Press Release - Joni and Friends and Focus on the Family Release Real Families, Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living With Disability

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 19, 2017
  • In the Media

“Joni and Friends’ new book, Real Families, Real Needs, is an amazing source of strength, wisdom, and encouragement for families living with disability.” – Kirk Cameron 

AGOURA HILLS, CA, Sept. 19, 2017 – When a family is affected by disability, everyone’s life changes. Whether you’re a father, mother, sibling, grandparent, or other relative, you have specific questions based on your role in the family as well as the unique needs for support. 

Real Families, Real Needs by Joni and Friends and Focus on the Family (978-1-58997-925-3, $15.99 SC, September 2017) not only answers those questions, but also provides godly advice and spiritual hope for the challenges a family may face. Divided into five sections written specifically for every member of the family, this book also offers encouragement, Scriptures to lean on, practical ideas, and more. 

Real Families, Real Needs closely examines how a father can show courage in surrendering his family to God as he navigates a new path, and how a mother can find comfort as she embraces her child’s diagnosis and learns the value of interdependence. The book provides honest insights into the different reality that siblings face and the vital role of grandparents and extended family to support and invest in their loved ones impacted by disability. 

Learn from the stories of families like yours and be inspired as they share how God has helped them live victoriously through the challenges of life with disability. Find comfort and peace in a community of people who understand what you face on a daily basis. 

For more information on the book, please visit 

About Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. It provides help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles. Focus on the Family comes alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. It supports families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them. 

About Joni and Friends

For more than 39 years, Joni and Friends has worked to accelerate Christian ministry to the disability community around the world, offering a wide array of life-affirming ministries, including the Christian Institute on Disability; Wheels for the World; international radio and television programs filled with inspirational stories; and Family Retreats, where families affected by disability learn they are not alone. To find out more, please visit

For more information, please contact Annie Knapp, Manager of Public Relations and Digital Marketing Services at or (818) 575-1720.