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Dave and Ann Wilson

Resurrecting a Marriage

July 31, 2019

Marvin and Linda Rooks had a great marriage, until they didn't anymore. As pressures mounted and responsibilities grew, they found themselves emotionally distant, and Marvin eventually moved out. The Rooks talk honestly about their three year separation and fondly remember the circumstances that finally brought them together again.

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Marvin and Linda Rooks appeared to have it all.  He was an aspiring attorney dedicated to his practice, and she a devoted wife and mother, albeit lonely. Their marriage was adrift on a slow boat to isolation. The Rooks talk about the Easter Sunday that changed everything for them, and the marital separation that had each of them seeking answers.
July 30, 2019
Marvin and Linda Rooks are living proof that it is possible to reconcile and build a marriage that is even better than before.The Rooks's first six years of marriage were heaven and nearly perfect. Then the children arrived, and conflict that should've been faced and resolved was swept under the rug. Bitterness grew, and they grew apart. Marvin focused on his career at the law firm. The Rooks tell how isolation began to take its toll.
July 29, 2019
Pastor Sam Crabtree, a father of two daughters and six grandchildren, offers parents practical help for raising young children.Crabtree explains why boundaries are good and tells parents that if they set rules they don't enforce, it teaches children to disregard what they're saying. Crabtree reminds parents that issues only get bigger once the kids are older, so they need to address the issues as soon as they see them.
July 26, 2019
Pastor Sam Crabtree, author of “Parenting with Loving Correction,” helps young couples understand the importance of loving discipline in their children’s lives.Crabtree emphasizes that parents must mean what they say and be consistent with the boundaries they set. He also explains why disciplining a child with loving correction will gain a child’s heart in the long run.
July 25, 2019
Steve Robinson, author of “Covert Cows,” a book about his 30+ year career working as the chief marketing officer for Chick-fil-A, talks about the secret sauce of the company’s success–the people who work there. Robinson explains how he has learned to be a good husband and father.
July 24, 2019
Steve Robinson, former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Chick-fil-A, reflects on his long-time history with the company and the core values of the Cathy family that have kept the family business thriving.
July 23, 2019
Parenting is difficult, but when you add divorce, the challenge multiplies. Navigating even the most routine parental responsibilities can become difficult. Linda Ranson Jacobs talks to Ron Deal, offering help and hope to parents who may be struggling.
July 22, 2019
Are there things you can do to have a healthy family? Bryan Carter takes us back to the basics, with seven habits of healthy families, paying special attention to how we spend our time.
July 19, 2019
What does it take to have a thriving family? Brian Carter talks about seven habits healthy families have, and it starts with having priorities in line.
July 18, 2019
Scott Kedersha, author of “Ready or Knot,” talks about financial differences a man and a woman bring into a marriage. Kedersha remembers the debt he brought into his marriage while his wife, Kristin, had none. The way they handled money lead to significant challenges, which is why he encourages couples considering marriage to ask some hard financial questions, like “What is your financial picture?"
July 17, 2019
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About FamilyLife Today®

FamilyLife Today® is a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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