CTNAHM: Force Yourself to Listen to Your Wife’s Concerns

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By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 134---136We are finishing up the chapter on contrasting the three types of men. More specifically, Michael tells us how to fix broken marriages. Healing Your MarriageMr. Command can heal his marriage by focusing on loving and verbally appreciating his wife. Cherish her to the point of serving her and she will have the energy to stand beside you in all things. You must court your little lady and make … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard has resigned . . . but is that enough?

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Yesterday Bill Gothard resigned from the Institute for Basic Life Principles. As my regular readers know, Gothard has been under increased scrutiny due to accusations that he has sexually molested girls and young women for decades.More on this development from Ryan Stollar of Homeschoolers Anonymous: Last month the IBLP board placed Gothard on administrative leave. . . . There are rumors that David Gibbs, Jr. — the former president of ACE who was the longtime attorney for convicted child abu … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Get off the Internet!


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 211---222I am now armed with a fresh copy of Created To Be His Help Meet and ready to resume my reviews. For reasons completely unknown to me, my previous copy never reappeared. I have utterly no idea where it is. But lest my readers worry, I bought my fresh copy used. Leaving Home by Phone, E-mail, and Chat Rooms"I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully" (I … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Contrasting the Types—The Wives!


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 133---134Today we are comparing how the different types of men treat their wives, and what they expect of them. ComparedMr. Command needs a lady to serve him. Mr. Visionary needs a lady to talk with him. Both Command and Visionary need their ladies to admire them. A Steady man needs a lady to walk beside him, a counterpart. She needs to know that is her role. She needs to know how she can become … [Read more...]

Pensacola Christian College Too, and Why I Care


In the wake of stories of mishandling sexual assault at Bob Jones University and Patrick Henry College comes this: Samantha Field was a student at Pensacola Christian College in 2009, when she claims to have suffered repeated physical and sexual assaults—including two alleged rapes—by her ex-fiancé, a fellow student. Thanks to the school’s strict morality code, which doesn’t allow men and women to use the same elevators, much less be alone in the same room, Samantha was reluctant to report her s … [Read more...]

Let It Gay? Subversive Messages from Disney’s Frozen


Over Christmas break I visited my parents to find not only my younger siblings but also my conservative evangelical mother obsessing over Frozen. I was shocked. I had to ask myself---did they even watch the same movie? Did they not see the messages I did? Did they hear the same lyrics? How could they see Frozen and not realize that it was about self acceptance and freedom from others' expectations---and moral standards?It seems at least one blogger did pick up on some of those themes: The ga … [Read more...]

“Don’t Lie to Me, Mommy!”


Sean and I have a bit of a habit of "kidding" each other, and it's something we've carried over to how we interact with the children. To explain what I'm even talking about here, I'm going to have to give an example. "Mommy, are we rich?" Sally asked me recently. "Well, we have plenty to eat and a safe place to live and lots of friends, so I'd say yes, we're rich," I responded. This was not the best answer, maybe, but I wasn't exactly in the position to explain things like global inequalities … [Read more...]