Debi Pearl Defends Bill Gothard

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How did I miss this? Several weeks ago, Debi Pearl weighed in on the ongoing Bill Gothard scandal. And guess what? Reading her post has caused me to lose the last little bit of respect I had for her (which is really saying something). In their books and on their blog, Michael and Debi have generally taken a hard line on the sexual abuse of children. Given this, Debi's response to the Bill Gothard situation seem incredibly out of place. Debi should be out there with Recovering Grace and all … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Debi Pearl

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Dear Debi, I was very excited when I read your article of this past August, titled "The Roland Study." In that article, you began with this opening paragraph: My grandson Roland, who just turned one, has taught me more about the development of babies and toddlers than I learned my first sixty-plus years of life. It is not that he is such a fine teacher; it’s just that, now that I’m a grandmother, not responsible for meeting the daily needs of my children, I can seriously focus on what … [Read more...]

Could Debi Pearl Be Changing Her Mind on Child Training?

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I recently came upon an article by Debi on the No Greater Joy website. It was posted this past August, so it's relatively recent. I must say, when I first saw it yesterday I was quite surprised by it. Here's how it begins: My grandson Roland, who just turned one, has taught me more about the development of babies and toddlers than I learned my first sixty-plus years of life. It is not that he is such a fine teacher; it’s just that, now that I’m a grandmother, not responsible for meeting the … [Read more...]

Lesbians, Satan, Hitler: Debi Pearl Responds To Criticism

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I don't know how I missed this short post on the No Greater Joy website a year ago, but I did. I guess I shouldn't be surprised I missed it because I don't read everything posted on the site, and for some reason Why Not To Train A Child only just picked it up today. Anyway, here you go: A Call To Stand By Debi Pearl Hitler’s propagandists used one of Satan’s choice tools to pull off the biggest crime toward mankind in the history of the world. They used a lie. They taught that … [Read more...]

Debi Pearl’s Logic in a 1963 Ladies Magazine Quiz

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I recently came upon one of those quizzes that sometime grace ladies' magazines, this one from 1963. I include it here because, to be honest, it made me think of Debi. Note first of all the entire premise of the quiz: Does your guy treat you wrong? Have you ever wondered if it's your fault? As regular readers will know, this exact line of reasoning is shot through Debi Pearl's Created To Be His Help Meet. Next note the scoring. This, for instance---"he'll never treat you wrong, because … [Read more...]

What (Not) To Do If Your Husband Abuses Your Kids

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I recently ran across this quote from Michael and Debi Pearl's child training manual child abuse manual, To Train Up a Child: Mother, if you think the father is too forceful in his discipline, there is something you can do. While he is away demand, expect, train for and discipline to receive instant and complete obedience from your children. When the father comes home the house will be peaceful and well ordered. The children will always obey their father, giving him no need to discipline … [Read more...]

Dominance and Submission or a Cooperative Partnership?

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Supporters of patriarchal gender roles and hierarchical marriage relationships often argue that feminists want to pit men and women against each other, but what they don't realize is that by turning marriage into a relationship based on dominance and submission, they are the ones pitting men and women against each other. In seeking equality, feminism envisions relationships built not on dominance and submission but rather on communication and cooperation, companionship founded on mutual … [Read more...]


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