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It’s Showtime!

FamilyLife’s first feature film, Like Arrows, is coming to a theater near you, but this week only!

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‘Like Arrows’ Is an Unlikely Winner

Director Kevin Peeples explains that the project didn’t even start out as a movie.

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5 Ways to Use ‘Like Arrows’ to Impact Families

We need your help to spread the new film’s message about godly parenting.

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The Story Behind FamilyLife’s New Film, ‘Like Arrows’

Bob Lepine answers behind-the-scenes questions about the movie.

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‘This is Us’ Is All of Us

Everyone has a family. And every family has a story.

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Like Arrows: FamilyLife’s First Film Coming to a Theater Near You

What started as a parenting resource will make its debut on the silver screen in May as FamilyLife launches its first full-length feature movie, Like Arrows. The film will be…

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Is Reading a Lost Art?

The article by David L. Ulin of the Los Angeles Times begins with a familiar complaint: “Sometime late last year—I don’t remember when, exactly—I noticed I was having trouble sitting down…

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A Film Calling for Courageous Manhood

September 2011 “Courage,” says filmmaker Stephen Kendrick, “is doing what is right when your feelings and circumstances are contrary to it. Everything about you is saying, ‘Don’t move forward,’ and…

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Media Entertainment and Your Family

by Dennis and Barbara Rainey It really doesn’t matter what the media culprits are. Men often struggle with the sports monster and, increasingly, the personal computer. Just how many great…

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No TV for a Year

For their tenth anniversary, Karl Clauson wanted to do something different, something unique for his wife. Not just the ordinary trip to the store to get a card or flowers…

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Our Growing Relationship with our Computers

It seems as if I rarely go more than a couple of weeks without finding something in the news about another new survey on some aspect of marriage and family….

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Are You Believing Lies About Media

by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh   Two hundred years ago, what sounds could you have heard? You could have heard things like human voices … nature sounds ……

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Children and Music

One of the thorniest issues to tackle when raising children is music. Many children become devoted to music beginning at age 11 or 12, and it is a big influence…

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Pixar Film is Up on Marriage

What makes an adventure? That’s the question that’s explored in Pixar’s animated feature Up. Through the film’s high action and its tender moments, we realize that the answer doesn’t always come where…

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Encouraging Children to Love the Written Word

by Ellie Battalora Williams “A good book is a magic gateway into a wider world of wonder, beauty, delight and adventure.  Books are experiences that make us grow, that add…

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Fireproof A Movie That Makes a Difference

November 2008 Could one movie … one book … and one church really make a difference? Could that difference impact your marriage … and mine? Stephen and Alex Kendrick, directors…

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Reader Responses Replacing Conversation With Connectivity

Following are emails we received from readers for a Marriage Memo, “Are We Replacing Conversation With Connectivity?” A number of these emails were also used in the articles, “‘Technology Drives…

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Fireproof A Powerful Film About a Crumbling Marriage

September 2008 These days, the average Hollywood produced movie costs more than $100 million to make. Some of those movies set new box office records (think The Dark Knight). Some hemorrhage money…

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Setting Boundaries for Mobile Technology

This is the final installment of a three-part series.  Read part one and part two.  May 2012 After I wrote recently about the ways new technology (cell phones, iPads, internet, etc.) are…

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Teaching Your Child to Make Wise Media Entertainment Choices

Although similar issues are present in all media, there are unique concerns as well. We’ll discuss the media types separately first. Then we’ll offer a list of suggested convictions to…

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Helping Your Teen Use Technology Wisely

“Check out my six pack,” my daughter said with a grin. I looked over at her slouched on the couch as she held up her thumbs. She went on, “I’ve…

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How Children Respond to Media

by Ted Baehr Our perspectives shape the way we look at and understand a media product. By viewing the media through these various perspectives or filters, we are better able…

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The New Addiction Video Games

by Olivia and Kurt Bruner Those who have read J. R. R. Tolkien’s wonderful The Lord of the Rings or seen the films will remember a despicably pitiable character named…

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In Pixar Films True Adventure Is Found in Relationships

I love movies, and I love lists. So naturally I love the “Best Movies” lists in newspapers and magazines each December. And last month provided a double dip, with “Best Movies” lists…

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Helping Your Kids Think Straight About Social Media

Chances are, teenager Michelle Carter wasn’t thinking about what might happen to her when she texted her boyfriend Conrad Roy as he was in the process of ending his life….

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Parents Today Say Their Job Is Harder Than Ever

Many parents today feel overwhelmed by the pace at which technology is changing the American home.

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Social Media and the Comparison Trap

We constantly feel the pressure to move on to the next phase of life. When you’re single, the questions are, “Why are you single, and when are you going to…

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5 Things to Know About ‘War Room,’ a Film From the Kendrick Brothers

The 2015 film, War Room, from filmmakers Stephen and Alex Kendrick, was one of the hits of fall movie season.  To the surprise of many in Hollywood, it brought in…

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Put Down Your Smartphone

My son, Isaac, is 2 years old and loves to imitate me. Kids are just wired that way—it’s how they learn about life. Sometimes this works out great, such as…

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10 Ideas: Things to Do When You’re Not Watching TV

By God’s incredible design, the gravitational pull of the sun keeps the planets from drifting randomly throughout space. It unites them into a “family” of heavenly bodies called our solar…

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