sayin’ thank you for your generous gift to Focus on the Family.

We’ve been talkin’ about how the summer months can be a little dry in terms of giving. I know we’re all busy and goin’ different things. And I hope you’ll consider partnering with us, so that we can continue to strengthen marriages and families across the globe.

John: Yeah and we have so many people that listen in China and in other countries. It’s remarkable. Of course, the ones we hear from via phone call and e-mail and letters are mostly here in North America. And so many of them are hurting. There are couples on the brink of divorce and families in crisis.

Jim: And thanks to our matching challenge provided by a few generous friends, you can turn every dollar you give today into two and to make an eternal difference in the lives of these families, really one family at a time. Your gift today will go twice as far to provide those biblical truths, the practical help that they need to thrive in Christ. So, give today and on behalf of those families and our Lord, let me say thank you for helping.

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

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.

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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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 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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