Worthwhile Reads: On J.O.Y. and Religious Homeschooling

“Worthwhile Reads,” in which I point my readers to interesting articles or blog posts I have recently read, is going to be a regular Love, Joy, Feminism feature. 

Lisa of Broken Daughters writes about the trials of learning to make her own decisions after being taught to live with J.O.Y., or “Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.”

Lewis of Commandments of Men writes about how fear can lead to religious homeschooling and the ties between Christian homeschooling and dominionist ideas.

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Meggie

    I haven’t read this article yet but “J.O.Y.” makes me scream….AAAAAARRRGH. Most of the people I know who spout J.O.Y. are the incredibly selfish. The few people I know who actually live it have ended up so run down they are barely able to function. In putting Jesus first and others next, they have ended up neglecting themselves.

  • ScottInOH

    Although selflessness can obviously be taken to unhealthy extremes, these are the sorts of teachings (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”; “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”) in Christianity that seem most laudable to me. They are the ones far too many Christians ignore in practice.

  • Charles Bartley

    Now I have that incipid song “Jesus and others and you, what a wonderful way to spell JOY” stuck in my head. That conflicts with my tears as I read her story.


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