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Making a Difference for Life in 2018

Making a Difference for Life in 2018

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and Focus on the Family Vice President Kelly Rosati share their passion for fighting to preserve the sanctity of human life in our culture, and inform listeners about the upcoming 2018 March for Life and Evangelicals for Life conference in our nation's capitol.

Opening:

John Fuller: The annual March for Life is coming to Washington, D.C., in just a couple of weeks. And there’s good reason for optimism in the pro-life movement. Just listen to some of these comments.

Excerpt:

Woman #1: I think that, overwhelmingly,millennialshave become more and more pro-life.

Man #1: Protecting life is vital. Life is sacred. It doesn’t matter, you know, if it’s my life or the life of the unborn. I would want my life to be as protected.

Woman #2: I think that the March for Life is a very tangible thing for students, especially, because while we may not be changing in legislation, we are bringing awareness.

Woman #3: In our history, especially in America, we march when we truly believe in something. And so I think the March for Life is a great representation of that history.

End of Excerpt

John: Well, it’s great to hear such upbeat words about the value of life from millennials. And we’re going to hear more today on Focus on the Family. Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Now, John, this year marks the 45th consecutive March for Life. And it is really sparked by the initial decision in the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade in 1973, legalizing abortion in the U.S. We want to talk about steps that have been made and are being made to protect pre-born life and hear about some of the big events that are planned for this month of January. Today’s the third, and there are some wonderful things occurring throughout the month, but especially in a couple of weeks in Washington, D.C. To talk about this, Jeanne Mancini – she’s been the president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund since 2012. And also our very own Vice President Kelly Rosati is with us. Kelly is Vice President of Community Outreach where she heads up the Sanctity of Human Life division, including Option Ultrasound, which many of you listeners know about and our adoption and orphan care initiative. Welcome to both of you.

Kelly Rosati: Thank you.

Jeanne Mancini: Thank you. It’s just an honor to be here.

Body:

Jim: Well, and I think what both of you are doing in the broader context of helping women and helping these babies, these children, come into this world is such an awesome thing. Let me go there. Jeanne, why? What brought you into this? Because it’s not always…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: …You know, an easy road to walk…

Jeanne: Oh, it’s not.

Jim: …With people who vehemently disagree with you.

Jeanne: No.

Jim: What drew you here?

Jeanne: No. I’d love – thank you – and it’s gotten harder, I would say, in our, you know, climate these days with – um – with – you know, where people stand on these issues. But – uh – you know, I especially had a moment in my life after college. I was working in a volunteer corps, and I worked in a youth crisis shelter in Arizona and was working with kids who had been either abused or neglected, and in some cases, sex offenders, as well, I mean, kids with very deep and profound wounds. And that year was a year of grappling a lot for me, I mean, with the inherent dignity of the human person and really asking some of the deeper questions. And, for me, maybe one of the deepest questions I was asking that year was, would it have been better if they were never born, if these young people were never born? The quality of life questions and seeing, you know, such profound wounds. And honestly, I came out on the other end. I feel like God showed me so much about who are you to judge the value of a life and, you know, that every human life has inherent human dignity. And it really made me even more pro-life, I guess, and very much informs sort of my approach to the work now. So, I think that was at least a turning point, in terms of understanding the inherent dignity of the human person.

Jim: Well, and I can only imagine, you have to have that conviction, that drive, you know, the fact…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: …That you’re in the role that you’re in, organizing and executing the March for Life, which is huge – how many people come to the March for Life in January in Washington, D.C., usually with really cold weather?

Jeanne: Yeah. It’s…

(LAUGHTER)

Jeanne: Historically, it’s the coldest week of the year in Washington, and there’s always some weather story, whether it’s the blizzard of 2016 or the subzero temperatures of 2015, or what have you, but we think it’s about 100,000.

Jim: It’s a lot of people. I’ve been there.

Jeanne: It’s a lot of people. I mean, it’s really – it’s almost immeasurable. But from different – pulling together, you know, all of our data, it seems to be somewhere around the realm of 100,000 and growing.

Jim: And just for those who don’t know, I mean, why is it that week? Why would they say why would organizers do it that week?

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: But there’s a very specific reason.

Jeanne: There is. And I can’t tell you how often it’s recommended that we would move the March to May or June or something like that…

Jim: Then somebody comes up and says…

Jeanne: …And that we’ll get more people.

Jim: …I have a great idea.

Jeanne: Yeah.

Kelly: (Laughter).

Jim: Let’s do this in March.

John: Yeah, bet you never thought of this.

Jeanne: Can’t tell you how many great ideas I’ve heard. So of course, January 22, 1973, was a changing date in the United States of America. It’s when abortion was legalized through all three trimesters in all states. And that was Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided by the Supreme Court. And so we march on the anniversary of those dates every year – or right around the anniversary.

Jim: Yeah. And, again, it’s such an incredible event. I’ve been there. It – and the young people – there are so many young people that come. That’s what actually is so amazing. And, you know, researchers – uh – social scientists have said this group of millennials, this group of young people, the 20-somethings, teens, 30-somethings are the most pro-life people in this country.

Jeanne: It’s so true. It’s one of my favorite moments of the March for Life to get up on the stage and to look out and to see the crowd of young smiling faces. I mean, it brings tears to my eyes, because if our future is in their hands, we’re in very good shape. And it’s really almost – well, it’s convicting of different people. I’ll never forget reading about Nancy Keenan, I believe, who headed up NARAL Pro-Choice America, and coming out in D.C. around lunchtime one March for Life for a meeting that she had – a lunch meeting – and it was absolutely life-changing for her. She left seeing all of the young people and the joy and the enthusiasm and the positive nature of the science and what have you and decided that it was time for her to resign from her position, because they weren’t recruiting young people as we were. And so ultimately, she did resign. And essentially, they thought that they needed to hire someone younger for that role. And what I wish I could have had the moment to share with her is that it’s not necessarily your marketing, you know, that’s flawed to the young people. It’s the product that’s flawed. I mean, young people know that a life is a life is a life, and that abortion…

John: Yeah.

Jeanne: …Is the human rights issue of today.

John: Well…

Jeanne: And so – but it was beautiful just to see that.

Jim: And you know what’s so important is how we go about this debate – the national debate. And by doing the March for Life, which is a Catholic-oriented march – and I want to make sure we point that out. But Protestants, man, let’s go. There’s an open invitation to get involved, to come, and I love that. This is an area we can certainly work together…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: …And not divide on theological issues. Let’s all be for life.

Jeanne: Well, interestingly – um – we’re nonsectarian…

Jim: Yes.

Jeanne: …Apparently. So we’re not Catholic. But the founder was Catholic. And I’m a proud Catholic. But the truth of the matter is having worked in pro-life public policy for many years, I have to say that my evangelical brothers and sisters in Christ are some of the most pro-life people that I know. And before I assumed the role of the president of the March for Life, an evangelical friend of mine, Casey Mattox, who works for Alliance Defending Freedom, asked if we could sit and meet to talk about why more evangelicals didn’t come to the March for Life. And so we sat and started brainstorming. And little did we know that within two years, I’d be, you know, sort of helping to change that a little bit. So I think that early on, in our earliest stages, that Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life, sort of wrestled with the grass roots and got them excited with Catholic priests. And for some reason, it became known as sort of a Catholic organization, but it’s not true. And…

Jim: It’s wide open.

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: Everybody’s invited.

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: And this is…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: …A great opportunity.

Jeanne: That’s right. And I think we’ve made great strides…

Jim: Absolutely.

Jeanne: …In opening wide the doors to – as well as to people who don’t necessarily have a certain faith, you know, but are pro-life, like, you know, secular pro-life people.

Jim: Well, and I – I need to say your leadership has brought about that kind of invitation and warmth. And we are grateful to it. And we’re grateful to the Catholic Church for being there on the front lines…

Jeanne: Thank you.

Jim: …From the very decision of Roe v. Wade.

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: In many ways, you have been the example for the Protestant community to say, wait a minute. We need to get more active here. So thank you for that, broadly.

Jeanne: Well, I appreciate the gratitude.

Jim: (Laughter).

Jeanne: I mean, I feel sort of, you know, not – like, I wouldn’t have put myself in this role, so all for the glory of God…

Jim: Amen.

Jeanne: …So, thank you.

Jim: Kelly, I want to pull you in here…

Kelly: Yeah.

Jim: …Because you’re, again, every day, walking in the doors here at “Focus on the Family” as the vice president that oversees life. I love giving…

Kelly: (Laughter).

Jim: …You that title when I’m on the road. I’ll just say you’re the “V.P. of Life.”

Kelly: (Laughter).

Jim: But…

Kelly: That’s a good title.

Jim: …Talk about your passion in this area. I’m – I’m grateful for it because you walk in the door everyday thinking how can we help moms? How can we help these young children – pre-born? And you’re doing a great job. Option Ultrasound – we’ve saved 400,000 babies over the last 13 years or so.

Kelly: It’s incredible, isn’t it?

Jim: It is.

Kelly: Such a blessing to be a part of it.

Jim: And I hope your entire team – they’re sitting in the gallery right now – has a big smile on their face because, again, what an amazing effort, and we’re grateful for it. Tell us why you’re engaged here. You’re on the board of the March for Life.

Kelly: I am, and I’m so honored to – to be a part of that group. But, you know,I was thinking about how God first stirred this in my heart, and it was long before I knew God. And it was really the fact that my mom found herself 16 and pregnant and really not knowing what to do. And so, I just remember the moment I found out, as an elementary-school-aged girl, that I could have been aborted.

Jim: Right.

Kelly: And it made such an impact on me. And so I’ve always just really thought we can do better. Life is, as you say so often, Jim, life’s a better choice. And, um – and these kids matter, and this really is the human rights issue of our time. And so that’s what’s drawn our passion, I think, in our family, and then, just coming to Christ in understanding His incredible love for every person.

Jim: Let me ask you this.

Kelly: Yeah.

Jim: Both women, in that context, why is it such a debate? What is really going on behind scenes? And we see it on the news. We see the ideological, you know, woman’s right to reproductive health…

Kelly: Yeah.

Jim: …And all the terminology that makes it sanitized. But we’re still talking about the taking of an innocent human life.

Kelly: We are.

Jim: So how do we, as the Christian community, represent the great heart of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…

Kelly: Yeah.

Jim: …Who can encounter the woman caught adultery and say, where are your accusers? Go and sin no more. How do we project that to the community that chooses abortion for their children? How do we make a better statement?

Kelly: Well, I think the first thing is what we’re trying to do, as Jeanne said, is recognize the inherent dignity of every person and make it clear that when we are talking about this issue, we care every bit about the mom and her life, as we do her pre-born babies. Like, we don’t have to choose between them. That’s the beauty of this. We can love them both and care about them both. I think one of the other things that’s important to do, Jeanne – and I don’t know how you feel about this is– I think we have to understand where other people are coming from on this issue. And I don’t just mean, I think we know that a woman in an unexpected pregnancy is terrified. She’s scared. She sees no choice. That’s why abortion becomes the choice. But beyond that, for people who think this is important, I think it’s because there’s something underneath it, which is– of course we should care about bodily autonomy. If we were talking about my appendix, I don’t want either of you telling me anything to do with my appendix. That’s a real thing to me. And so we have to get back to the reality that ultrasound has been so instrumental in showing us, which is that we’re talking about two people. It isn’t only my body. There are two bodies involved. And we can care for both bodies – both mom and baby. And I think – uh – us continuing to focus on that, as the movement has been doing, is going to continue to get us further…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Kelly: …And further along.

Jeanne: I agree.

Kelly: I don’t know if you agree with that.

Jeanne: I do, I do. And if I can add just a slightly different nuance, I think that there’s so much confusion about male and femaleness, too – you know, equal in dignity, but inherently different. And I think that there’s this underlying sort of philosophy that drives a bad understanding of – of all of this and a – like, a really sort of flawed understanding of what it – of being pro-choice and what have you, that in order to be fully woman, I need to be almost the same as a man. And so my capacity for motherhood, instead of being a gift and a miracle, it’s a liability. You know, it’s a liability. And, in order to be treated equally, I need to sort of shut that liability down. And so, a lot of what we try to do at the March for Life is show how, you know, first of all, women and men are equal in dignity, but inherently different. And that’s good. You know, that’s good. And everybody lives that out differently. But that being pro-life is pro-woman, that – and choosing life is empowering, as you – as Kelly mentioned, you say, life is the better choice. And really, I mean, to believe other – it’s – it – Mother Teresa had said something like, abortion is profoundly anti-woman. All of the moms and half of the girls are, you know, negatively influenced by abortion. And I – I think that’s – that’s right on.

Jim: That’s a good statement. In fact – and, again, in the political environment, parties draw planks, and they get behind this or that. We’ve always said here at Focus on the Family that the pro-life perspective is not a political issue. It’s a moral issue that’s been pulled into…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: …The political sphere.

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: Dr. Dobson said that for years and years. And I think that’s true. And so when we speak about it, we don’t talk about Republican and Democrat. It’d be great for more and more Democrats to be pro-life. I think that’s a good thing.

Jeanne: Amen.

Jim:But in that respect, last year, you had, for the first time, a vice president, or any administration send a high-level official. But Vice President Pence came to address the group. I want to play for you a clip that we’ve taken from that. So let’s listen in.

Mike Pence: Life is winning in America because of all of you. (CHEERING) So I urge you to press on. But as it is written, let your gentleness be evident to all. (Crowd Response)Let this movement be known for love, not anger.(CHEERING) Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation.(CHEERING)When it comes to matters of the heart, there is nothing stronger than gentleness.(CHEERING) I believe we will continue to win the hearts and minds of the rising generation, if our hearts first break for young mothers and their unborn children, and if we, each of us, do all we can to meet them where they are with generosity, not judgment.(CHEERING)

John: Addressing last year’s March for Life, that is Vice President Mike Pence. And his speech about gentleness and love and compassion, just, you could tell the audience was moved. This is Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller, and we’re talking today about the March for Life and Evangelicals for Life. And the March for Life is Friday, the 19th of this month. And our guests are Jeanne Mancini, the president for March for Life and Kelly Rosati, who is our vice president of life, as you put it, Jim.

Jim: That’s right.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: This is exciting. And I think the goal here, just so the listeners are clear, January 19, we would love for more people to come out. I mean, we need to make it 200-300,000 people. I know it’s cold, but can you stand in some inclement weather for the pre-born child? I think that’s the question. It’s busy. Hotels are packed, but make your plans to join us at the March for Life on January 19th, and also for the Evangelicals for Life conference, which is sponsored by Focus on the Familyand the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. That’s Dr. Russell Moore. And our whole goal is to get more people making a statement that we are here for life. It’s important. Our politicians see it. They look out the window and see 100,000 or more there. Reporters see it. They report on it. I – they – I’m sure they think we’re crazy…

Jeanne: (Laughter).

Jim: …Because we’re standing in blizzards, sometimes.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: But it is awesome. And, Jeanne, I would love for as many of the Focus listeners to get there as possible. And I hope they do.

Jeanne: I do, too.

Jim: Let me change the – the direction of the conversation when it comes to a woman’s decision. You know, it has become politicized. But what is really going on? Paint a picture. Kelly, you have such a good relationship with Focus, with the pregnancy resource centers, just describe it. Not everybody has gone through that trauma. And if you have, Focus is here. We have caring counselors who can help you. Don’t feel the burden of guilt and shame. Jesus has died for your sins and mine. And we are here to help you think that through and pray that over you and be there with you. So don’t bear that burden alone but take us through that kind of decision. You touched on it. But what do we need to know about what a startled, afraid 16-year-old, 24-year-old, maybe 35-year-old, is considering in that moment where there’s no support? Just describe that environment that’s typical.

Kelly: I think it’s exactly what you both just described. It is a sense of complete hopelessness and brokenness and fear, and being overwhelmed, and not seeing a way forward. And so, in some ways, it is just the most opportune mission-field, because the body of Christ can come around the woman in the situation like this and offer to her exactly what Jesus tells us to do – to give her that cold cup of water, except it’s going to be a lot more than water. It’s going to be tangible, practical support. And that is something that we can all do and be a part of. And that’s what’s so great about the opportunity to minister there. But it’s got to start with a heart of compassion, Jim, like you just said, and not an attitude of judgment about someone who finds themself in that situation. Because honestly, haven’t we all screwed up? I’ve screwed up so mightily, and I’m so thankful for the grace of God…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Kelly: …And the grace of God’s people toward me. And that’s what we need to show to a woman…

Jeanne: Yeah.

Kelly: …In that situation.

Jeanne: Yeah.

Jim: So true.

Jeanne: I could not agree more. I’ve heard it said that when a woman is facing an unexpected pregnancy that, in that moment of fear and so much emotion, that there are – what she sees is three deaths in front of her. The first is a death of her dreams, if she decides to carry the baby to term and to choose life and – and raise the child. The second is death of her motherhood, which is choosing an adoption plan. And many women, so sadly, have a stigma that to – to choose adoption is actually – it makes them a bad mother. And there’s so much work for us in the pro-life movement, you know, on that, and in marketing and what have you. And then the last is death of the child, and that’s abortion. And often, a woman thinks that the death of the child is going to be the least painful of the three deaths. And we can see that in the data. I mean, we know that there are close to a million abortions in the United States every year, and that there are only about 20,000 infant adoptions in the United States every year. And so you see this, you know, huge discrepancy. And, what happens, though, is that sometimes women think that they’re almost erasing a life, when they choose abortion. But you can’t ever erase a life. And that’s what’s so hard is that, then the woman herself often struggles with, you know, a variety of psychological consequences, having made that decision, because there’s a real life that was taken. And there’s always hope and healing for anyone who’s made that decision.

Jim: Yeah.

Jeanne: And you guys have so many wonderful programs here at Focus. Um, so that’s so important to say that, anyone who’s listening, there’s always hope and healing for anyone who’s been…

Jim: Well, and I think, you know, so often those that would oppose life, paint a picture that’s very fearful. It reinforces all those concerns that a young woman, older woman is feeling if they’re forced with that decision. Um, and it’s unfortunate because, Kelly, you talked about your background. My mom – even though this is pre-Roe v. Wade, but in California, if you’re over 40 – my mom was 42 – you could have a medical abortion at the time for medical reasons, because of the incidents of issues that that baby could encounter. And she was leaning in that direction. My dad talked her out of it. But just think of that. When you’re thinking about, if we just let nature continue, the nurturing in the womb that that child will continue to grow, be viable and then born obviously. And you’re evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. Millions of children are evidence of that. Um, trust that God, even though it may be difficult, will prosper you in that – in different ways – spiritually, emotionally – and that life will continue. So often, we – we are gripped by fear – you know, what job to take or what to do, Lord. Um, don’t fall for that bait. Life – God will honor that. It may not be easy, but God will honor that. And I think that adoption option is really strong. We talk about those million abortions per year. I’ve been told – I don’t know if the evidence is there, Kelly, but that about a million people want to adopt infants every year. If we could just connect that all and make it a healthy situation, that would be a – an incredible step forward in bringing these children into life. Anything to say on that one?

Kelly: Amen.

(LAUGHTER)

Kelly: I couldn’t agree more strongly. And Jim, I just have to say, even as I’m listening to you talk, I’m thankful for the reality around this table and the reality at Focus, which is, you know, the dignity of life issue and the fact that there’s a hundred thousand kids right now waiting for families. And so we keep caring about life, and we know firsthand and tell people very honestly. It is not easy. We are not sugarcoating and pretending it’s afairy tale. We’re actually doing the opposite. We’re saying God will meet us there in the middle of that mess. And I know we all walk that out…

Jim: Yeah.

Kelly: …Every single day in certain ways. But life is worth it.

Jim: I appreciate that. And that momentum here at Focus – Option Ultrasound – for those that aren’t aware of it, describe it briefly Kelly, and tell us what you’re doing.

Kelly: Sure. Well, basically we provide ultrasound machines to pregnancy medical clinics around the nation. And the reason we do it is simple – ultrasound is a window to the womb. And it’s the picture worth a thousand words. It’s the evidence in front of your face that what we’re talking about here today is not a blob of tissue, is not a problem to be disposed of, but is a baby. And is, in fact, that mom’s baby. And so, what we see is that when we give these machines to clinics around the country, and people are able to meet that woman at her point of need, first of all to show her the love and the kindness and the grace and the mercy that we’ve been talking about, and then take it to the next level and reveal to her through that ultrasound that she’s carrying her child, she changes her mind. Often she changes her mind. And we’ve been keeping track of how often that happens, Jim. And since the beginning of the program, we’ve had almost 400,000 babies that we know have been saved from abortion.

Jim: And you know it’s hard Kelly. So often, when we’re using those kind of numbers people are going, wow. But I want to play a clip from one, Dixie, who kind of encapsulates what women experience through the program.

Dixie: When I took the pregnancy test at home, my first reaction was disbelief, shock, this can’t be happening. Aborting the baby, you know, that was my first thought. My mind was already made up and nobody was going to be able to change it. My mom ended up bringing me in, not only to talk to somebody about the situation, but hopefully to get a sono (sic) and actually see the actual situation and not – you know, not just make a choice, you know, not realizing what I’m gonna give up, if I don’t go through with it. Actually seeing it for the first time and seeing her heartbeat, I knew that there was no way I could terminate her, you know what I mean? And at that point I didn’t know if it was a girl or boy. But I was just like, oh my gosh. Look at it. You know, you could just see the heartbeat just, you know, going so fast. And it was life-changing.(SOUND OF HEARTBEAT)

If it had not been for a pregnancy resource center, I can almost guarantee you that I wouldn’t be a changed person. My daughter wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have a job. I wouldn’t be taking care of my responsibilities. I wouldn’t be seeing life as… as it should be seen. I found meaning again because of the PR center.

Jim: Wow. I mean, that’s it folks. You want to be involved? You want to make a difference in the years that God has given you on this earth? Join us. Join us at the March for Life January 19th. Join us at the Evangelicals for Life Conference at that same time, and support Option Ultrasound. You want to make – I mean, $60 will help save a life, come on. Can we not do this? Let’s see a million children saved over the next few years. Let’s move from 400,000 to 1 million saved. We can do it together. And I hope you will participate. Let’s stand for life in Washington, January 19th. Join us. Jeanne, Kelly, thank you for just helping us better understand what’s happening and what the Lord is up to. Thanks for being with us.

Jeanne: Thank you so much for having me. It’s just such a delight and honor to be part of this. Thank you.

Kelly: Thank you.

Closing:

John: What an encouraging conversation. And when you donate, please make a monthly pledge to save pre-born babies and donate on a regular basis to the ministry. You can do so by calling 800-232-6459 or at focusonthefamily.com/radio. And when you’re at the site you’ll find information about the March for Life, the Evangelicals for Life Conference and watching the simulcast of that latter event. All of that and more at focusonthefamily.com/radio.

Well next time on our broadcast, Jonathan McKee offers some great advice for connecting with your tech-absorbed kids.

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Jonathan McKee: The relationship is so important, ‘cause the relationship is gonna be the element that transcends when they’re out of the house, when you don’t have any boundaries. So don’t mess up bonding with way too many boundaries.

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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.

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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 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 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!

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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 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 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

Headshot photo of author Kim Meeder

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 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.

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 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.

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!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

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

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

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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.

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.

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 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.

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.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

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

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.

Cover image of Dr. Lee Warren's book "I've Seen the End of You"

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.