Fascinating Womanhood Review: Gender Roles

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons TW for homophobia. Before I jump into this chapter, I want to make a clarification. I’ve been doing my best to make sure that when I talk about my marriage that I make it clear that what I’ve experienced and witnessed personally in my life is limited to my experience only, that I’m only making observations that I’m comfortable viewing as generally true about people. These statements are in line with my core values about marriage: that I am not married to a man, I am married to a person. He is a human being that is different and unique, and deserves to be treated with respect to his individuality instead of viewing of him in terms … [Read more...]

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: Educating Your Kids or Using Fear Tactics to Support Your Family??

From the Botkin Sisters (Anna Sophia and Elizabeth) Blog Visionary DaughtersThe entire Botkin family is doing another one of their paid seminars, this time having to do with how you need to home school your child to make them into a successful adult, complete with the scare-tactic graphic of a wide-eyed teen reading a mock up newspaper with headlines such as 'College Grads Can't Find Work' and 'Generation Y Unemployed' … [Read more...]

“You’re Not Arguing With Us But With God”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsA fellow member of Equality Central Forum (a forum for Christians who believe in full male-female equality in society, church and home) recently shared the answer she (her first name is Helen) received from a well-known ministry in response to a letter she wrote them.  Helen has given me permission to reprint and comment here on part of the letter she received. … [Read more...]

The Terrifying Side of Trendy: Are Home Births Safe?

From the legal firm blog of Console and Hollawell cross posted with their permissionMy childhood friend and her husband wanted an at-home birth. Like many, they were attracted to the idea of bringing their child into the world in a calm and peaceful setting, exchanging hospital linoleum for their cozy California home. They weren’t against technology, they were simply taken in by a growing trend that popularizes midwifery as enlightened, almost luxurious. As society emphasizes “all-natural” and “organic,” a home birth can appeal to intellectuals and progressives alike as an alternative to an allegedly intrusive, chemical-soaked hospital. … [Read more...]

“But That’s What The Bible Says”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsI have written extensively on this blog about why "But the Bible clearly says" isn't necessarily a very good defense for certain traditionalist positions.  I've written a lot of posts that analyze certain texts which are supposedly "clear," but which maybe weren't intended by the original writers (or understood by the original audiences) to mean what seems so "clear" to us today. … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: Putting Him First

by Samantha cross posted from her blog Defeating the Dragons I’m just going to leap head-first into this chapter, “Make him Number One”:A man wants a woman who will place him at the top of his priority list, not second but first. He wants to be the kingpin around which all other activities of her life revolve. … [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...]


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