Before You Meet Prince Charming: Part 2 Chapter 6

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAll quotes from the book 'Before You Meet Prince Charming' by Sarah Mally are in blue text.The first post on the allegorical section of Chapter 6 was me ranting about how insane Ms. Mally's insistence that the Princess learned how to weave, bake, paint, dye and goldsmith in less than two years while still being a female member of the royal family who was well into her marriageable years. … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls – Finding a Husband

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...]

Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ – I’ve Made Mistakes But Can’t Get Past Them

Another installment of giving better answers to the questions asked at Debi Pearl’s site message board for the book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’. Many young ladies ask questions on all sorts of different subjects brought up by the book. There was just one big problem, many of the answers stray into either the outright bad and emotionally unhealthy to dangerous. Yes, typical Debi Pearl borderline abusive. Here’s what we’re going to be doing here at NLQ. Every week, once or twice a week, I’ll be posting up one of the questions from the message board and ask you, our readers, to answer that poor soul’s question in a way that is logical, rational and the best possible solution, in other words 18 … [Read more...]

Before You Meet Prince Charming – Part 1 Chapter 2

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide All quotes from the book are in blue text. Images from When Cows and Kids Collide and used with permission. This chapter pertains to the evils of dating. Because of that, I assumed that the allegory would show the dangers of dating.Silly me. … [Read more...]

Before You Meet Prince Charming – Part 1 Chapter 1

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide"Before You Meet Prince Charming" by Sarah Mally has a few interesting points in its favor.Sarah Mally has reached the level of writing competence found among high school graduates!  She understands and uses the conventions of the English language fluently; After "Preparing to Be A Helpmeet" and "It's (Not) That Complicated", I am grateful to read a book without feeling a compulsion to pull out a red pen and fix the mistakes. Ms. Mally starts each chapter of the book with an allegorical tale involving a teen-age princess living in a kingdom.  Writing this was more complicated than the common "exhortation and advice" style … [Read more...]

The Beginning – Before You Meet Prince Charming

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideEditor's note: Mel is starting a review of another Quiverfull daughter get married or else book. This time it's 'Before You Meet Prince Charming' by Sarah Mally. All quotes from the book are in blue text.We have a new first!  This book inspired me to write the first blog post on the cover, the cover quotes and the author's note.The Cover The cover is a bit terrifying, honestly.  There is a back-lit guy on a horse holding a lance...or a mace...perhaps a broadsword.  My husband wanted to know if Prince Charming was a euphemism for the Angel of Death in Christian Patriarchy after seeing the cover.  Judge for you … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated – Wrap Up

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideI've spent more time thinking quietly in the last three months than I have in years.   Truthfully, I didn't think about the Botkin Sisters or CP/QF until late last week.  Taking an unplanned break has brought a painful truth home:By following the rules of Christian Patriarchy, the Botkin Sisters have missed life. … [Read more...]

The Power of the Transformed Wife – Lori Really Really Hates Porn

by Suzanne TitkemeyerWe start today's review of Lori Alexander's book 'The Power of the Transformed Wife' in Chapter 11 - The Dating Scene and Sexual Purity. Rereading this again last night I have to say that this is both one of the dullest chapters in the book and the most disjointed poorly written. Lori keeps circling back to porn. … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 3 Chapter 12

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideEditor's note: If you get a chance be sure to check out Mel's blog and her birth story. It's a perfect illustration why home birth with an unlicensed midwife isn't for everyone. Had Mel been following conventional Quiverfull birth ideas likely she and her precious son Jack would not have survived. She's posted up some extremely cute photos of her son too. Congratulations Mel and family! … [Read more...]

Anna Duggar Divorcing Josh Duggar and Assorted Duggar Media Coverage

Next week we'll return to our review of Lori Alexander's book 'The Power of the Transformed Wife' I've been out of the country with spotty internet and I flew back in yesterday to see a pile of tabloid stories on the magazines at the airport involving the Duggar family.In Touch is claiming that Anna Duggar is on the verge of divorcing spouse Josh. It seems that the man whose photographs Josh used on both the Ashley Madison and OkCupid, Matthew McCarty, is suing Josh. The case is going to court on February 27. According to the usual bunch of 'unnamed Duggar insiders' Anna has spoken to a divorce attorney and is planning on filing for divorce soon because the lawsuit is the final straw in … [Read more...]