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Dr. James Dobson

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March 8, 2019

Society measures a person’s success by their accomplishments and fortune. On this timeless Family Talk broadcastNFL Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs clarifies why worldly accolades are not a priority. He tells Dr. Dobson that despite his achievements, his faith in God propelled him through the tough times of life.

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How can parents train their children to live out biblical truth in a culture that blatantly opposes Christian values? On this classic Family Talk broadcast, the insightful father-son duo of Josh and Sean McDowell will tackle this question. The McDowells identify with Dr. Dobson the key principles every parent should know and pass on to their children.
March 7, 2019
One of the major problems in the church today is the lack of clear understanding of Biblical truth. Today on Family Talk, Dr. Dobson addresses the importance of imparting Biblical wisdom to our kids with popular authors and Christian apologists Josh and Sean McDowell. Josh also opens up about his horrific childhood, which warped his worldview for many years.
March 6, 2019
Millions of families who have a loved one with a disability struggle emotionally and financially. It’s the obligation of believers to care for these hurting people. On this Family Talk broadcast, Dr. Dobson finishes talking to Doug Mazza, former President of Joni and Friends. Doug talks about his amazing son Ryan, who has been severely handicapped since birth. Listen to what God, and Ryan, have taught the Mazza family through this experience.
March 5, 2019
Last year, Joni Eareckson Tada celebrated 52 years as a quadriplegic, displaying her reliance on God’s strength. Today, Doug Mazza, former President of Joni and Friends, joins Dr. Dobson in the Family Talk studios to discuss Joni’s life. He describes the excruciating pain and discomfort that she deals with on a daily basis. Doug also shares the profound lessons he has learned from Joni over the years, and highlights her many achievements.  
March 4, 2019
When we experience difficult and painful times in life, the only true source of hope we have is in Jesus. Today on Family Talk, author and speaker Dr. Carolyn Koons continues sharing her heartbreaking testimony. Carolyn describes how her parents’ total apathy made her believe she had no meaning or reason to live. But the moment she walked into a church, she found her purpose.        
March 1, 2019
Romans chapter 5 says to rejoice in our suffering because trials develop perseverance, character, and hope. Featured on this Family Talk broadcast is popular speaker and author, Dr. Carolyn Koons. She opens up about her painful childhood that was scarred by feelings of abandonment and lack of love from her own parents.
February 28, 2019
Parents have been entrusted to develop a healthy and godly learning environment for their kids. But once their children leave the home, the classroom becomes a dangerous battlefield for their hearts and minds. Today on Family Talk, Dr. Dobson talks with Cathe Laurie, wife of Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship. Cathe shares how a graphic sex-education curriculum in California schools is negatively impacting families state-wide. 
February 27, 2019
Paul challenges us in Ephesians to be quick to forgive because Christ has forgiven our sins. Today on Family Talk, you’ll hear the remainder of a tragic testimony from award- winning Christian singer, David Meece. He expresses the deep hatred he had towards his abusive father, and reveals how God showed him the power of forgiveness. 
February 26, 2019
Staying angry towards someone oftentimes seems easier than forgiving them. This decision becomes more difficult when the person we must extend grace to is a parent. On this Family Talk broadcast, award-winning Christian singer David Meece shares his tragic testimony of the relentless abuse he endured from his alcoholic father, and the pain that followed him into adulthood.
February 25, 2019
In Christ, our old self has been replaced by a renewed identity. Today on Family Talk, the late writer and speaker Gertrude Behanna concludes her riveting testimony. She talks about how her pursuit of meaning through drugs and alcohol lead to deep depression and attempted suicide. But God interrupted her life, and changed her outlook forever.
February 22, 2019
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About Family Talk

Family Talk is a Christian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 2010 by Dr. James Dobson, the ministry promotes and teaches biblical principles that support marriage, family, and child-development. Since its inception, Family Talk has served millions of families with broadcasts, monthly newsletters, feature articles, videos, blogs, books and other resources available on demand via its website, mobile apps, and social media platforms.


The Dr. James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI) is a Christian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded initially as Family Talk in 2010 by Dr. James Dobson, the ministry promotes and teaches biblical principles that support marriage, family, and child-development. Since its inception, Family Talk has served families with broadcasts, monthly newsletters, feature articles, videos, blogs, books, and other resources available on demand via its website, mobile apps, and social media platforms. In 2017, the ministry rebranded under JDFI to expand its four core ministry divisions consisting of Family Talk, the Dobson Policy and Education Centers, and the Dobson Digital Library.


Dr. Dobson's flagship program, "Family Talk," is aired on more than 1,300 terrestrial radio outlets and numerous digital channels that reach millions of people each month.

About Dr. James Dobson

Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, "Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk." He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline, Love for a Lifetime, Life on the Edge, Love Must Be Tough, The New Strong-Willed Child, When God Doesn't Make Sense, Bringing Up Boys, Marriage Under Fire, Bringing Up Girls, Head Over Heels and, most recently, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift.


Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised five U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Dr. Dobson recently received the following awards: Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith & Freedom Coalition (2017), Daniel Award from AZ Christian University (2016), and the Defender of Life Award from the Justice Foundation (2015).


Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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