Good Christian Sex by Bromleigh McCleneghan

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samanthapfield.comWhen I first crack open the spine of a book like Good Christian Sex, the first place I turn to is the bibliography. When I got this book about a month ago I glanced over the materials she referenced, and at first was a little wary. There were a lot of pop culture references, a blog post I’ve occasionally been frustrated with, a smattering of male theologians, and a feminist author who makes a case for abstinence that I thoroughly disagree with. Looking over the table of contents made me feel a touch cautious, as well: there’s a chapter on vulnerability and another on fidelity, two concepts I’ve seen go completely sideways in C … [Read more...]

Redeeming Love Review – Introduction

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comI had a root canal this morning and my copy of Francine River’s Redeeming Love hasn’t arrived yet, so today is just going to serve as an introduction. In case you’ve never heard of the book before I mentioned it as an option for me to review a while ago, here’s the summary from the back: … [Read more...]

What are you Doing? Chapter 6 – All Girls Need Are Big Boobs?

by Suzanne TitkemeyerToday's chapter is oh so mercifully brief, like the madness that seizes me every time I go to the animal shelter and I contemplate adopting every animal there, a millisecond, reality intrudes and then it was GONE! It is under three pages and we are spared the pious pontifications of Sakal Davidson and the horny schoolboy actions of Andrew Adamson. My review is almost longer than the actual chapter!Too bad both Sakal and Andrew are being replaced by she of the ridiculous name Maydyn and Sakal's other half – Isha. Still in the park, but not at that blasted picnic table for once. Maydyn is sitting on a park bench when Isha rushes up, demands a hug and invades M … [Read more...]

The Puritans, The Quakers and Little Old Me (Reflections on ‘A Measure of Light’)

by Virginia Knowles cross posted from her blog Watch The ShepherdA couple of weeks ago, a new novel mentioned on Facebook piqued my interest. I ordered it almost immediately. A Measure of Light, by bestselling Canadian author Beth Powning, retells the story of Mary Dyer, an English woman who came to Massachusetts as a persecuted Puritan, yet later became one of the earliest American Quakers.My mind always seeks connections between what I read and my own life and family, and this was an immediate grab for me. One of my ancestors, Margaret Stevenson Scott, was the last and oldest person hanged by the Puritans in the Salem … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 1 Chapter 3

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideThe title of Chapter Three is "Boys Are People Too: Learning to See Men as God Sees Them."  I'm pretty sure the Bible makes it clear that humans can't see anything as God sees, but that's the least annoying problem in this chapter. … [Read more...]

It’s Not That Complicated: Part 3 Chapter 2

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideOk...it's just 1.5 pages.  I can do this.  I can do this.Overarching Theme: Women can cause one man to act totally different! See how David responded to Abigail and Bathsheba. … [Read more...]

Part 2 Zack’s Memoir: “Dead, Insane or in Jail” Book Review

by Cindy Kunsman cross posted from her blog Under Much GracePart 1 of the review is here Libraries and bound text purists may purchase Dead, Insane, or In Jail: A CEDU Memoirat Amazon.comSeveral formats of the the e-book may be purchased online at author Zack Bonnie's website atDeadInsaneOrInJail.com.  Take the tour of additional resources while you're visiting the site. … [Read more...]

‘Radical’ Review : 1 – 22

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Samantha P Field.comThe first time I heard about David Platt’s Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, I was in my second year of graduate school. It had been out for over a year at that point, and a colleague I worked with recommended it to me after a conversation we’d had about the corruption and greed common in American evangelicalism. This book had left a lasting impression on my friend, but I wasn’t as struck by it as he was. … [Read more...]

Blame it on the Smurfs – Post-Tramatic Church Syndrome

by Suzanne TitkemeyerWhen I first cracked open my copy of Reba Riley's book, Post-Tramatic Church Syndrome I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I figured it might be much like many of the series we feature here on No Longer Quivering: Girl/boy is immersed in a Quiverfull/Fundamentalist/Evangelical church and leaves for a long laundry list of reasons with a heavy burden of spiritual abuse and a heaping helping of depression only to be heckled/harassed/hounded by those well-meaning 'Good Christians' left behind. Usually the woman/man has a long road of healing with lots of twists, turns and tears before coming to a place that works on all levels for them. A sadder but wiser person. … [Read more...]

Introduction to the Review Series – “Lies Women Believe”

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragon How to Win Over Depression and Redeeming Love were neck-and-neck in the last poll I did, but since my friend Dani Kelley is doing a review of Redeeming Love, I decided that my next review series would be the runner-up: Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free. In the comments, a lot of you mentioned how toxic this book was for you both personally and in your marriages. I received it as a gift when I was still at Pensacola Christian, and I remember feeling vaguely uneasy about it, although at the time I chalked up that reaction to “being convicted.” … [Read more...]