Dr. James Dobson Newsletter Archives

Dr. James Dobson's commentaries cover a variety of topics designed to help you and your family thrive in today's culture.

Dear Friends, This will be my final letter to 800,000 people before Americans cast our ballots on November 3rd. It is a breathtaking moment in the history of the United States. Perhaps I will be permitted to repeat a brief comment I made in my August letter because of its relevance to today. Many political commentators have stated that this election is the most significant since 1864, when Abraham Lincoln vied for a second term against Democratic...
Dear Friends, On June 21, 2016, Shirley and I were in New York City to attend a gathering of more than 1,000 evangelical pastors and conservative Catholics at the Marriott Hotel. We were there to evaluate and consider the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, who was scheduled to attend. Initially, most of us were skeptical because of what we had read and heard about this thrice-married billionaire. I had...
Dear Friends, As I write this newsletter, voters across this nation are only a few short months away from the next general election. What an ominous time this is for our 244-year-old republic. Its future hangs in the balance. The choices we make on November 3rd will send this nation down one of two dramatically different paths. The wrong decision will be catastrophic. I agree with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who said recently that...
Dear fellow believers, I am writing today about something that is heavy on my heart. As we celebrate the 244th anniversary of our founding, America is divided into opposing camps. On the one hand, it is noble and beautiful, generous to a fault, and remains a shining light set on a hill. I love her dearly and pray for her safety because she has many enemies whose passion is to destroy her. The "other America" is driven by a popular culture that...
Dear Friends, As you know, June 21st has been designated as Father's Day, which is a celebration of fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. I thank God for this annual tribute to dads and their families. Men need all the support they can get. Politically correct voices throughout the culture vehemently ridicule everything that is traditionally masculine. Since the 1960s when the women's liberation movement declared...
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us. Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities It feels in many ways as though the entire human family has been...
Hello dear friends, I am writing to you this month to express compassion and hope to those among my readers who are deeply troubled today by the uncertainty of our times. While our nation and our world have reason to be concerned by the coronavirus that stalks the human family, we must also exercise sound judgment and shine the light of hope. I don't intend to heighten your apprehension, but want to point all of us to the Great Physician who told...
I have been a consummate football fan since my days as a student at USC, and I typically experience a kind of "withdrawal" each year during the off season. I get most excited about college football but have also followed the pros for years. However, my enthusiasm for the National Football League turned sour last month. That is an understatement. I am thoroughly disgusted with the NFL since its recent Super Bowl telecast. The game itself was a...
Those of you who have followed my work through the years know that what I care about most, after my love for Jesus Christ and my family, is the welfare of children—yours and mine. I have been fascinated since my early twenties by kids at every stage from birth through adolescence. I still find it compelling to consider the marvelous way God created them. Every child on the face of the earth is unique, distinct, and precious. It was this early...
Notice to my readers: The following monthly letter contains a story that I believe you will not forget. It is the edited transcript of a recent Family Talk radio interview with Rachael Denhollander. She was a victim of child abuse as a little girl, and then suffered repeated assaults as a teenager. In this interview, she names prominent people, one of them a sitting governor who refused to prosecute the perpetrators. But Rachael would not be...
Dear friends, As I write, Christmas is right around the corner and we have been contemplating how we will celebrate Christ's glorious birth this year. In addition to the spiritual meaning of the season, December has become a time of nostalgia in our home, as we look back on the happy times when our children were young and our parents and other loved ones were with us. How quickly those precious occasions came and went. To help us recapture the...
During a recent interview on Family Talk radio, my guest asked me a provocative question. He wanted to know why people on the Far Left seem to hate God. I gave him a preliminary reply and later wrote a more thoughtful answer, which appears below. This may surprise you, but the hatred of left-wing activists isn't primarily aimed at God. In the first place, most of them don't believe He exists, and even if He does, they wish He would just go away...
On Monday, September 23, 2019, President Donald Trump delivered a historic address at the United Nations on the issue of religious freedom. Because his message was largely ignored by the mainstream—and Christian!—media, I am posting an excerpt below. I think you will feel the passion of the President's words and intent. What you will read here is administration policy. The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from...
The horrible massacre of 31 innocent people a few weeks ago in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, was staggering for Americans. Once again, we witnessed ghastly multiple murders. It is happening regularly, with no end in sight. Though it is heart-wrenching to recall, we must not forget the slaughter of 20 precious kindergartners and 6 adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School, or the killing of 12 teenagers and 1 faculty member at...
Ladies and Gentlemen, I write you today to express my profound concern for our nation and for everything cherished by people of faith. "Love of country" as we have known it is in serious jeopardy. Those who are determined to "fundamentally change" America have forged a virulent and growing political movement that recognizes no allegiance to the U.S. Constitution. They think they have a better idea. People like that despise the Declaration of...
Several weeks ago, I was invited by White House staff to visit our southern border at McAllen, Texas, where federal agents are struggling to deal with a massive influx of poor and destitute human beings. They come in never-ending waves. Please believe me when I tell you that the media and leftist politicians have not been truthful about what is going on there. It is a human tragedy. I promised the exhausted U.S. Custom and Border Patrol agents...
In October 2010, Shirley and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by taking a long overdue trip to Europe. After visiting London and Paris for a few days, we boarded a train for Normandy, France, where a massive military invasion had occurred on June 6, 1944. Visiting that hallowed place was one of the most emotional experiences of our lives. This month, June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of the life and death struggle known as D-Day...
You might be aware that our organization, the James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI), has been embroiled in a life-or-death legal battle with the federal government since the heyday of the Obama administration. Here's the background: During a speech given to a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009, President Obama assured the legislators that no federal dollars would be spent to fund abortion within the Affordable Health Care Act. Many...
As we celebrate the Easter season and Jesus' resurrection from the grave on April 21st, I want to devote my letter to the experience of hardship and persecution that often accompanies the Christian life. We are taught in Scripture to adopt a certain mental toughness that is designed to protect us when trouble shows up unannounced. The Apostle Peter referred to that mindset when he wrote, "Therefore, since Christ suffered in His body, arm...
This month, my message focuses on the passing of a member of our family, and an old, arthritic black labrador retriever that had her own "ministry" to sick, dying patients. I believe you will find this letter touching. On December 2, 2006, my wife's aunt collapsed in her home. I will call her "Alice" to protect her privacy and her memory. She was 90 years-old and legally blind, but managed to care for herself independently since the death of her...
February 14th is a day set aside each year to celebrate love. Traditionally, it occurs when a man pauses to express his love and appreciation for the woman he cherishes romantically. Today, I want to focus on Valentine's Day and expand it to consider the institution of marriage itself, and what it means for the well-being of our culture. Marriage is one of the Creator's most marvelous and enduring gifts to humankind. This divine plan was revealed...
Most Americans know that the 41st president of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, died on November 30, 2018, after a lengthy illness. He was 94 years old. Millions of viewers were captivated by his televised funeral in Washington, D.C., that occurred several days later. It was one of the most emotional and flawlessly executed services I have seen. Despite what you may have heard recently, the news media bludgeoned Bush 41 unmercifully...
Greetings, dear friends,The blessed season has rolled around again when we celebrate the birth of the Savior. Would you take a brief moment to contemplate with us the lyrics of one of our favorite Christmas carols? You have heard it often, but seeing these words in writing might help us comprehend better their poetry and meaning. The lyrics were penned in 1865 by an Episcopal priest named Phillip Brooks. Can you "feel" the incredible truth and...
As I write, we are still several days away from national elections here in the United States. We clearly don't know the outcome at this juncture, but by the time you receive this letter, it will have been decided. These "midterms" have been said to be among the most important in our nation's history. At stake is the direction this country will move, for good or ill, for decades to come. If progressives win and capture the majority in either the...
Dear Fellow Citizens, As I sit down to write my monthly letter this morning, many important topics are running through my mind. Only one, however, rises to the top. Powerful social movements and passions are "blowing in the wind," and most of them have dangerous implications for the institution of the family, religious liberty, our children and unborn babies, and the country at large. The Ship of State, on which we all are passengers, is steaming...
I sent a passionate letter to my constituency during the month of August, which I'm told has been read by millions of people. One of the responders was a man who lives in Paris, and he read a French translation of my letter. Now I am writing again this month to convey another deeply felt message, as follows.Some months ago, my guest on Family Talk was George Barna, author and national researcher. He has been hailed as the most quoted person in...
I would like to tell you about an experience Shirley and I had while visiting the cultural centers of Europe about 20 years ago. One of the cities that we toured was Berlin, Germany. I have been fascinated since I was a child with World War II and what made the adults around me so fearful. I have wondered in the ensuing years how highly educated and intelligent Germans could have been so corrupted and deceived by the propaganda that lay the...
This year on July 4th, we commemorated the 242nd anniversary of the signing of America's Declaration of Independence. Many of you celebrated the occasion with picnics, barbecues, concerts, and fireworks. We cherish our freedoms and benefits as citizens of the United States and are grateful for God's goodness and blessing on our country. However, we must be ever vigilant to honor and obey the God of our fathers as we raise our children and engage...
Last month my letter was dedicated to a celebration of Mother's Day on May 13. I hope you had a chance to read it. This being June, we'll swing to the other half of the equation to take a look at Father's Day. I want to deal with what is happening to men within the culture at large.Have you noticed that the "women's movement," as it is now called, has again declared all-out war on men? It is pervasive and comes in the form of ridicule, resentment...
We have chosen to devote our newsletter this month to mothers around the world. It features an article published with permission from Taste of the South magazine, and was written by Betty Terry. It caught the attention of our daughter, Danae Dobson, who is proud of our southern heritage and its culinary traditions. I was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up enjoying wonderful cooking by the women in our family. My mother was one of the best...
Greetings as we enjoy the season of new growth—blooming flowers, tender shoots of grass blowing in the wind, and birds singing in the trees! This month I'd like to share a passage from my book, Bringing Up Boys. This particular chapter, titled "Staying Close," addresses the need for parents to build strong, healthy relationships with their children. That might sound like a no-brainer, but it's not always easy to do. After all, our culture is...
Soon you and I will celebrate the most important holiday (literally, "holy day") on the Christian calendar. Easter is not primarily a secular observance designed to usher in the warmth of spring. Nor is it simply a day for children to hide eggs and overindulge eating chocolate bunnies. Despite modern culture's attempts to reinvent this day of celebration, Easter is, at its heart, the Christian commemoration of Christ's death, and, three days...
I'm sure many of you have heard about the new movie entitled, Darkest Hour, nominated for both Best Picture and Best Actor at this year's Academy Awards. It depicts the account of Winston Churchill's improbable selection as the British Prime Minister at the beginning of World War II. This was a time when the world, including the American people, literally held their breath. The movie provides a deeply moving dramatization of this period in...
A new year has begun, and with it comes a national remembrance marked by sorrow and shame. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down two rulings that would change our country, and the world, forever. I’ll never forget that day. At that time, I was a professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and I had spent the day on campus. I was driving home and listening to the radio when I heard a tragic announcement...
Merry Christmas, Everyone.Shirley and I want to wish you and your family a very blessed season as believers around the world celebrate the birth of our Savior. Since I was a child, I have cherished this time of the year when nearly everything I loved was uppermost, including togetherness with my family and friends, sacred choral performances, the giving of gifts, decorated trees and lights, wonderful food from marvelous southern cooks, and the...
It is with excitement that I announce a significant expansion of the ministry known as Family Talk. Let me tell you why our board of directors has taken this dramatic step.As you know, the institution of the family is under assault throughout the culture. Infidelity, sexual addiction, and divorce are at an all time high, both in the church and in the general population. This breakdown in marital commitments has led to an alarming increase in...
This month it’s my pleasure to share with you a portion of one of my favorite books, entitled Bringing Up Boys. It has sold more than 2 million copies since first published. The reason for this popularity, especially among women, appears to be because the behavior and temperament of their boys is often beyond their comprehension. Moms remember clearly what it was like to be feminine little girls, but they have only a vague notion of how their...
The topic for my letter this month is one that strikes terror into the hearts of the nation’s parents. The issue is suicide among teens and young adults. Self-destruction is at an epidemic proportion in this country. Colorado Springs, the home of Family Talk, leads the nation per capita in the incidence of this tragedy, and there is more alarming news. According to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the suicide rate in the U...
As the summer rolls to a close, I want to share a thought with those of you who are struggling with your faith at this time. Some have encountered life-altering physical illnesses. Others have offered prayers that were seemingly unanswered. Still others have suffered financial setbacks and frustrations. As your troubles accumulated, you have wondered if God is really there and if He cares about you and your family. If that has been your...
I am Jenanne Jenkins, one of the vice presidents of Family Talk. Dr. Dobson asked me to write you on his behalf this month while he is scurrying around the country doing interesting things. One of these occurred in Washington, D.C., on June 10, when he was honored with the Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement award, given by the Faith and Freedom Coalition. The primary speaker that night was Vice President Mike Pence, with whom Dr. Dobson has...
I have a special gift to help you celebrate Father’s Day, June 18. As a father, it comes from my heart and is addressed to both dads and moms. The monthly letter that follows is a little “serendipity” that appears in my book, Bringing Up Girls. Listed below are some selected short proverbs reprinted with permission from a friend named Harry Harrison. They are excerpted from his book, entitled, Father to Daughter: Life Lessons on Raising a Girl.As...
Dear friends,Mother’s Day this year is on May 14, and I hope you are beginning to think about it. I want to begin my letter this month with a true story that will be familiar to some of you. It’s about the horrendous fires that ravaged Yellowstone National Park in June 1988. Birds and ground creatures fled for their lives as flames raced through the forest. One of those birds was a little mother who had laid her eggs in a bush at the base of a...
While most of us Americans were thinking about something else, a decades long struggle has been going on within the leadership of our Armed Forces and the political decision makers to whom they are accountable. You should know about it if you don’t already. It concerns an effort to redesign and reshape our military and has far ranging implications for the security of this country. Since the early 1990s, each branch has been under unrelenting...
I want to get back to the basics this month about one of the subjects I care about most. It is children. For parents everywhere who are still dealing with one (or more) tough-as-nails strong-willed child, and for grandparents whose grown children have now given them a couple of difficult grandkids, it might be time for a brief refresher course. Specifically, let’s talk about how to understand and handle mischievous little rascals whose greatest...
May I make a suggestion to everyone reading along with me today? We all know that America has been through an extremely stressful and contentious political year. Two thousand sixteen put the entire nation on edge and divided us down the middle. But now, the presidential election is over, a new Congress is in place, and President Donald J. Trump has been inaugurated. Maybe it’s time to put hardscrabble politics behind us for a while and think...
This month I would like to discuss the unlikely victory of Donald J. Trump over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election of 2016 and explore its remarkable meaning. Virtually every pundit and news organization told the nation incessantly that Mrs. Clinton would be a certain winner on November 8. As we all know, they were shockingly wrong. Now that the ballots have been counted and even recounted, the media are making another mistake.We are...
It’s Christmastime again, and to help us get into the spirit of the season, I want to share something that will warm your heart. It has been my tradition for many years to send a carefully chosen story to all our friends and supporters, and this year’s selection is one of the best. It can be found in Joe Wheeler’s superb anthology, Christmas in My Heart: Volume 2. It is titled “Delayed Delivery,” and was written by Cathy Miller. They have given...
If I have calculated properly, you will receive this letter a few days after the U.S. elections are over and the winners have been declared. Undoubtedly, you know the results by now. I am writing you a few weeks before November 8th, which will allow me to address the issues and their implications without violating the IRS code for non-profit organizations. Obviously, my purpose is not to influence the election but to speculate about its profound...
Last month, Shirley and I flew to Dover, Delaware, to attend and video tape Franklin Graham’s 42nd Decision America Tour. As of that time, he had only eight more states to visit on his nationwide campaign. This event, like all the others, was held on the State capitol grounds in front of a large and passionate crowd. The average attendance at the rallies has been 4,200 people. On this occasion, they stood praying together for the welfare of a...
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tim Clinton. I have tremendous admiration and respect for Dr. James Dobson—the man, the Christian leader, the marriage and parenting expert, and the unwavering advocate for the family. His books and broadcasts were seminal in my own education and choice of career as I pursued my doctorate in professional counseling. Then I followed in Dr. Dobson’s footsteps to become an author, a university professor, and...
This is the first opportunity I’ve had to tell you about my consequential trip to New York City on June 21st. I went there to meet with GOP presidential candidate (and now nominee) Donald Trump. There were 1,000 Christian leaders at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel that day, where most of us stayed. Our purpose was not to endorse Mr. Trump, but to have a candid “conversation” with him. We wanted to ask the candidate specific questions about...
When I was in the third grade, I raised my hand one day and asked the teacher for permission to “go to the bathroom.” She nodded, and I hurried down the hall to the door designated “Boys.” After I had relieved myself, I headed back in the direction of my homeroom. As bad luck would have it, the doors in the hallway all looked alike, and I opened the wrong one. Two second-grade girls were standing there with their mouths open in disbelief. Then...
This month includes a celebration designated as Father’s Day (June 19th). In keeping with that theme, I’m addressing this newsletter to our nation’s dads. Some of the following thoughts can be found in my book, Bringing Up Boys, and I think they present the most helpful concepts I have to offer on that subject. I’ve called this letter, “The Essential Father.” I hope you enjoy it.General Douglas MacArthur, one of my heroes, was one of the greatest...
Twenty-two years ago, I conducted an interview with Dr. Phillip Johnson, a respected professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He had just written a book titled Darwin On Trial. Dr. Johnson is retired now, but he devoted many years to debunking the theory of evolution on campuses across North America. He debated scientists in the most hostile academic environments. I admire him for having the courage to espouse politically incorrect...
Almost every month since I left academia in 1977, I have written a letter to our listeners and supporters. Each of those letters dealt with a different topic of relevance to the family. They number more than 420 to date, and all of them are filed here at Family Talk. They chronicle the 33 years I spent at Focus on the Family, and now 6 years at Family Talk.Never in those four decades have I devoted a letter specifically to my marvelous wife...
NOTE: The following letter was completed two weeks ago and deals with the upcoming presidential election as it relates the U.S. Supreme Court. It addresses a subject of extreme importance to the future of this great nation. Family Talk would have gone to print with this letter and mailed or emailed it immediately to several hundred thousand people on our list of constituents. However, America lost one of its most articulate voices three days...
Some of you are aware that I have been writing books for married couples and their children for more than 45 years, beginning with Dare to Discipline in 1970. Writing for families has been a love of my life, which,I hope, has not yet run its course. Many radio and television hosts have asked me a particular question during interviews. They wanted to know, “Which of your 30 books is your favorite?” I have rarely tried to answer that question...
The year was 1968, and I was shopping for a Christmas gift that I hoped my godly father would enjoy. He was an avid reader, and I was searching for a book that sounded interesting. I settled on a runaway best seller titled, The Population Bomb, by Dr. Paul Ehrlich.(i) Everyone seemed to be talking about it. The theme of this alarming publication was that there were far too many people in the world, and the problem was getting worse by the second...
A warm Christmas greeting to you! If your family is anything like ours, you would probably enjoy taking time out during this busy season of the year to make some hot cocoa and popcorn, throw a log on the fire and watch a movie that has become synonymous with the Christmas season. I’m talking about Frank Capra’s 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart, and titled, It’s a Wonderful Life. If you’re one of the few people who hasn’t seen this enduring...
It’s November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Christmas will be here before we know it. Have you noticed that the holidays tend to get busier every year? At the very moment that we should be slowing down and reflecting on the true meaning of the spiritual seasons, our already frantic pace of living seems to escalate tenfold! It is particularly prevalent during the holidays, but also happens throughout the year. Does this describe...
I have written you several times in recent months about the tragic assault on the institution of the family, emanating from the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legalized same-sex marriage. The repercussions of that decision and the inevitable fallout from it are staggering. This month, however, I won’t discuss the collapse of traditional marriage further. Instead, I want to address the marvelous institution itself. Who can comprehend the...
Those of you who received and read my monthly letter from July may remember that I said the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage had vast implications beyond the issue itself. It was, in fact, about everything else. The focal point was actually about winning the culture war with one fell swoop. It also constituted a devastating broadside against the Christian faith.Let me explain what I meant. I have said for more than 30 years...
I expressed in a letter to our constituents last month that I continue to grieve over the U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down on June 26, 2015. This ruling, called Obergefell, redefined natural marriage and expanded the legal definition of this 5,000 year-old institution to include same-sex unions. We are convinced that this unconstitutional decision, issued by five unelected, unaccountable and imperious Justices, will ultimately prove to be...
I have been in family ministry for nearly 38 years, and in that period of time I have seldom written an urgent letter in which I asked for contributions. During the early days at Focus on the Family, where I was to labor for 33 years, I promised the Lord that I would pour my life into the ministry without taking a salary. However, I asked Him not to require me to raise money. I hate it. I am not good at it, and it interferes with the work I feel...
I’m Dr. Meg Meeker, pediatrician and co-host of the Family Talk radio and Internet program. Here we are almost halfway through 2015, and there are many exciting things happening at Family Talk! I am grateful to write you this month and share what I believe to be one of the most important goals that we have here: to champion fathers. Several years ago, I wrote Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters because I wanted to tell stories of what great men do...
May I urge you to read this letter carefully? It has been written with a fervent prayer that you will recognize the urgency it conveys. It deals with a decision that is about to be announced by the U.S. Supreme Court, dealing with the definition of marriage. In late June or early July, the Justices will reveal their decision to either affirm the definition of marriage as being exclusively between one man and one woman, or it will redefine this...
Warm greetings to you and your family as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. Our Heavenly Father sent His Only Begotten Son to earth to live as a man and to die a cruel death so that we might be redeemed from the penalty of sin. His sacrifice was unprecedented, yet through it, He provided an avenue for all who believe in Him to be adopted into His family. It is called the Plan of Salvation. I want to write to you...
You may have heard the Family Talk radio programs several weeks ago on the subject of Fifty Shades of Grey. It featured my colleague, Dr. Meg Meeker, and her guests, who were talking about the movie by the same name.[i] Though none of us at Family Talk has seen the movie, we know of its wretched theme and pornographic content from the reviews that flooded the news media in recent weeks. It is deeply disturbing to learn that the movie opened in...
February 2015 Newsletter Greetings, everyone. Now that the hubbub of Christmas and the New Year has passed, we come to a quieter February, which takes us to Valentine’s Day. I want to offer a few relevant comments about boys and girls, and men and women. These thoughts first appeared in my book, Bringing Up Girls, and included one of my favorite statements about child rearing. This chapter is called, “Teaching Girls to Be Ladies.” I hope you like...
As you know, a new Congress was installed on the 6th of this month, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Our congressmen and senators are up against a president who seems to lack accountability to anyone. He has overridden the U.S. Constitution repeatedly and in ways that his predecessors would never have dared. When he hasn’t achieved his purposes within the Congress, Obama said he would disregard it and rule with a “pen and a phone.” What...
‘Tis the season for the celebration of Christ’s birth and many cherished family traditions. I have loved this time of year since I was a small child. One December my father took 8 mm black and white movies of our family gathering, which still exist today. Uncles and aunts, scads of cousins, and the matriarch of the family, “Little Mother,” are seen celebrating together. They look so happy, but the adults present on that day are all gone. These...
Greetings, everyone. The Thanksgiving season is almost upon us when people of faith will again celebrate the blessings bestowed upon the Pilgrims by our Heavenly Father. He had brought them through a long, cold winter and helped them establish a bridgehead in a new land. This historical account is what led President George Washington to designate a day for Americans to remember a time of great deprivation and give praise to the Almighty for...
Perhaps you remember the story of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, who chose to take his family into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The men living there had become desperately depraved, burning with lust for each other. Jehovah told Abraham that their sin was so grievous that the Lord decided to rain utter destruction upon them. Abraham pleaded with the Lord on behalf of the people, but the patriarch could not find even ten righteous men in...
Several years ago, I began working on the most ambitious and challenging project of my professional career, which has now spanned more than 44 years. After writing dozens of books and producing numerous films and videos to strengthen families, and after airing more than 8,000 radio broadcasts on subjects related to marriage, parenting, and righteousness, the Lord began leading me to give voice to what I believe to be the most important message I...
This summer has passed in a blur, as it does every year, and each family is preparing now for the busyness of fall. There are school clothes to buy and perhaps final occasions for short vacations, picnics or other leisure activities. Let me take this opportunity to talk briefly to moms and dads about their adolescent sons and daughters. They will be leaving the nest soon, and these last few years will be very important. We’ll call this letter a...
View Dr. Joshua Straub's Blog Greetings from the Family Talk ministry team. Dr. Dobson is currently out of town working on a new DVD project that I will explain in detail in a moment. He would appreciate your prayers as he completes this creative work on behalf of the family. As you’ve likely read in Dr. Dobson’s recent newsletter and email updates, our devoted ministry leader has been engaged in what may be the busiest and most productive year...
You may have read one of the hundreds of blogs and articles that were critical of Shirley and me following the recent National Day of Prayer event in Washington, D.C. Most of the criticism was aimed at me, which I’ll address in a moment. Almost all of the angry editorials were written by liberal activists who were apparently looking for an excuse to damage the prayer event in the nation’s capital. They are hostile to any public display of...
Last year God blessed me with an extraordinary gift—my first grandchild. I had heard Dr. Dobson and other friends talk about the indescribable joy one gets looking at the face of your grandchild, but I couldn’t comprehend it until I laid eyes on my beautiful granddaughter last spring. You who are parents and grandparents also know what accompanies the elation—a sobering respect for the world in which our precious children and grandchildren grow...
You may have said or heard your Christian friends say that our nation is in serious moral decline, and that it is sliding relentlessly away from biblical values. I have expressed those words myself with increasing regularity, because I believe them to be true. Since our Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, there has been a remarkable consensus about the Judeo-Christian system of values. Even though many citizens were not committed to...
Before I get to the topic for this month’s letter, I need to tell you that contributions to Family Talk hit the skids in February. After an encouraging year-end, we just fell off a cliff. There is no explanation for it, but maintaining a staff and staying on course becomes difficult when necessary funding suddenly becomes insufficient. We don’t carry a large cash reserve, even if we could, because we believe money given should go straight into...
I am a pediatrician, a mother of four grown children, and a grandmother to one amazing little girl. I have been married to my husband and medical partner, Walt, for almost 33 years. He is a pediatrician and an internist. I came to Family Talk in a most unusual way. One year ago I was invited to speak at a Family Talk conference in La Quinta, California, after being on the radio program with Dr. Dobson. He and I have a mutual passion for: • the...
It is with great appreciation that I write today to thank those of you who contributed to the ministry of Family Talk in December. Your kindness will make it possible for us to continue the work God has called us to do. In my 36 years of advocacy for marriage, parenthood, the sanctity of human life, and righteousness in the culture, I have never experienced such exciting opportunities as those lying before us in 2014. That might sound like an...
“And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth.” Luke 1:14 Isn’t this a beautiful scripture to help us celebrate the meaning of Christmas? Although 2013 has been a tumultuous year in America and around the world, we can have “joy and gladness” because of the birth of the Christ Child. He brings hope and encouragement to all who believe in Him. As I often do at this time of the year, I want to share a special story that I...
From the Desk of Dr. James Dobson — November 2013 Newsletter My letter this month will focus on the assassination of the 35th president of the United States. It was 50 years ago this month, November 22nd, 1963, that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was murdered while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. And America reeled in disbelief. I will never forget that tragic day. I was talking on the telephone with a mother whose high school son was failing in...
Confident Parenting — Dr. Dobson's October 2013 Newsletter I know many of you share my concern about the stability of the family. The definition of marriage is under assault, our children are being exposed to depictions of immorality day after day, and people appear to be less committed to the Christian faith. I have addressed some of these cultural changes in my recent letters. But this month, I want to talk about what I consider to be the most...
Ministry Updates and Opportunities for 2013 and Beyond! — September 2013 Newsletter Dear Family Talk Friends, Greetings from Colorado. My name is Michael Tomlinson, and I serve Family Talk as Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dobson has been out of the office for several weeks while working on a new book. In the meantime, he asked me to bring you some good news that has our staff excited and energized. Over the last several months, many of you have...
Freedom, Justice and Religious Liberty for All — Dr. Dobson's August 2013 Newsletter There is something that I simply must share with you this month. It concerns the moral collapse we are experiencing as a nation. It has many dimensions, but the aspect that troubles me most is the assault on Christianity and religious liberty, orchestrated by the Obama Administration and its associates on the Far Left. Our Founding Fathers would not have believed...
Scouts Honor? — Dr. Dobson's July 2013 Newsletter I am sure most of you are aware of the new policy within Boy Scouts of America that allows boys who are open and avowed homosexuals to be admitted as members. This was a resolution passed by 61 percent of 1,400 voting delegates on May 23rd. Here are some reactions from pro-family leaders that mirror my own views. First, let me share an editorial written by Tony Perkins, president of the Family...
Targeted by the IRS — Dr. Dobson's June 2013 Newsletter Are you aware that religious liberties, cherished by millions of Americans, are being attacked, viciously and relentlessly, by various departments of the federal government? These agencies are being led by appointees of President Obama, who gives them their marching orders. His policies are intended to implement what he refers to as the “transformation” of America. This is his word for it...
Strong Mom's—Strong Families Dr. Dobson's May 2013 Newsletter Are you tired of hearing about same sex marriage coming from President Obama, liberal Congressmen, media spokesmen, leftist commentators, activist judges, entertainment moguls and homosexual advocates? These and other powerful influencers have set about redefining marriage as it has been known for 5,000 years. The institution of the family has been staggered by relentless attacks. Many...
Marriage in Crisis I am writing you this month about the institution of marriage, which is rocking and reeling like a ship on a stormy sea. Attacks on its stability and integrity are coming today from every major center of power. Each seems determined to redefine marriage and destroy its underpinnings. This 5,000-year-old institution, dating back to the dawn of humankind, is almost defenseless against the federal judiciary, the White House, the...
Family on the Front Lines — Dr. Dobson's March 2013 Newsletter In the past four years, our nation has witnessed a parade of governmental and judicial policies that have assaulted traditional moral and spiritual values. Almost every day, a disturbing new development comes to light. President Barack Obama promised during his first campaign to bring "change" and "transformation" to America, but he didn't tell us how he was going to do it. Now we...
Building Lasting Marriages Night Light for Couples is a book Shirley and I wrote together, and is dedicated affectionately to married couples around the world. May the Lord grant you loving and caring relationships that will endure to the final moment of your lives together. It is our prayer that the following devotionals, just two from six months of daily features in our book, will help you achieve that worthy objective. God's blessings to you...
Standing Together for the Family "Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers JUST men who will rule in the fear of God…If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will so be corrupted...If government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws." —Noah...
Merry Christmas Merry Christmas from Shirley and me and from the team at Family Talk! Join us as we celebrate God’s indescribably gracious gift to us, His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, who left His home in Heaven to become our Savior through His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection. There is no greater gift! May I take this opportunity to express my love and care for you, our nation and families around the world? You’ve heard me say...
Extended Families This letter is being written just before the national elections are held here in the United States, which will have occurred by the time you receive it. Shirley and I are praying that God’s people will turn out at the polls in record numbers, and that the outcome will be according to His divine plan. I can’t imagine what this country will be like if those supporting the international abortion agenda are given power, if the...
Families in Crisis I recently received an open letter from Pastor John Hagee that began with this alarming statement: I believe that the upcoming presidential election will be one of the most significant events in American history…. They [U.S. citizens] know something is seriously wrong but can't quite define it. The truth is America has been intentionally deceived and is racing toward economic and political destruction. If we don't change paths...
To Protect and Defend Most of you have heard about the tragic deaths of 12 innocent people who were murdered in a movie theater a few weeks ago in Aurora, Colorado. The gunman also wounded 58 others in a random and vicious act of violence. One of the victims, Ashley Moser, was pregnant and hit twice in the abdomen. She remains paralyzed, and sadly, she miscarried the baby. Tragically, her six-year-old daughter, Veronica Moser Sullivan, was the...
The Heart of the Home You may know that of all the subjects that interest me, children are at the top of the list. I’ve devoted most of my professional life to their welfare, beginning as a professor of pediatrics in 1970 and continuing to this day here at Family Talk. In keeping with this lifelong fascination, let me share some excerpts this month from my New York Times bestseller, Bringing Up Boys. I hope you will find these comments relevant...
Defending Righteousness in the Culture Thanks for allowing me to share an important message with you by way of this brief letter. I am Dr. Roy Stringfellow, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. I also serve on the board of directors of Family Talk because of my deep appreciation and respect for its founder and president, Dr. James Dobson. I have a very busy and successful medical practice here in Colorado Springs, and free time is at...
America's Crisis of Character I have selected a very insightful and passionate article to share with you this month. The piece was written by Peggy Noonan, who is one of my favorite social commentators and culture watchers. She regularly “sees” what others fail to notice, and then conveys her observations with the precision of a laser. In a recent column, Peggy described the depravity and moral decay that is seeping from the pores of our once...
Dr. Dobson Remembers Chuck Colson Dear friends, Thank you, once again, for allowing me to come into your home each month to share some thoughts from my heart. This is what is on my mind today. As you know, my close friend, Chuck Colson, went to be with the Lord a couple of weeks ago; which is a great loss to millions of Christians around the world. I wrote these words on the day he slipped away. The world has lost one of the most brilliant...
The Truth About Life I ask every one of my pro-life friends to read carefully what I have to share with you today. You and the American people have been deceived about matters of enormous significance. You may remember that on the night of September 9, 2009, President Barack Obama gave an address to a joint session of Congress, which was televised to the nation. His purpose was to urge the House and Senate to pass the Administration’s vaunted...
A Letter from the Board of Directors — March 2012 This month's letter is coming to you from the Board of Directors of Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk. As the ministry celebrates its second anniversary, we want to share with you our bright vision for the future, as well as the challenges that are a part of this time in history. Those of us on the Board, and so many of you, have known and loved Dr. Dobson for decades. We feel as though he is a part...
Real Love February 14th is a day set aside each year for the celebration of romantic love. We call it Valentine’s Day, when caring husbands and wives assure each other of their affection and commitment. It is a very big deal in my family, and it should also be significant for the men who are reading along with me. Women take this day very seriously. Believe me! Rather than devoting my letter this month to the ways of expressing romantic love...
Your Family Resource Greetings from all of us at Grounded and Family Talk. Our gratitude and appreciation are extended to each of you who made sacrificial contributions to these ministries as 2011 came to a close. We are continuing to do the work to which we are called, thanks to so many of you. Now the world has careened into a brand new year, with its hopes and dreams, anxieties and fears. The next 12 months promise to bring dramatic political...
The Gift of Family Dear Friend, I have a little Christmas present for you. No, it isn’t wrapped with festive paper nor adorned with a bright colored ribbon. But I believe you will enjoy this little remembrance. You are, in fact, holding my gift in your hand at this moment. It is a true Christmas story that will touch your soul during this blessed time of the year. Do you have time right now to read something simply for enjoyment? I doubt it. We...
America in Peril Dear Friend, At the risk of telling you what you may have heard, I’ll start my letter this month by bringing you up to date regarding my recent injury. In short, I fell from a horse on September 10th while hosting a “friend raising” event at a ranch in Montana. I was wearing very wide walking shoes instead of boots (my error) and my foot slipped from the right stirrup when my hat blew off. While reaching back for it, I lost my...
Navigating The River of Culture It is time for a little "straight talk" to parents, as you prepare to send your children back to school. Whether they will attend government schools, private or Christian institutions, or leave home to enroll in colleges and universities, they will encounter morally corrupt influences at every turn. May I take this moment to remind mothers and fathers of your responsibilities before God to help your kids cope with...
The Meaning of Romantic Love Dear Friends: Last month, I wrote you about the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York and elsewhere, and its implications for the institution of the family. It was a disturbing message but one that Americans need to hear. This month, however, I want to lighten the dialog and write you about a much more pleasant topic. The subject again is marriage, but this time we’ll talk about the meaning of romantic love –...
Marriage Under Fire Dear Friends: Behold, the institution of marriage! It is one of the most marvelous and enduring gifts to humankind. This divine plan was revealed to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and then described succinctly in Genesis 2:24, where we read, "For this cause, a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh." With those 20 words, the Creator announced the ordination of the family...
The Most Important Task in Parenting Dear Friends: The subject of my letter this month deals with the most important task in parenting. It addresses the responsibility of introducing our children to Jesus Christ, and teaching them His precepts and principles. Nothing even comes close to this assignment in significance and consequence. I have referred to it as “the ultimate priority.” My perspectives on this topic appear below and are excerpted...
A Moment in History Dear Friends: As I write, the annual National Day of Prayer is right around the corner and will have occurred by the time most of you receive this letter. My wife, Shirley, and her NDP Task Force are busily preparing for this nationwide event that is expected to involve millions of Americans. If there ever was a time for prayer in this country and around the world, it is now. In a dramatic way, this year's prayer event is...
Family Talk Marks One Year Anniversary in Radio In the past 365 days, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson has grown to over 700 outlets and has also added a daily 1:00 short feature. In addition to this activity, Dr. Dobson and his co-hosts, Ryan Dobson and LuAnne Crane, have been heard on numerous station interviews introducing the new ministry to listeners across the county. The anniversary on May 3, 2011 will be one more milestone in the efforts...
February 2011 On February 27th, Family Talk will celebrate the first anniversary of its founding. What a year it has been. In early March, Shirley and I filed the necessary legal documents with the IRS and announced our intention to launch Family Talk at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville. It was such an exciting moment for us. Family Talk leased a beautiful little building in Colorado Springs a few weeks later and this...
Happy New Year Happy New Year, dear friends. I trust you and your family had a meaningful and joyful Christmas season, as you celebrated the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our family convened in Newport Beach, California, for a wonderful time together. On Christmas Eve, we attended a service at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and heard a stirring message by the senior pastor, Dr. Richard Kannwischer. He is one of the most articulate...
A Christmas Memory by David H. Yocum Christmases past are hard to remember.When I attempted my memory to wrack,Though fogginess shrouds the month of December,This recollection came back.When I was young, a lad, just a boy,I was taught regarding Santa to believe it,So whether ‘twas clothing or even a toy,It was from him that I would receive it.I grew up, for a while, in a two-story houseWith bedrooms on the second floor;Nothing like boyish...
Family Talk Gains Momentum - Dr. Dobson's November 2010 Newsletter By the time you receive this monthly newsletter, you will probably know the results of the national elections held on November 2nd. I am writing you three days prior to that day of decision, which means I can only guess at the outcome. So much is at stake at this moment in history, including federal funding for abortions, the well-being of the family, the imposition of many new...
Churchill and Obama Considered - Dr. Dobson's October 2010 Newsletter Greetings to you all. As you are aware, this country is only a few weeks away from one of the most important elections in our history. On November 2nd, candidates for Congress, governors, state representatives, and local officials will be chosen throughout the nation. Together, these men and women will have the power to promote the general welfare and protect the Constitution...
50 Golden Years with the Dobsons - Dr. Dobson's September 2010 Newsletter Warm greetings from Family Talk. May I take the liberty of sharing something very personal with you? It concerns four significant anniversaries that Shirley and I are celebrating in the month of August. Forgive me for writing such a self-serving letter, but I think you will see why I have done so in a moment. The first event that we are remembering this month is the 20th...
On the Front Lines Protecting Families Greetings from all of us here at Family Talk. These have been exciting days for us as our new broadcast lifted off the launch pad on May 3rd and roared into orbit. As you may know, we started this new ministry on what used to be called “a wing and a prayer.” Especially a prayer. Our hope was that we would begin airing our radio program on 200 stations, but even that seemed almost beyond reach. By the end of...
Family Talk Update It is with excitement that I tell you that the ministry of Family Talk is coming together rapidly and that our first broadcast is scheduled to be heard beginning May 3rd. The best estimate at this time is that approximately 200 radio stations will carry the program at least once daily throughout the United States. The format will feature my two associates, Ryan Dobson and LuAnne Crane, and me in a 30-minute discussion about...
A New Beginning Three decades ago, I was given a message and a mission. They continue to burn within me today, although God’s specific assignment is changing. As Solomon wrote “There is a time for all things under the sun.” For myself and Shirley, we’re convinced that there is still a “call” on our lives and we feel led to respond to it. That’s the reason for a new radio feature that will deal with a wide variety of family topics that impact our...
Healthcare Q. With the recent passage of the Healthcare Reform Act by Congress, this nation experienced its most regrettable leap toward socialism and socialized medicine. The legislation also created public funding for abortion, which each citizen will be required to support with his or her taxes. We are deeply disturbed by these developments, and wonder why you have not spoken in opposition them. We assume it is because you are no longer...
National Day of Prayer Op Ed From Shirley DobsonChairman, National Day of Prayer Task Force The assault on religious freedom and people of faith in this country continues at a fever pitch, orchestrated by atheist groups, and perpetuated by the media, the government, the judiciary, and now, by the Pentagon. Specifically, prayers uttered by those in official positions are being met with hostility, or they have been banned outright. This opposition...

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