Worthwhile Reads: Oh the Quiverfull Lot

Portrait of a Lady Last night, for some reason, I was thinking about Kelly Bradrick. You may not have heard of her but she was a poster girl for Stay at Home Daughters and then for the large Vision Forum “conference wedding” with lengthy, manly monologues and a first kiss at the altar. Kelly is the daughter of Scott Brown, the founder of the NCFIC and she married Peter Bradrick in August of 2006. Who could forget? Doug Phillips featured the wedding in an e-mail newsletter and raved about get … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Advice for Others

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What advice do you have for other young adults currently questioning or leaving Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideology? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: Your questions are there, deep down: be honest with God and yourself and acknowledge them.  God is big enough to handle your questions.  Then try to find answers for those questions with the mind that God gave you.  It can be a scary journey but life is much richer and more interesting when you venture out of the box that you were raised in … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Continuing Influence

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What do you think is the biggest way being raised in a family influenced by Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull ideas has influenced who you are today? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: I feel grateful that I have seen the world through two completely different worldviews.  I feel like it makes me able to relate to more people, which is useful in my profession because I have to facilitate interaction between people from very different cultures.   It also helps me understand both sides of the po … [Read more...]

Heritage Defense: An HSLDA for the Family

I just today found out about something called Heritage Defense. Do you remember what I wrote before about the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)? Basically, HSLDA is a form of legal insurance - you pay an annual premium and in return have any legal fees covered - for homeschool families. While HSLDA only defends families who wind up in legal trouble over homeschooling, this new organization offers families legal insurance for a whole range of parental rights issues.Vision Forum is … [Read more...]

New! The Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blog Network!

Vyckie of No Longer Quivering has just announced the creation of the Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network! And guess what? Apparently I helped motivate her to start it! The network began when Vyckie noticed that NLQ forum member, Libby Anne, seemed to be doing a lot of processing of her quiverfull experience through frequent posts and comments. She encouraged Libby Anne to write her story for NLQ – which she did – and in the process, discovered that she loves blogging!Around that time, due … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Asking the First Question

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What first made you question the beliefs you were raised with? Was this initial questioning a frightening or liberating experience? Joe: I can't put a finger on one experience that made me question my beliefs.  When I mention my beliefs, I must say that I have rejected everything from quiverful and fundamentalist Christianity, all the way to a belief in god.  I reject it all now.  But, with no further ado, I will construct a list of a few happenings that caused me to reject everything. 1.  My … [Read more...]

Dear Libby: How can I help my cousins?

Dear Libby,The reason I'm emailing is because my husband's uncle is really into the quiverfull, biblical patriarchy stuff and I'm really concerned about his daughters. They're home-schooled, not going to uni and seem to be just waiting at home to get married. I'm pretty worried about them and what options they've got for their futures. They live in New Zealand, so the only contact is via facebook at the moment.Do you think it's possible to try and challenge them to think through their be … [Read more...]


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