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Wanting to believe : faith, family, and finding an exceptional life
Dobson, Ryan, author.
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Nashville, Tennessee : B&H Publishing Group, [2014]

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viii, 197 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
The son of Dr. James Dobson discusses growing up as an adolescent and "pushing the boundaries" of the beliefs and teachings of his Christian parents. He holds their teachings up to the light of experience and truth and finds them sensible and true.
The Lord will lead -- Practice what you preach -- Money isn't mine -- Rolling the dice -- Be there -- Little things matter -- Be who you are -- Whatever it takes -- It's always new -- Remember the individual -- You don't know what you don't know -- Some things are worth fighting for -- Your yes has got to be yes -- Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition -- Words have power -- Believe.
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When it comes to life, we want to get it right. As the only son of child and family psychologist Dr. James Dobson, Ryan Dobson grew up in the hot spotlight of what felt like Christian celebrity culture, with his dad's proponents and opponents alike wanting to know if "Doc" actually practiced what he preached. As a teenager, Ryan was curious about that too: sure, his parents talked a good game, but would they back up their beliefs with action?

Like many adolescents, Ryan pushed the limits on his parents' boundaries, seeing just how far they'd stretch. He questioned their faith, their rules, their values, and their "truth," determined to sort out life for himself. The journey wasn't a pretty one, but it was beneficial in the end. Because once Ryan held up his parents' core principles to the intense gaze of scrutiny, he discovered how right they'd been.

In Wanting to Believe , Ryan discloses the key messages imparted to him by his folks, sensible parents wanting to pass down truth to a stubborn son, covering topics like faith, finances, responsibility, identity, marriage, parenting, and the power of our words. With irrepressible wit and wisdom, Ryan admits how he violated the hard-won lessons he'd been handed . . . and how he wound up loving them as his own in the end. Through Ryan's words, you'll also discover that when what you preach is true, and when you're faithful to practice what you preach, you can more readily honor God with your life, which is the goal of every follower of Christ.

Author Notes

Ryan Dobson is the Vice President of Broadcast at Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, where he and his father co-host a daily radio show. Ryan lives in Colorado with his wife, two children, two dogs, and seven chickens.