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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Monday, November 21, 2011
What’s the best Christmas present you can give your kids this year? In iPad? An e-reader?

The other day in the car, Colin asked if we could get a bigger Christmas tree. The one we chose is puny, evidently. I think he wants more room for presents.

That caused me to think about what I really want to give them. I love giving toys, trinkets, gadgets, and giz. I love giving books and gift cards and musical instruments. I love the feeling of watching them open a present and seeing the recognition on their faces that someone knows them, sees inside their souls well enough to get that DVD or pair of woolen socks.

But the truth is, the greatest gift I can give my children can’t be placed under a tree, no matter how big it is. The greatest gift I can give my family is a commitment to my marriage and the fortitude to work on that relationship no matter what.

On the cover of the book, A Marriage Carol, there is a Christmas wreath. And below that, the door knocker is in the shape of an engagement ring. These circles represent something that will last, something that has no end. The contents of the book, we hope, will encourage couples to continue the struggle, continue to fight for their marriage even if things seem bleak.

If your relationship is frosty, cold, or almost dead, all the trinkets, toys, and gadgets in the world will not make your kids happy. Their real happiness comes in the security they feel with two parents who are committed enough to each other not to quit, but to humble themselves and go to work.

If you’re married, give the gift that will keep giving to your children, your friends, everyone around you, and also yourself. Give the gift of commitment.

No wrapping paper or bow needed.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Here are the books we talked about on the program 11/18. These are books mentioned by listeners and me we have been given over the years that made a difference:

The Baxter Family Series by Karen Kingsbury
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
Jesus Loved Them
Strength for the Journey by Joseph Stowell
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
Love must be tough by James Dobson
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
Facedown by Matt Redman
This Present Darkness/Piercing the Darkness Frank Peretti
Trusting God Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges.
The power of a praying wife by Stormie Omartian
The Fight, John White
The Effective Father by Gordon MacDonald
When Daddies Go to Heaven
Roget’s Thesaurus
Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.