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Merging Faith and Policy to Benefit Families

Merging Faith and Policy to Benefit Families

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott describes how his faith influences his life and his leadership of others, and shares his hope for a brighter future for America.

Opening:

John Fuller: The campaign signs are slowly disappearing in your neighborhood and finally, finally those political ads have stopped. This is “Focus on the Family” with Focus president and author, Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller and Jim, it’s so nice to be in a post-election season, isn’t it?

Jim Daly: It’s true, John, but I’m tellin’ you, those ads were drivin’ me crazy and I don’t think, lookin’ around my neighborhood, I don’t think those yard signs come down that quickly.

John: Oh.

Jim: It’s usually months if not years into biodegradable material (Laughter), I don’t know.

John: Well, they make good targets. I saw my son throwing a baseball at one over the weekend that was left in someone’s yard.

Jim: From the mouth of babes–

John: Yeah, well.

Jim: –somethin’s coming there. But we want to talk to somebody very special today and you know, when it comes to this issue of who gets elected and who doesn’t, a couple of thoughts come to mind. One is, you know, I think the Scripture’s very clear. Some people see truth and others don’t. And when we talk about that, we’re talkin’ about God’s heart, His heart for marriage, the institution of marriage, and what it means to Him and His heart for the preborn child and that mom who’s struggling. What about that issue?

And you know, I was really pleased that so many pro-family pro-marriage, pro-life folks were voted in this election cycle. And it’s not about politics. I know most have heard that. A lot of the media will say that, but in reality, you’re first a Christian. And there is one particular senator who was appointed and this was his first election cycle. And he is now standing man and because I think he is putting his faith right out in front. He’s not ashamed of it. He’s talking about it and talked about it during the campaign in South Carolina.

And Tim Scott and I had a great opportunity to talk before the election. We couldn’t air it, but he is a solid guy and I love his heart. He wants to work across the aisle. He wants to find ways to solve issues related to education, to life, to marriage. And I love his enthusiasm. I love his clear thinking and I think you’re gonna hear some amazing things today from this man.

John: Well, he has a very dramatic and inspirational story of being raised by a single mom and he talks about how a mentor impacted him. And he’s using life lessons that he’s picked up along the way to really help shape family-friendly policy.

Jim: And John, here’s the big historical fact that seems to be missed by some in the media. This is the first African-American elected in a post-reconstruction South to the Senate. That is a big deal. And you know what? It is the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King. When you hear him talk, it’s about who you are inside that matters and the character that you carry that matters. It doesn’t matter the color of your skin and Tim Scott is that kind of guy.

John: Let’s go ahead and listen to him now, as he talks with Jim Daly on “Focus on the Family.”

Body:

Jim: Senator Scott it … can I call you Tim?

Tim Scott: Tim is better than senator, yeah. (Laughter) I’ll be Tim for the rest of my life no matter what happens.

Jim: We’re always fumbling with that, but welcome to “Focus on the Family.”

Tim: Thank you, Jim, very much. It’s good to be with you.

Jim: Hey, I understand you’re only the seventh African-American senator to ever hold office in the Senate. That is unbelievable, but man, that is a milestone.

Tim: It’s a blessing from the Lord. It shows how much progress our country has made in such a short period of time and certainly speaks I think, volumes for South Carolina, as well. I tell ya, it’s been a blessing to be raised in the South, a blessing to be raised in this country and certainly, a blessing to be raised by my mom, who spent so much time encouraging me with a switch. (Laughter) and I often say a switch …

Jim: That could get us in trouble.

Tim: Well, it can today (Laughter). It didn’t then and it got me out of trouble by the way.

Jim: Yeah, isn’t that interesting?

Tim: It really is and I think it’s interesting. I always say that the switch is the southern apparatus of encouragement. (Laughter) My mama encouraged me a lot. I’ll tell you that she worked 16 hours a day as a nurse’s aide. So, she—

Jim: Oh, my.

Tim: –was at the entry level of the ladder to success, trying’ to support two of us, keeping us off of welfare, working those two shifts to do all that she could to make sure that we saw hard work. She wanted to model the behavior she wanted us to follow.

Jim: Oh. How did you form your core convictions, if I could say it that way? I mean, you’re also, I guess I could say it with respect, unusual in that, you’re a conservative. You believe in those conservative values. Tell me how all that came together for you.

Tim: I think it was a combination, even though I did not grow up with my father after the age of 7. He was a military guy, Air Force, retired Air Force now. We lived on Air Force bases growing up, so we had a strong appreciation and affinity for the military. My mother, once she became a Christian, she didn’t encourage faith, she demanded faith and my grandmother prayed for us, as well. So, I think I started off with a solid foundation of faith from my grandmother. As it says in second Timothy, first chapter, “Lois and Eunice.” Well, I had Lorita and Francis.” (Laughter) So, those two women helped me to see the right path. ‘

But I didn’t stay on it. I essentially flunked out of high school as a freshman. I failed world geography, civics. If you think about a senator failing civics, but I got to the Senate and realized it wasn’t such an uncommon experience! (Laughter) But I also failed Spanish and English—

Jim: Oh, man.

Tim: –and I joke, when you fail Spanish and English, they don’t call you “bilingual.”

Jim: (Laughing) Yeah, right.

Tim: They call you “bi-ignant,” ’cause you can’t speak any language.

Jim: Well, I mean, you obviously corrected that. What happened to where you corrected perhaps a distraction? ‘Cause you’re bright, intelligent. You probably had other motivation.

Tim: Absolutely. I was looking for attention and I found it in all the wrong ways and I reinforced my desire to have more of that negative attention. My mother truly threw a switch, encouraged me to go to summer school, which started that process of discipline plus encouragement. And then I met a mentor along the way. He was a Chik-fil-A operator–

Jim: (Chuckling) Is that right?

Tim: –a guy named John Moniz—

Jim: Oh, man.

Tim: — who died when I was 19; he was 38. He started teaching me that if you don’t like where you are, don’t blame your father, if he’s not around. Don’t blame your mom, because she’s working so hard. Look in the mirror and blame yourself.

And he started teaching me this notion of individual responsibility at a very core level. He didn’t pound it into my head. He simply on a consistent and continuous basis showed me what it meant to be responsible and second, encouraged me that the best was yet to come.

Jim: Hm.

Tim: And I love, of course, I love our country, but I love our country sometimes because it’s the land of second chances. It’s like our God is the God of second chances.

Jim: Absolutely.

Tim: That combination really started to change my trajectory. It changed my direction instantly and I think that’s how you change your destination. When we connect people to mentors who appreciate and love not only the potential in the person, but even the brokenness in the person, that’s where those cracks and crevices are filled with the love of God. It is a life transformative experience and nothing else can replace it.

Jim: Ah, that is so well-said. Talk about your mom and what you’re facing, because so many people can attach to that today.You know, we have a growing number of single-parent households. We get that. Even in the Christian community—

Tim: Absolutely.

Jim: –the number’s up, up, up. And you lived it; I lived it. Talk about that experience and what character it shaped for you.

Tim: Well, I’ll tell you, it was a humbling experience in so many ways. It was a painful experience, but it was also perhaps … I think Romans 8:28’s very important. “God will use all these things to work to our good for those of us who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

One of the things I look back and I see my failure in high school. I see my drifting early on. I remember vividly unfortunately, being 7-years-old, sitting on the side of a couch. We were on a[n] Air Force base in Michigan. My parents were splitting up. And I was thinkin’ to myself, if I could just play more quiet—

Jim: Uh.

Tim: –maybe they would stay together.

Jim: Oh, so you bore that responsibility.

Tim: And I think so many of us do. And the challenge I faced was just looking for a way to bridge the gap. And without finding it, frustration, irritation, and anger starts to manifest itself.

Through that manifestation, you find yourself on the wrong track. And I found myself on the wrong track. My mother never gave up. And if I ever had the opportunity to talk to single moms with hard-headed boys (Laughter), I will tell you that without any question, the Word of the Lord works. And if you don’t quit, most often amazing things in a positive way will happen, unfortunately years down the road.

Jim: Yeah, you have to invest like a seed.

Tim: It’s Proverbs 22:6 (Laughter), you know, training up a child in the way that he should go. It says, “when they’re old.” It doesn’t say they wouldn’t depart; it said when they’re old–

Jim: Right. (Chuckling)

Tim: –they wouldn’t depart. There’s a departing that happens between the youth and the older, that wisdom setting in. So, for me it was a hard challenging road, lots of potholes. I hit ’em all. I was just a rambunctious kid. My mother and my teachers said, “You were never really a bad kid. You were just looking for attention and whatever it took to get the attention, you were willing to do.” Fortunately for me, my mother dug in and she went, you know, toe to toe with me during the critical years.

Jim: How old? Like 14, 15?

Tim: Fourteen through 17, year, yeah. I mean, even …

Jim: She was holdin’ you accountable.

Tim: Oh, she was holding me accountable so much. I remember calling my grandmother. “See, grandma, she’s crazy. (Laughter) I’m now ready to move out.” And my grandmother said, “Well, you can’t. You gotta stay in that house.”

Jim: You were looking for a place with Grandma.

Tim: I was looking for any place to go and my grandmother really, she and my grandfather, we lived with them for five years and we had about a 900-square-foot home with two bedrooms, me and my mother and my brother shared one bed, one room for a long time.

I had a nurturing environment though. We didn’t have extra food and we didn’t have, you know, extra clothes. We—

Jim: Had just enough.

Tim: –we learned to make it all work. But I did learn how to appreciate love and affection, sometimes affection was a belt, but typically it was really good, so it was a hard time.

Jim: Where was your dad in that picture?

Tim: He was in the Air Force, so he was gone most of the time and when they were separated when I was 7, he didn’t play a major role. We’re still working on reconciliation. [It’s] been about 40 years. I’m a … I’m a slow learner and I’ve had to learn that the gift of forgiveness is important. And it’s important for the person who needs to do the forgiving, as much as it is for the person who may need to receive forgiveness.

Jim: It’s amazing. I mean, for me, my dad was an alcoholic and that strained our relationship terribly.

Tim: Yeah.

Jim: And he died when I was young, about 12-years-old. And when I look at that, the affection at times are the things that I do remember, him running his hand through my hair—

Tim: Yeah.

Jim: –him cooking Saturday breakfast.

Tim: I remember Sunday morning breakfast.

Jim: Yeah.

Tim: We had pancakes.

Jim: Yeah.

Tim: It’s amazing how those memories are etched into my cranial cavity.

Jim: Well–

Tim: There’s just there.

Jim: -yeah, there’s—

Tim: And they’re warm and—

Jim: –there’s a certain—

Tim: –fuzzy.

Jim: –resiliency. That’s what I love about the way God has created us.

Tim: Yes.

Jim: Even as a child with all the trauma you might experience, the Lord seems to still put a seed of resiliency there, that your dad could do great damage to you, not intentionally.

Tim: Right.

Jim: They’re probably coming out of horrible—

Tim: Situations themselves.

Jim: –upbringing, yeah. And so, you don’t understand that as a 12-year-old, a 7-year-old, but there’s still something there. You love your dad. You love your mom, even—

Tim: Absolutely.

Jim: –with all the failure.

Tim: And it’s interesting you’d say that, because one of the things I’ve learned is that my dad’s a good man. He’s flawed, but so am I.

Jim: Ah.

Tim: I would like to think that I will have the opportunity to receive forgiveness from those who say that I’ve wronged them, especially those where I was ignorant of the wrongdoing.

And to a large extent, my father’s to my knowledge has not given his life to the Lord. So, I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in this world without knowing my heavenly Father. When I was hungry for a dad and couldn’t find one and I committed my life at 11 to the Lord, one of the things I started doin’ was reading the Bible. When I recommitted my life at 18-years-old, I decided I would devour Scripture and get to know who my heavenly Father is, so that I would be in a position to live out His vision for my life. What do you do without that as a hope—

Jim: Yeah.

Tim: –as an opportunity?

Jim: Yeah.

Program Note:

John: Jim Daly, talking to Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina on today’s “Focus on the Family.” And we have a CD and download of the entire conversation at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio . And I hope you’ll comment about the program and share about it with your friends on our Facebook page.

End of Program Note

Jim: When you look at what’s going on in our country though, the divides.

Tim: Yes.

Jim: Where do we build bridges? How can we heal? How can we talk to each other? How can we look forward and say, okay, what do we need to do to construct a better pluralistic society?

Tim: I think one of the most important things that we can do is to realize that if each one will reach one, we can transform the country pretty quickly. I think it’s all of our responsibility to be our brother’s keeper. I think we really are our brother’s keepers.

And so, one of the key components to our successful transformation of America as we know it to the America that we could be in the future and we need to be, starts with the ability for us to get outside of our comfort zones, to go to places and go to people that are not like ourselves.

Promise Keepers really, I think, had it right when the seven promises of a promise keeper. One of the promises was, breaking down denominational and racial barriers. I think we’ve lost that a little bit. I think it’s easier to demonize the person you do not know. So, crossing the bridge to simply start a conversation, as my mentor did with me.

So, he had a successful Chik-fil-A operator [sic]. With really no incentive, no programs on his own, took the initiative to start delving into my life to show me what was inside of my own heart. He extracted some of the bad, encouraged the good and helped me create a path forward. If each of us saw that as our responsibility to meet people who are not like ourselves, we could see the real transformation of America very quickly.

Jim: Boy, that’s a powerful charge, if we could just do it.

Tim: Listen, I’m working with Cory Booker, who is a Democrat senator, much more liberal than I am, probably as liberal as I am conservative. We found solid ground on apprenticeship programs. We’re going to work together on, I believe, charter schools and educational remedies that will provide solutions. We’re looking for ways to look at the justice system and create a better path, help people avoid it.

That’s not politics. That’s two Americans, committed to the same cause, because we share a vision in that area. I don’t believe that we have to agree on all the issues for us to work together where we do agree.

Jim: Yeah, why is there such a divide there? I mean, I think the Pew Foundation, they did research and they showed that although it’s declining, there is significant overlap on the issues that we actually can find solution. So, I mean, you’re sitting in a Senate seat. What is goin’ on behind the scenes that the American people have lost so much confidence, if I could say it this way respectfully, in your lack of ability as a Senate, as a House, to find solutions to the problems we face, rather than just concentrate on keepin’ power?

Tim: I think there are a couple of key indicators on why the American people generically do not like the body from a holistic perspective. No. 1 is our country’s philosophically in a strong diametrically opposed position like they haven’t been previously. The way that our congressional districts are wired, it’s for Republicans and for Democrats. So, the ability and the necessity of reaching across the aisle is not as apparent as it used to be. Redistricting has changed the dynamics of congressional districts.

It’s different in the Senate. In the Senate, we have the responsibility to work across the aisle mostly because of the rules of the Senate. But what I think most folks are missing is, that the first step is rapport. Rapport means, we like each other enough to have a conversation. Without that first step, we don’t know whether we like each other or not. We just assume that you’re wrong and I’m right.

Jim: Hm.

Tim: The second step is, once you have rapport, you have to have credibility and then you can solve problems. You can present solutions and overcome objections. But without that initial step of rapport and credibility, it’s very difficult for us to get the country back on the right path.

Jim: Well, and for us as Christians, I mean, there is clear scriptural reference for us to pray for those in authority over us. That’s you.

Tim: Absolutely.

Jim: I want to commit to prayin’ for you.

Tim: Thank you.

Jim: And uh—

Tim: I desperately need it.

Jim: –and for all of us, how would you suggest that we in the Christian community, what kind of attitude should we approach the public square? I mean, there is so much polarization, but we as Christians, I’m of the conviction we need to always maintain that character of Christ, loving those who disagree with us, that are, you know, enemies of sorts. But Christ has been very clear that we need to pray for them and love them.

Tim: Absolutely.

Jim: How do we do that? Because politics seems to bring out our humanness more than any other vocation.

Tim: It does.

Jim: How do you keep your cool?

Tim: I would simply say, the couple things that would help us to, as Christians, stay on the right path, No. 1, see the other side as your opponent and not your enemy.

Jim: Hm.

Tim: That’s probably the most important step. Second is, remember Matthew 22:37 through 39. “Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.” From my perspective, that Scripture is pretty clear. I’m not sure where the interpretation is necessary. I don’t think interpretation is necessary.

So, what I would suggest is that we see the other side as someone who wants much of what I want. They just see how to get there differently. If we as Christians, took that tack, we would change the conversation in politics. What’s missing is an active engagement by the community of faith that is, in fact, the foundation of this country. It is a Judeo-Christian foundation. We have the responsibility as Christians to make sure that we are fully engaged in the process of choosing and praying and then, molding our leaders. This country is a servant-leader model. We are called first to serve, then to lead.

Jim: Hm.

Tim: Which means that we are first responsive and responsible to the people. There’s some songs that say, that are popular on the radio that talk about, you know, I saw someone who’s hungry, Lord, when are You gonna help? And He says, “I sent you.” I think Matthew 25 creates a clear path for who we should help. And it has a specific focus on widows and people who are incarcerated, has a specific focus on orphans.

But just think, maybe we’re the help that, that person’s looking for. And if we were intentional about engaging people not like ourselves, we’d make a lot of progress. And I think that would be fantastic to see pastors, black pastors and white pastors, working together–

Jim: For solutions.

Tim: –for solutions. And first they have to establish rapport though.

Jim: Right.

Tim: You can’t come looking for anything other than a relationship.

Jim: Right.

Tim: And then you have to work on that relationship as the foundation. And then after that foundation is strong, then you can move forward. There are a couple pastors in Colombia, South Carolina that are doing this specific thing. And they were intentional about finding each other.

Jim: Hm.

Tim: And now it’s been more than 10 years. The relationship blossoms. Their churches are working together. If we have that type of partnership everywhere in the Christian community, we would devastate devastation.

Jim: (Chuckling) Yeah, that’s good—devastate devastation.

Tim: We would; we would annihilate it

Jim: Man.

Tim: –by working together with one heart, with one vision, unto one God.

Jim: Hm. I do want to capture your heart for the poor. It’s one of the things–

Tim: Absolutely.

Jim: –for us in conservative circles, we’re uneasy with the way government addresses that, I think. And–

Tim: Yes.

Jim: –you know, the church has a role, but how effective are the churches at delivering aid today? I don’t see it as effective as what the government has to do right now. How do we become better at serving the poor in the Christian community? There are many good people doing great work, but this is one of your core passions.

Tim: Absolutely.

Jim: What do we gotta do?

Tim: Well, first thing, I’ll tell you what my pastor and I did. I go to a church called Seacoast, great church, in Charleston. And Greg and I got in my car and I took him on a drive through some of the most impoverished areas of my community. I wanted him to see firsthand not only where I lived, but where the potential for change and transformation really starts.

I love the fact that we do mission work in India and China and Africa. You can do really good mission work. I think we need to “intracountry” mission work.

Jim: Uh-hm.

Tim: That would be one of the challenges I would submit that would be a life-changing experience for folks. We went around. So, first thing you would do in my opinion is go visit those areas that you’re not accustomed to visiting.

Jim: Uh-hm.

Tim: See what the need is. I did something called “The Undercover Senator” for the last several months. I worked at the Goodwill side by side, not as a senator. I put on some jeans and some clothes and just went and worked. I worked at a burrito restaurant. I bagged groceries, so I would have the experience of talking to folks. I rode the public transportation system undercover, so that I could ask the question. “What do you need? What are you lookin’ for? What are you expecting out of your life?”

Hunger for opportunity, devastating educational experiences. So, too often and I would say 8 out of 10 times, the person barely finished high school or did not. This is a major component to solving poverty from my role in government. It’s not how much more can we give. It’s how do you prepare the foundation? The foundation besides faith and family is education.

Jim: Yeah.

Tim: It you find the root, the tap root to prosperity, you can solve poverty. Fight poverty doesn’t seem to work. Creating a path to prosperity I believe will help us solve the problem of poverty–

Jim: Hm.

Tim: –in our nation.

Jim: I think it’s well-said. I think when you look at it, that area of education particularly, Chuck Colson before he passed away, called me and wanted to collaborate, to work together. And he said something that was, as he would normally say, quite profound. But he said, it is immoral to impoverish a child in certain schools today. We are giving them a death sentence.

Tim: Totally.

Jim: Would you agree?

Tim: The way I say it is, your Zip Code should not decide the quality of your education. If you’re living in the wrong Zip Code in most of America, that means you’re gonna go to a[n] underperforming school and your chances of success are dimming, dimming.

We can do something about that and that’s one of the reasons why I believe giving the parent as many choices gives the child the best chance, whether it’s charter schools or public school choice or private school choice or homeschool, the fact of the matter is, how we lay the foundation will be the strength or the lack thereof of that person’s life.

Jim: Senator Tim Scott, man, this has flown by. I have—

Tim: Thank you.

Jim: –so enjoyed talking to you.

Tim: This has been a lot of fun. This is one of the reasons why I’ve been listening to the show for the last 30 years.

Jim: (Chuckling) Adventures in Odyssey.

Tim: Exactly (Laughter), because we were talking about that earlier. Because you guys are giving life and sharing hope, real hope, which is defined in our Scripture. It’s the end of 1 Corinthians 13, faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love. But hope isn’t a bad second. The more we restore hope, the greater our opportunity to share love.

Jim: Wow, that is well-said again and it has been great to talk with you. Let’s keep the conversation going.

Tim: Good, Jim.

Jim: And we’ll tap you from time to time just to see how you’re doin’ and what the next battle is.

Tim: Well, there’s always another one.

Jim: (Laughing) Yeah, that’s for sure.

Tim: Thank you.

Closing:

John: Senator Tim Scott on “Focus on the Family” and what a good man. We’re so glad for this chance for you to hear from him. Jim, you really enjoyed that interchange. It was very obvious.

Jim: You know, I just feel, you know, like close-knittedness to Tim Scott. He’s a brother in Christ. And you could feel it; I felt it. And I enjoyed the conversation very much and I wish him well. I hope God puts His hand of blessing on him and everything that he does.

The other thing I like about Tim Scott, he wants to find solutions. I think our nation is desperate for that right now. He wants to work across the aisle. I think that’s a good thing when it comes to education and some of the other areas where there are Democrats, too that want to do that. They are there. We know them and I think the time is right for a good discussion about what will help our country become better. And it’s people like Tim Scott that are gonna be able to achieve it.

John: Well, if you’d like to hear a bit more from Senator Tim Scott, we do have an extended version of the program on CD or available as a download. We can tell you more when you call 800-A-FAMILY or you’ll find it at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio .

I’ll also encourage you to get a copy of Jim’s book called ReFocus, which encourages us to take a Christ-like approach to engaging those around us who might disagree with us, something that Tim Scott obviously has to do day in and day out as he serves in the Senate. That book available, as well when you call or at www.focusonthefamily.com/radio .

Our program was provided by Focus on the Family and made possible by generous listeners like you. And on behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back tomorrow. We’ll have Vicki Courtney with us, offering trusted advice about talking with your son regarding those important issues in life, as we provide more encouragement and hope to help your family thrive.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

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 2

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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

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