Revisiting Steadfast Daughters in a Quivering World Part 2 – Expectations

by Vyckie Garrison Along with appeals to "sincerity," many Quiverfull parents, when their children push back, will be tempted to minimize abusive parenting practices by pointing out that "there are no perfect parents." It's true ... we ALL screw up! But when things don't work out so well for those of us who presumed to lead and to offer up ourselves and our children as examples of a "godly family" for other Christian families to follow, we don't all the sudden get the luxury of obscurity, we don't get to blend in with the crowd of imperfect people. "To whom much is given, much will be required." [Note: this series is dedicated to Quivering Daughters by the former-Quiverfull moms at No L … [Read more...]

Revisiting Steadfast Daughters in a Quivering World: Part 1 – Sincerity

by Vyckie Garrison In light of recent revelations by Cynthia Jeub regarding her Quiverfull upbringing, I've been revisiting a series of articles in which the former-Quiverfull moms of No Longer Quivering collaborated to give a response to Christian fundamentalist parents who cannot believe or accept that their diligent and wholehearted implementation of the "biblical" family worldview and lifestyle could actually be abusive and harmful to their children. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Dancing With The Devil?

by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy - When the Worst HappensThis little bit is about two to six year old children. … [Read more...]

What I Got By Going To Church

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsIt happened again. Talking to a friend, I was asked, "Where are you going to church now?""No where.""Oh, Ellen, you need to go to church! How are you going to grow? You need the fellowship of other believers!" … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Natural Body Odors Are A Turn On?

by Michael Pearl from his book "Holy Sex"Trigger warning! May make you throw up! … [Read more...]

Catholic Response to Vyckie Garrison’s Life Story

Over the last month since Vyckie's entire remarks at the American Atheist convention were published has brought a great deal of media attention to NLQ. That is not the only thing, it's brought a number of republishings, remarks and rebuttals to her life story. … [Read more...]

When Church Hurts Part 6

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsThough we never had a meeting with Elliot or the leadership, I was again asked to teach a class and was also helping with a conference that our church was hosting in the spring.  When it came time for the conference, I had an opportunity to sit down with the speaker for a few minutes and, being a man of great discernment, he asked me some leading questions and I found myself telling him a bit of my story. … [Read more...]

Breaking The Generational Cycle of Child Abuse

Our good friend M. Dolon Hickmon has a guest post up at Dan Fincke's site Camels With Hammers called 'Breaking The Generational Cycle of Child Abuse'  For those of you that don't know Mr. Hickmon he is also the author  of a powerful novel based upon some of his personal experiences of growing up in an abusive religious family - 13:24 - A Story of Faith and Obsession If you haven't read his book yet then I cannot emphasis strongly enough how good it is! He also writes for The Freethinker and On Faith. … [Read more...]

When Church Hurts: Part 5

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsFor a few years, I had the privilege of serving in my church in several ways. I took classes, my husband and I took care of a significant portion of the landscape (which had been sorely neglected) – creating sacred spaces for people to find quiet time with the Lord, and I assisted with preparing food for Sunday morning fellowship. I also had the opportunity to teach classes over our final year there. … [Read more...]

When Church Hurts Part 4

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsDuring all of these years, I would come to church, sit four or five rows from the pulpit, right on the center aisle, and listen to Elliot and others preach grace, forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. Elliot preached and preached. I wept and wept openly. I could not sing. I could not so much as close my eyes in prayer. I could not stand for the blessing at the end of the service. I knew that no matter how much Elliot preached those words to everyone else in the congregation, they were not for me. And I would email him and tell him as much. Without response. … [Read more...]


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