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Restoring Faith and Family in America

Restoring Faith and Family in America

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and his daughter, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, share family stories and discuss America's Judeo-Christian heritage and the importance of defending religious freedoms and honoring all human life. They also encourage listeners to represent the Gospel as a beacon of light in a dark culture.
Original Air Date: November 2, 2020

Excerpt:

Former Governor Governor Huckabee: Being able to undergird rather than undermine those basic Christian premises of our nation are absolutely crucial to keeping this nation and not seeing it fall completely.

End of Excerpt

John Fuller: Well, welcome to Focus on the Family with Focus on the Family president and author, Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller, and we have a special conversation for you today with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and his daughter, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And Jim, we are on the road, and this room is just a little bit bigger than our normal studio.

Jim Daly: Slightly. It’s a big tent. And we are big tent people, right? (Laughter) So…

John: Absolutely. Totally.

Jim: And we have a large audience. We’re at Sea Island in Georgia, and we need to hear from the audience now.

(CHEERING)

Jim: And you know – you know what’s awesome, John? These are people who are pro family, pro-life, pro God, and I want to tell them thank you for what you do for Focus on the Family and for His kingdom. So, give another hand to yourselves.

John: Yeah.

(CHEERING)

Jim: (Laughter) All right, we’re going to get right into it. And, uh, it is great to have you, Governor Huckabee and Sarah, I got to tell you, my wife, Jean, just thinks you you’re awesome. She loves you.

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah: I think your wife sounds really smart and you should listen to her all the time.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: And she actually is really smart. And I do listen to her. So, those are good things.

Sarah: (Laughter).

Jim: Governor, let me ask you. I don’t have daughters, so raising Sarah – tell us about your kids, first of all. How many kids do you have? And gender?

Governor Huckabee: We have three children, two boys and a girl. Sarah was the only girl and the youngest of the three. And people ask me all the time, how did Sarah get so tough? We’d see her go into that White House press room. And I would always say, “Have you met her mother?”

(LAUHGTER)

Governor Huckabee: But never when her mother was around.

(LAUGHTER)

Governor Huckabee: The truth is, her two older brothers had a whole lot to do with giving her a sense of security and toughness. When she was little, once they super glued her fingers together.

Jim: Oh, no.

Governor Huckabee: That required a trip to the emergency room. And another time they gave her a big glass of mud and told her it was a chocolate milkshake.

Audience: Ohhh.

Governor Huckabee: And it wasn’t too many episodes like that before she decided she was going to fight back.

Sarah: (Laughter).

Governor Huckabee: And she was, over the course of her growing up, not taking anything off those two older brothers of hers.

Jim: (Laughter).

Governor Huckabee: So, when she would walk into the press room, people would ask me, “Does it make you nervous when you see your daughter walk in there?” And I said, “Boy, it really does, but not for her.”

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: So, you didn’t know – you didn’t know God was preparing you as a child for that press secretary job, right?

Sarah: Not at all. I thought I just had an abusive older brothers, so…

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: Governor, let me ask you specifically about the state prison system. I think that was a story that I’ve read about the two of you. What was that about and what did you learn? Prisoners would work in the governor’s mansion. How old were you? What were you seeing in that relationship? Mike, let’s start with you.

Governor Huckabee: Okay.

Jim: You can set it up.

Governor Huckabee: Well, most of the staff at the governor’s mansion were actually inmates in the Arkansas Department of Correction. And more to your surprise, most all of them were there for murder, virtually every one of them. And I know that might make you think, well, that would be very dangerous. Actually, they were the least, uh, frightening people that we dealt with. And over the course of time, you realize that most of these people had committed a crime of passion when they were teenagers. By now they were in their 40s, 50s or 60s. They were long since mellowed out. They knew that the choice assignment in the entire Department of Corrections was to work at the governor’s mansion. They did not want to do anything that would cause them to lose that assignment to go back into the general population. And quite frankly, they were the best workers that we had. And, uh, you know, you learned that people who have done horrible things – and I’m not dismissing some of the things they did, because we had to read their files and we had to know who they were, and if we had any level of discomfort, we always had the option that they would not be there. But the truth is, you find out that people who have done terrible things are not beyond the redemption of God, nor are they beyond the need for love, affirmation and being treated with respect and dignity like any other human being. And it was not only, I think, important for them, but I believe it was important for us as a family. And I think my children benefitted by that as well, to the point that, you know, at times I was a little afraid that they would maybe forget these people are not here for singing in church too loud last Sunday…

Jim: (Laughter) Well, I was going to ask that of you, Sarah. So, how old were you, and how did that impact you, being in the mansion, the governor’s mansion, with people that were in the process of rehabilitating? Is that a fair way to say it? Um, how did that impact you?

Sarah: I was 13 when we first moved into the Arkansas governor’s mansion. I was 23 when we moved out. So, I think it’s still the longest place our family has ever lived together as a family is in the governor’s mansion in Arkansas. And so, that’s shaped a lot of who we were in that timeframe. Certainly, I think one of the most important lessons that any of us can take, but certainly people of faith, is that we all need forgiveness and all of us need God’s grace. And to get to see that, um, work in the lives of these individuals and see them rehabilitate and almost become new people through that process is pretty remarkable to get to watch, particularly at a young age of 13, but certainly to watch that process continue as I became an adult. But it was such a good lesson in forgiveness and God’s grace and how every single one of us needs that. And without it, we can’t be where we are.

Governor Huckabee: I think –  yeah. And there was another great, um, maybe side benefit, once Sarah locked her keys in her car.

Sarah: Five or six times.

Jim: (Laughter).

Governor Huckabee: And before we could call – no, this is true. Before we could even call a locksmith, one of the inmates had that door wide open, I mean, like that.

(LAUHGTER)

Governor Huckabee: So, we learned these guys are good.

(LAUGHTER)

Governor Huckabee: That’s a true story.

Jim: That’s a good way to look at it.

Governor Huckabee: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: But they left the car.

Sarah: They did leave the car.

Jim: Okay. We just needed the end of that story.

John: Yes.

Jim: So, Mike, let me point this question to you. I mean, you’ve got to be so proud of your daughter, and to see her on television at times being, you know, terribly mistreated. I mean, we’re both dads.

Governor Huckabee: Yeah.

Jim: I’m the dad of two sons. But what did you do? I mean, how do you manage that as a father of a daughter who really is being mistreated and poorly treated every day?

Governor Huckabee: I – I know people think that I just reacted with anger. There were times when I was very unhappy with the way she was treated because I thought it was treatment that was mean and hateful. And so, uh, you know, it would be easy to get angry, but that doesn’t change or help anything. And I truly believe that she’s tough enough to handle it. And I’m especially proud of Sarah. And the truth is, her brothers now are quite happy that she’s got all the notoriety and they don’t, because they realize all the attention she’s gotten, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Jim: Well, yeah, that’s fair. You opened up to this subject of civil discourse and the incivility that’s occurring. Maybe both of you, if you can address this. It’s hard, as Christians – I had lunch with, uh, oh, David…

John: David – yes.

Jim: David Horowitz. And he had written a book about how the left was killing Christianity in America.

Governor Huckabee: Yeah.

Jim: So, we’re out to lunch. And David, God bless him. He’s a Jewish, secular Jew. And we’re at lunch and he said, “Jim, don’t you realize you’re in an alley fight? And the other side has switchblades. You’ve got to bring a switchblade or a gun, emotionally.” And I said, “David, that’s the problem. We totally get it. We’re not stupid. But, you know, the weapons of our warfare are joy, love, peace, goodness, kindness,” and he went, “Wow, those are bad weapons.”

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: So, you know, I get it. And I feel like when we’re in that arena as believers, it’s so hard. And I really want to hear from both of you, because you’ve been in that arena, you have fought the good fight. But how do you balance fighting with the character of Christ when you want to fight with the sword of Peter?

Sarah: (Laughter) Well, and I’ll jump in here. I think for so many of us, there are days that can be very difficult, because you do feel like you are truly fighting for your life, and you’re fighting for everything that matters. But at the end of the day, if you aren’t willing to do it, who else will? And I think that was the attitude that certainly I went into the briefing room and into my job every single day. And one of the things that was so important for me growing up, and one of the lessons that I learned and had to learn a lot over and over again was to always be myself, that God had created me for a unique and special purpose. And I didn’t need CNN or The New York Times or The Washington Post, or anybody else to define me. I had a Creator who had already done that. And when you get to a place that you realize that that you were created for something special, that you were created for God’s unique plan, then that gives you all the confidence you need to attack and fight with joy, with love, with peace, because you aren’t worried about the distractions, and you never want to be like the people that you don’t like. And that’s what I always would remind myself. I never want to be like the people that I’m fighting against. And I think that we can be the light in the darkness. And that’s what we’re called to do. And if we can remember that, then I think it makes that job a lot easier. And despite the fact some days it was really, really hard to do that, when I looked at it from that perspective, it made it a whole lot easier.

John: Yeah. Governor, you, uh – you’ve written a lot about history and the Christian faith. And I’d like you to, if you would please, just share a little bit of a perspective about the Christian faith and the legacy that we have in this country that makes it so unique.

Governor Huckabee: Let me begin by saying that I think history is to a civilization what the memory is to an individual. If any of you here lost your memory, if, uh, you began to experience dementia, your life would be filled with chaos, uncertainty, confusion. And in the same way, if we lose our collective memory, which means we erase our history, we end up in chaos and confusion. What America is experiencing is a loss of its history. Most people are not aware of the fact that every single one of the Ivy League schools, with the exception of Cornell, were created to train Christian ministers. John Harvard was a 31-year-old pastor who at the age of 31, passed away, left his books to the formation of what became Harvard College. The statue of him in the middle of Harvard Yard is passed by the students every day. What they probably are unaware of, and I’m sure the faculty is, too, is that every student at Harvard was required to pray and read the Bible twice daily. Yale, Princeton, William and Mary, Columbia – every one of the Ivy League schools was created to train missionaries and pastors to take the gospel around the world. How many of them are even aware of their mission, much less carrying it out? So, it is unquestionable that the Judeo-Christian worldview was the foundation of the country. And what made us a unique country was that that meant that we were looked at as individuals rather than as a part of a group. And the fundamental thing about America that is so unique and that is so very biblical is the notion of individual liberty, individual freedom, individual responsibility, and individual accountability to God. Sarah is not going to get to heaven because she says, “I’m going with my dad.” It doesn’t work like that. God will hold her responsible and accountable, just like He will me and – and you. And this idea of statism, that we’re part of a state and our value is tied to the value of the larger state is not an American idea. And that’s why I find it so frightening today. So, I – I just can’t help but say that we have got to restore. And this is why Christian education has become no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Being able to undergird rather than undermine those basic Christian premises of our nation are absolutely crucial to keeping this nation and not seeing it fall completely. Before I finish, I got to answer one thing to what she said.

(APPLAUSE)

Governor Huckabee: But – I don’t want it to sound like that politics is an easy sport to play. I would like to just add this. This is not a game for the weak or the weary. And I would also say that I think we can be Christian, we can live within the context of our faith. We are there to take the battle to the other side, because we understand that the battle is not over power. It is over whether or not our children and our grandchildren are going to grow up in a country where we honor life, where we respect religious liberty, where we are free to worship without the state telling us that we can go to the casino, but we cannot go to church. And if we don’t understand that, we’re going to get our heads handed to us every single time. So, I want to be clear. Yes, we can be nice. I always say you can put some Novocaine on the needle and it makes the shot easier to take.

Sarah: (Laughter).

Governor Huckabee: But you still have to put the needle in the flesh. And I’m telling you, there are times when it’s not about being mean or hateful, but it is about playing the game as if you were playing the Super Bowl at the NFL. And that means you’ve got to play the game that’s being played. And it’s a tough game to play.

Jim: I really appreciate that. I think that’s really well said.

(APPLAUSE)

Jim: Let me – let me ask both of you, and Sarah, I’ll start with you. But when you – not in a political context, but when you look at what’s going on in the country over the past few months, all of the unrest, Portland, Chicago. What do you sense is happening? What is going on spiritually, more importantly? What’s – how is politics and the spiritual element colliding in this regard to tear down people?

Sarah: Well, I think one of the things is it goes in some ways to what you were saying, is so many people, conservatives and people of faith have frankly gotten scared and they stopped fighting. They stopped being vocal. They are so afraid of being bullied. They are so afraid of being shamed, of being marginalized, being called names, that we have retreated. And this is a time that that is the opposite of what we have to do. Instead of retreating, we have to charge full steam ahead as if our life depends on it, because it does. Our country depends on us standing up for what matters, and doing so not from a place of cowardice, but from a place of strength, and remembering that we have the ultimate Warrior on our side should help us and give us that confidence we need to go into battle. And I – what I was saying earlier, I don’t mean for that to get lost. Certainly, I completely agree. We – we should be nice. We should be respectful. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be tough because that’s what we have to do. And everything, to me, is on the line, and we have to be prepared to go after it with everything that we have and not be afraid of being marginalized and persecuted and called names, because that’s what we’ve been called to do, and I think we have to be prepared for it.

(APPLAUSE)

Jim: That’s excellent, yeah. Sarah, I’m going to stick with you for a minute. You had – I think you did a missions trip as an 11-year-old to Israel, if I remember correctly. Is this right?

Sarah: Partially. Not quite a mission trip, but I think we probably did some missions along the way. But I… (laughter).

Jim: Was it a secret mission?

Sarah: It was not a secret mission.

Jim: (Laughter) But what happened in that context? What went on? What did you learn in that experience?

Sarah: My first trip to Israel was when I was 11. I went with my parents and, you know, before, I had read Bible stories, you know, grown up in the church. And so, I’d heard about all of these different places and moments. And my dad explained it, as “Before you take this trip, before you see it in real life. It’s like reading the Bible in black and white your whole life. And when you step foot there, it’s like reading it in color and seeing it really come to life.” And so, that’s what we went with. That was the expectation, and we certainly had that. The close of the trip and probably one of the more impactful moments not of that trip, but of my life and a lesson that I’ve been reminded of every day since was the stop where we went to Yad Vashem, which is the Holocaust Remembrance Museum in Israel. And at the age of 11, that’s a lot to take in. And it wasn’t something I was familiar with at the time. I knew that this was a significant stop on the trip. My parents had been talking about it. They had debated whether or not they should take me at all. Some of the images and the visuals are very graphic. It’s probably one of the darkest, most horrific moments in our world’s history. And this is a museum that walks you through each of those moments. Um, my parents decided that they didn’t know when I would have the chance to be there again and wanted me to see how important it is for people to stand up for what’s right. So, they walked me through that museum. My dad stayed with me the entire time, and I didn’t speak for about an hour and a half, which is for me a pretty big feat, particularly as an 11-year-old girl, and going through that museum and taking in those images and listening to the stories of the survivors recount and listen to their voices, tell how they fought with everything they had to survive that brutal time. And we came to the end of the museum, and my dad was looking over my shoulder wondering if I had taken anything from it, wondering if I understood why they wanted me to come through this museum. And I got to the guest book and I wrote the words, “Why didn’t somebody do something?” And in that moment, my dad knew that I understood the lesson that he wanted me to take from there. And that was that when good people don’t stand up for what’s right, bad things happen.

Jim: Wow.

Sarah: And it is something that I think about every day as we go into that battle, is that we have to be the somebodies who do something, who stand up for what’s right.

Jim: That is awesome. Yeah. Wow.

(APPLAUSE)

Jim: You actually answered the next question I wanted to ask, but I want your dad to fill this in as a father. This is parenting advice from Focus on the Family now.

Sarah: Uh-oh.

Jim: So, we’re asking you to step up. I mean, it’s obvious that the two of you have a great relationship and a wonderful bond. And I think many people would say, you know, “I don’t have that with my daughter, my adult daughter, my adult son.” And you’re a Baptist pastor. You know how this works. What would you say to that parent of an adult child, 20-something, where their relationship is not what we see tonight with the two of you? What advice do you have for those parents who are missing that kind of rich relationship that we see in you tonight?

Governor Huckabee: It begins with unconditional love, that you recognize your children aren’t perfect. They may have perfect parents like my children did.

(LAUGHTER)

Governor Huckabee: But – no, you recognize it just because they’re your children. They’re going to make mistakes, and they’ll do things differently and you love them unconditionally. But I think that the capacity to have that sort of bond when the child is an adult is really shaped when the child is 2- and 3- and 5- and 6- and 10-years-old. And one of the things that I didn’t think about at the time very much, and I read where Sarah was actually interviewed. I think it was The New York Times. It was back in the 2008 campaign. And she was being interviewed about me and my relationship with her dad and all this stuff. And I was reading the article, and something really jumped out at me, because I’d never thought about it as a big deal. But when the kids were little, every week on one of the days, I would take each of the children by themselves, just me and one of the kids to go to breakfast. And even when I became governor and Sarah was in that transition period of going through junior high and a tough time, I still did that. And that meant sometimes I would say no to meetings and no to events. But that was special time. I didn’t think that was – I did it for me, to be honest with you, you know, probably way more so than because I thought she enjoyed it. But in that article, they ask her something about the relationship and what she remembered as a kid growing up. And she said that, “No matter how busy my dad was, and I knew that there were so many people wanting his time, wanting his attention, he never failed to take me to breakfast once a week throughout all of my high school years.” And it just hit me that it was not something that was so much planned as it was that it was the – the gift that is, I think, the single most important gift a parent can give. And that’s time. And I once heard somebody say, you spell love, T-I-M-E. And you can’t substitute for that. And it was later that I realized that that was something God had led me to do, because I was too stupid to have figured this out about myself.

Jim: No, it’s good. That is so – that is great advice, actually. Sarah, did you like those breakfasts?

Sarah: I did. And, you know, at the time, as he said, he didn’t realize how impactful it was. And frankly, I didn’t either, until I was older and not home and not getting to go to that breakfast every week. So, my day was Wednesday. I went to Wednesday morning breakfast. And that was a time that I knew was special. And I knew my dad was prioritizing me. And that was something that was really important for me, particularly for somebody like him who was so busy, who had so many demands, and so many people wanting something from him, knowing I had that, and it was protected, and it was mine was really meaningful. And frankly, I kind of miss it. I wish he’d make breakfast for me now.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: Well, that might be coming.

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: I’ve heard he’s talking about pancakes.

Governor Huckabee: Yeah. Yeah.

Jim: But, uh, man, this has been…

Sarah: I don’t matter anymore, actually.

(LAUGHTER)

Sarah: I used to be a really big deal, and I used to think that I was pretty special. And then I had kids.

(LAUGHTER)

Sarah: And now I realize I’m nothing more than a vehicle…

Governor Huckabee: Yeah. That’s right.

Sarah: …To bring the grandkids.

(LAUGHTER)

Governor Huckabee: Very true.

Sarah: And on one particular day, we’re sitting – I’m sitting in the living room at my parents’ house, and I hear my dad come in and my back’s sort of to him and my daughter’s there, and I hear him go, “Where’s my girl?” And I turn around, thinking he’s reaching for me.

Audience: Aw!

Sarah: I don’t even know if he knew I was in the room…

(LAUGHTER)

Sarah: …And he was going for my daughter, Scarlett.

Jim: (Laughter).

Sarah: But if you’re gonna get picked over, get picked over for your own kid. So, it’s not – I was pretty okay with it.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

Jim: That’s awesome. That’s awesome. (laughter) Well, Sarah, we do have counseling at Focus on the Family if you need it.

(LAUGHTER)

Sarah: Thank you.

John: 800-A-FAMILY.

Sarah: I’m clearly – I’m clearly getting over it well.

Jim: (Laughter) But anyway, this has been so great. Sea Island crowd, let’s give the Huckabees a great hand for being with us.

(APPLAUSE)

Jim: That was awesome. Thank you so much.

Sarah: Thank you very much. Thank you.

Jim: All right. Oh, standing O.

(APPLAUSE)

John: What a special time with Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as they joined us for a Focus on the Family broadcast recording at Sea Island, Georgia, just a few days ago.

Jim: Yeah, John, that was so much fun and what a memorable evening, and I so appreciated the banter between Sarah and the former governor. You know, it’s always healthy to see that. That they have a good loving relationship. They can tease each other. And I hope you’ve been inspired by this conversation to love our country, to appreciate our Judeo-Christian heritage, and to champion the family, while standing up for godly values. There are several things we can do to influence our families and communities to protect religious freedoms. First, we need to be in prayer for our country. The Bible says to “pray without ceasing” and we need to continually be in prayer for our families, our churches and for our leaders in government. Second, stay informed on issues that directly affect families and the future of our country.

John: Yeah. One way you can do that is by signing up for our Daily Citizen, which is a news resource that offers a Biblical perspective on what’s happening out there. It’s tremendously informative and you can sign up for the Daily Citizen at our website.

Jim: The third thing you can do to make a difference is to volunteer in your church and community. And fourth, there’s a big election tomorrow. And I know that millions of people have already voted early, but most will cast their vote for President – and other candidates on the issues tomorrow. Elections have consequences and I hope you’ll take that opportunity to vote tomorrow. And when you think about it, people have laid their lives down to ensure you’re freedom and you’re right to vote.

John: And we’ve got a link to a Presidential Voter Guide and also to the Daily Citizen at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: And, finally, let me thank you for supporting Focus on the Family, so we can bring you the broadcasts like the one today. If you can make a gift of any amount, we’ll send you a CD of this conversation, including additional content, as our way of saying thank you.

John: Yeah. We had probably another 10 minutes or so with Governor Huckabee and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And that really was fun stuff. Make a contribution today, as Jim said, and we’ll send you the entire discussion. Once more – focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Or 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for joining us today for Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller, inviting you back tomorrow and we once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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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,

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

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.

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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,

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!