Quoting Quiverfull: Part 5 – Bad Marriages Are Like Bad Health?

by Michael and Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – Seven Pearls for Finding a Happy MarriageEditor's note: This entire series is sort of ironic in light of how much abuse both of these writers advise their followers to either inflict or endure. A good marriage does take patience, sacrifice and practice, but it's not much of a good marriage if one partner is forcing the other to have sex all the time when not being forced to cook, clean and crab to the point where they collapse. Good marriages don't involve forcing one of the partners to beg strangers for funds enough to have surgery for their chronic neck problems. GOOD MARRIAGES DO NOT EVOLVE ABUSE! … [Read more...]

Redeeming Love: Part 2 – Introducing Michael

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comPlot summary:Michael sees Angel, God audibly speaks to him and says “This one, beloved.” (53) He buys half an hour with her that night and proposes. She refuses. She continues to refuse, over the next week, quite emphatically. Michael argues with God, leaves town. Angel decides she’s done working for Duchess, demands her wages. Duchess has her beaten. Angel wants Bret Magowan to kill her, provokes him.*** … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Bad Marriages Are Like Bad Health?

by Michael and Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – Seven Pearls for Finding a Happy MarriageEditor's note: Oh no, no, no, Michael Pearl is trying to insist that everyone have frequent sexy time like he does. We all know from his honeymoon story that he likes to compare his stamina and frequency of intercourse against other men so anything he might have to say on this subject is void and worthless. This is one of those things that is literally between  the two partners with no wrong or right amount of love making. … [Read more...]

Jessa Duggar Seewald Pregnant Again

This one is not idle speculation or a blind news item. It was announced today that Jessa Duggar Seewald is pregnant with her second child. Official Duggar mouthpiece People Magazine broke the news this morning that Spurgeon Seewald is getting a brother/sister in February. This news comes just in time to hype the second season premiere of the new Duggar television show 'Counting On' tonight on TLC. … [Read more...]

Safety in Optimism as a Learned and Re-Learned Skill

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from Under Much GraceAll images by Cindy Kunsman and Under Much Grace used with permission. Earlier posts looked at the grand picture in life concerning our expectations for safety in a world where things exceed our control. Camus defines well that we are stuck in the human condition which requires struggle and disappointment that doesn't end. Catherine Marshall looks to the acceptance of what Camus describes but differentiates hopeful acceptance from the pessimism of resignation that seems to be it's own kind of premature death. Today, I'd like to tighten that broad focus on uncertainty down to a more basic and immediate one. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 3 – Bad Marriages Are Like Bad Health?

by Michael and Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – Seven Pearls for Finding a Happy MarriageEditor's note: Skipping the next 'pearl' - which was forgive each other. Anyone that's been married any length of time can tell you that not taking offense, learning to say I'm sorry and forgiving the other partner are essential in good marriages. But even those essentials are off the table if one partner is abusive. If someone is beating you, or perhaps just driving you to crab and cook without a moment of downtime you should just get the heck away from them, not worry about forgiveness or taking offense. … [Read more...]

Examining ATI Wisdom Booklets – Booklet 3 Science The Elements of Our Body

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll images by Mel and When Cows and Kids Collide used with permission. This post is 12 pages long.Let's see if we can guess the science topic of this month's Wisdom booklet from the introduction: … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – Bad Marriages Are Like Bad Health?

by Michael and Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine – Seven Pearls for Finding a Happy MarriageEditor's note: Skipping the first two things on the list, Share and Seek to Bless, because I think everyone can agree that they are present in good marriages and there's nothing toxic about either one. It's the third 'pearl' - Destroy Contempt, that starts to swerve into toxic fundamentalist shame and blame. The bolding below is mine, as it's one of Michael and Debi's more toxic ideas about women in general. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 1 – Bad Marriages Are Like Bad Health?

by Michael and Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Magazine - Seven Pearls for Finding a Happy MarriageEditor's note: This is all from a guy that drove his wife like a mule on their honeymoon and caused her to collapse in exhaustion and we're supposed to believe his words on how to have a good marriage? No, marriages are not like if your health is good or bad. Health isn't an automatic given based upon what you eat or do daily. How does he explain things that are inherited or happen for no reason? Some nice blaming and shaming there for people not living exactly like he thinks everyone should. Also did not Debi have to have neck surgery and Michael himself have a heart procedure? What is he … [Read more...]

Questioning The Pearls – Who Can I Turn to For Advice?

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]