Their own studies of divorce, violence, and death in families show the tremendous need for help that literally millions of families have. And through counseling people in trouble on a regular basis, they are profoundly aware of how family troubles can be the root of despair, madness, and even death. Added together, they have many years of formal and informal experience in counseling.
And although none of them counsels on a full-time basis because of research and teaching responsibilities , they have heard just about everything. As professionals, they have been in the middle of most every kind of family woe imaginable: child and spouse abuse, incest, child custody battles, suicide, alcohol and drug abuse, and infidelity.
But the thousands of strong families in this research have shown that families can also bring out the best in humans. They teach us about the joy, pride, satisfaction, and pleasure that families can bring. They convince us that there are millions of good families across our nation and around the world. In some instances two or more stories have been combined into one composite. Since the research by Drs. The fact that people from such a wide variety of backgrounds were included means that the findings of this research are universal.
It means that any family on planet Earth can be strong if they apply these six characteristics to their family life. This book has been designed so that you and your children may read it together, if you wish. While the material is written in an easy-to-read style, the concepts and information are up-to-date and in line with the highly recognized research of Stinnett and DeFrain. One last word about this book and children.
Some of the stories—especially about husbands and wives—may be a little too intense for children. Your whole family will benefit from this study, but you, the parent, must decide how to share each of the concepts with your children as you work to make your family all that it can be.
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May the knowledge and wisdom shared in this book bless your life and your family and help you build a fantastic family! Ed began his story calmly, but you could see in his eyes that he relived some of its terror as he remembered the night his life changed. Just like that, the things that used to be important no longer are, and what took second place in your life just hours before suddenly becomes the only reason you want to live.
I was in trouble—serious trouble—and I was going to have to face it all when I landed in Chicago. The president of our company had summoned me, and I could imagine what that meeting was going to be like. Things had not been going well in the business—particularly in my region of the nation. Most of the problems were related to the economy—which meant they were beyond my control—but I was the boss in my region, and that made me the one accountable.
Work had been so important to me for so many years that I had sacrificed many things to get ahead and succeed in business. That fear was the whole focus of my life at that moment. A flight attendant hurrying past me actually left the floor, throwing her hands above her head to keep from hitting her head on the ceiling. It must have been only a second or two, but it seemed like an eternity before the plane jarred as if it had hit a concrete wall and then, mercifully, resumed flying, continuing to bump and sway erratically.
Just five minutes ago, we had been flying in moonlight and stars, and now we were engulfed in extremely rough weather. Lightning flashed around us, and thunder crashed deafeningly through the plane as flight attendants scurried down each aisle to see if anyone was hurt. Who will take care of my wife and daughters?
With that, Ed paused for a second to gulp air and then slowly exhale to calm himself again. After a few seconds he continued, "Well, obviously we made it. We made an emergency landing in Indianapolis, and they got us all off the plane without anyone being injured. Fifty paces or so from the plane, I fell on my knees and profusely thanked God in heaven for delivering us. I told her what had happened and reassured her again and again that I was safe. We cried together on the phone. You know what hit me later that night as I tried to sleep?
Ed asked. Not one of those things mattered. Think about it just for a moment. If you faced a situation—a disease, a pending crash, a house ablaze—that created within you the fear that you were about to die, what would your last thoughts be about? Your job? Your bank account? Your prestige, fame, or notoriety?
When a cardiologist told Joe Beam several years ago that it appeared he was in the middle of a heart attack, Joe suddenly found himself strapped to a gurney being wheeled to an operating room for an immediate heart catheterization. As his wife, Alice, walked beside him holding his hand, Joe could think of only two things: First, his thoughts went to his children, and he prayed that God would let him live to help Alice raise them.
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