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Talking to Kids About the Persecuted Church

A conversation to have with your children about those who are suffering for their faith — when your children are ready

Photos and news reports are everywhere these days. Children dying. Terrorists with weapons. Beheadings. ISIS. Jihad. Families fleeing. Persecution. While recent stories seem particularly gruesome, they won’t be the last time your children encounter a difficult truth about our world: Sometimes people are hurt or even killed because of their faith.

Your instinct may be to shield your children from these harsh realities. And, for younger children, this protection is prudent. However, there are times when your kids will be exposed to images or reports of religious persecution, and in those instances, your response as parents is key.

Daniel Huerta, a licensed clinical social worker and staff counselor at Focus on the Family, says, “It is difficult for young children to understand why people persecute others for their beliefs. As a result, parents need to be present and ready to have talks with their kids regarding this very real issue.”

So how can you help your children understand the severity of Christian persecution in light of God’s sovereignty and love?


Respond with developmental consideration

A discussion with your children about the persecuted church should not be candy-coated, but it does need to be age-appropriate. Below, Huerta gives guidelines by age group for responding when your child is exposed to images or stories of religious persecution. However, he also cautions, “Like with any potentially fear-producing news, kids need to be told what they are ready for. What tends to impact the readiness in a child for news, such as Christians being persecuted, is not only age, but also personality and overall life experiences.”

Study your children and their frame of reference. Huerta says, “Some children are naturally more resilient, mature and ‘news ready.’ Some children have experienced some form of persecution and can relate through life experience. In general, however, children 8 and older tend to be able to have more cognitive and life-enhancing discussions about difficult and painful life events.”

  • 0 to 3: Children 3 and under cannot develop a conceptual framework to be able to process the information and will most likely only absorb the adult emotions or express their emotional response to an image they inadvertently saw or words overheard through play. If 2- to 3-year-olds create a violent interaction in their play, you can help them process their feelings by narrating their play. For example, children might have one figure hit another figure. You would say, “Bob (the first figure) just hit Billy (the second figure) really hard. That had to hurt Billy, and Billy probably feels sad or in pain. Let’s help Billy with his boo-boo. How can we help Billy with his boo-boo?” Integrate a healing or resolution to the play by assisting in the completion of the story. In other words, help children come up with a safe resolution to the story, even though there was pain, sadness and violence. This is a developmental stage in which you provide names to feelings and resolutions to emotions and storylines.
  • 4 to 7: At this age, exposure to news or images of Christians facing persecution can provide an opening to lead your children in prayer for Christians throughout the world. Broaden the discussion beyond sensational images and headlines to introduce your kids to stories about missionaries, other cultures and some of the challenges that are faced in other cultures. You don’t need to go into detail. Your children will ask for the information they need. Many times, they will move on from the topic fairly quickly, which is developmentally appropriate and normal. You may have some “thinkers”— kids that want to ask a lot of questions and process the information from their limited understanding of the world. Answer the questions with general information and little detail.
  • 8 to 12: Kids in this age group can receive general stories and have discussions regarding their questions, worries and overall emotional response. Many times, children this age want to be the heroes and see themselves as ones that can take on “the bad guys.” This stage offers great opportunities for prayer, discussions about possible solutions and freedoms to be thankful for. It is also a great time to instill gratitude and personal beliefs regarding the issues. They can have lots of questions or move on quickly, depending on your children’s personality or temperament. Follow their lead.
  • Teens: Teens can have a more philosophical discussion regarding Christian persecution and what it means within their life, beliefs and perceptions. At this stage, do not be afraid to discuss either the overall philosophy surrounding religious persecution or some of the gruesome details seen in the news, but make sure you have an understanding of what is happening in the news story before discussing it with your teens.


Prevent fearful living

Hearing about kids being persecuted because of their faith may cause children to fear similar persecution, especially children younger than 8, who will tend to relate the stories of persecution to their own lives, personalizing them, says Huerta. Kids may become more anxious, fearful, and relate the news to what might happen at their home or church.

In addition, they may suddenly realize that neither they nor their parents are fully in control of their lives. By offering compassionate guidance, parents can prevent children from feeling overwhelmed and fearful of the world around them. After all, this may be their first introduction to the tension of injustice in a fallen world.

Dr. Jared Pingleton, clinical psychologist and director of Focus on the Family’s Counseling Services, says, “It is very frightening and unsettling to a child to become aware that his world is not safe, secure, and stable.” He continues, “We should not be alarmed when we experience uncertainties and threats. After all, as Jesus predicted: ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33, NIV).”

Persecution is never fair or right, Pingleton says, “Yet Scripture is filled with ways to be mature and proactive, not passive and reactive, in response to suffering.” He encourages parents to use biblical stories as teachable moments.

After all, stories of people hurting others because of religious beliefs are not new. This can be seen through the persecution of the early church and Old Testament Bible characters, such as Daniel, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Daniel was thrown into a lions’ den for praying in public. The other three men were thrown into a fiery furnace because they refused to bow down to a statue. Sometimes bad things happen to good people who are honoring God.


Acknowledge that God doesn’t always intervene

In the cases of Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, God intervened, and they were saved. There is always that possibility, but your kids may wonder why God didn’t intervene in the lives of people who were killed for their faith or had to flee their homes or were forced to worship in secret. Believers who are faithful to the point of prison, torture or death seem like people God might want to rescue, especially since what they are doing is being done for His glory.

It’s OK to admit to your kids that you want God to intervene and then model how Christians pray for intervention, pleading with God for divine protection. Then talk about how the first-century church was persecuted; some believers were miraculously saved, and others died martyrs’ deaths.

God doesn’t promise to deliver everyone from hardship and persecution. But He does promise to be there with us, no matter what we face. No child and no Christian are ever alone when faced with hardship because God does not abandon His people.

Pingleton says, “Children can see clearly that persecution isn’t fair or right. But we can all be comforted with the powerful truth that ‘God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” ‘ (Hebrews 13:5, NIV). The message of the Gospel is that God has come, has experienced suffering himself in order to identify with us (1 Peter 2:19-24) and has said that He is with us. Confidently assure your children that Jesus and His Spirit are always with us to comfort and sustain us (John 14:18). Nothing can help them feel more safe, secure and stable!”

To make this point more concrete, reassure your children that you will be there with them, no matter what troubles they face, whenever it is humanly possible. You will hurry home from work, lock doors, flee together . . . do whatever it takes to keep them safe. And if ever there is a time when you can’t be there, God will be with them, no matter where they are and no matter what they face. Remind them that if God will do that for them, He will also do it for people in other countries who believe in Him. Then stop talking and listen to them; let them express their fears and their feelings.


Be proactive

Parent Lisa Hyland says, “The close relationship my family has with a family who fled persecution helps my children see how valuable the opportunity to worship in freedom is.” Because of these friends, the Hylands have had ongoing discussions about Christians around the world who are being persecuted.

Parent Gretchen Battaglia used the following news story as a means to help her 13- and 14-year-old kids better understand the persecuted church: Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is a Sudanese woman who married a Christian man and refused to renounce her Christian faith before a Sudanese court. She was tried for adultery (because a Muslim isn’t allowed to marry a Christian) and apostasy (for not denying her Christian faith). When her sentence of death by hanging received international attention, she eventually was freed.

Battaglia says, “We shared the story with our kids and asked for their thoughts. Then we used their thoughts and questions to continue the conversation.”

When a parent decides that a child is ready for a discussion about religious persecution, Huerta says, “To avoid the issue is to miss great discussion opportunities with your child. As children grapple with their perceptions, fears and responses, they are given the opportunity to develop emotional resiliency and empathy for others.”

Parent Meagan Schober also chose to be proactive. She found books published by The Voice of the Martyrs about St. Valentine, St. Nicholas and St. Patrick. Schober says, “We read the books during that particular holiday and used them as an open door to speak about the persecuted church [in general] and pray for believers in other countries.” Hearing and talking about the courage of missionaries and others helps build a foundation in younger children for a later discussion.


Empower your kids

Most kids know that they would do everything possible to help their family through hard times. What they may not know is that other Christians, no matter how far away, are their brothers and sisters in Christ. They may compartmentalize what is taking place in the world, a way to desensitize the horror, as something that happens to those people over there.

Broaden their mindset by first suggesting that their prayers for persecuted people matter. Then encourage them to pray alone and with family members for those who are suffering. Huerta suggests that parents ask kids 8 and up these questions: What emotions might go through people faced with persecution or the possibility of persecution for their faith? What would it be like to have to die or suffer for your belief in God? What would you do differently if you faced the possibility of being hurt or killed for your faith? “Parents should also reflect and respond to the questions,” says Huerta.

Children’s emotional reaction to Christian persecution — their wanting to do something about injustice — is a God-inspired response. Huerta says, “If there is a discussion regarding what teens can do (e.g., missionary trip, fight, sermon, international policy, etc.), talk about how they would handle persecution if they were in the same situation.” Then let them research about relief aid and what your family can do, making your response real and not an over there thing.

Finally, encourage your tweens and teens to look for opportunities to express their own faith, as long as that expression isn’t detrimental to others. That means that when other kids joke about someone else’s faith, your children should stand up for those being ridiculed — a first step toward being courageous in their own faith. Also, they can take responsibility for what they believe and not be swayed by derision.

Parent Joy Gayle’s daughter entered her first day of high school. In her geography class, the teacher asked about the top three current events in today’s world. Only this ninth-grader knew about ISIS, Ebola and the Hamas attacks on Jewish communities. How? Joy and her daughter had talked about the Arabic “N” that people were using on social media to show support for the Christians in Iraq — the letter painted on the homes of Iraqi Christians. That discussion of the persecuted church led to talking about other world events, and because of a parent-child discussion of the persecuted church, one high school student went to class well-informed.


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God’s Word on Suffering and Persecution

Parents can trust God’s Word. Jared Pingleton, psychologist and the director of Focus on the Family’s Counseling Services, offers these Scriptures that families can read together and study as a means for better understanding the active Christian response to suffering and persecution:

Matthew 5:11-12, 44 

John 15:18-21 

Romans 8:35; 12:14 

2 Corinthians. 4:8-9; 12:10 

2 Timothy 3:12 

Hebrews 11:35-40 

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Stories are a great way to introduce a difficult discussion with kids. Parents may want to use some of the following resources to help spark a discussion:

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Adventures in Odyssey – 420: Telemachus, Part 1 of 2
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Adventures in Odyssey – 420: Telemachus, Part 2 of 2
Audio drama (also found on the Hidden Treasures CD)
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Escape Underground by Clint Kelly
Kids in the early church must flee to stay alive. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Legacy of Courage & Integrity
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The Hiding Place 
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“The Imagination Station” Challenge on the Hill of Fire by Marianne Hering and Nancy Sanders
Beth and Patrick travel back in time for an adventure that includes St. Patrick.

Life Behind the Wall by Robert Elmer
Beetle Bunker
Children live behind the Berlin wall where families are persecuted for their faith in this historical novel. 

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

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

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

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

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

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

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

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

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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