Quoting Quiverfull: Three Decades of Fertility?

by Kelly of Generation Cedar – Mother Vision and Fertility: Inspired Beyond Today 

(Editor’s note: Three Decades of Fertility is a new book out by Visionary Womanhood ministry to promote Quiverfull. This is what Kelly is promoting in this bit.)

Three Decades of Fertility takes you on a journey of ten ordinary women surrendering to an extraordinary God. It’s a book about living counter-culturally, daring to sacrifice the approval of man for a greater reward: a life lived in the loving hands of a Creator-God, trusting His sovereign goodness in the grand scheme of our existence.

Motherhood, as you already know, has been under attack for decades. Why? Because it is a powerful tool for the Kingdom in the hands of women devoted to the eternal work of making disciples. The enemy trembles at that.

So women deciding to embrace their fertility as a gift are especially the odd ones out. These stories will inspire and encourage your heart as you see the power of God magnified in the weaknesses of normal women who have dared to walk in the trusting care of a Heavenly Father.


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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce


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  • persephone

    So glad my parents were JWs and not quiverfull. I got my period at 13. Hit menopause 40 years later. I got pregnant while using birth control. I don’t even want to guess about how many kids I could have had.

  • “Embracing your fertility as a gift” is not ” a powerful tool for the Kingdom in the hands of women devoted to the eternal work of making disciples”.

    In fact, making 3 disciples in a lifetime while having no children or only two (your children can be included among those disciples) is statistically much more powerfull than birthing 8 and discipling 8.

    The reason is simple: If you give birth to 0 and disciple 3, unbelievers/ nominal believers fall by 3. If you give birth to 2 and disciple 3, unbelievers/ nominal believers fall by 1. If you give birth to 8 and disciple 8, the number of unbelievers/ nominal believers stay the same. If you give birth to 8 and successfully disciple 7 with one not believing any more, unbelievers/ nominal believers rise by 1.

    Here I crunch the meaning of those numbers over a few generations: http://biblicalpersonhood.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/quiverfull-why-it-dont-work-the-way-david-crank-imagines-it/

  • I guess since I’m medically infertile, I did something to tick God off? I mean, what other way is there of looking at it if fertility is seen as God’s greatest blessing?
    Woooh, do I suddenly feel better about myself.

  • Kristen Rosser

    I think they should be required to present evidence for “motherhood is under attack,” which I don’t see at all– unless you define “motherhood” as “militant fecundity.” Motherhood is revered in this country. It’s only mothers who risk their health and financial security having more children than they can support or their bodies can handle, who get questioned.

  • Saraquill

    No matter what that writer says, I’m still loathe to have more children than I can adequately care for.

  • Independent Thinker

    Motherhood comes under attack when the quality of your parenting is poor and your children suffer from your decision making. I guess it just feels better to make the assumption that other women have their parenting and role as a mother called into question on a regular basis.