(Not) An Open Letter to the Pearls

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by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons and Homeschoolers AnonymousSamantha Field blogs at Defeating the Dragons, and she was recently featured in a Christianity Today story entitled, “Finding Faith After Spiritual Indoctrination.” This piece was originally published on her own blog, and is reprinted with her permission. Also by Samantha on HA: “We Had To Be So Much More Amazing” and “The Supposed Myth of Teenaged Adolescence.” … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: In Which Debi Pearl Explains…

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...how linking To Train Up a Child to the death of Hana Grace Williams is the same as Hitler's Big Lie.by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy Ministries -   A Call to Stand Hitler’s propagandists used one of Satan’s choice tools to pull off the biggest crime toward mankind in the history of the world. They used a lie. They taught that if you tell a lie and keep repeating it enough, people will eventually come to believe it. And when they believe—truly believe—it will turn them into activists who will bring it to pass. … [Read more...]

Damaged Goods

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 by Calulu cross posted from her blog True Love Doesn't RapeTrue Love Doesn't Wait author Von Ohlman has been taking on the writings of one Michael Pearl, author of "To Train Up A Child" and founder of No Greater Joy Ministry.You remember To "Train Up A Child" don't you? That child training book that has been blamed for the beating and starvation death of adoptive child Hana Grace Williams and the deaths of a few other children?  The trial of Hana's adoptive parents started last week. They'd been charged with murder, as they well should be. Michael Pearl and his cruel book also hold some culpability in my mind. But back to the subject. … [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...]

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...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Not Responsible For the Death of Hana?

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While the trial of Carri and Larry Williams is still ongoing here is the official statement Michael Pearl gave several years ago disavowing any link between his book "To Train Up a Child" and the death of Hana Williams. What do you think?by Michael Pearl of No Greater Joy ministries and author of "To Train Up a Child" … [Read more...]

Hana Grace Williams Trial

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Updated 8-23-13Hana Grace Williams adoptive parents Carri and Larry William's trial for her murder started  on Monday July 22nd.Currently the case is ongoing, with troubling testimony and expert witnesses likening the methods of punishment used to torture. The trial is still in the prosecution stage after a month but they are coming to the end of their witnesses. The defense will be next up. Curious as to what the Williams will claim in regards to why they withheld basic care from their adoptive child. It's really quite indefensible. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Don’t Blame Daddy For Your Betrothal?

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by Von Ohlman at True Love Doesn't Wait - To Betroth or not to Betroth: A Response to Michael Pearl Part 1 Mr. Pearl’s article (and I should say I greatly enjoy the work that the Pearls have done on child training, his wife’s book ‘Helpmeet’, and other books and articles) begins rather interestingly, for a Biblical topical study. … [Read more...]

Saturday News Links: July, 13, 2013

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Are the Duggars Quiverfullers that use the abusive discipline method advocated by Michael and Debi Pearl? - http://whynottrainachild.com/2013/07/08/duggars-pearls/  Even Dear Abby has had to address the issues of socialization faced by some homeschoolers - http://news.yahoo.com/isolated-home-schooler-cuts-herself-relieve-loneliness-050121916.html … [Read more...]

Voices of Sister-Moms: Maia & Electra – A Tale of Two Sisters

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From the new series on Heather Doney's blog Becoming Worldly - Voices of Sister-Moms“Maia” and “Electra” are the pseudonyms chosen by the authors, two sisters raised in a Quiverfull family, as part of the “Voices of Sister-Moms” series here on Becoming Worldly. … [Read more...]


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