CTBHHM: In Which Debi Can’t Read Genesis

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 118 Debi starts this next section with a quick overview of what is required of a help meet: God tells us that we are to be help meets: We are to submit, obey, and even … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: An Army of Two

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 117-118 Hold onto your hats, because this week is going to be an interesting one. In this section, Debi is heavy on the military metaphors, and it gets pretty intense. Your husband, dud that he may “appear” to be, is appointed by God to be your immediate Superior Officer in the chain of command. Your position under him is where God put you for your own spiritual, emotional, and physical safety. It is the only position where you will find real fulfillment as a woman. Don’t worry about the quality of his leadership, for he is under the oversight of Jesus Christ. He must answer to God for … [Read more...]

Then Why Didn’t You Tell Us That, Mom?

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism and Homeschoolers Anonymous “I want you to know that I never actually believed everything in those Above Rubies magazines,” my mom told me when I was visiting home a while back. “Then why didn’t you tell us that, mom?” I asked. “I read every issue of that magazine cover to cover, and I always thought it was completely approved material.” I don’t know why my mother made that admission to me when she did. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Proverbs 31 Woman Served Her Husband

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 114-116 Proverbs 31 defines the virtuous woman. She is NOT a mousy, voiceless prude. She is confident, hardworking, creative, and resourceful. In this section, Debi examines Proverbs 31. For those who may not know, Proverbs 31 is a poem about a virtuous woman whose “price is far above rubies.” Evangelicals are quick to hold the Proverbs 31 woman up as a model for women to emulate. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Adam Knew (But It’s Eve’s Fault)

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 110-111 Debi has previously said that God creates men with armor and women without, so that mean can use their reason to stand against Satan’s temptations and make sound decisions while women use their feelings to tenderly care for their children and keep the home. Women, Debi says, are to stand behind the armor of their men, and thus be protected. The reason Eve at the apple, Debi says, is that she stepped out from Adam’s armor and was thus vulnerable. Some of you readers raised a question: If this is so, why did Adam also eat the apple? Why didn’t his armor protect him and keep him from … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Introduction—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...]

CTBHHM: You Only Think You’re Spiritual!

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 109-10 Women, in general, give the appearance of being more spiritual than men. They like to dabble in soulish thoughts. There are many ways of expressing spirituality, but most of them have nothing to do with the Spirit of Jesus Christ. We ladies are more inclined to trust in our feelings and intuition than are men, which makes us more subject to deception, just like sister Eve. Feelings and intuition are ever-changing. The Word of God is objective and dogmatic—unchanging. It is to religion what hard facts are to science. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Woman Was Deceived

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy  Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 106—108 This chapter is called “The Nature of Man and Woman.” Last week, in the first section of this chapter, we learned that it is in men’s nature to beat their chests and roar at each other while women by nature sit back, admire, and wait to be conquered. This next section is called “The Woman Was Deceived.” I think you can guess the topic. Debi starts by telling the story of the fallen angel Lucifer and God’s creation of Adam. … [Read more...]

Where Is Your Sense of Compassion, HSDLA?

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by Libby Anne cross posted from Homeschoolers Anonymous and her blog Love Joy Feminism HA note: The following is reprinted with permission from Libby Anne’s blog Love Joy Feminism. It was originally published on Patheos on July 31, 2013. ***** … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Taming Wild Horses and Lassoing Bears

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy Feminism Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 105-106 Weirdly, this passage actually succeeded in making me more angry than have just about all of the passages so far, but in some sense a different sort of angry. Rather than just saying “What?! No!” after every sentence, I’m going to make four distinct … [Read more...]


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