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As Christians, it’s easy to wring our hands over our families, our communities, and the decline of traditional values. But what do we do about these concerns? In the final segments of an interview with Shirley Dobson, and in an interview with author Ken Connor, Michael Farris shows that turning our nation around is possible.
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. 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’s 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.
Currently, Mrs. Dobson serves as chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. In addition, Mrs. Dobson is a member of the board of directors for Focus on the Family.
Shirley Dobson and Gloria Gaither have recently co-authored a four-book series for families. The first three publications are titled Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary, Creating Family Traditions, and Celebrating Special Times with Special People. The fourth book is yet to be released. Mrs. Dobson’s 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 Focus on the Family. She and her husband reside in Colorado Springs and have two grown children and one grandchild.
Ken Connor is a civil trial attorney based in the Washington, D.C. area and practicing around the nation. Noted for his successes in the courtroom, Ken was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to be the lead attorney defending "Terri's Law," named after Terri Schiavo. Previously, Ken has served as president of the Family Research Council, president and chairman of Florida Right to Life, as well as on the boards of various other pro-life, pro-family organizations. Ken was also a candidate in the Florida gubernatorial Republican primary in 1994. Throughout his professional life Ken has been a voice in the nation's media, including appearances on ABC's "Nightline," "Primetime," and "World News Tonight," NBC's "Nightly News," CBS' "Evening News," PBS' "Newshour," as well as many cable programs such as FOX's "O'Reilly Factor," "Hannity & Colmes," and "On the Record w/ Greta van Susteren," CNN's "Inside Politics," MSNBC's "Hardball w/ Chris Matthews." Ken's writings have also appeared in newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, USA Today, Miami Herald, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and he has been quoted in articles by newsmagazines such as Newsweek, TIME, and Business Week. He and his wife, Amy, live in Virginia.