It seems every day, families have more and more options for entertainment. While this can be great, it’s also tough to find time to vet each option, to decide whether it will build me up or bring me down. As a father of two teenage daughters, I’m increasingly aware the same is true for our younger generation.

That’s why I’m thankful for the resources specifically created by Focus on the Family. For more than 40 years, Focus has been a name families can trust. That includes being a source of entertainment and education for the whole family. I can rest assured that the content is biblically sound and will strengthen my relationship with Christ.

Here are a few of my favourite selections to recommend for your family, all of which carry the Focus on the Family brand:

Adventures in Odyssey Memories 1,000-Piece Puzzle
Welcome to the world of Odyssey, where your puzzling skills will be put to the test! This puzzle is the latest way to enjoy fan-favourite characters in an activity the whole family can enjoy. The vibrant colours and distinct scenes keep the puzzle moving while providing plenty of challenge for avid puzzlers. For even more fun, listen to your favourite audio episodes while you work the puzzle! Ages 10+

The Imagination Station #32: Courage at the Castle
When kids step into the Imagination Station, they travel back in time and across the world with cousins Patrick and Beth. Each book is historically accurate, and readers will grow in their faith and knowledge of big historical events as they race through each unforgettable story. This really is a different kind of adventure for cousins Patrick and Beth. After visiting the USSR in the 1960s to help a Swedish pastor smuggle Bibles to believers in Russia, the cousins are swept away to 15th-century England to learn how the English Bible even came to be – and the real costs it would take to make that possibility a reality.
Note: Available mid-April

Becoming a Screen-Savvy Family
The expert media staff at Plugged In bring you a must-read resource to help you understand the media your children consume. Offering practical advice and strategies to help your children navigate the ever-changing landscape of pop culture, this resource includes social media, music, streaming services, video games, movies and more to help you dialogue with your children about the content they are exposed to.

Finding the Extra in Ordinary
Most people settle for an ordinary existence – a predictable schedule, easily attainable goals, reasonable expectations. While there’s comfort in the ordinary, there’s also the risk of getting stuck in a life that lacks meaning, purpose and joy. And God doesn’t want you to get stuck – especially when he has so much more for you! In this book, Jeff Simmons explores the extraordinary stories of people from all walks of life who have managed to transform their ordinary lives into something truly remarkable. From everyday people to celebrities, entrepreneurs and sports stars, Simmons captures the inspiring stories of those who have found the extra in ordinary.

You can find these and many more faith-building resources created by Focus on the Family at our online store.


Jean-Paul Beran, MA
Focus on the Family Canada