Joshua Straub, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and family advocate. He uses his knowledge in the area of trauma to help people around the world, including those in Rwanda who seek healing from the 1994 genocide. Josh has served as the senior director of professional development for the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is cofounder and president of The Connextion Group, assistant professor at Liberty University Online and serves on the teaching team at Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri. Josh and his wife, Christi, are the proud parents of a son and daughter.
"There's no greater joy than raising children. There's also no
greater sorrow than when you don't feel like you have what it takes
to do it. Using the transparency of his own story, as well as his
experience as a family counselor and dad himself, Josh provides a
road map for making our homes the emotionally safest places in the
world for our kids. Most importantly, you walk away with a true
sense of encouragement that you really do have what it takes to
write beautiful stories for your kids!"
--Candace Cameron Bure, actress, author, producer, and mom
"'Home, sweet home' is much more than a cliche; it's a
critically important goal toward which we should all strive as
parents. Making your home a safe house is one of the best
investments of time and energy you can possibly make. Joshua Straub
shows how in this insightful book."
--Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family "Safe House is a must-read and a humbling reminder that there's no safety outside of God's sovereignty. Thank you, Joshua, for reminding us that it's never too late to raise kids who live, love, and lead well."
--Shelene Bryan, founder of Skip1.org and author of Love Skip Jump "In a humorous but candid approach, Joshua Straub uses scholarship and his own emotional pain to help us face and deal with our own stories. As a product of six broken homes and a lot of abuse, I know the urgency and the desperation to rewrite my story for my children's sake, and for heaven's sake. Many of us are familiar with panicked efforts to child-proof our homes, but after decades of training students, I often wondered if it was possible to parent-proof our children. This timely book, Safe House, is full of wisdom, examples, and appreciations of, most of all, hope for our most cherishable possessions--our children."
--Dr. Jay Strack, president and founder of StudentLeadership.net "I wish I could've read Safe House before I raised my daughters. I'm sure it would've saved them many dollars spent on therapy. Thanks to Josh and this amazing book, I have a second chance. I am now embracing the principles in this book and applying them to my relationship with six beautiful grandchildren."
--Ken Davis, author of Fully Alive and speaker and communications trainer "To the exhausted parent, these pages are filled with hope. To the insecure parent, these pages are filled with confidence. To the parent trying to win your child's heart before the culture does, these pages are empowering. Josh has created an insightful work-of-heart that will truly impact families for generations to come!"
--Shannon Ethridge, MA, life/relationship coach and author of twenty-two books, including the million-copy, best-selling Every Woman's Battle series "Parenting is hard. No doubt about it. We deal with insecurity and great frustration as we work through motives, parenting styles, and discipline strategies. Joshua Straub does a fantastic job in Safe House encouraging parents to stay focused on what's most important: the heart of the child. This book will help eradicate insecurity and insanity from your home."
--Ted Cunningham, founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church and author of Fun Loving You and The Power of Home