Shall I review Created to Be His Helpmeet?

Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious, that extremely patriarchal marriage manual I have mentioned before, was published by Debi Pearl in 2004. Michael Pearl and his wife Debi run No Greater Joy ministries and are the authors of To Train Up A Child, that extreme discipline manual that advocates spanking infants as young as six months and spanking toddlers until they are “utterly defeated.” Here is the descriptive summary of Created to Be His Help Meet found on the Amazon page:

“Somewhere over the passing years and changing culture, women have lost their way. This book is written to lead them back home. Regardless of how you began your marriage or how dark and lonely the path that has brought you to where you are now, I want you to know that it is possible today to have a marriage so good and so fulfilling that it can only be explained as a miracle.

Follow Debi Pearl as she takes the wisdom and experience of her own marriage and confirms it with the wisdom of scripture and learn how to be the “help meet” that God created you to be. You will learn to appreciate God’s gift of a husband with a thankful heart that produces joy and wisdom in you and your home. Gain a better understanding of who your husband is and how your response to him can make or break your marriage. See the Bible’s perspective of obedience and authority and understand how you are joint heirs to the promises of God.

The miracle of a wonderful marriage is like the miracle of birth, God allows you to be an essential contributor to the miracle. Read, enjoy and be blessed as over 330,000 other women already have.”

I have recently started reading Fred Clark’s reviews of Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series on his blog, The Slacktivist, which has put the idea of reviewing Created to Be His Help Meet in my mind. Basically, Fred is going through the Left Behind books slowly, a few pages a post, and posts once a week. What I really like about his reviews is that they are both highly analytical – pointing out severe problems with the theology, worldview, and text itself – and rather humorous. I think I could do the same for Created to Be His Help Meet. And if I post just one installment a week, I think it’s something I could do and something that wouldn’t get in the way of my other posting.

There’s another blogger who went by the name Personal Failure who was doing something extremely similar in her excellent “The Deconstruction of Elsie Dinsmore” posts, going through the Elsie Dinsmore books a few pages at a time on her blog, Forever in Hell. But then, last June, she disappeared, and her blog and posts along with her. If anyone knows what happened to her, let me know.

Anyway, before jumping right in I wanted to give you all a heads up and ask if this is something you would find interesting. Since it’s something I think I would find interesting and personally edifying (killing more personal demons, I’d imagine), and since this is my blog, I’m probably going to do it. Maybe you have suggestions or thoughts?

Note: I just found out that Created to Be His Help Meet has been translated into both Spanish and Russian.

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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.


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