Lana Hope’s Story

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Please join me in welcoming Lana Hope to our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network!by Lana Hope. She blogs at Wide Open Ground  I grew up in the Deep South. In our rural homeschool community homeschoolers were a scarcity, with miles between families, so homeschool came somewhat isolating, by default. Our first year of homeschooling was the best of my homeschool memories – at least in my foggy memory. Our math textbook included counting ducks. We went on loads of fieldtrips and had hands on learning. There was no legalism or spiritual abuse in our house. I even had a troll party for my 7th birthday. Trolls. … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: The Woman Was Deceived

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy  FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 106—108This 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...]

The One That Got Away- Josh Powell and the Ones That Didn’t

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by Calulu cross posted from her blog Seeking The Light.Author's note: I realize that there are successful home school experiences out there and yes, I know a number of them. The kids I'm speaking of today were all the kids in my art classes. None of them has gone on to any great success yet.It was with great interest I've been following the story of central Virginia's Josh Powell and his quest for a decent education in the face of Virginia's laws allowing homeschooling parents to teach as much and as little as they'd like. He is one very determined young man that took on the world of Virginia homeschooling to do what was right, have the same opportunity towards a well rounded … [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 FeminismHA 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...]

Premarital Sex and the Purity “Litmus Test”

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by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlySo I read this blog post by Rachel Held Evans, everyone’s favorite progressive evangelical blogger. She is a beautiful writer, has fun posts, and I totally have to disagree with her wholeheartedly on something today. See, Rachel Held Evans just rejected purity culture and then tried to agree with purity culture at the same time when she wrote “Sex and The Path of Holiness.” … [Read more...]

Fascinating Womanhood Review: Gender Roles

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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...]

Mental Health: From Shame to Seeking Help, Part 6: Unashamed of Taking Evil Pills

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by Lana Hobbs cross posted from Homeschoolers AnonymousHA note: This series is reprinted with permission from Lana Hobbs’ blog, Lana Hobbs the Brave. Lana describes herself as “an aspiring writer and a former religious fundamentalist” who currently identifies as “post-Christian.” She was homeschooled in junior high and highschool. Part Six of this series was originally published on June 17, 2013.***** … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Goody-Two Shoes

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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...]

CTBHHM: Taming Wild Horses and Lassoing Bears

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by Libby Anne cross posted from her blog Love Joy FeminismCreated To Be His Help Meet, pp. 105-106Weirdly, 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...]

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

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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...]


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