TTUAC: The Promise of Perfection

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismTo Train Up A Child, pp. 1—2Quick note first, while the book is written by “Michael & Debi Pearl,” certain sections are labeled “by Debi Pearl,” leading me to conclude that the rest of it is written by Michael. That’s the assumption I’ll be working on in these reviews. Also, the first part of the title of each of these posts is the actual title of the section in TTUAC. The second part, after the dash, is my addition. … [Read more...]

To Train Up A Child: Laying Out The Goal

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, Feminism To Train Up A Child, introduction You probably know that I’ve been writing a page-by-page review of Debi Pearl’s manual on how to be a good wife, Created To Be His Help Meet. I’ve decided to begin doing the same for Michael and Debi Pearl’s child training manual, To Train Up A Child. Because the text is available online, I’m going to quote the entire thing over the course of this series rather than just excerpts. The end product will be the text of To Train Up A Child, with my commentary. I will be posting a new excerpt each Monday. … [Read more...]

That DIsgusting, Evil, Pagan Movie, Noah

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismBy now you’ve probably heard of the new Hollywood movie, Noah, with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson. I haven’t seen it yet, but I now kind of want to, thanks to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis.First the trailer, and then I’ll explain. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Divine Lovers and Desperate Castration

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 164—167We’re still in the chapter on loving your husband, which means this week is going to be all about sex once again. No woman loves her husband if she does not seek to please  him in this most important area. If you are not interested in sex, then at least be interested in him enough to give him good sex. If you are not loving your man, you are in danger of blaspheming the word of God—“to love their husbands.” The Bible says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Hopefully you just didn’t realize that your lack of sexual interest in y … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Tell My Wife To Have Sex With Me!

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, Feminism(Trigger Warning for intimate partner rape)Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 161—164In this post we begin on Debi’s chapter “To Love Their Husbands.” Remember that Debi is working her way through the things older women are commanded to teach younger women in Timothy 2. You want to know what this entire chapter on wives loving their husbands is about? I bet you can guess. Sex. That’s right, I’m not surprised either. I do need to start with a warning, though. If you’ve ever experienced intimate partner rape, I’d suggest you either read carefully or skip this post altogether. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Having a Nervous Breakdown? Selfish Woman!

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 156—159“I’m About to Have a Nervous Breakdown.” That is how Debi titles this bit, which closes out her section teaching young women “to be sober.” This should be interesting, right? Well . . . as you might expect, she basically spends the whole time telling women that nervous breakdowns are their own damn fault for being so selfish and that they need to purpose to stop having them. Yay. As she often does, Debi starts with a letter, prefacing it with this: … [Read more...]

Let It Gay? Subversive Messages from Disney’s “Frozen”

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismOver Christmas break I visited my parents to find not only my younger siblings but also my conservative evangelical mother obsessing over Frozen. I was shocked. I had to ask myself—did they even watch the same movie? Did they not see the messages I did? Did they hear the same lyrics? How could they see Frozen and not realize that it was about self acceptance and freedom from others’ expectations—and moral standards? … [Read more...]

Emotion Control

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismMichael and Debi Pearl’s five children are now raising children of their own. Each says they are following the same methods their father laid out in To Train Up A Child, which he first published in 1994, and several of them have begun writing regularly for the No Greater Joy newsletter. As I read their articles, I often wonder whether they are adding their own spin to their father’s childrearing methods. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Debi Takes Us Back To The 1950s

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love, Joy, FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 154—156Debi begins this section with some history. Liberated to SorrowBeginning with the women’s “liberation” movement of the 1960s, women have been taught and are expected to resent men in authority. Um . . . no. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: How To Cook To Please Your Husband

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 149—154Remember that Debi just got through shaming Jill for not being able to balance sick kids and getting dinner ready at time. Well, Debi’s about to explain to Jill just how she could have Done Everything Right. Because women’s true role is in the kitchen, dontcha know. The Assignment … [Read more...]


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