TTUAC: Laying out the Goal

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To Train Up A Child, introduction You probably know that I've been writing a page-by-page review of Debi Pearl's manual on how to be a good wife, Created To Be His Help Meet. I've decided to begin doing the same for Michael and Debi Pearl's child training manual, To Train Up A Child. Because the text is available online, I'm going to quote the entire thing over the course of this series rather than just excerpts. The end product will be the text of To Train Up A Child, with my commentary. I wi … [Read more...]

This Thing about Angels

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So, I recently ran upon a story about a car wreck in Missouri, and about a "mystery priest" who prayed with a critically injured young woman and afterwards disappeared before anyone could thank him. Here's the basic outline of the story: Emergency workers and community members in eastern Missouri are not sure what to make of a mystery priest who showed up at a critical accident scene Sunday morning and whose prayer seemed to change life-threatening events for the positive.Even odder, the … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Tale of the Purple Flowers PJ Girl

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 139---40Before getting to the purple flowers PJ girl, Debi throws in this bit: It doesn't seem fair that the wife is expected to honor and obey her husband even though he has not earned the right; yet she must also earn the right to be loved. If she has to honor him regardless of how he acts, why shouldn't he love her regardless of how she acts? Um. What. Debi is, of course, referring to the New Testament passages that require husbands to love their wives … [Read more...]

On Bad Logic, Abortion, and Children’s Rights

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Blogger Connie, a homeschool mom with eight children, recently wrote a post on why she opposes regulation of homeschooling. (She says it's because she doesn't trust the government.) In that post she approvingly showcased an earlier comment on the topic that had been left by a reader: Public schools and their employees/programs are required to account and report things, and stay accountable, because they are using public dollars and are essentially employees to public money. As such, they do and … [Read more...]

Want To Help Homeschoolers? Check This Out.

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Homeschoolers Anonymous was founded last March as a platform for homeschool grads to share and talk about their  experiences in the Christian homeschooling world. I have been one of Homeschoolers Anonymous' blog partners since the very beginning, and I am pleased to announce that Homeschoolers Anonymous is now moving things to the next step.The Next Step Homeschoolers Anonymous is expanding to become a non-profit organization called HARO — Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out.To this end, our … [Read more...]

“Mommy, You Have Two Options”

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When Sally wants something that is not an option at the moment---say, going out for ice cream---the first thing I do is explain why it's not an option. I explain that we had already made other plans, or that we don't have money in the budget to go for ice cream every day, or that we need to make sure we're eating a healthy diet and ice cream should be a special treat not something we eat constantly, etc.Sometimes, however, that's not enough. Sally doesn't always understand the concept of … [Read more...]

Hana Williams Abuse and Murder Trial Ongoing

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Hana Williams died two years ago, in May 2011, of hypothermia after her mother banished her from the house as punishment for being "rebellious." Hana was already overly-thin from starvation---her parents withheld food as punishment---and she had often been forced to sleep in the barn, use an outdoor port-a-potty, and shower outside. Hana Williams had been adopted from Ethiopia in 2008 by a conservative Christian homeschooling couple who followed the child training methods of Michael and Debi … [Read more...]


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