Quoting Quiverfull: Wedding Fetish?

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It seems that Jill Duggar's recent marriage to Derick Dillard is making Michelle Duggar wax poetic about her own wedding to Jim Bob. Does it strike anyone else that reenacting your wedding every year is a little 'odd'? It seems to be normal in the Evangelical Fundamentalist Quiverfull world to turn daily life, babies, cooking, keeping house, etc, etc, into a fetish-like thing.From US magazine  - Michelle Duggar Reminisces about her simple wedding to Jim Bob Duggar "As our children were growing up, we would listen to our wedding cassette again every year on our anniversary," she wrote. "We would reenact the ceremony, show them how we walked down the aisle, and tell them the stories about … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: The Prophet Part 4b

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideI'm gonna keep slogging through this chapter."He will easily pick up and relocated without any idea of what he is going to do for a living at the new location."That ended really well for the Pearls. … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: The Prophet Part 3

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideLast time, I gathered up all of the general descriptions of Prophet / Visionary Men that Debi sprinkled through Chapter 3.  Now, we get to move on to the specific examples of what life with a Prophet/Visionary Man is like according to Debi."The Prophet type will make a great boyfriend because he will focus totally on his sweetie.  He will be very romantic, giving you flowers and gifts.  If you catch the heart of a Prophet you will be his consuming passion, his greatest challenge, his dream come true. "In other words, the Prophet is in love with being in love with you.  That's not a great foundation for marriage. … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be His Help Meet: Creative Interpretations of the Book of Ruth

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAfter Debi finishes twisting Esther from an active woman into a passive girl, Debi turns her attention to Ruth.  In her discussion of the Book of Ruth, Debi pulls a two-fer: Ruth is a passive follower as befits a young girl while Naomi, a wise older woman, gives her great counsel.  In short, Debi uses the story of Ruth to imply that Debi's young, naive readers should follow Debi's ideas unquestioningly.   On a positive note, Debi is blessedly brief on the subject.Away we go! … [Read more...]

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: Michael and Debi’s Love Story – Part Two

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by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide(Editor's note: I know I'm posting these out of sequence. I overlooked the continuation of the Pearl's love story. Rectifying that now. This is what happens when you kill off brain cells listening to the Duggars, Swanson and others daily.) Preparing to Be A Help Meet: Debi and Michael's Love Story - Part TwoIn Part One, Debi goes to a youth gathering at a local church and is told by God that she's going to marry Michael Pearl.  She's 13.  He's approximately 21.  Yipee.Debi goes home and tells her mom the good news:"Then I casually told her that God had spoken to me and told me that, when I grew up, the preacher g … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Can Men and Women Simply Be ‘Friends’?

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Did you know that Debi Pearl has another book out "Preparing To Be A Helpmeet"? At the No Greater Joy Ministries website there is a small site for the book where you can ask questions and get answers about all those things plaguing you about your role as a helpmeet.Someone named Pumpkindoodle asked a question about non-sexual/non-romantic friendships between men and women and someone named Daddysgirlleh replied. … [Read more...]

Nightline Prime and Purity Balls

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by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons I’ve seen a few documentaries about “Purity Balls” (which, every time I say that, my partner sniggers and I glare at him), and some are better than others. ABC’s Nightline Prime 20-minute documentary of the Wilson’s “14th Annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball” is not one of the better ones. The interviewer seemed to be either amused or baffled, and the only questions featured during the program seem to indicate a lack of awareness of what the underlying culture is– although she seemed to be catching on toward the end. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Lessons Learned From The Duggars?

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by Nathaniel Darnell from Persevero News - Three Lessons to Learn from Duggars' New Courtship Jessa Duggar is gone-a-courtin! The fifth oldest of the 20 Duggar children has begun a courtship with a young man named Ben Seewald, reports Yahoo!, and it appears the courtship will feature prominently in the family’s TV show 19 Kids and Counting. It’s a good thing the Duggars don’t seem to mind living in a house of glass because no doubt they are going to be getting a lot scrutiny as they look to give their first daughter away in marriage. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Taking The Cup?

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A review of the "To Be One" DVD about Courtship/Betrothal/Marriage by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine My only reservation in recommending this video is the Lindvall story. I want to be gracious to the Lindvalls, but I was quite troubled by their story. My first concern was the process of choosing a wife for Timothy. According to all the men in the story, the Lord had "told" each of them that Brittany was the one for Timothy. The process of winning Brittany seemed to lack any emotion or feeling on the part of the prospective bridegroom, because the Lindvalls believe love should follow … [Read more...]

Class, College, and Courtship: Why the next generation of Quiverfull will probably be poorer than their parents

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by The Graduate I think that part of the reason that our family was never really considered true homeschoolers by some of our peers is because we had money.  My dad is a brilliant businessman, and his success certainly did drive a wedge between us and our peers, and we were always viewed as different.  It is true that we did the same things to save money that other homeschool families did, but we did them as our hobbies, not out of necessity.  We never struggled with making the mortgage or worried about our cars breaking down. … [Read more...]


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