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Season 2 | Episode 1: A Thankful Heart for the Holidays

Air Date 11/09/2018

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Thanksgiving is more than just a catchy holiday name it’s a way of life. Join John, Paul and Lisa as they share what they’re most thankful for this year, and special guests share stories of God’s redemption.

  • Featured PDF

    Knowing Him By Name - Advent Calendar 2018

    This year's Focus on the Family Advent devotional calendar can help your family keep Jesus at the heart of your holiday season. Prepare for Christmas with 23 days of Scripture readings and devotions. And if there's time, do an optional activity with your children.

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  • Featured CD

    Thanksgiving Stories of Gratefulness (Digital)

    Focus on the Family

    Jim Daly and John Fuller present touching stories from Focus on the Family listeners as they share what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving.

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  • Featured Article

    Cultivate Gratitude at Thanksgiving

    Ashleigh Slater

    Model the benefits of having a thankful heart, while providing guided opportunities for your children to express gratitude.

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  • Featured Article

    Thanksgiving Gratitude

    various authors

    Teach children how to show gratitude, especially around Thanksgiving.

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John Fuller

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John Fuller is vice president of the Audio division and co-host of the daily "Focus on the Family" radio program. He speaks and writes about family, faith, media and business. John and his wife, Dena, reside in Colorado Springs, Colo., and have six children.


Paul Batura

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As Vice President of Communications for Focus on the Family, Paul Batura is responsible for media and public relations, internal communications and community relations to the ministry's Colorado Springs neighbors. Prior to his current role, Paul served as a top writer and adviser to both Focus' founder, Dr. James Dobson, and its current president, Jim Daly. Paul is the author of five books including Good Day! The Paul Harvey Story and Mentored by the King: Arnold Palmer's Success Lessons for Golf, Business and Life. Paul and his wife, Julie, have three young sons.


Lisa Anderson

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Lisa Anderson is Focus on the Family's Director of Young Adults, and the manager of Boundless, Focus' ministry for helping 20- and 30-somethings grow up, own their faith, date with purpose and prepare for marriage and family. She hosts The Boundless Show, a national radio program and weekly podcast, where she leads discussions on timely issues and interviews authors, artists and other newsmakers. Lisa is the author of The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage With Purpose. She grew up in San Jose, California, is a graduate of Trinity International University in Chicago, and worked in media relations for much of her career before joining Boundless.