FamilyLife Today® Podcast

Love: A Day-by-Day Assignment

with Joe and Cindi Ferrini | July 1, 2009
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Caring for a handicapped child isn’t easy. Today, Joe and Cindi Ferrini talk about the challenges they’ve faced as they’ve raised their mentally retarded son, Joey, to adulthood.

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  • About the Host

  • About the Guest

  • Caring for a handicapped child isn’t easy. Today, Joe and Cindi Ferrini talk about the challenges they’ve faced as they’ve raised their mentally retarded son, Joey, to adulthood.

  • Dave and Ann Wilson

    Dave and Ann Wilson are hosts of FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program. Dave and Ann have been married for more than 38 years and have spent the last 33 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway since 1993 and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country. Cofounders of Kensington Church—a national, multicampus church that hosts more than 14,000 visitors every weekend—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 book Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019). 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 33 years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active alongside Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small-group leader, and mentor to countless wives of professional athletes. 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.

Caring for a handicapped child isn’t easy.

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Love: A Day-by-Day Assignment

With Joe and Cindi Ferrini
July 01, 2009
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Bob: Thanks for writing the book, too.  Thanks for speaking at our Weekend to Remember conferences and for bringing Joey along with you to some of those conferences.  Being able to meet him.  I know that putting all of your thoughts down on paper for the book Unexpected Journey was a long process but it’s going to help a lot of parents.  In fact we’ve got it in our FamilyLife Resource Center. 

If our listeners are interested in getting a copy of the book, they can go to our website and the information about the book UnexpectedJourney is available there.  Again the website is  You can order from us online if you’d like or you can call toll-free, 1-800-368-6329, 1-800 F as in “family” L as in “life” and then the word TODAY.

I don’t know if the two of you have gotten a copy of the book that Dennis’ wife Barbara and his daughter Rebecca wrote recently called A Symphony in the Dark but we’ll make sure we pass along a copy of that before you leave today.  We have that book in our FamilyLife Resource Center as well. 

We want to encourage our listeners.  If you know someone who has lost a child or a grandchild recently, Barbara and Rebecca’s book will speak powerfully and profoundly to those parents or to those grandparents.  You can order the book A Symphony in the Dark by going to our website or you can call toll-free, 1-800-FL-TODAY, and someone on our team will let you know how we can make arrangements to have a copy of that book sent to you.

Often times when we experience challenges or trials or we go through a season of suffering in life, one of the issues we have to wrestle with is the issue of forgiveness.  Especially if the trial or circumstance is because of some way that someone harmed us or wronged us. 

We had an opportunity not too long ago to sit down with Nancy Leigh DeMoss to talk about the subject of forgiveness.  She has written a book called Choosing Forgiveness.  We spent some time probing the practical and spiritual implications of this important subject. 

This month we’d like to make a copy of  the CD of that conversation with Nancy Leigh DeMoss available to any of our listeners who will help support the ministry of FamilyLife Today with a donation of any amount.  We are listener supported and so when you help support FamilyLife Today what you are really doing is making sure that FamilyLife Today can continue on this station and on other stations across the country.  We appreciate your financial support and your partnership with us. 

If you are able to make a donation and your would like to receive the CD from Nancy Leigh DeMoss, type the word “forgive” into the key code box on the online donation form as you fill it out at, or call 1-800-FL-TODAY.  You can make your donation over the phone.  Just ask for the CD with Nancy Leigh DeMoss or the CD on forgiveness.  Again we are happy to pass it along to you and we so much appreciate you joining with us financially and helping to support this ministry.

Now tomorrow we want to encourage you to be back as we are going to hear a portion of a message that was shared recently at a seminary chapel on the campus of Dallas Theological Seminary as Joni Erickson Tada talked about how we understand suffering from a biblical perspective.  Joni has a unique perspective on the subject of suffering that comes from more than three decades of being in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic.  Hope you can be back with us as we hear that message tomorrow.

I want to thank our engineer today Keith Lynch and our entire broadcast production team on behalf of our host Dennis Rainey I’m Bob Lepine.  We will see you tomorrow for another edition of FamilyLife Today.

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