Dennis Rainey

Dennis Rainey cofounded FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Since the organization began in 1976 through 2017, Dennis’ leadership enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry in more than 109 countries around the world helping families discover the joy God intended for their relationships with God, spouse, and kids.

Dennis has authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close and has received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. In addition, he served as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series®, which has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages.

A powerful and effective communicator, Dennis hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today® through early 2019 on more than 1,300 radio outlets in all 50 states. During his tenure on the program, FamilyLife Today was recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program of the Year Award three times. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dennis and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys helping Barbara in their garden, reading great books, and pursuing his passions for hunting and fishing. They live near Little Rock, Arkansas and continue to serve with Cru, FamilyLife’s parent organization.

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My husband and I were trying to pick out colors for our bedroom. And we had picked out originally a green color. But then we thought that a coral color might be more romantic. So we went with the coral color. View Show Notes →
(RTR) Well, before we got married, my fiance and I would dig around in the cushions of the couch in my apartment, and we'd scrape together enough change to go to the 99-cent cinema around the corner. Then we'd probably have enough money to split an order View Show Notes →
One of the best ways that our family stuck together was our scheduled family reading time. And my dad, who was never an excellent reader, would read aloud to us. But he was so courageous and read aloud to us from some really wonderful, great Christian a View Show Notes →
One of the best ways that our family stuck together was our scheduled family reading time. And my dad, who was never an excellent reader, would read aloud to us. But he was so courageous and read aloud to us from some really wonderful, great Christian a View Show Notes →
After two years of marriage, we've really...I really think it's almost been like learning to ride a tandem bicycle. It's really what we've struggled with, is just becoming a team and doing our different roles together. View Show Notes →
I believe the last time I shared my faith was on an airplane trip and my seatmate and I were discussing things of the world, and we talked about faith and [I] shared a testimony. View Show Notes →
I was given the opportunity to move to Europe, and so I picked up my sweet wife and four boys and moved 'em to Europe. I guess that was one of the biggest decisions we ever had to make. And we made it rather quickly and went before we could change our m View Show Notes →
We never went in the attic. It was a little bit scary. It was dark, because we had to take a flashlight with us. It was hot, dirty. Just didn't want to deal with the junk that was up there. View Show Notes →
One thing that all parents should know is you don't tell your children, "No, you can't do that. No, you can't do that. No, you can't do that." Because the only they're going to get from that is, "Wow! I wonder if I can get away with this! View Show Notes →
BL: What does pressure sound like in your life Telephone, Mom!!, scream, View Show Notes →
Uh, It's cause I, umm…'cause I needed to get married - I was 30 years old. (Laughs) I was getting to be an old man!! View Show Notes →
BL: ...this is one woman’s advice to surviving a stepfamily. To laugh, to be silly, because there are rough times. There are struggles and obstacles and tears, but if you can laugh as a family I think you’re way ahead. View Show Notes →
I tell her she looks good. I mean, she wears clothes, I say "hey babe, you look pretty good." You know, I tell her that, make her feel better about herself. I try to complement her when I can. She's pretty good at what she does. View Show Notes →
My wife and I had good friends. The husband came down with cancer. And the wife just showed Christ's unconditional love in serving him and their marriage, through that last year, continued to shine. View Show Notes →
For my wife, just like every so often, I plan a special little trip for her and usually some of her friends. She definitely enjoys the camaraderie. They come back, they're very giddy. It's frightening. View Show Notes →
The things that teenagers wear today that I think are strange are some of the piercings. I've been okay with some earrings, but when they start to wear tongue rings, that's just a little odd for me. View Show Notes →
I was a building contractor for fifteen years. If a builder didn't have blueprints, he wouldn't be able to follow the directions to construct whatever he was constructing properly. Generally, what happens is you end up rebuilding. View Show Notes →
I've run twenty marathons. Sometimes you have a good race and sometimes you have a bad race. But you always have to cross the finish line. The alternative of quitting is not there. So it's just a sense of completion. It builds perseverance in my life View Show Notes →
My wife will sacrifice her time for me. She will allow me to have time to do the things that I want to do, and will stay at home with the kids or whatever it takes for that to happen. That makes me feel very important. View Show Notes →