Confessions of a Goody-Two Shoes

by Mari cross posted from her blog Mari's MusesI read an article a while ago written by one of my favorite authors, Donald Miller. In it, he talks about the problem with having a “perfect image.” He talks about Anne Hathaway and how, to him, she is inapproachable because she’s just…. too perfect.I know nothing about Anne Hathaway and I don’t really care either.But Don’s point — that “perfect” people are inapproachable — is true.I know this because I’m an inapproachable perfect person.Don’t judge. I can’t help it that I’m perfect.The truth of the matter is that people have two selves. They have their persona, the self that they portray to the rest of the world, and they … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Imprinting Your Eldest Child To Control The Younger?

from Andrea Schwartz at her blog Words From Andrea and at Ladies Against Feminism -  The Challenges of Family Life. The single most important aspect of preparing for family expansion is to concentrate on learning, understanding and applying the law of God. By incorporating the ultimate Standard of life into one’s thinking (economically, socially, … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Bite Your Tongue?

From Ladies Against Feminism - Godly Speech People say,” I always say what I think,” as if that is a good quality, that is a terrible quality. I wouldn’t admit it to anybody. In fact, I would confess it before God. And also, somebody who always speaks what is on his mind and on his emotions is somebody who is a slave to his emotions. I feel sorry for the poor person. Even if what you say is right, even if what you say is true, there are sometimes, you’re just going to keep your mouth closed. … [Read more...]

Changes That Heal

by Mari cross posted from her blog Mari's Musings’ve been reading a book lately called Changes that Heal. It’s about changes. Ones that heal.This book is also about problems. Problems that occur when you don’t know how to set up proper boundaries or problems that occur when we don’t know how to bond to others properly. … [Read more...]

My Brave Sisters

by AJ cross posted from her blog I am PhoenixThe other day, I saw an ad for a TV show where a group of Amish young people were set loose in NYC. I laughed because I knew what they were going through. I've lived through a similar experience, except there weren't cameras following my every move. I grew up in a cult that was similar to Amish or Mennonite homes, … [Read more...]

Christianity and the “Male Gaze”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsBe modest.Be beautiful."Don't cause a man to stumble.""Don't let yourself go." … [Read more...]

Commenting Policy

by CaluluWe've never really spelled out any rules on people commenting on NLQ before but the majority of the posters have been respectful of each other, posted insightful words and even when disagreeing with the author or admin stuck to the issue instead of using it as an opportunity to bash any person. That's how it should be in a civilized society.Our two rules of commenting are -No personal attacks/name calling on authors or other commenters. Be respectful please. (Spelling this out out for the fundamentalist Christians that arrive a year or two late on the Duggar family postings and go ballistic. Don't do that!) We will not allow conspiracy theories or drama from other … [Read more...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: Appreciating and Admiring Men

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons Covering two chapters today (good thing, too. There’s like thirty chapters or something). Both are dedicated to women fawning over their men, essentially. I actually almost used a picture of Bella and Edward because of the feelings I have toward these chapters. … [Read more...]

Boldness

by Mari cross posted from  her blog Mari's MusesThe other day, a friend of mine was telling me about a conversation she was having with someone who had never had spiritual experiences similar to her own.It was all fine and everything, but then she blurted out, “I guess I’m not as bold as you are.” … [Read more...]

Religion Makes Abuse Easy

by AJ cross posted from her blog I Am Phoenix(Editor's Note - Let's all welcome AJ as she is the newest member of NLQ's Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network! Welcome AJ!)Religion makes abuse easy. There it is, pure and simple. A truth I've born witness to.Walk with me down this road. Travel back in time with me, and open the window to the kitchen in my parents' house. Poke your head in and listen with me. Look at the old farmstead kitchen table, and the meek kids with their heads lowered in submission, while the patriarch booms on at the head of the table, lecturing and teaching after dinner before everyone's dismissed from the table. … [Read more...]


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