A Breadwinning Wife Loses Her Vulnerable, Submissive, Servant Spirit

In a recent issue of No Greater Joy, fundamentalist pastor and ministry leader Michael Pearl responded to a letter from a reader that read as follows: Recently, I have gone back to work full-time and my husband is at home with the kids and homeschooling them. My question is how can I still be a help meet in this situation? My husband is having health issues and thought it best for us to switch. He loves to cook and has been cooking. What are your thoughts on this situation? Michael's wife, … [Read more...]


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Michael Pearl to Domestic Abuse Victim: Suffer Silently

Last week this email was posted on the No Greater Joy blog: Dear Mrs. Pearl,I don’t want you to think I am dishonoring my husband. My heart is to lift him up and be a good wife. Something has happened over the last year that is scary. My husband has always been somewhat given to the flesh and occasionally angry, but now his anger is out of control. He often comes home from work mad---mad at me, the dog, the kids, the car, the guy next door… anything and anybody can bring on his rage. The kid … [Read more...]


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Michael Pearl: What to Do If Your Wife Embarrasses You

So I recently came upon this video:I transcribed it for you so you don't have to watch it. Debi: Hi, I'm Debi PearlMike: And I'm the big boss Mike.Debi: We're here to day to read a question that came in in our mail and to answer it. Oh goody, a letter! Are you ready? Hi Mike,I love my wife, but I find it hard to like her sometimes. Over the years she has gotten more and more competitive or at least I think of it as competitive. But this is an example of what she does. … [Read more...]


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The Soul Is in the Sperm

Now this is weird. I just came upon a video in which Michael Pearl answers questions about sin nature, the soul, sperm, and the artificial insemination of Mary.In case you're not interested in watching the video, here is a transcript: Jared:  If we are not born with a sinful nature, then why did Jesus need to be born from a virgin? Let's stop here for just a second. I was definitely taught that we are born with sinful natures. Growing up, I do remember my parents disagreeing with this … [Read more...]


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When Toxicity Demands a Break

In case you haven't noticed, I'm taking a bit of a break from my series on To Train Up a Child. It was just starting to get to me, delving into it like that week after week. Don't worry, the series will be back once I've had a bit of a breather.In the meantime, have a dose of laughing babies to wash the Pearls' parenting advice out of your system: … [Read more...]


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Emotion Control

Michael and Debi Pearl's five children are now raising children of their own. Each says they are following the same methods their father laid out in To Train Up A Child, which he first published in 1994, and several of them have begun writing regularly for the No Greater Joy newsletter. As I read their articles, I often wonder whether they are adding their own spin to their father's childrearing methods.The Pearls have begun applying this three-part personality system to children. A recent a … [Read more...]


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No, Explanations Are NOT a Problem

I have to admit, I rarely come upon things that do this much of a dance on my blood pressure. But this . . . wow. It's an article from Shepherd Press, reposted by conservative Christian actor Kirk Cameron on his blog. It is called "The Problem with Explanations." Throughout this piece, I'm going to assume that Kirk Cameron posted it on his blog because he agrees with it. Let's take a look, shall we? God has not called parents to explain but to train. Explanations often lead to frustration and … [Read more...]


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