Quiet Times for Busy Parents

Guest: Mrs. Shirley Dobson

Dr. Dobson chats with his wife, Shirley, about the spiritual training of children. They talk about their new book together, "Night Light for Parents" and share some great ideas for how to make the most of your God-given responsibility to raise up the next generation. Shirley Dobson is nationally recognized for her leadership skills and her many contributions to women's affairs, Christian organizations, and the institution of the family. Former President Ronald Reagan invited Mrs. Dobson to the White House for a Christian Women's Leadership Conference in 1988. Also in that year she was awarded the Second Annual Maggie Sloane Crawford Award by Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois. In May 1989 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky; in September 1992 she was honored with the Christian Woman of the Year Award; in May 1995 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Biola University in La Mirada, California; in May 1997 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana; and in October 2002 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. She was designated Churchwoman of the Year in 1996 by Religious Heritage of America; also that year, she received the Ambassador Award from Florida Family Council. In 1999 she received the Full-time Homemaker of the Year Award from Eagle Forum, and in 2000 the Distinguished Achievement Award from Point Loma Nazarene University. She was given the First Baptist Church of Dallas' "W.A. Criswell Lifetime Christian Citizenship Award" in 2006. A graduate of Pasadena College, Shirley Dobson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education; her name was included in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities" during both her junior and senior years. Following graduation she taught in the Hudson and Arcadia Unified School Districts in California. After her marriage and the birth of her first child, she chose to become a full-time mother and homemaker. Mrs. Dobson's outreach to Christian women has included leadership roles in Bible Study Fellowship and other groups devoted to the study of Scripture. She has also served as Director of Women's Ministries for a large evangelical church and has spoken across the country about issues affecting women and families. She was a featured speaker at Focus' "Renewing the Heart" women's conferences. Currently, Mrs. Dobson serves as Chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Through the efforts of her team, more than 35,000 prayer gatherings are conducted by approximately 40,000 volunteers across the country. Several million people participate every year in this call to prayer for our nation, its leaders and citizens. In addition, Mrs. Dobson is the Director Emerita for Focus on the Family. Shirley Dobson and Gloria Gaither have co-authored a four-book series for families. The publications are titled MAKING ORDINARY DAYS EXTRAORDINARY, CREATING FAMILY TRADITIONS, CELEBRATING SPECIAL TIMES WITH SPECIAL PEOPLE, and HIDE IT IN YOUR HEART. Shirley has also co-authored NIGHT LIGHT: A DEVOTIONAL FOR COUPLES and NIGHTLIGHT FOR PARENTS with her husband, Dr. James Dobson. Her book describing the remarkable gift of prayer, CERTAIN PEACE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES, was published in 2002. Shirley Dobson is the wife of psychologist and author Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Family Talk. She and her husband reside in Colorado Springs and have two grown children and two grandchildren.

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