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Passport to Purity Hall of Champions

Step into our Hall of Champions! Hear parents from across the U. S. tell how they are preparing their teens for love, sex, and marriage through the use of FamilyLife’s own Passport to Purity. ...

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Top 5 of '05

All this week on "FamilyLife Today", we'll hear this year's top 5 broadcasts of 2005....

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Dad, If You Only Knew

Father and son team Jim and Josh Weidmann talk about the dad deficit that is sweeping across our nation and inflicting sons with a deep wound that can't be easily healed....

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Finding Your Purpose as a Mom

Donna Otto, author of Finding Your Purpose as a Mom, explains that home should be a safe place where God's work gets done....

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Raising a Modern Day Knight

It has been said that boys become men by watching men, by standing close to men. Pastor Robert Lewis, author of the book Raising a Modern Day Knight, tells Dennis Rainey why it's important for fathers and grandfathers to groom their sons and grandsons in manhood. ...

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Your Passport 2 Purity Getaway

Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about several topics featured in FamilyLife's Passport2Purity® - a resource created to build heart-to-heart communication with your preteen while laying a foundation of purity that will prepare them for the turbulent years ahead....

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The Best of '06

All this week on "FamilyLife Today", we'll hear this year's best broadcasts of 2006....

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Balancing Family, Faith, and Work

Pat Gelsinger, Chief Technology Officer for Intel Corporation, reflects on his boyhood and the work ethic he learned from his father. Hear Pat reminisce about his budding career, as well as his budding relationship with Linda, the young woman who captured his heart and eventually became his wife....

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Becoming a Dad

Stephen James and Christian counselor, David Thomas, authors of the book Becoming a Dad, recall the moment when each realized they were going to be a father, and the confusing, exhilarating feelings that followed....

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Daddy, Do You Love Me?

Fathers make a huge impact on their daughter's lives, whether for good or for bad. In this series Shelby Rawson and Ariel Allison, authors of the book Daddy, Do You Love Me?, tell Dennis Rainey about the struggles they've had trying to connect with their fathers through the years, and how their roc...

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So You Want to be a Teenager?

Grab a paddle and hang onto your hat! Dennis and Barbara Rainey, along with son, Samuel, and daughter, Rebecca, talk about riding the rapids of adolescence with your teens. ...

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Summer Reading You Can't Miss

Everyone has a favorite book. Join us to hear some summer reading suggestions from Christian singer/songwriter Sara Groves, author and pastor Crawford Loritts, and Hungry Planet founder and author, Hayley DiMarco....

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Interviewing Your Daughter's Date Drama

All this week on the broadcast, Dennis Rainey talks about the benefits of interviewing your daughter's dates. Join us today as he tells why a father doesn't want to miss out on being his daughter's protector. ...

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Best of 2007

All this week on "FamilyLife Today", we'll hear this year's best broadcasts of 2007....

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Once Upon a Time

Authors Jennie Bishop and Susan Henson talk about their new books for tweens....

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The Squire and The Scroll

Hear ye, hear ye. Gather your young princesses, and especially your princes, to hear a dramatic presentation of the popular children's book, The Squire and the Scroll, written by Jennie Bishop....

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Step Up to the Plate, Dad!

Evangelist RV Brown, author of the book "Step Up to the Plate, Dad!," talks enthusiastically to Dennis Rainey about what it means to be a father....

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For Parents Only

Dennis Rainey talks to Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa Rice, authors of For Parents Only, a revealing new parenting book that tells what's on the minds and hearts of teens today. ...

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Interviewing Your Daughter's Date

What role does a father play when his daughter starts dating? A father of four daughters himself, Dennis Rainey shoots straight with fathers about protecting their daughters by drawing proper boundaries. Hear what this protection does for the daughters, their dates, and the fathers themselves....

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Anchoring Your Family in Christ

How can you anchor your family to Christ for years after you’re gone? Best-selling author Steve Farrar encourages men to depend on God to help them sacrificially lead and love their families. As Steve reminds us, one man with vision can influence his family for generations to come. ...

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