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Dr. James Dobson Delivers Clear Mandate for the Family

Patriarch of the American Family Concludes Live Event; Challenges Parents to Be There and Beware
SAN DIEGO, July 9, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Dr. James Dobson capped his four-night, two-weekend, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY event with a ringing call to parents to be active, involved and, most of all, present in the lives of their children.
Photo: Dr. James Dobson passing the baton, high-resolution version available online
“Culture flows like a powerful river, and it is extremely difficult to prevent your kids from being swept downstream into unknown waters,” said Dr. Dobson, the author of 30 best sellers including The Strong-Willed Child and Bringing Up Girls. “You must not become distracted from your ultimate priority, which is to raise healthy children and introduce them to Jesus Christ.”
This series drew more than 5,000 parents to Skyline Church near San Diego to hear the renowned psychologist, author and radio host along with his son, Ryan. He is also a broadcaster and an important voice on family issues.
BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY is the updated and expanded version of Dr. Dobson’s legendary parenting series from 1978, which was filmed and eventually seen by a third of the U.S. population. When Ryan, as a brand new dad, saw the decades-old series four years ago, he urged his father to record a new DVD series and to communicate principles of marriage and parenthood to a younger generation.
“Growing up Dobson, I openly challenged my parents like almost every other kid,” Ryan said. “But I’m so grateful that they loved me enough to hold the line. Dad’s teaching is still just as practical and relevant for parents today.”
Dr. Dobson said: “I am most concerned about the children of parents who are overworked, distracted, exhausted and uninvolved. Without their care and direction, the culture will take them to hell. I have witnessed it a thousand times. Even with proper parental supervision, many of our kids are on the bubble.”
Dr. Dobson traced the legacy of his great grandfather, who influenced four generations of his family even long after his death.
The BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY series will be available on DVD in 2013. Information is available at
Dr. Dobson currently heads Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, a nonprofit organization 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 Ph.D. in child development from USC. He founded and is chairman emeritus of Focus on the Family.
For images from the conference, visit:
·         BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY FAQ with James Dobson
·         BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY Backgrounder
·         BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY Dr. James Dobson Bio

Counseling Sabbaticals for Christian Women Celebrates a Year of Success

English: The Christian flag flies outside the ...

English: The Christian flag flies outside the Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Español: La bandera christiana – La sede de Enfoque a la Familia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BUENA VISTA, Colo., June 11, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ —  “Everyone loves my husband. He is just the best pastor. I just keep living through the episodes of his double life and I keep on going. Trouble is, keeping my husband’s dark secrets is how I started dying.”

These quoted words are by a pastor’s wife counseled by Trudy M. Johnson, MA, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Colorado. Almost one year after starting her ministry to Christian women of all sorts, including pastors’ wives and women ministry leaders, Ms. Johnson is seeing the need for the counseling sabbaticals she calls, A’nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals.

The word, “a’nesis” is a Greek word that means “comfort for the afflicted, a liberating rest.” A’nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals bring confidential transformation to one Christian woman at a time.

There are very few places a pastors’ wife, or Christian women in general in need of confidentiality can go. The unique combination of professional therapy, spiritual direction and trauma resolution has equipped Ms. Johnson for what she believes to be “an end- times ministry.”

“The Body of Christ is in desperate need of transformation from the inside out,” states Ms. Johnson. “Salt and light are dimmed by cultural influences.” Held at the beautiful Sanctuary in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, A’nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals since June 19 of 2011 has provided Christian women a safe place to heal and re-connect spiritually.

While some women come just to get away to a quiet place to receive insight and guidance for the next season in their lives, others arrive with serious life issues staring them in the face. “It is an awesome privilege to walk with the broken-hearted. Each story and situation is so unique. Each therapy plan is geared to individual situations,” Ms. Johnson, who is on the Focus on the Family counselor referral list, told a recent interviewer.

“My clients love the fact that they can stay in their sweats and not have to put their make-up on. This makes it doubly easy to have a good cry.” Trudy jokingly told George Carden of UNI News, “I don’t consider it’s been a good week unless we’ve gone through a box of Kleenex.”

A’nesis Retreats and Counseling Sabbaticals has also established a non-profit organization to help raise money for counseling scholarships for Christian women in need.

Dr. James Dobson Caps 50-Year Career, Expands Legendary Parenting Video Series

Original Series Seen by 80 Million People
Two Weekends at San Diego’s Skyline Church: May 11-12 and 18-19



SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – April 26, 2012 – Dr. James Dobson, now heading Family Talk radio and known for bestsellers such as The Strong-Willed Child, Dare to Discipline and Bringing Up Boys—will restore and expand his legendary 1978 film series on parenting (more than a third of the U.S. population saw it at the time), with new segments filmed May 11-12 and 18-19 at a two-weekend conference free and open to the public called BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY.

“My son, Ryan, at the time a new dad, picked up a video and watched it one night,” Dobson said, describing the genesis of the new series. “He phoned me, and, after a few laughs about the sideburns and big eyeglasses, he said, ‘Dad, this is what parents are wanting right now!’”

Ryan’s plea was far from the first, and the Dobson team with producer David Nixon began to consider which segments to retain and what to update and add. In 1978 segments about dealing with young children, for example, the child psychologist speaks from the front lines of raising Ryan and Danae, at the time young children in the Dobson household (she inspired The Strong-Willed Child!).  That one-of-a-kind footage will be restored and reframed. (“John Wickham, then Army chief of staff, was so taken with the Fathering film, he made it required viewing for soldiers around the world,” Dobson recalls.)

In the new Legacy session, one of five new titles to be presented at the San Diego conference, Dobson traces four generations in his family to examine the enduring influence of a single generation.

“Mixing the immediacy of youth and the perspective of age from one man’s long career is a rich capstone,” said Robert Wolgemuth, BUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY executive producer and, interestingly, one of the marketers of the original film series at Word Publishers.  “We’ve specially invited audience members from the original San Antonio event because that conference was a once-in-a-generation moment, and this is too.”

“Faces in the crowd in that San Antonio screening were minor celebrities for two decades,” Wolgemuth added, laughing.

Author of more than 30 books, Dr. Dobson currently heads Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, a nonprofit 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.



Friday, May 11

Saturday, May 12

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19

Each evening, sessions are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


WHERE   Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, La Mesa, Calif. (Highway 94 at Jamacha Boulevard)


INTERVIEWS: Dr. Dobson has limited availability through the end of April.  For interview information, contact Monique Sondag

To learn more about this once-in-a-generation event and to reserve seats (as they last), visit: