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What to Do When Tragedy Impacts Your Family (Part 1 of 2)

What to Do When Tragedy Impacts Your Family (Part 1 of 2)

Grief and trauma counselor Dr. H. Norman Wright offers hope and practical advice for enduring suffering, crisis, and loss, and finding healing afterward. (Part 1 of 2)
Original Air Date: September 11, 2019

Opening:

Excerpt: Dr. Norm Wright: I’ve lost both of my children. My son died 29 years ago. (Jim: Yeah.) I still get hit a couple times a year, and I get ambushed. And I’ll be in a store, and something will trigger me off, and I’ll begin to cry. I never apologize for my tears because you never apologize for something that is a gift from God. End of Excerpt John Fuller: That’s Dr. Norm Wright describing how the unexpected events in our lives can have a really powerful effect on us. How will you respond in a crisis? Will you run from it? Will you deny that it’s even happening? Or are you gonna learn how to overcome it? We’ll explore that today on “Focus on the Family.” Your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly. And I’m John Fuller. Jim Daly: John, I think it’s really human to, uh, not think about tragedy. It’s not where we want to go, yet it’s part of life. And it’s even uncomfortable to talk about stuff that’s rough and difficult in our lives. And we’ve got to be in a quiet place, we’ve got to be with trusted friends because it’s hard to open up and to talk about things that are really traumatic in this – in this life.  In reality, there are no exemptions. I mean, we’re gonna hit some difficulty somewhere. And you might be in a place where your life has been generally pretty good. Maybe you made it through school and got a good job, got married and things are moving along. Before long, you’re gonna hit something. Whatever it might be – the death of a loved one. It could be, uh, something like what happened 18 years ago, on 9/11, the unexpected attack that took 3,000 lives in New York. I mean, this is incredible when something like that happens. Um… the good news is there is a path for recovery, and that’s what we’re gonna talk about today with our great guest, who’s been doing traumatic recovery for years and years. John: Dr. Norm Wright is a longtime friend who has been on this broadcast a number of times. It’s been quite a while since he’s been here, and we’re so glad he is, uh, rejoining us here. He’s been counseling married couples and families for more than 30 years. He’s a prolific author. He’s written, I believe, over 90 books. And today we’re gonna be really plumbing his extensive training as a traumatologist and a grief counselor.

Body:

Jim: Norm, welcome back to Focus on the Family. Norm: Thank you. It’s always good to be here. Jim: It’s been many years. Norm: It has been. Jim: But it is good. You have such a track record, um, in counseling, helping people. Uh, marriage, uh, is just one thing, and that’s a wonderful thing to fight for every day. That’s what we do here at “Focus on the Family.”  But also, that grief counseling, that trauma counseling. I’ve never really heard of the word traumatologist, and why don’t we start there… Norm: OK. Jim: …To explain to the listeners what is a day look like for a traumatologist? Norm: Well, the word trauma has to do with wounding, and, um, traumatology is the study of, uh, wounds caused by either violence or accidents. And I’ve been involved in doing this, I just realized, almost 30, 35 years now. And you ask what is a day like? (Chuckling) I never know what it’s like when I begin because I do a lot of work over the phone, a lot of training over the phone. And, um, I’ll get people who call, and they apologize for calling, and I say, “Never apologize.” Jim: Yeah. Norm: “Because it took a lot of courage on your part to call somebody and talk about this. Tell me your story.” And that’s what I begin with because everybody has a story. The problem is, many times we tell this story to ourselves again and again and again. But it’s better if we can tell the story to some individual who can just listen. Uh, people ask me, “How do you know what to say, Norm?” And I tell them, “I don’t know what to say until I hear the story.”  Jim: Yeah. Norm: And it might take two minutes. It might take 32 minutes. But once they’re able to unload, that’s the beginning of healing.   Jim: Yeah. And you know, in many ways, it’s so comforting to hear a person who has 35 years of experience doing this, that you don’t always know what to do. For those of us that might have a neighbor who comes to us, we may not know what to do either, what to say. You know, so often, Norman, I – I think this isn’t where I planned to start, but I’ll just trust that this is the Lord’s leading. So often, we can say the wrong things, uh, to an individual that’s gone through… Norm: Oh. Jim: …Some difficulty. Right from the start here, for us as believers in Christ, what are things to say and things to not say that are kind of 101 grief counseling? Norm: One of the best things to do is to be honest and say, “I wish I knew what to say to help you, but I don’t.” And people appreciate your honesty. They appreciate you doing that. And the best thing is, listen and reflect. Jim: Yeah. Norm: Don’t try to fix. They don’t need to be fixed; they’re not broken. Jim: Yeah. Norm: They just need somebody that can walk with them. And, um, you – you made reference there to something that triggered it off. Uh, I remember one day I was listening to the radio, and I was listening to Jack Hayford, and he asked the question, “Who is the spiritual leader on your block?” Jim: Huh. Norm: And I thought, “Well, that’s a strange question. But OK, I’ll go with it.” And so I thought about the block where I lived, and I went up one side of Snowdon (ph), and I said, “There’s no spiritual leader there.” (LAUGHTER) Jim: Right. Norm: And so I came down the other side, and I came to this house, 2051 Snowdon. I know who lives there; that’s me. (LAUGHTER) Jim: That’s good you could remember that! (LAUGHTER) Norm: I know. But the question is really important – who is the spiritual leader on your block? – because, uh, that is the greatest time, the greatest opportunity to have people respond to the Gospel, is when you come alongside and say, “I heard that something happened, and I wondered if I could bring this over. And I’ve got a couple of little books here that maybe I could leave with you and maybe that would help you.” And so I ask people, “Who’s your spiritual leader on your block? But who’s the spiritual leader where you work and where you go to school?”  Jim: That is a great question, a great place to start. Now, you’ve titled this book When It Feels Like The Sky Is Falling: How To Find Hope In An Uncertain World. And you opened with a story about a terrorist attack in 1985, uh, something you got involved with. What happened? Norm: Well, it’s hard to imagine that one of the first terrorist attacks happened about a hundred yards from the front door of my counseling center. Jim: And that – was that in Southern California? Norm: That was in Southern California in Santa Ana. And the director and founder of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination League, uh, had an office next door. And, uh, on this particular day, it was different, because usually, he brought his wife and his 10-year-old daughter with him. They did not come with him that day. So he went into the office, and there was a package there. He opened it up, and it blew up. It killed him. It injured many others. It, uh, shattered windows and everything. And when I heard about this, it didn’t register where it was. And that night when the newscast came on, I’m looking at the newscast, and I’m looking at this building where the bomb went off, but I’m looking beyond it at the front door of my counseling center.  Jim: And you weren’t there that day? Norm: No. Jim: Oh, my goodness. Norm: I wasn’t there. Uh, an office worker was there, and she called and said, they asked us to leave because of an explosion. And we still didn’t know what blew up. And then we found out what it was. And, um, it changed the life of so many individuals. And since then, I’ve been to one event after another. And when I go in there, I know I’m going to hear the unthinkable.  Jim: Yes. Norm: I’m going to hear people’s lives just shattered. And my calling there is basically to be there. And to listen. And then to help normalize, because we live in a culture that does not teach about loss or grief until it happens to us. One of the worst times that it could ever try to deal with it is when it’s just happening. But if – if churches, if, uh, schools could spend some time teaching people about loss, about grief, and they realize that what I’m going through – it’s normal. I am not odd. Jim: Yeah. Norm: I am not, um, going crazy.  Jim: Yeah. And it’s one of the reasons we wanted to do this program – is to provide a tool to – to someone who is struggling, or if you know somebody who is struggling, this is the kind of program to put in their hands and the resource of Norm’s book.  Jim: Norm, let me ask you, though, with all the – you know, thousands of hours of help and counseling that you’ve provided, what are the reactions of people who go through trauma? You know, I’ve been through a couple of things. Norm: Uh-hm. Jim: Uh, an airplane, a small aircraft that crashed when I was 14 right outside my window across the street. And I called 911. I ran over to the plane. I was able to help get two 20-something young men out. I thought they were the only two in the plane, but there were two men that were decapitated, actually, in the front – their dads. One was a neurosurgeon from Fallbrook, California. And I remember just kicking into gear and trying to help. And there was another older man that came, and I was taking the young men to the curb across the street to get them away from the – the accident. And the plane exploded and burned this other man. And I mean – and the point I’m making there is not – I was just at the – that place at that time, and I knew… Norm: You were functional, though. Jim: I was reacting. Norm: You were – you were able to do something. Many individuals are paralyzed by their fear. They can’t move. They don’t know what to say. They don’t know what to do. Jim: And what is going on there with that person? Or both people – what – why does one person react one way and other people react different ways? Norm: There are so many different factors that enter in. But what happens is that our brain has been shattered, because when there’s a trauma, it affects the brain, and you don’t think clearly. You don’t, uh, function well. Um, you don’t know what to do, and you need somebody to come alongside of you and listen to you and work with you and help you get the resources that you need at this particular time. There is hope. There is recovery, but we don’t believe it at that point.  I work with a group on Wednesday nights of, uh, parents who have lost children. And they are numb. They are devastated, and we hear the same thing week after week, month after month and sometimes year after year. Jim: Right. Norm: And I am conducting that group because I’ve lost both of my children, and nobody understands unless you have been there… Jim: Right. Norm: …Unless you have walked through that. And so that’s why I’m there. And I hurt sometimes. Sometimes, I go out in tears. But that’s all right. Jim: I can only imagine, especially experiencing that. In that context, and there are people listening that are going through something and – or they have gone through something. And one of the things I gleaned from reading your book, Norm, is, um, to have empathy for those people. I can be a – and even in the reaction I just gave you, in that example, I’m kind of the guy that says, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Let’s go.” And I can lack patience with a person who’s struggling to find that equilibrium that you’re describing. For us that want to act and want to put it behind us, compartmentalize it – let’s go. This is life. Thank the Lord and count on him, and don’t look at the world for your joy or circumstances. You – you see what personality I’m driving at. Norm: Oh, I can tell. Yeah. Jim: But how do I slow down and know that this person can’t react the same way, and I’ve got to be mindful of that so I don’t hurt them? Norm: You take some deep breaths, and you learn to relax at that time. And if you could have one phrase that would make a difference, it’s to come alongside and say, “Tell me what happened. Tell me your story.” Everybody has a story, but they’ve got to tell it. And one of the things I use so much with individuals is hand-write out your experience.  Um, my first three trips back from 9/11, I got in the back of the airplane, and I sat there for three hours and wrote the story of what I had been through, what I had seen, what I had felt. And I just had to get it out, because if you don’t get it out, it gets a hold in your brain, and you’re not going to be functional at all.  Jim: And in that regard, um, some people may not find it easy to write, but verbalizing it – uh, you also encourage people to talk about your story. Norm: Yes. Jim: I would think it’s a similar effect. Norm: It’s similar. It’s ideal when you hand-write it out, because that way, you’re getting the energy out as well. And so yes, write it out. Talk it out. John: Yeah. Norm: Find somebody who you think is safe. When I have somebody that comes in and they – they’re in grief, I say, “Who are the people in your life that you want to share this with?” And we identify them. And then I go one step further. “Who are the people you don’t want around at all?” Jim: Right. Norm: And we talk about how to distance yourself from those individuals. Jim: And there are people hearing this, going, “I know that list.” Norm: Oh. Jim: “I know who I wouldn’t want.” Norm: You’re on the list (laughter). Jim: “…And who I would want.” Yeah. Exactly. My type would be on that list. Don’t get – get it around him.  John: Well, this is “Focus on the Family” with Jim Daly, and our guest is Dr. H. Norman Wright. And, uh, we’re talking about his book, When It Feels Like The Sky Is Falling: How To Find Hope In An Uncertain World. And we have copies of that, and this entire broadcast, at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast, or call 1-800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. Jim: Norm, in your book, you mention an intriguing statement. You say we become superheroes with learning disabilities. Um, what did you mean by that? Norm: Sometimes, I have to ask myself what I mean by that. (LAUGHTER) John: It’s a catchy phrase (laughter). Norm: Yeah. It is. I wonder what I meant by that. John: Yeah. Norm: No. What it is is that we can function in the midst of all of this to a certain level. And then we don’t know where to go with it. We don’t know what to say. We don’t know how to – to find the help that we are looking for.  Um, I’ve – I’ve worked with individuals who are, like yourself, you were a superhero at that time when you pulled people out of that airplane. But you probably didn’t remember a whole lot. You probably had to debrief yourself later on. And, um, when you experience a trauma of any kind, don’t be surprised that it comes back months later, years later. Um, I’ve lost both of my children. My son died 29 years ago. Jim: Yeah. John: Hm. Norm: I still get hit a couple times a year, and I get ambushed. And I’ll be in a store, and something will trigger me off, and I’ll begin to cry. I never apologize for my tears because you never apologize for something that is a gift from God. Jim: Yeah.  Norm: And so I know I needed that. I needed to get that out. Uh, I wish it wasn’t in front of all these strangers, but that’s OK. They can handle it. And maybe they will be helped by it. Or maybe afterwards, somebody came up – will come up to me and say, “I saw what happened there. Uh, I’d like to know more about it.” John: Yeah.  Norm: And, um, I carry with me this little book, Experiencing Grief, because, um, I’m always looking and listening, both verbally and nonverbally. And if I see somebody who’s having a difficult time, I might come over and hand them the little book and say, uh, “You know, maybe this will help. Why don’t you read it when you are ready?” See; I emphasize that – “When you are ready” – because one of the things that we do with people who are in grief is we try to shut them down. Jim: Right. Norm: We try to make sure that they’re not crying anymore. Why? Help them cry. Jim: Yes. Norm: Cry with them because they need that. And if they can read this and get something out of it, wonderful.  Jim: Norm, let me ask you this. You know, in a Christian context, is it OK to be angry at God, and for how long? And how does that discussion go? And I think, you know, all of us, especially if we’re committed believers in Christ – we encounter a terrible situation. We hold back in that honest discussion with God. Perhaps we refrain from being honest with him and how much it hurts. How do – how do we manage our relationship with God when bad things happen to us? Norm: If I were working with you and you have not asked the question, “Why? Why, God? Where were you?” I will bring it up because I know it’s somewhere there, and you’re probably wondering, “Is it OK to voice that?” Jim: So you’ll prompt it. Norm: I will prompt it. Job asked the question 16 times. Did he ever get an answer? No. Uh, people think about Job, that he got everything restored to him – his family, his goods, everything. That’s not the theme of the Book of Job. The Book of Job was a new relationship with God, because he said earlier, “I had heard of you with my ears. Now I have seen you with my eyes.” And so it’s important to talk about, “Why, God?”, because it’s not just a question. It’s a cry of protest, and eventually, that cry of protest turns from “Why?” to “What can I learn through this?” Jim: Yeah. Norm: “How can I grow through this? And maybe, maybe, how can God be glorified through this?” One of the things that I tell people is that no tragedy is ever wasted in God’s economy. Jim: Yes. Norm: He will use it. The number of people that I have worked with over the years who’ve had disabled children, who have lost children to death, who have lost family members – I can draw on where I’ve been and share that with them. And maybe by my sharing, it encourages them to open up and say, “Well, now that you mention that, here’s what’s going on with me, Norm.” Jim: Yeah. Norm: We go from there.  Jim: The – uh. There’s so many things popping in my mind right now. Romans 8:28 – we can struggle with that. Uh, of course, that Scripture says that all things work for good to those who love the Lord and are called by his name. Norm: James 1. Jim: Yeah. Norm: “Count it all joy, my brethren.” Count it means make up your mind to regard that adversity as something to welcome and to be glad about. Jim: Now, I have to imagine, Norm, there are people listening who have gone through something devastating. They’re still trying to reconcile Romans 8:28. Norm: Oh. Jim: They’re still trying to figure out, “Lord, why? How can this lead to some kind of good? The taking of my spouse” – whatever it might be. If you’re in that spot for a long period of time, what advice do you have to begin to let – as you said earlier, let this seep out of you? Writing it down, vocalizing it – what if you’ve done those things and it’s still – there’s this gnawing irritation about God doing this to you? Norm: You continue to ask those questions. You continue to talk to other people. Jim: So continue to wrestle. Norm: You keep on wrestling. Uh, find a grief group. Uh, GriefShare is in over 17,000, uh, churches in this country, and, uh, the number of people they have just ministered to is just amazing. And this is a part of the group that I work with. And I – I work with regular groups, but at the same time, I also work with the groups where they’ve lost a child, because you carry with you a shadow grief the rest of your life when you’ve lost a child. Jim: Always present. Norm: It’s always under the surface. Jim: Right. Norm: And the little things that can just trigger them off – the song, the sight…  Jim: Yeah. Norm: I remember looking at a young man walking and, uh, it was like I was seeing my son Matthew again. Uh, we expected, uh, something with Matthew, because he was a profoundly retarded son. What we didn’t expect was the death of my daughter, Sheryl. And I’ll never – (emotion) I’ll never forget getting the phone call from Bill. “Norm, Sheryl died during the night.” It was totally unreal. I wasn’t hearing that. Jim: And she was only in her 50s. Norm: Fifty-three. Jim: Yeah. Norm: And, uh, I just had to hear it again and again. I read it again the other day, and it just put me under the table. Jim: Yeah. Norm: But that’s all right. I will grieve her probably the rest of my life.  Jim: My brother who lost a son – he said to me on the phone not long ago – he said, “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him.” And that’s true, isn’t it? Norm: It is. Jim: And it’s hard for those of us who maybe have not had that happen to us, to understand that. Norm: Well, other people say, “Well, you need to get on with your life.” No, that’s not what we need to hear. “I see your hurt. I see your pain.” Jim: Yeah. Norm: Just try to connect in that way. Jim: Yeah. Norm: Loss is a big part of our life. Jim: Yeah. Norm: Grief is a part of our life. The more you and I can understand about this, the better off we will be to handle it and realize this is life. This is normal.  Jim: Norm, an additional good thing I think you put in your book – and – and we’re coming down to the end, but I want to continue if we can and come back tomorrow and talk more about this. But I want to make sure we put a tool in the hands of the folks that are grieving and are hurting and they’re hearing this and it’s raising issues now for them. Certainly, we want you to call us. We have caring Christian counselors that are here to help you. But in addition to that, um, you mention, um, find something to do. And this resonates with me, because you can get stuck on the couch or your – your comfy chair and get lost in that loneliness. The idea of getting up and getting out and doing something – maybe it’s that group that you mentioned. But – but I want you to amplify that – why that is important for a human being who is grieving and in a very isolated place. Why is it so important to get up and do something?  Norm: If we can do something, we feel like we’re contributing. We feel like there’s something here that, um, maybe will help in the life of another person. Maybe it’s taking a little book and going out, uh, to a group at the church and – and sharing your story and passing out these books, um, because that way, I feel productive. Otherwise, I feel like I’m draining everybody else. Jim: Right. Norm: And, um, I want to feel like my life continues to count. That’s – that’s so important. Uh, this is why that – that statement – who is the spiritual leader on your block? Maybe five houses up, there’s been a loss. And so we call them and say, “I’d like to bring you a meal over. What would you like? And here’s four possibilities. And I have a little DVD called Tear Soup, and I can bring it with me, and it takes maybe 16 minutes to watch it. And we can sit there and we can watch.” And I know what’s going to happen, because I’ve done this myself. I’ll take the food over. I’ll take the DVD over. And then I’ll go home with an empty plate, because they’ll eat it all, but they will not send home that little DVD… Jim: They’ll keep that. Norm: …Because they’re going to say, “I want to watch it again. I’ve got relatives coming in this weekend. I want them to hear it.” And in 16 minutes, it normalizes for you what, um – what you’re, um, going through at this time. And so this is something tangible we can do.  Um, I – I encourage people to make a list and, um, have something to do every day. It might take you five minutes. It might take you five hours. But that way, you can look back and say, “You know? In spite of what I went through, I was productive.” I’m working right now with a couple from Las Vegas. I’ve seen them over 60 times. Jim: They were part of the shooting there? Norm: They lost their daughter, and she was 22. And they described it in such a way that when I think about the loss of that girl, I began to cry, because it was so real. Jim: Yeah. Norm: But this couple, they don’t think they’re – they’ve improved. I see the improvement. And they’re sharing in this group, and they’re telling what they’re doing, and they’re telling how they’re helping other individuals. And that is giving them something to hang onto.  Jim: Mm-hm. John: Yes. Norm: We want to feel like, “I’m not wasting this experience.” 

Closing:

Jim: Well, Norm, I so appreciate that, and that’s a good place to end on a very tough subject. And again, “Focus on the Family” is here for you. If you’re going through something that we have, you know, I think somewhat intentionally struck a nerve with you, um, call us. Get in touch with us. We have a great network of counselors around the country that we can refer you to. We can talk to you here with our counseling team initially and then refer you.  We have resources, like Norm’s book, uh, to put into your hands. We want to be there for you. Want to be that friend, that neighbor. I wish I was Norm’s neighbor (laughter) because that is just so comforting to have somebody who cares and who is willing to sit down with me during a very dark time in my life. And, uh, Norm, like I said, let’s come back again. Let’s pick up the conversation on your great book, When It Feels Like The Sky Is Falling. And, um, I hope that if you’re impacted that you will call us. We are here for you.  John: And our number is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. 800-232-6459. Online, you can find the book and other resources at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. You know, we’re listener-supported here at this ministry, which means we’re counting on you to help us produce broadcasts like this one, and to provide tools for families who need help like counseling, and other resources. So please, let me invite you to make a monthly pledge to this family ministry. That’s going to help us to manage our various projects in the coming days, and to really reach out and equip people in need to grow spiritually and relationally. Your regular support is so critical. And having said that, we recognize that some people aren’t in a position to. There’s some ups and downs you’re dealing with financially, and you can’t make that monthly commitment. It’s okay. A one-time gift of any amount will actually make a big difference, as well. Uh… if everyone listening right now could just make a one-time gift, it would make a huge difference in the impact Focus on the Family can make. And so, please, donate today and we’ll say thank you by sending a copy of Dr. Wright’s book. And uh… you can learn more at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. Well, next time you’ll hear more from Dr. Wright about how trauma impacts us in some unexpected ways. Teaser: Norm: The majority of people who experience PTSD – they’re everyday individuals. You’re driving down the street, and all of a sudden, somebody runs out in front of you, and you hit them. OK, you’ve been traumatized. End of Teaser

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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.

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Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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

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

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

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

Mr. Greg Koukl

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

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

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

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Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

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

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

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

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

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

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

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

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

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

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

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Dr. Lee Warren

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

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

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