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Why I Left the Abortion Industry (Part 1 of 2)

Why I Left the Abortion Industry (Part 1 of 2)

Abby Johnson, Annette Lancaster, and Sue Thayer offer a behind-the-scenes look at the abortion industry as they describe their past work for Planned Parenthood wherein they initially believed they were helping women in need, but later experienced a radical transformation of their perspective which led them to become the passionate pro-life advocates they are today. (Part 1 of 2)
Original Air Date: July 29, 2020

(Sound of baby’s heartbeat)

John Fuller: That sound, a pre-born baby’s heartbeat, may be one of the most hopeful sounds there is. There is no doubt that a brand-new life is beginning. And today, we’re going to hear from three ladies who had their eyes opened to that truth in a really powerful way. This is Focus on the Family and your host is Focus president and author Jim Daly. I’m John Fuller.

Jim Daly: Well, also, John, that sound of the heartbeat brings so much clarity to the pro-life situation. I’ve mentioned this before, but it still fascinates me. When we did our Alive from New York event last year, even the protestors fell silent when they heard that pre-born baby’s heartbeat over the loudspeakers throughout Times Square. There’s something about that sound that fills you with a sense of awe and wonder. And that’s why our slogan for our pro-life event this year is “Love Every Heartbeat” and our online event called See Life 2020 will kick off on September 26th. It’s going to feature interviews, great music and, of course, an ultrasound of a pre-born baby.

John: Find out more about See Life 2020 at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: And today, we’re going to share a very eye-opening conversation about the abortion industry from three people who once worked in it. One of those people is Abby Johnson. She was passionately pro-choice and worked as a clinic manager at a Planned Parenthood office until her eyes were opened to the reality of abortion. Um, she left her job to become a pro-life advocate and she’s actually the mom that we did the ultrasound on in Times Square a year ago.

John: That was an incredible moment when she came out and that was kind of a big reveal moment, if you will.

Jim: It was.

John: Uh, now in the studio we also had former abortion clinic managers with us. Sue Thayer and Annette Lancaster. Sue is the director of outreach for 40 Days for Life and Annette is the director of clinical placement operations at the Duke University School of Nursing. And our conversation today will feature Abby’s new book, The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories. And we do have that available here if you want to call or hit the website. As you can probably guess, a warning here that we will be covering some mature and difficult topics today, and, uh, next time as well, which will involve pregnancy loss so you might want to use your earbuds or listen later online or use our daily app.

Jim: I also want to mention that these women are part of Abby’s ministry, called “And Then There Were None”. Her ministry reaches out to abortion clinic workers and helps them transition out of the industry to find hope and healing.

John: Here’s how we started that conversation, Jim, as you asked Abby about our event in Times Square.

Jim: You know, for the listener, this is powerful – the testimony of what you’ve gone through. And that’s the spirit in which we want to have this discussion today. I mean, you’ve seen so much – so much that we have not seen. You’ve experienced so much. You’ve been in the conversations. You’ve sat with these women in the clinics as pro-choice people. Uh, and we’re going to unpack that today and give people a real idea of what goes on. I’m so grateful for you. Abby, let’s start with you. Just a few weeks after that ultrasound in Times Square, you gave birth – I got a big smile on my face – to that little baby boy named Fulton. Uh, how’s he going? How old is he now?

Mrs. Abby Johnson: He is seven months old, and he is just perfect. When I heard the heartbeat at the beginning of the program, it just…

Jim: Right? That’s his heartbeat.

Abby: …It – I mean, it just sort of…

Jim: (Laughter).

Abby: …It almost – it made me tear up because I thought…

Jim: Aw.

Abby: …Oh, my gosh, that’s his little heartbeat. And, uh, it was such a special moment. And you’re right. I mean, it was just sort of like this holy hush that went over Times Square. And it was – it was beautiful to be there. Um, and it was funny because I had always thought to myself, you know, it’d be neat if – I have all these kids. I mean, I have eight kids. So, I remember thinking, it would be neat, you know, if one of my kids could, you know, do something to sort of…

Jim: (Laughter).

Abby: …Change people’s opinions or…

Jim: Finally (laughter).

Abby: And then – and then here, in the womb, Fulton…

Jim: Yeah.

Abby: …I believe that day…

Jim: Oh, yeah.

Abby: …That hearts were softened. Maybe they weren’t changed, but I believe that hearts were softened…

Jim: Well…

Abby: …That day toward life.

Jim: And I believe some were. If you remember, some of the protest zone with the Black Lives Matters community. They dropped their signs and walked in with us. And I thought that was a victory right there.

Abby: Hmm.

Jim: What a powerful story. But let’s jump in with your stories. Uh, Abby, when you started working at Planned Parenthood you were excited about being a part of that organization. I’m assuming all three of you actually had that perspective. And I really want to paint that picture, uh, for those of us that have always been perhaps on the pro-life side. We don’t understand the argument. We don’t know what would attract a person to that venture, to that effort. So, paint that picture for us. Why – as a college young woman – Abby, did you feel like abortion was something to defend?

Abby: You know, when I first got involved with Planned Parenthood, I really – I didn’t have, uh, a really solid opinion either way about abortion. But the woman that I met with at Planned Parenthood was really emphatic that abortion needed to be safe and it needed to be legal and that Planned Parenthood was helping women. And, you know, as a – a young woman – I was 21 – and, you know, sort of this ideal (laughter) (unintelligible) at the time, I’m thinking…

Jim: Sure.

Abby: …”OK. Well, I wanna help women.” Right? (Laughter). “Who doesn’t wanna help women?” And I remember the first day that I went to the clinic. And I showed up, and it was just – it was sort of like a circus outside. So, you know, you had people who were praying quietly and were trying to reach out, but you had people who were yelling. And you had people with, you know, really huge signs that were graphic. And then you had people with signs that said, you know, “Ask me about a free pregnancy test.” (Laughter) You know, so it was just…

Jim: Yeah, kind of calm things…

Abby: It was very…

Jim: Yeah.

Abby: Yeah, so it was this contrast on the sidewalk, but it made it look very chaotic. But I remember that first day, my job was to escort women from their car to the front door of the facility. And, you know, the other volunteers and the staff, they’re telling me, you know, “This is so that, you know, they won’t really hear the voices on the other side of the fence.” And I just remember thinking at the time, “Okay. So, if we’re pro-choice – right? – which I’m here, so I guess I’m pro-choice now. If we’re pro-choice, what’s the big deal? I mean, okay. They think they want an abortion, but let’s say that they hear a voice on the other side of the fence, and it calls to them. And they go to the fence and this person offers them resources or they say, ‘Have you thought about adoption’ or whatever? I mean, we’re for choice, right?”…

Jim: Yeah.

Abby: …”So, so what if she goes to the fence and she makes a different choice, she gets in her car and leaves?”

Jim: But for clarification, um, Planned Parenthood management didn’t have your view there, right? (Laughter).

Abby: Right. So I mean, I…

(LAUGHTER)

Jim: They were saying…

Abby: …I – I said that.

Jim: Right.

Abby: I mean, I remember saying that to someone. “So what’s the big deal…”

Jim: Right.

Abby: “…If – if they do go talk to somebody?” And, you know, I was immediately met with, “Abby, they are terrible. They are manipulating these women.”

Jim: Huh.

Abby: “They say they’re gonna help them, but they don’t. They’re pro-birth. They’re not pro-life.” You know, and all – and so, I thought, “Well, I mean, they’re the experts…”

Jim: Yeah.

Abby: “…Right? They know what they’re talking about…”

Jim: This was your…

Abby: “…I’m new here.”

Jim: …First day, right? (Laughter).

Abby: This was my first day. Um, and so, I just – I thought, “Okay. Well, then, if they’re the bad guys…” I mean, from day one they were painted as the enemy.

Jim: Well, and that’s so often what needs to happen in this – in this environment particularly, both sides can paint both sides, either side, as bad guys…

Abby: Absolutely.

Jim: …Rather than a tragic situation. And, uh, Annette, let’s pick up where you came into Planned Parenthood and a bit of that story. And then Sue, I’m coming to you. So, Annette, what was your story?

Mrs. Annette Lancaster: Sure. So, my story is very similar to Abby’s. Um, I – I came in – um, I actually was sought out by a headhunter.

Jim: Wow.

Annette: So, I – I wasn’t looking for Planned Parenthood. Um, but when the opportunity presented itself, I thought, “This is something that I can do.” But eventually I realized that it was something that I couldn’t do. I didn’t have people telling me or I didn’t voice the opinion like Abby did about the choice.  You know, thinking, you know, “Well, if these women want to make a different choice why can’t they?” But I did think that a lot. Like, “What – what is the problem?” I was always told that the protesters or the people even praying on the sidewalks needed to be trespassed from the property, make sure that they get away from the clients that were coming into the facility. And it – now that I think back on it – hindsight being 20/20 – it just never really made sense.

Jim: Yeah. Well, and one of the things maybe, Sue, you can elaborate on this, is, again, that consistent thought that Planned Parenthood, and other clinics too, downplay the abortion, “You know, that’s only a must-do” that “You know, we’re really here to help women with their health issues” and things like that. But in reality, that’s the cash flow. I mean, that’s where the dollars come in and is that a fair assessment? I mean, all three of you worked in the industry, but, Sue, what was your…

Mrs. Sue Thayer: I would say…

Jim: Experience?

Sue: …Abortion is really the bottom line, um, for them. Uh, we had goals always for number of abortions done…

Jim: Right.

Sue: …Each month or number of referrals done. Um, and if you didn’t hit it, you had to explain why you didn’t hit it and what you would do differently, you know, the next month so you would hit your goal.

Jim: I mean, that’s amazing if you think about it. You – you would think that if, uh, this were purist help, it would be what it would be.

Sue: Mm hmm.

Jim: You wouldn’t have to have targets, which means toward the end of the month – I mean, I used to be in sales years ago in the paper industry.

Sue: Mm hmm.

Jim: And, uh, you know, if you were getting low in that month, you would be more aggressive…

Sue: Mm hmm.

Jim: …With selling more product. And that is what you’re talking about. Just so people listening get it…

Abby: Yes.

Jim: …That what they’re saying like on the 20th of the month if they’re behind by 20%, “Hey, we need more abortion activity because we’re not hitting our numbers.”

Abby: Yes.

Sue: That is exactly what we did.

Jim: That’s…

Sue: You know, a woman would come in for a pregnancy test and it’d be positive. And we’d be saying, “You know, how are you going to pay for diapers? Have you priced, you know, a car seat?”

Jim: So fear.

Sue: Fear – you know, fear-based stuff about, “You’re not gonna be able to take care of this baby. Let’s go ahead and get this set for you today and, um, you know, if you wait any longer the price is gonna go up.” So, we would typically have that appointment in place before she left.

Jim: One thing that you mentioned – I – somewhere I found this, Abby, but – and any of you can respond to this, but actually if you were ahead of your goals, you’d have pizza parties.

Abby: Yeah, we did.

Jim: I mean, they’d throw a celebration.

Abby: We did.

Jim: That’s unbelievable, again.

Abby: Yeah, we did. Um, if we met our goals, we would get some sort of reward. So, as the manager, if we met our yearly goal – so, um, financial goal, quotas, you know, things like that, then I would get a very large bonus as the manager and then, uh, monthly if we met our goals, then I was allowed to reward my staff in some way.

Jim: You know, and I want to make sure people are hearing this. I mean, incentivizing the taking of human life. I mean, that’s what that is. It’s – I know that it didn’t connect when you were working there, and it obviously began to connect for all three of you. But I – I just I think most of us hearing this are just dumbfounded. It’s not what the media presents as Planned Parenthood’s image, right?

Abby: Yeah.

Jim: We downplay this, “We’re only looking for the health and welfare of the woman. If we have to do abortion, we do it.” No.

Abby: Yeah.

Jim: They’re counting the number. They want the cash.

Abby: And, you know, as I look back and I think for Annette and Sue and myself, all three of us, I sit here and I say these things about incentivizing (laughter) –  selling abortion, incentivizing the destruction of human life and how I participated in that. I didn’t think really anything about it at the time. And I think, “What was going on in my mind that I allowed that to take place?” That was normal to me. And – and I – the only explanation – people will say, you know, “Gosh, Abby, how did you do that?” And I’m like, “I – I don’t know. It’s just – that’s the power of sin.”

Annette: Absolutely.

Sue: Right.

Annette: And I think I was really manipulated, um, because my facility was a little bit different. We were told we did not have quotas, but at the same time we were being charged with aggressively getting higher numbers of abortions. And so, that didn’t sit well with me. And I asked one day at a meeting – asked the manager – I said, “So, I’m not understanding. You’re telling me I don’t have a quota but then you’re telling me that my numbers are dropping. So, what are they dropping from? What’s the standard I – I’m…”

Jim: Yeah. Well, you might call that a quiet quota.

Annette: Right.

Jim: But they even – if I remember correctly looking at the material, they would even instruct you on how to manipulate, ironically…

Annette: Absolutely.

Jim: …You know, as you said a moment ago, Abby, you know, they said that the pro-life community manipulated women. But here this woman comes in and you’re giving her phraseology…

Annette: Yes.

Jim: …That points her toward the abortion decision rather than a different decision.

Annette: I called it emotional manipulation.

Jim: What did that sound like? Give me an example of how you would do that.

Annette: “This is the best thing for you and your other children. This is the best thing that you can do right now, um, for your career.”

John: Hmm.

Jim: Yeah.

Annette: Things like that.

Jim: One of you had the story where, uh, they instructed you if a woman were to say, “Will God forgive me for this?” – what were you told to say?

Annette: That was me. I was told to say, “Well, what type of God do you believe in? Do you believe in a forgiving God?”

Abby: Right.

Jim: Right, think of that.

Abby: And that was a training – that was a training. Actually, Sue, I don’t know if you did this training. But that was a training that was put out by CAPS, the Consortium of Abortion Providers. And it was called, uh, DVIS training.

Annette: Yes.

Abby: It was – I don’t remember what it all stood for. It was like, “Destigmatizing” and anyway – and so, it was basically it instructed us on how to be better salespeople.

Jim: Hmm.

Abby: So, it scripted us on what to say back to women. So, overcoming any objection that they may have.

Jim: Yeah.

Abby: And one of – I mean, what I heard in my experience, the objection that I heard the most had to do with God and religion and, you know, “I’m still struggling. Is this a sin? I’ve been taught to believe this is a sin.” And that was exactly what we told everybody. “Well, don’t you believe in a forgiving God? Don’t you believe that God understands your struggle right now…”

Annette: Right.

Abby: “…And that He understands that you’re just trying to do what’s best for your family?” And, you know – and the women are like, “Well, yeah, God does forgive.” So, it’s this idea of presumptive forgiveness which that in itself is a sin.

Annette: Is a sin. Yes.

Jim: Well, right. And I – I want to make sure we’re clear on this now that you’re on the other side of all of this and that the scales have fallen from your eyes.

Jim: Um, how would you frame that today if someone were to talk in those terms about God? How – if a woman came to you today and said, “Is – is God gonna forgive me for this?” The answer is “Yes, of course…”

Abby: Of course.

Jim: “…But there is a better choice.”

Abby: Right. “You don’t have to make this choice today. You don’t have to make a choice where God has to give forgiveness.” Right? “You can make a choice for life where you don’t have to live with regret. You don’t have to live with sin, and we’re gonna help you make that choice. We’re gonna live life with you. We’re gonna walk with you.”

John: That’s Abby Johnson. And, uh, we’re joined as well here on Focus on the Family by Sue Thayer and Annette Lancaster. And, um, we’re gonna encourage you to get a download or, uh, hit YouTube and watch the video of this, um, and get Abby’s book, The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories. All of this is available when you call 800-A-FAMILY. Or stop by focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: Abby, um, I want to zero in for a minute because it’s not all theoretical for you. And I’m not sure, Annette and Sue, of your story and I want you to add to this – but you had two abortions personally…

Abby: Right.

Jim: …And the impact of that on you. Describe, you know, briefly, what happened and what state of mind were you in – what, um, state of life were you in? Just give the listener some perspective on your own abortions.

Abby: I was in college and, uh, with a guy that, you know, I probably shouldn’t have been with. And we had a physical relationship very quickly. And I – the first time I found out I was pregnant, I just remember thinking, “This can’t happen to me because I’m a good Christian girl…”

Jim: Mm.

Abby: “…And this doesn’t happen to good…” And I was on birth control. So, you know, birth control is supposed to hide my sin (laughter), right?

Jim: Wow.

Abby: And so I – “This can’t be happening to me.”

Jim: Mm.

Abby: And I was so afraid of disappointing my parents. And, you know, my dad – like a deacon in their church…

Jim: Mm.

Abby: …You know, and, um – you know, good Southern Baptist. And I just thought, “They can’t know that this is who I am.” And I wished that someone would have asked the question. I wish that someone would have said to me, “Okay, Abby. Yes, your parents may be disappointed that you didn’t follow the plan.” Right?

Jim: Yeah…

Abby: “That they taught you your whole life.”

Jim: …The formula.

Abby: The formula for marriage. Right? “But do you think they’re gonna be more disappointed to find out that, okay, you messed up, you didn’t follow the plan. Or are they going to be more disappointed to find out that you took the life of their grandchild?”

Jim: Hm.

Abby: And if somebody would have phrased that to me, I would have known the answer. I would have known that my parents would have wanted the opportunity to save the life of their grandchild. But I took that opportunity away from them.

Jim: So, you quietly had that first abortion.

Abby: I quietly had my first abortion and I would love to tell you that I thought about adoption or parenting or anything like that. But the guy that I was with, he told me, “I’ve taken other girls to this clinic before. I can take you.” And we went. I had the abortion. I had a surgical abortion. And I thought, “Okay, well, I’m going to never talk about this again. I’m gonna stuff it down.” Abortion – I – I remember thinking at the time, “Abortion is not right.” But this time it was me.

Jim: Yeah.

Abby: And, you know, “People just wouldn’t understand my situation.”

Jim: Yeah.

Abby: And so, uh, then about three years later with the same guy – married him. He decided that, uh, he didn’t want to be in our marriage anymore. And after he left, I found out I was pregnant again.

Jim: Mm.

Abby: And I thought, “Oh, my gosh. I cannot be stuck with this man for the rest of my life.” And by that time, I was working at Planned Parenthood. And if you were working at Planned Parenthood and you needed an abortion, it was free. And so, I thought, “Well, okay. You know, this will be easier for me this time.” And I chose the medication abortion because that seemed more natural. You know, we were telling everyone, “Oh, it’s just like a heavy cycle. It’s no big deal.”

Jim: This is where you take, uh, an oral…

Abby: A pill.

Jim: …Pill.

Abby: You take a series of pills.

Jim: And then it induces…

Abby: Right. You know, and at the time I just thought, “Okay. Well, no big deal, right? I mean, it’ll just be like a cycle that I have every month and no big deal.” And, um, I didn’t think in advance of what this would look like. I didn’t think, “Okay, I’m going to essentially labor at home. I’m going to pass a baby. And then I’m gonna have to make a decision about what to do with that baby.” And, you know, medication abortion is on the rise. And Sue can talk about that because that ’cause, uh, that’s – that’s really her story as well. We don’t know the long-term effects yet of a generation of women who took a series of pills, were told this was gonna be “no big deal” and then looked at their baby in the toilet. We don’t know emotionally what that is doing to our women.

Jim: Or to our culture.

Abby: Yes.

Jim: The desensitization of human life.

Abby: Absolutely.

Jim: And I think that plays into this. Um, and there’s so many questions. And we’ve covered some of that story in a previous broadcast, Abby, but, you know, so many people are I’m sure asking themselves questions right now about the change and all that. And we’ll get to that, uh, next time most likely. Sue, let me ask you about your experience with that, uh, medication abortion. Um, you’d been working either in the abortion industry or for the pro-life community most of your life. So, what are you seeing taking place today?

Sue: Well, part of the reason I started working at Planned Parenthood was because the clinic that I was at didn’t do abortions. But then, um, in 2007, they came up with the idea to do, uh, chemical or medication abortions like what Abby just described only by, uh, computer-type connections. So, a – a Skype connection. So, no doctor or medical people on staff. Non-medical people like managers and clinic assistants were trained in a day to do transvaginal ultrasounds which is a really bad idea. Um, and then, for example, in Iowa there is no waiting period for a woman seeking abortion. So, a woman could come in, have the three-minute urine pregnancy test, find out it’s positive and we could literally say, “Hey, we can take care of the problem for you today – 45 minutes in and out. All you need to do is take these pills.” So, aside from the fact of the non-medical staff and just the danger of it all, um, on top of it, there was no time at all for a mom to really ponder that. So, um, we would have women that went to other clinics – um, other Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa, take the first set of pills and then come back to – to my center at Storm Lake and say, “I can’t believe I did that. I wasn’t thinking.” You know, this was before the abortion pill reversal so there were a lot of regrets. But, you know, we had a – a list. I don’t know if you guys did too, but of, um, words never to use and then what we say instead. And, you know, I remember “baby” and “fetus” were on the never-say. We would call it “tissue” or a “heavy period.” Um, but when women would – would leave the clinic with their little brown bag of pills and – and take the – the pills at home that started the contractions, she would often see this little tiny, you know, eight- or nine-week baby. And, um, unprepared for that, we had women put them in little Ziploc bags and bring them back to the clinic and say, “You did not tell me it was a baby.”

Jim: Wow. I mean, and that’s the core issue and that’s why we fight in the pro-life community the way we do, hopefully with the gentleness of the heart of God. Uh, let’s come back next time. Man, we just got this rolling, didn’t we? And we want to hear about – uh, I want to hear about how those scales begin to fall from your eyes, how you transitioned into a different perspective and kind of the work that you’re doing now to help women. Abby, to tease this a little bit for the listener, your ministry has reached – I don’t know how many women now that have worked in the abortion industry. What’s the number that you’ve been able to, you know, convince that they could find a better vocation?

Abby: 554.

Jim: 554 women. I’m excited about that. It’s, I’m sure, a downward pressure for the abortion industry but for women to see and to know what they’re really a part of – to help them see it clearly, you might say. Uh, that’s a wonderful mission that you have, and I hope God continues to bless you in that. Let me turn to the listener. Um, we understand that this topic is probably one of the most painful in the culture. And you’re listening, you may be in tears because something you decided to do years ago is now back to the surface. Um, call us. We’re here for you. We have caring Christian counselors who can help. We can, uh, even refer you to someone in your area that can continue to have that discussion with you. We have additional resources, tools, to help you find that forgiveness that we talked about earlier and that’s our goal, uh, on this side of the debate. There is forgiveness in Christ, and we want you to know all about it.

John: Mm hmm. Help is a phone call away. Our number is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY.  800-232-6459. Or online, uh, we’re at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast.

Jim: In addition, John, I think the average abortion is about six or $700.

Abby: Yes.

Jim: Well, we have a program here that we’ve been running here for over 15 years called Option Ultrasound and we’ve been able to get that cost to save a baby’s life to $60. Think of that. Take a baby’s life, $600. Save a baby’s life, $60. And right now, we estimate that 459,000 babies…

John: That’s great.

Jim: …Have been saved because of this program. I think the Lord is really pleased with that effort.

John: And I’d agree, Jim. Um, it really is awesome. And we have some passionate pro-life donors right now who want to match every dollar you give to Option Ultrasound. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to double the impact of your giving, so please join the support team today. And when you contribute, we’ll send a copy of Abby’s book, The Walls are Talking to help you further your understanding and your pro-life ministry. Our number to donate and get that book is 800, the letter A and the word FAMILY. Or you can do so at focusonthefamily.com/broadcast. On behalf of Jim Daly and the entire team, thanks for listening today to Focus on the Family. I’m John Fuller inviting you back as we hear more from Abby, Sue, and Annette and once more help you and your family thrive in Christ.

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Our guests share their dramatic stories of surviving the attempts to end their lives while in their mother’s womb, providing a stark and undeniable counter argument to pro-abortionists who argue that a fetus is not a living human being. (Part 1 of 2)

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Abortion Survivors Tell Their Stories (Part 2 of 2)

Our guests share their dramatic stories of surviving the attempts to end their lives while in their mother’s womb, providing a stark and undeniable counter argument to pro-abortionists who argue that a fetus is not a living human being. (Part 2 of 2)

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

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

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

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

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

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

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

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

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

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

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 2

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

Mrs. Meg Meeker

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

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

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

Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

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

Mr. Gary Thomas

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 2: Heroes Providing Hope

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 4: Sometimes the Choice is Hard

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 3: The Power of a Picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newest Release - Episode 6: Families Helping Families!

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

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

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

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 2

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

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Jodie Berndt

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

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Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

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

Effective Habits to Embrace in Parenting

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

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Dr. Randy Schroeder

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

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Simple Habits for Effective Parenting

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

The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

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

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Dr. Tim and Mrs. Noreen Muehlhoff

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

Defending Your Marriage

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

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

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Kim Meeder

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

Revival Rising

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

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

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

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Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

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Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

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

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

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

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

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

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

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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.

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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.

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!