Seeds Family Worship Provides Online Children’s Services

SEEDS FAMILY WORSHIP PROVIDES ONLINE CHILDREN’S SERVICE AND RECEIVING HUGE RESPONSE

 

NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
April 3, 2020

TWIN FALLS, ID (April 3, 2020) Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, churches and families have been looking for ways to have meaningful family time at home around God’s Word. In light of this, Seeds Family Worship launched a weekly online children’s service on its Facebook page, and the services have been watched more than 22,000 times in the last two weeks.
Parents and pastors have been thrilled with the content of these online services for kids. As one Mom expressed, “We just watched the first one and… the Scripture was great for what the world is currently walking through. Loved the songs being all Scripture.” Another Mom of ten (yes, TEN!) little ones shared, “These online services have been really fun… [I’m] thankful that my kids are being filled with God’s truth.”
The Lead Executive Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, Darin Blood, said, “As a pastor I’m thrilled to have this content out there for families that is so biblically sound and engaging for the whole family. I’ve shared it with our entire staff and encouraged them them to join in and invite their friends and family.”
The children’s worship services are streamed every Sunday night at 6PM CST on the Seeds Facebook page. Each service begins with Seeds Family Worship videos: songs set to word-for-word Scripture with graphics and hand motions. Kids love following along as Kylie, or “Worship Girl,” leads the hand motions. After the opening set of songs, a member of the Seeds Family Worship Team brings a short message from God’s Word and the service with one final song Jason Houser, Founder and President of Seeds Family Worship says he was inspired to start these services because of his own experience as a Children’s Worship Pastor at his church. “For the last five years we’ve watched kids at our church learn God’s word through song and felt it was the perfect time to share these songs and teachings with other families.
Seeds not only provides a once a week opportunity to connect as a family, but has self-paced content designed to help families connect around their dinner table. This year Seeds launched the “Twenty Verses in 2020” campaign, helping families everywhere have easy family devotions. The goal is to help families memorize twenty verses together through short family devotions and engaging Scripture memory songs. All devotions, songs and videos for the Twenty-in-2020 campaign are free for families to have time together around God’s Word. Learn more at here.
Seeds Family Worship is on a mission to see God’s Word planted in as many hearts and homes as possible. Seeds has created 14 albums and over 250 word-for-word Scripture videos for kids and families. Churches that use Seeds songs in Children’s Worship help kids worship God while memorizing His Word. Seeds also makes and curates other resources for the church and family to help kids grow closer to God.

 

Prodigal Son’s Story of Addiction and Redemption Detailed in Inspiring New Memoir from Father and Son Duo

Prodigal Son’s Story of Addiction and Redemption Detailed in Inspiring New Memoir from Father and Son Duo

The powerful new book, Hope Lies Ahead: Encouragement for Parents of Prodigals from a Family That’s Been There (Our Daily Bread Publishing), will be available wherever books are sold on April 7, 2020.

Our Daily Bread Publishing has announced a release date for the upcoming book, Hope Lies Ahead: Encouragement for Parents of Prodigals from a Family That’s Been There. The inspiring memoir from father and son duo James Banks and Geoffrey Banks, will be available April 7, 2020 in paperback and digital formats wherever books are sold.Hope Lies Ahead is one family’s story of God’s goodness and redemption in unexpected places. James Banks shares his perspective as a dad watching his child self-destruct through substance abuse, and Geoff Banks writes as the prodigal who finds his way home. This back-and-forth approach candidly shares their experiences and addresses the spiritual and practical challenges families face.

“I felt my son slipping away, and had to do something,” writes James. “Where was the little boy I had been so close to, that boy who was so sweet and open? When a day would go without drama, Cari and I frequently found ourselves saying, ‘Today was a good day.’ It became our own special phrase, something we’d repeat reassuringly to each other. It was packed with meaning, code for ‘Today was a day with no discoveries of drugs, no unpleasant surprises, no arrests, no emergency phone calls….’”

Geoff’s situation seemed hopeless. He had made a mess of his life. His parents struggled to understand the choices the son they loved so much made. And they prayed. Through the hurting, the questions, the frustrations. And through it all, God walked with them.

The father and son duo will point you to God for comfort, healing, and restoration during your own difficult prodigal journey. In whatever way your loved one is turning from the values and faith you hold, you will relate to the raw emotions of fear, despair, and relief. You will nod, cry, call out to God, and—most importantly—you’ll find hope for tomorrow.

Hope Lies Ahead is a follow-up to James Banks’s popular book, Prayers for Prodigals, which he wrote in the midst of his son’s drug addiction.

For more information, visit HopeLiesAhead.org.

About Our Daily Bread Publishing: Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries — a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Whether it’s a radio broadcast, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide many ways to help people grow in their relationship with God. For more information, visit www.odb.org.

Author challenges parents to raise children that resist the current cultural trends

NEWS SOURCE: Adams Group

Nashville, TN − In a recent Barna Research study, half of all parents  say they talk to their children daily about self-control, happiness, and patience. But less than 40% talk to their kids about serving others, conflict resolution, or being reliable. In her new book, “How to Build Children with Integrity”, author and bible study teacher Karen Budzinski offers parents strategies to tackle the subjects that shape the core of their children’s character. Budzinski says that on average, if a person interacts with only three people per day, they will impact over 80,000 people during their lifetime, and that, she says, is why integrity is so imperative.

“As the mother of five, I have learned that raising children to adulthood requires integrity: the wholeness that comes from knowing who you are, what you stand for and what you live for,” says Budzinski. “Integrity is consistent; it can be counted on. Building children requires that you build them with ethics and character that will stand against the flood of social opposition to strong values. ‘How to Build Children with Integrity’ is a toolbox of resources and ideas for parents and those who are involved with children. This book is meant to be used as a springboard to get people to think of how they can take normal everyday life and build something lasting in children along the way. I include many ideas on how to train character, starting with ages where parents are not even accustomed to thinking ahead to outcomes yet.

“How to Build Children with Integrity” deals with topics such as contentment, selfishness, being responsible, accepting failures and imperfections, finding joy in an imperfect world, and teaching kids to be a givers instead of a takers— a subject that cuts to the root of what Budzinski says has become a narcissistic society.

“Research over the past few years seems to show that as people become less materialistic their well-being —including good relationships and sense of purpose—rises. When talking about greed and parasitic people that are consumed with what they can get from others, people that will never get enough, the Bible refers to leeches with …twin daughters named ‘Gimme’ and ‘Gimme more’ (Proverbs 30.15 MSG). Leeches are known for sucking blood insatiably: they can ingest up to five times their body weight in blood taken from their host! A gruesome word picture, but the comparison is stark. Sadly, by pummeling our children with things, we can produce leeches with the mentality of ‘Gimme’ and ‘Gimme more;’ and they will never have enough things to satisfy them. Just as parents don’t realize the damage done until it is too late, the host of a leech often doesn’t feel the pain until it is too late.”

Budzinski says parents need to re-affirm their position as heads of their households, as disciplinarians and, ultimately, as builders of the next generation.

“In the midst of an anti-Christian culture, it is easy to get swept up into a flurry of activities that have no eternal value,” Budzinski says. “Activities substitute and take away time that should be used for training in many homes. Many fathers are out of the house, not only because of divorce but maybe even because of the need to work long hours. Social media often substitutes for face-to-face relationships. My experience is that many families are looking for help in how to counteract the cultural opposition to training children who are able to excel not just academically, but morally. The most important social institution according to Christian teaching is the family, and that institution is being pushed more and more into the background by undue encroachments of the community and of the state. The lives of children are no longer molded solely by the loving atmosphere of the Christian home; in fact, often children or parents spend most of their time away from their homes. Since it is so limited, we must use our time and how we train our children wisely.”

About Karen Budzinski:

For nearly four decades, Karen Budzinski has directed Women’s Ministries for several churches, served as a Sunday School teacher for adult, youth and children’s classes, taught Discipleship and New Believer’s Classes, led marriage groups for couples, and counseled troubled marriages. She attended Central Bible College to study Biblical Counseling, and has held seminars and taught homiletics to individual groups, district denominational gatherings, as well as leaders in Peru and Haiti. She speaks to various MOPS groups each year, and teaches an on-going class on Building Better Relationships in her home and at church. She has five children and 14 (soon to be 15) grandchildren. She and her husband, Gary, have been married for 37 years and reside in Michigan. For more information, visit www.KarenBudzinski.com.

JellyTelly Launches The 5 Minute Family Devotional

JellyTelly Launches The 5 Minute Family Devotional

Video-based Devotionals Help Busy Families Connect With God

Source: Merge PR
8 March – Nashville, TN – JellyTelly, a Nashville-based media and technology company that serves Christian families, has announced the next series in their popular 5 Minute Family Devotionals. The new original series, which includes 16 video-based devotionals about the life of Jesus, begins Monday, March 6 and is available on YouTube, the JellyTelly Parents blog, and the JellyTelly streaming video app.

Faced with feedback from parents regularly about how difficult it can be for families to pull off a regular meaningful devotional time, the JellyTelly team has been working on a brand new way to have a family devotional. Each new JellyTelly 5 Minute Family Devotional is a self-contained video that families can do from their favorite screen – at home or on the go! Each devotional plan takes parents on a journey with their kids and covers themes from the Bible that are foundational for children.

“Helping busy families connect with God and learn about the Bible is something we’re all very passionate about here at JellyTelly,” said CEO Erick Goss. “As we talked with parents, it was clear that family devotions was something that everyone wanted to do, but few parents were succeeding. We really wanted to find a way to make it incredibly easy for families to connect with God and each other. We have received great feedback on the impact these devotions are having in the lives of JellyTelly families.”

Each of JellyTelly’s devotionals features a short video that tells a Bible story, a Bible verse, and a variety of short discussion questions and prayer prompts. Each devotional is posted on the JellyTelly Parents blog, where it is paired with additional information, questions, and free activity downloads to go with each day, allowing parents to take their devotional time off-screen for deeper learning.

“I’m LOVING JellyTelly’s latest 5 Minute Family Devotional. Thankful for a resource to teach our kids Truth,” said Heather MacFayden of GodCenteredMom.com, a mom of four and popular blogger and podcast host. “[It] comes with a video, discussion questions, prayer prompts… they did all the work! You just have to gather your kiddos on the couch!”

JellyTelly has released 70 devotionals in 5 different series with the 5 Minute Family Devotional:

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JellyTelly is a rapidly growing media and technology company incubated within Creative Trust focused on helping Christian parents navigate the often-complicated world of parenting, spiritual formation, and raising great kids. Its transmedia properties include a robust subscription streaming video on demand platform for kids (JellyTelly app), a resource-rich parents blog (JellyTelly Parents), and a curated store with the best books, toys and videos for Christian families (JellyTelly Store). JellyTelly helps families experience the goodness of God every day by inspiring, entertaining and resourcing them.

The JellyTelly app is available on the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store and supported Kindle devices.

JellyTelly Helps Parents Develop Kids’ Faith

JellyTelly Helps Parents Develop Kids’ Faith;

Video App, Devotionals, Store and More Give Parents a Destination for Faith-Building Resources

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SOURCE: Merge PR
14 February – Nashville, TN – JellyTelly, a rapidly-growing media and technology company serving Christian families, is a focused destination for parents looking for help raising Christian kids. The JellyTelly team helps Christian families live faithfully and flourish through the JellyTelly video app for kids, the robust publisher JellyTelly Parents, and a curated e-commerce store.

“Our team conducted interviews with Christian parents from across the country and it was clear that they are looking for a partner they can trust amidst a pluralistic, social, mobile, media-drenched world,” said JellyTelly CEO Erick Goss. “Whether that means offering hundreds of hours of tv shows and movies, mobile games, video-based family devotions, a curated selection of the best Christian family products, or providing world-class encouragement through our publishing platform, JellyTelly is striving to help parents raise the next generation of Christians.”

JellyTelly is a partner for parents looking to engage their kids in the Christian faith, anchored in its streaming video app for kids, parent-centered publishing platform, and carefully curated marketplace of the best in Christian kids’ products. JellyTelly is also the creator of the 5 Minute Family Devotional, a popular video series with video-based family devotionals, available on the JellyTelly Parents blog and YouTube, as well as in the JellyTelly app.

The JellyTelly app features over 300 hours of video content, including beloved series like VeggieTales(R) and Friends and Heroes, and new shows like Phil Vischer’s Buck Denver Asks … What’s in the Bible? and Micah’s Super Vlog. The JellyTelly app is available on the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store and supported Kindle devices.

“Our growing catalog of faith-friendly kids’ video content sets JellyTelly apart from other platforms, offering parents a safe place for their kids to watch and grow in faith at the same time,” said Goss. “I have 3 girls at home, and the shows on JellyTelly have provided a catalyst for conversations about God we would never have had otherwise. Screentime moves from feeling like a compromise to a tool that helps my wife and I teach our girls about Jesus and his love for them.”

JellyTelly Parents features more than 15 well-known regular writers publishing 4-5 times per week, and focuses its content on encouraging, equipping and coaching parents.

The JellyTelly Store is a growing marketplace of thoughtfully curated products for Christian families, including videos, books, games, toys and more.

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JellyTelly is a rapidly growing media and technology company incubated within Creative Trust focused on helping Christian parents navigate the often-complicated world of parenting, spiritual formation, and raising great kids. Its transmedia properties include a robust subscription streaming video on demand platform for kids (JellyTelly app), a resource-rich parents blog (JellyTelly Parents), and a curated store with the best books, toys and videos for Christian families (JellyTelly Store). JellyTelly helps families experience the goodness of God every day by inspiring, entertaining and resourcing them.

The JellyTelly app is available on the App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store and supported Kindle devices.

Berenstain Bears Living Lights Brand Surpasses 5 Million Units Sold

Berenstain Bears Living Lights Brand Surpasses 5 Million Units Sold

Faith-based line of iconic brand continues to soar in popularity

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Grand Rapids, MI—November 5, 2015—Everyone’s favorite Bear family, Papa, Mama, Brother, Sister, and little Honey Bear, continue to be as popular as they were at their origin in 1962 by husband and wife author/illustrator duo, Stan and Jan Berenstain. This is equally true for readers of faith-based children’s books, as the Berenstain Bears Living Lights brand from Zonderkidz (a HarperCollins Christian Publishing imprint) has recently surpassed a sales milestone of five million units since the beginning of the Living Lights brand in 2008.

After a proposal from their son Mike, an active partner in the Berenstain Bears franchise since the 1980s, Stan and Jan Berenstain began a relationship with Zonderkidz to produce the first faith-based editions of their brand under the name Living Lights. Upon their passing, Mike assumed the role of  author and illustrator for all Berenstain Bears products, including the Living Lights brand.

“My parents, Stan and Jan, and I first conceived the Living Lights series of spiritually-themed Berenstain Bears books over ten years ago,” said Mike Berenstain, “Sadly, my dad passed away before the series could be launched in 2008 and my mom followed him in 2012. Since then, I have continued creating the books on my own. It has been immensely gratifying to experience the warm support and enthusiasm of our audience for this series focusing on the spiritual side of family life. Reaching the five million books sold milestone certainly highlights how our readers have taken this concept to their hearts. I hope to continue creating new books in the Living Lights line for many years to come.”

In the current resurging trend of nostalgic cartoon and book series, The Berenstain Bears remain as strong as ever for consumers who consistently turn to the Bear family to help guide their little ones in lessons of family, manners, morality, holidays, and faith. The Berenstain Bears Living Lights brand offers a wide variety of books and storybook Bibles, including a full-text NIrV Bible for emerging readers and even a cookbook featuring treasured recipes from family matriarch Jan Berenstain.

Zonderkidz continues to offer Berenstain Bears titles with each new catalog to appeal to the ever-increasing demand for Living Lights books. “Reaching the milestone of five million units sold is a very exciting accomplishment for Zonderkidz. The Berenstain Bears have been a part of many families lives beginning in the early 1960s. We’re thrilled to be able to continue bringing this treasured brand into homes and libraries through our faith-based Living Lights line,” said Annette Bourland, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Zonderkidz. “Families trust the Berenstain Bears to help parents talk through many of life’s lessons. Through the Living Lights brand, they have a resource that helps them explain some of the intricacies of faith and culture in a way young children can relate to.”

The Berenstain Bears Living Lights brand includes popular titles such as The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule, The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers, The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story, and the recently released The Berenstain Bears and the Very First Christmas. The Berenstain Bears Living Lights books and Bibles are available wherever books are sold, both in-store and online. For more information on the Berenstain Bears, the history of the brand and catalog of products, visit www.berenstainbears.com. For more information on Zonderkidz and The Berenstain Bears Living Lights brand, visit www.zondervan.com.

About the Author: Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents write about and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Since the late 80s, he has been very much involved as a writer and illustrator with his family’s creation, the Berenstain Bears. He continued to work with his mother, Jan, creating new books, up until her death in 2012. The antics and activities of Mike’s three children have provided inspiration for many Berenstain Bears books over the years. Though Stan and Jan passed away in 2006 and 2012, respectively, Mike continues to create the delightful Bear adventures from a studio in Pennsylvania, in an area that looks much like the sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country. www.berenstainbears.com

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources, and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing to Release Duck Commander Devotions for Kids February 10, 2015

HarperCollins Christian Publishing to Release Duck Commander Devotions for Kids February 10, 2015

Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard Issue First Children’s Devotional Book under the Duck Commander Brand

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Nashville, Tenn. (January 7, 2015) —– The mother and daughter team of Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard is releasing a new children’s book February 10, 2015, through Tommy Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is the first children’s devotional release under the Duck Commander brand, and the project features selected Scripture passages, anecdotal stories from the Robertson family members, prayers, and a Duck Commander In Action section. These motivational messages contain wit, humor and outdoor activities to help young believers grow stronger in their faith and are based on the core values of the Robertson family that have resonated with Americans across the country through A&E’s Duck Dynasty and the Robertsons’ Duck Commander® franchise.
“We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to share our faith with families across the country through our new Duck Commander children’s devotionals,” says Korie Robertson. “I hope this first book, Duck Commander Devotions for Kids, will be a fun tool for kids and parents to explore and develop their beliefs together.”
“Having been involved in educational ministry for many years, I’ve seen the impact that building an early faith foundation can have on our kids,” adds Chrys Howard. “Korie and I are so excited to continue to take part in that ministry by sharing faith lessons in Duck Commander Devotions for Kids.”
Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is beautifully illustrated by Holli Conger and gives vibrancy to the biblically based messages delivered by Robertson and Howard. Their down-home approach to these core truths will be very relatable to children, and the familiarity of both ladies will provide a comfort level to parents and their youngsters. As seen on A&E’s Duck Dynasty, the Robertson clan is very well-known for its dedication to family and faith and have led the program to become one of the highest-rated shows on television.
For more information about Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and upcoming Duck Commander–themed contests in conjunction with the book, please visit online at http://www.thomasnelson.com
About Korie Robertson
Korie Robertson is a New York Times best-selling author, the wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. A mother of five, Korie balances family life and her role at Duck Commander with several ventures of her own, including her retail store Duck & Dressing, overseeing licensing for the family’s brands and philanthropic work with a children’s home in the Dominican Republic, Help One Now and adoption and foster care advocacy in Louisiana. Her writing credits include Duck Commander Devotions for Kids, The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work, Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus and The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty. Follow online @bosshogswife or http://www.duckcommander.com
About Chrys Howard
Chrys Howard, the mother of Duck Dynasty’s, Korie Robertson, claims she really did have a life before Duck Dynasty; sometimes it’s just hard to remember what it was. She holds a degree in elementary education and spent 10 years teaching children with learning differences. After teaching, she joined the family-owned business, Howard Publishing, where she served as senior editor and creative director. She has authored a number of books, including the best-selling Hugs for Daughters and Motivationals for Moms, and she co-authored the New York Times bestseller Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Cookbook, Everything’s Better with a Beard, D is for Duck Calls and The Faith Commander church curriculum. Chrys has spent more than 30 years working with Christian youth camps; speaking to women’s groups; teaching Bible classes to children, teens, and young adults; and traveling overseas for mission efforts. She is married to John Howard, has three grown children and 13 adorable grandchildren and lives next door to Korie and Willie in West Monroe, Louisiana.
About Tommy Nelson
Tommy Nelson, the children’s division of Thomas Nelson, a HarperCollins company, publishes a wide variety of high quality, enjoyable products that are consistent with the teachings found in the Bible. Tommy Nelson products are designed to expand children’s imaginations and nurture their faith while pointing them to a personal relationship with God. For more information, visit http://www.tommynelson.com.

Landmark New DVD Series from Dr. James Dobson BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY

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DR. JAMES DOBSON’S ‘BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY’

WHAT LASTING DIFFERENCE

CAN A PARENT MAKE?

New DVD Series From America’s Family Advocate

Is the Best Advice in Generations

COLORADO SPRINGS – May 12, 2014 – Since the release of his first book, Dare to Discipline, in 1970, Dr. James Dobson, America’s best-loved family expert, gently yet convincingly overhauled the way a generation raised kids. Now, in a new DVD series, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY, today’s parents again have the essentials to build lasting love, raise strong children and create an enduring legacy.

“Unchanging biblical principles change who we are, and we can pass that to our children, grandchildren and beyond,” Dr. Dobson says. “BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY can help every generation be all a family can be.”

Building on highlights from his historic first film series, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY adds new footage from Dobson’s lifetime of experience and learning. Eight DVDs—supported by books and study guides—bring rare intergenerational advice from Dr. Dobson; his wife, Shirley; daughter, Danae; and son, Ryan:

  • Your Legacy
  • Bringing up Boys
  • Bringing up Girls
  • Love For A Lifetime
  • The Strong-Willed Child
  • Dare To Discipline
  • Straight Talk To Men
  • Wanting To Believe with Ryan Dobson
  • Plus bonus features

Behind the BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY story is a family legacy story. More than a century ago, a chain of events dramatized in YOUR LEGACY, followed Dr. Dobson’s great-grandfather’s conviction to consistently plead with God for a strong Christian faith to be born in every member of his family for the next four generations.

In the late 1970s as his speaking and travel schedule exploded across the country, Dr. Dobson was left with too little time for his own family.  The solution: Record his lectures on seven films.  The title: Focus on the Family. The surprise: The series hit a nerve worldwide. Audience numbers—mostly in church showings (pre-DVD!)—soared past 80 million. Dare to Discipline and The Strong-Willed Child became household items.

Flash forward to a few years ago as Ryan Dobson, now a parent, finds the old films on DVD. “The first thing I did was laugh at my dad’s glasses and clothes, but I realized quickly how valuable and timeless this information was,” Ryan said. “I picked up the phone and said, ‘Dad, my friends and I need this!’”

Why not reprise? Why not take the best of Dobson speaking when he had young children . . . and add contemporary Dobson wisdom as he caps a remarkable career in Christian family counseling. In eight separate presentations, film crews captured the magic. The result is must-have on then-and-now parenting insight.

In BRINGING UP GIRLS, for example, grown-up Danae Dobson, the original “strong-willed child,” looks back with the father who raised her.

“For anyone in the midst of raising a girl, here are important steps to building a woman of strength and character,” Danae said.

Produced and directed by David Nixon, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY is available on DVD in October at leading Christian retailers and online. A simulcast, also available worldwide in churches across America, from October 1-5, introduces the series to a million people. New books, study guides and re-releases of many of Dr. Dobson’s classic titles support this milestone work in his legendary ministry.

“I’m at a place where I could have just retired,” Dr. Dobson said. “But God told me the job’s not finished.”

That “job,” is BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY.

Author of more than 40 books, Dr. Dobson currently heads Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, a ministry and radio program. For 14 years, he was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and was on the attending staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He earned his doctorate in child development from USC. He founded and is chair emeritus of Focus on the Family.

For more information, visit:
BuildingAFamilyLegacy.com
DrJamesDobson.org
Facebook.com/DrJamesDobsonsFamilyTalk
Twitter.com/DrJamesCDobson

Speaker and Bible Teacher Sue Detweiler To Release Debut Book, 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom

SPEAKER AND BIBLE TEACHER 

SUE DETWEILER SET TO RELEASE DEBUT BOOK, 

9 TRAITS OF A LIFE-GIVING MOM

Book Discusses Challenges of Being A Mother, Identifies

 Nine Traits Corresponding to Fruits of the Spirit

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SOURCE: McCain & Co. PR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 30, 2014) – Morgan James Faith, an imprint of Morgan James Publishing, is set to release the debut book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom: Replacing My Worst With God’s Best, from Bible teacher and speaker Sue Detweiler. The digital version will be available May 9 on Amazon and the author’s website, just in time for Mother’s Day, with the print version slated to hit bookstore shelves in October.

The book, according to Detweiler, who is the mother of six, is not a parenting how-to book, but, rather, a book intended to reach into the hearts of moms to help them overcome unresolved issues, find peace with their imperfections, learn from their mistakes, tap into God’s power to break negative patterns, and joyfully, as Detweiler says, “become the best you.”

“The book is not about how to raise the perfect child,” Detweiler says, “It’s more of a conversation with moms of all ages, to help them when they are feeling overwhelmed,” she says, adding that she hopes the book reaches out to those moms going through a difficult time, particularly for those who know they should embrace being a mother, but for whom it doesn’t come naturally.

Each chapter begins with one of the nine traits of a life-giving mom, which correspond to the nine fruits of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians 5, and concludes with an intimate prayer to God asking for help and guidance. Detweiler utilizes the concept of opposites to make her point: His love replaces our anger; His joy replaces our sadness; His goodness replaces our manipulation.

The book also incorporates a study guide intended for individual or group study.

Inspiration for the book, according to Detweiler, came after she realized how challenging it was to be a mom herself, while dealing with the myriad of distractions in our ever-changing world.

In addition to raising and homeschooling her children, now ages 14 to 24, including two sons that she and her husband adopted five years ago, Detweiler has also juggled a role in pastoral ministry for much of her adult life. Detweiler has served as principal of New Song Christian Academy, where her children were enrolled, and supervised the LIFE School of Ministry, which she helped prepare pastors and leaders for ministry.

“While I had all these other responsibilities on my plate, I was still a mom,” she says, “and it wasn’t always easy. I wanted to be ‘the best mom in the world’ to my children, but sometimes I felt like the worst.”

In the book, Detweiler is unafraid to reveal the times she wasn’t at her best. She describes a  life-changing season which followed the night she and her infant daughter almost died in a house fire.

Detweiler, a new mom, was home alone with five-week-old Rachel when their house caught on fire. It is believed that an arsonist ignited the empty home next to them, setting three homes ablaze. To make matters worse, the fire department was delayed by a train and only one fire truck was on the scene to deal with all three fires. Because of the smoke, Detweiler was disoriented and was unable to get to her daughter.

“My husband arrived in time to alert the firemen to our situation and we were saved. We were happy to be alive, but you can imagine the emotions,” she says. “We didn’t have a house. We didn’t have diapers for the baby. We lived at a neighbor’s home until we could get things sorted out.”

At the same time, Rachel developed colic, spending three to four hours each night screaming. The pressure was almost too much for Detweiler, as she recounts in Chapter 1 of the book.

One day, I laid Rachel down on the blanket and slowly backed away. Her screaming drove me to the edge of feeling like I couldn’t cope. I began to feel claustrophobic and trapped. My heart raced as my mind shut down. “I’m losing it,” I thought. “If I don’t get out of the house, I don’t know what I will do.” I went to the kitchen and dialed the number of a neighbor.

“Can you take my baby?” I quietly pleaded, as soon as she answered the phone. “I have to get out of here.”

Hearing the tremor in my voice, the neighbor agreed to help me. No doubt, she saw my glazed look as I handed her my infant and drove off. What would have happened if she hadn’t been there for me? I don’t know. I was truly desperate.

Desperation is a driving force in our lives to seek change. It is during the pressure-cooker seasons in our lives when we find out our areas of weakness and vulnerability. Pressure cookers are known for being hot, dangerous, and able to blow their lid. That house fire revealed the hidden habits of my own heart that needed God’s healing touch. It’s the heat of life that shows the hidden fractures of our hearts. A Life-Giving Mom uses the pressure-cooker seasons to reevaluate. Allow your own areas of need to propel you toward getting help. As you learn new skills, you will become a better person as well as a better mom.

“Some books for parents include all of the ‘good parenting’ stories,” she says. “But I tell my ‘bad parenting’ stories–those moments when I didn’t make the right choice, when I felt overwhelmed, when I blew it. I use those examples to reach out to the mom who wants to walk with God, who wants the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be evident in the way she parents, but who is coming to grips with how often she ends up falling short.”

For more information about Detweiler and 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom, visit SueDetweiler.com.

About Morgan James Publishing:

Since its inception in 2003, Morgan James Publishing has grown from publishing six books per year to publishing an average of 150 front list titles each year. With a backlist of over 1,900 titles, Morgan James Publishing  provides independent authors with the vital information, inspiration and guidance they need to be successful.

 

Morgan James Publishing has been named to Publisher’s Weekly list of fast-growing independent publishers three times. According to PW’s Lynn Andriani and Jim Milliot, “Morgan James makes an extraordinary effort to help its authors to grow their own business.”

 

Morgan James has also been recognized by Fast Company magazine’s Readers Choice Fast 50.

 

For more information, visit morganjamespublishing.com.

 

About Sue Detweiler:

Sue Detweiler is a mother of six, author, speaker and Bible teacher. Her Healing Rain radio feature is heard on many Christian radio stations across the country. Her internet radio program, Inspiring Women, features interviews with authors such as New York Times best-seller Dan Miller (48 Days To The Work You Love).

 

As a faithful steward, Detweiler has developed her God-given talent to communicate and articulate profound truths in simple and relatable ways. Her experience in marriage, motherhood and ministry exemplifies the life of a woman who has embraced her call and is fully alive to all that God has created her to be. Her debut book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, is scheduled for release in digital form on May 9, just in time for Mother’s Day 2014, with the print version following in October.

 

For more information about Detweiler and 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom, visit SueDetweiler.com.